What could possibly be better than Paczki Day?

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Let this proud Irishman offer a suggestion.

A 2nd Paczki Day!

The Irish have done this.

I’ve seen local bars and restaurants promoting various specials. The Shamrock Club of Wisconsin holds The Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Mass and Breakfast in September.

So why not a:

Halfway to Paczki Day!

It would more than likely take place in August.

Some might scoff, claiming it might take away from the special occasion that is Fat Tuesday. I don’t think so. The days would be six months apart. Both would be quite special.  If marketed and planned well I believe it would work.

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Two of my fellow parishioners weren’t at Sunday Mass and for good reason. They were in Virginia visiting their new grandchildren. Rose and Sebastian are twins.

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Congratulations to the Van Hecke family!

Today’s highly interesting read (02/24/20): 7 Reasons the Left’s Hatred of Trump Is So Deep

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Today’s read is from Terry Paulson, PhD, a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, and author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results and They Shoot Managers Don’t They. Here’s an excerpt:

They’ve worked to impeach Trump since he took office and finally achieved it, only to have him exonerated by the Senate. They’ve mocked him, his tweets, and his priorities. They’ve drowned him in negative media coverage. They’ve called him a narcissist, a tyrant, and an uncaring fraud. But nothing is working, and the rage in the social media just grows by the day as there are growing signs that no Democrat is in a position to stop his march to a second term.

Why such deep hatred?

You can read the rest and those 7 reasons here.

My Most Popular Blogs (02/24/20)

Here are my most popular blogs from last week, Sunday – Saturday:

1) UPDATE: Photos of the Week (05/20/18)

2) Today’s highly interesting read (02/18/20): Leftists Angered over the Daytona 500 Should Blow it Out Their Tailpipes

3) Best Cartoons of the Week (02/22/20)

4) Best Memes of the Week (02/16/20)

5) The latest pro-life news (02/17/20)

6) MAGA sightings (02/16/20)

7) Sparks fly as Franklin Common Council rejects plan to extend Marquette Avenue to nearby school

8) 3RD UPDATE: Goodbye Goldmann’s, RIP Mitchell Street

9) Panhandlers: They’re still out there

10) The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (02/22/20)


There’s more to Fat Tuesday than paczki

Here in Franklin where we reside we’re very fortunate to be very near to lots of paczki.

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Just up the road from the Community Center is Pick ‘n’ Save.

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And, of course. Sendik’s. This year, something new.

In honor of Fat Tuesday, all full-service Sendik’s locations will be hosting Mardi Gras Beignet Stations! For one day only (2/25) from 11 am-6 pm enjoy fresh made beignets dusted with powdered sugar! Try them plain or with a drizzle of Toraini chocolate or caramel sauce for 99¢ each or 4/$3.

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There’s more like King Cakes and Limited Edition King Cake Kringle.

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Bring it all on!

Culinary no-no: The paczki edition

Culinary no-no began on Father’s Day 2007, a beautiful summer day, when I wrote about grilling brats. And eating brats. And topping those brats. I was inspired by my wife, Jennifer who, in my admittedly unscientific opinion, ruins brats by squirting ketchup on them. Other dining taboos quickly came to mind. The original idea was to take this concept only a few months, till the end of summer and then pull the plug. Then the unexpected happened. People started reading Culinary no-no. Lots of folks. So we keep doing the no-no.

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Back by popular demand.

Photos of the Week (02/23/20)

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A pictorial week-in-review posted every Sunday.

1) Buses carrying passengers from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship leave a port in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Japan. Photo: AP

2) President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump ride in the presidential limousine as they take a pace lap ahead of the start of the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, Feb. 16, 2020. Photo: AP

3) NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Newman wrecks during the final lap of the Daytona 500, in Daytona Beach, Florida, Feb. 17. Photo: USA Today Sports

4) Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich enters his house in Chicago after his release from Colorado prison after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former governor for political corruption. Photo: AP

5) Roger Stone, former adviser to President Trump, arrives with his wife, Nydia, at the E. Barrett Prettyman courthouse in Washington, DC, Feb. 20. Stone was sentenced after being found guilty on seven felony counts of obstructing a congressional investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. Photo: Getty Images

6) Democratic presidential candidates (from left) former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and former vice president Joe Biden raise their hands for questions during the Democratic presidential primary debate in Las Vegas, Feb. 19. Photo: Getty Images

7) Dagmar Turner, 53, plays the violin while surgeons remove her brain tumor at King’s College Hospital in London, Jan. 31. Photo: Reuters

8) In Jacksonville, Florida, Juliana Stratton, the lieutenant governor of Illinois, sits in a box to highlight the plight of a 19th-century Virginia slave who mailed himself to Philadelphia, trying to escape slavery. Stratton’s visit to the historic Underground Railroad site in Illinois was one of several she is making statewide in observation of Black History Month. Photograph: Darren Iozia/AP

9) The abandoned 77-meter (250-feet) cargo ship MV Alta is seen stuck on rocks near the village of Ballycotton south-east of Cork in Southern Ireland, Feb. 18, 2020. Photo: AFP

10) A tapestry designed by Renaissance artist Raphael is installed on a lower wall of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican as part of celebrations marking the 500th anniversary of his death in this handout photo released. Phoot: Reuters

11) A tourist takes a picture of a mockup of an Emirates Airbus A380 jetliner made of flowers at Dubai Miracle Garden in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The mockup A380 is covered in over 500,000 flowers and plants. Photo: AP

12) In Cologne, Germany,  revellers take part in Women’s Carnival Day. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters