Tuesday, March 13, 2018

10 Things I'd Rather Be Doing than Reading about Benedict XVI endorsing the "Theology of Pope Francis."

I'm one of those trads whose serotonin levels do not elevate reading the current news about the current pontificate.  They decline, worse than one of those cloudy, sopping wet, dreary days.  If you need your critical Catholic news fix, I understand.  Whatever keeps the mind in this modern mosh pit afloat. 

As usual, hard-core trad bloggers sound the alarm, like my trad blogger colleague out of Chicago, Mahounds Paradise, while Fr. Z practice's spin control (scroll down).  Oakes Spalding in Chicago is circulating the story out of Rome that apparently Benedict XVI has endorsed in writing the "theology of Pope Francis."  Fr. Z goes so far as to suggest the letter doesn't sound like Ratzinger, while commenting on his travels and food adventures.  

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Went to Mohawk Park Again, in Tulsa

I want to share this experience because I think this hidden gem is an excellent place in particular for a family outing.  It is a wholesome, frugal place to connect with the Creator by means of His Creation.

Wrote about this Oasis, recently.

God's providence is a marvel, how it directs us in all the minute circumstances of daily life.  It was a cold, Sunday afternoon in early January, and I had an itch for re-connecting with the great outdoors, also known as Creation.  If you're a Tulsan like me, and live anywhere near Midtown like me, you know there aren't a lot of choices if you need a super Walmart.  The one at 81st and Lewis is just about as shady as the one on north Memorial, so I usually venture to the Memorial location since it's closer.  

That Sunday, I bought a small, backpacking-size fishing pole at Walmart.  As I walked to my car, I wondered where would be a good choice nearby to go fishing, and I thought of Mohawk Park on the north side of the city, in the countryside attached to the Tulsa Zoo.

I didn't catch anything that late afternoon, but I was really inspired by the place, how much is there:  the large park, picnic cabins with fireplaces,  a meandering stream, the city zoo, Oxley nature center/hiking trails, a golf course, and a neat Knights of Columbus lodge on the edge of the park.

Went to Mohawk Park Again, Yesterday.

So we packed one of those old-fashioned picnic baskets with chicken legs, brats, and mackerel, bell peppers, onions, and potatoes, plus some beer and pop.  I grabbed the charcoal, and out the door we went, arriving shortly later at a cabin, picnic shelter, the second to last cabin as the road veers to the right towards Oxley nature center.  Having analyzed the park, I highly recommend this spot.  A grill is very close to the cabin, and the creek runs feet behind it. It is more quiet and removed, as the park can really fill up with people on nice days like this weekend.

Here is a picture of the cabin area:

I like how these big cabins are FREE, and the whole park is open until 9 pm.  You can actually have more than a picnic experience, but the whole gamut of camping activities, minus the overnight stay.

Here is our meal:

While I unpacked our goods, started the coals, gathered firewood, and built a fire in the cabin's fireplace, the Mrs. was good to prep the food and grill.  The weather was really divine, the setting simple but picturesque.  It was a welcome retreat from the modern grind.

Here is the fire I built, and how I built it:

Got to use my new bushcraft saw.  Built my go-to fire design, a tee-pee built inside a log cabin.

Managed to catch a little time before dark to fish in the stream behind our spot:

I hear tale there are a good # of fish in this stream.  One gentleman related to me catching several large catfish there, once upon a time.

Deo gracias.  Thank God.  This was a bless-ed re-creation.  Hope you all can check out Mohawk Park one day, with you and yours.

Have a good week.  Enjoy the longer days! 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Calling all Clear Creekers! In Need of Land. Want to build a Cabin!

Hey Fellow Okie Traditionalists.  Do any of you live out by Clear Creek Abbey?  I am looking for land to build a small, weekend cabin, now or in the foreseeable future.  Either to buy, or with permission to use a remote spot in the wilderness, to make a small camp and hike around a bit.  Do you know of any land for sale, or anyone who might let me build something like this in their woods?  Would be greatly obliged for any feedback.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Clear Creek Workday Yesterday. I'm in a Body Cast.

At least I feel like I should be in a body cast, I'm so sore, even 24 hours after returning from Clear Creek Abbey for their Annual, March Workday, where hundreds of visitors come together for a long day of ora et labora.  Well, from past experiences, it definitely leans heavily towards 
labora, in a good way!  


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Ruminating and Reflecting on: Clear Creek Workday this Weekend, Favorite Manly Youtube Channels, St. Blaise Miracle

Clear Creek Workday This Weekend:

Saturday, 3/3

6:45 Low Mass
7:30 Breakfast
8:30 Group prayer in pasture
Work until Noon -- BBQ provided by monks
1:00 - 5:00 pm More work
6:00 pm Vespers

Thursday, February 22, 2018

St. Blaise Healing of the Throat Miracle in Tulsa, OK!!!

Preface: permission has been given to share this inspiring story, with the person's name and identity kept completely anonymous.  They hope it will encourage others to have faith in God. 


A retired, aged widow and mother from Tulsa, OK, a non-practicing Lutheran, whose late husband had been a practicing Catholic, with whom she raised a practicing,  orthodox,  Catholic family,  has often been invited to attend Mass year after year by one of her adult, Catholic children.  

Saturday, February 17, 2018

My Refutation of Sedevacantism.


I've known a number of sedevacantists over the years, including in my own neck of the woods.  On some level, I can sympathize with them.  Yet, recently a sedevacantist organization called the CMRI, with a priest driving down to Oklahoma from Nebraska, has decided to try and set up a CMRI Mass presence here in Tulsa, as they now publicly list on their website.  It would seem a clever maneuver right after the closing of the SSPX's chapel in Tulsa.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Revealing "Critique" of my Blog from Someone who Lives near Clear Creek. Good Times.


For the last year and a half I've enjoyed networking with my fellow Okie Trads who read my blog, while I write about anything that comes to mind.  They've offered counter-points of view, offered correction of factoids, shared stories, and said thanks for the essays and stories I record here that are aimed at encouraging and supporting my fellow traditional Catholics, in particular.  I often get emails from supporters, including several who live out at Clear Creek. It has been edifying.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Ruminating and Reflecting on: The Collegium, Friendship, Ollie's Restaurant

Just polished off a Mexi-dip-and-Chips from Taco Bueno (mmm), very popular here in Oklahoma, and I'm kicked back in my new leather (truth be told, faux leather) recliner Santa brought me Christmas.  Oklahoma weather has been predictably unpredictable.  Arctic the last few days, today warmish with lots of sun.  "Oooooklahoma where the winds come running down the plain..." as it were.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Mohawk Park in Tulsa

Last Saturday we had a BBQ at Mohawk Park, on the north side of town near the city zoo,  and I wanted to share the experience for anyone who lives in or near T-town.  I think it's definitely a Must-Visit at some point on your family timeline.  Something I'd categorize as a "local secret gem."  Like Oklahoma,  it's on the plain side,  but if you look between the cracks,  there's plenty of beauty and recreation opportunities there. 

Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Catholic, Christian Meaning of Friendship. Is it Dead?

Peanut is sitting in my lap as I sit up in my Okie Armchair this Thursday night.   My "man's best friend."  That little "material soul," as St. Thomas says of animals, would die for me,  I have no doubt.  If not by a mechanism of will or choice, then I suppose by an innate instinct that drives her nature to serve God's natural Providence.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sunday Night Podcast, of The Okie Traditionalist Show. Cletus Clampet Fillin' In

Hey Everybody,  Fella Okie Trads and Beyond.  Including anybody of any persuasion on God's Green Earth. 

What a break from the arctic cold.   A weekend of Spring-like bliss.  Typical Oklahoma. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Daily News about the Francis Pontificate. Help!!

I don't know about you, but whenever I visit fellow trad blogs I notice a pattern: often the subject matter is the present occupant of the Chair of St. Peter, and the news is usually negative. It lowers my serotonin levels more than watching CNN.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

10 Podcasts about Thomistic Philosophy

These 10 talks summarize the main topics from within the major subjects of Thomistic philosophy. I especially hope that priests or seminarians, with little or no Thomism from the seminary, might find these informative and inspirational to continue learning traditional Catholic philosophy. 

Friday, December 29, 2017

Second Okie Traditionalist Podcast!

Merry Christmas fellow Okie Trads and Beyond!   Up late sipping eggnog and gazing on our lit-up Christmas tree,  which we trimmed Christmas Eve. 

Here is my latest installment of The Okie Traditionalist,  me waxing and waning about philosophical subjects, to kick start me doing podcasts.   You can hear my voice!
I hit several main points about what is philosophy,  in under 15 minutes,  so in a few places I talk a bit fast, plus a bit nasally having a cold.

Please share on social media, and if you live near Tulsa,  check out sometime a Latin Mass offered at Most Precious Blood or Sts. Peter and Paul.