Saga for Kids

A couple of weeks ago while on vacation with my family. I took my Saga stuff to get together with a friend who lives close to the vacation spot and play one afternoon. We played a couple of times and it was fun as always. My nieces and nephew are getting to the age where they like games. Simple board games even chess. Since I was with them and it was raining a couple of days I decided I would give miniatures a try with them. I started off simple. I set up the game with 4 figures in 3 groups per side. Each group was different. One cavalry, one spearmen, and one archers. I didn’t put out any terrain or board to play on we started off on the bare table. I assigned two symbols to each group on the saga dice. They got to roll 4 dice, one for each group plus one. They had to assign the dice per group based on the roll. Each dice was an action, move, attack, or shooting. If they lost an entire group they lost a dice.  For attacking it was simple 5+ to hit and 5+ to save. Cavalry moved at long (12”) and foot at medium (6”). Archers shot at long.   I was amazed at how quickly they picked it up. They had the rules down by the second game and as true gamers they tried to “stretch” the rules on occasion. For the rest of the week […]

England Trip Days 11-14

The 11 day of the trip we traveled south to Hastings. The famous site of the battle between Harold and William that began the Norman conquest. We then headed over to Pevensey Castle which William built to gain a foothold. Later that night we traveled north to Whitstable to eat some oysters. Day 12 we stop by the new memorial for the Battle of Britain. A beautiful sight that over looked the channel. Next was Dover Castle and huge complex on an impressive chalk hill. The Castle has played a major role in British history from the Iron age up until World War II. We then walked a little on the white cliffs which were bright white with green growth all around. Day 13 was a pilgrimage to Canterbury. The famous pilgrim site of the medieval time. Still a place of prayer. We stopped in the cathedral and saw where Thomas of Canterbury (Becket) was martyred and saw the gorgeous stone work and windows. I then stopped by the little church of St. Thomas, a catholic church. I prayed at the relics of St. Thomas in the martyr’s chapel that also held statues of St. Thomas Moore and St. John Fisher who martyrdom we celebrate today. After talking with the associate pastor for a while and going to confession we headed over to St. Augustine’s Abbey and St. Martins church. Both ancient sites of Christianity for Saxon England. We then headed to Lulling Stone Roman Villa and also a site […]

England Trip days 6-10

Day 6 we traveled into York and saw the Cathedral and the remnants of old Norman castle Clifford’s tower. York was controlled for a long time by the Vikings and so there are a number of places that have Viking names including the two rivers of York. There is also a historical site in downtown York that you can visit. After most of the day in York we traveled out to the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey which were quit haunting and then visited Helmsley Castle just down the road forms the abbey. Day 7 we drove very far north almost to Scotland and say the Holy Island. This is the spot of the first Viking raid in England. It was also home to a priory of monks and is a beautiful place with the North Sea as a backdrop. While up there we went to Bamburgh just south of Holy Island and visit its Castle which has been restored and updated. On our way, back to Cawood we stopped along Hadrian’s wall which was amazing to see. Day 8 saw us traveling to a small town called Selby to look for a window that is said to be inspiration for the American flag. The window contained the crest of the Washington’s which show stars and stripes. We then head back south to East Anglia and saw the old Island of Ely and its Cathedral. And then traveled to possibly the coolest named town Bury St. Edmund. We saw the old […]

England Trip Days 1-5

Many of you know that I recently took a trip to England with a longtime friend who grew up there in Devonshire. Our first 5 days the weather was cool in the 60s with a nice drizzle of rain every day. Perfect weather as far as I was concerned. We had also purchased a English Heritage pass which got us into most of the sites we visited. It easily paid for itself within the first two days of our trip. Upon arrival, we headed to Salisbury which would be our base for the first three days. On our way to Salisbury we stop by an ancient hill fort on the Salisbury plains. It was a beautifully green place surround by wheat being blown by the wind so that it looked like the green ocean. After a little time, we headed onto Salisbury to our hotel and stopped to see the cathedral but were unable to get in as it was already evening. Our second day we headed over Stonehenge which I think everyone is familiar with. But we also hit Avebury Henge which was huge. So, big in fact that there was a small village in the middle of it. We had lunch in a pub there. We also saw Silbury Hill which is an ancient man-made hill and beside it was the burial chamber that is called the West Kennet Long Barrow. We also hit Winchester the old capital of Saxon England and the spot famous for Alfred the […]

Mothers

Matriarchal line Lenni and Sadie Rauh     Mollie (Rauh) Jenkins     Linda Fay (Durbin) Jenkins     Isabelle Fay (Kuhn) Durbin Jan. 23, 1932-Oct. 22, 1999 Zion Cemetery Emma Leona (Kuhn) Kuhn Oct. 22, 1894-Mar. 15, 1960 Zion Cemetery Nancy Jane (Shadley) Maynard Dec. 5, 1870-1942 Bennett Cemetery, Rays Crossing; married Charles Kuhn and remarried after his death to Frank Maynard Mary Ann (McColley) Shadley Nov. 25, 1839-Sep. 9, 1922 Blue Ridge Cemetery Nancy (Trees) McColley Nov. 23, 1815-July 6, 1901 Blue Ridge Cemetery Mary Ann (Hill) Trees June 1, 1790-July 25, 1863 Born while crossing the Atlantic, Irish buried blue ridge Cemetery Moved to Rush County 1823 Elizabeth Jane (Whitlow) Hill   Ulster, Ireland

Wooden Duck Boat

This week I finished the inside joints by sanding them down so that they can be glued. I also sanded down the bow and stern so the sharp edges are rounded. The next step was to glue in the supporting ribs. This will of course strengthen the boat and help it keep its shape. They will also be used to connect the doors for the layout blind cover. The ribs were cut so that they are flush with the foam I will use for flotation. I glued these pieces of foam in place. This week I’ll cut out and glue into place the false floor that covers and protects the flotation foam. I’ll also work on the connectors that will hold the layout blind doors in place.

Fathers

Since its father’s day I figured I’d post the fathers on my father’s side. This list is the best we have been able to figure in all our research over the years. I’m sure there are inaccuracies and some of this might change in the future but none the less it is always pretty cool to see where we come from. Jenkins Life span Location occupation Historical event Thomas Jenkins 1545-1613 Kent England Henry VIII William Jenkins Nicholas Jenkins 1580-1631 Purleigh, England Shakespeare Elizabethan England Nicholas Jenkins 1624-1673 Purleigh, England To Virginia 1657 Indentured servant Jamestown John Jenkins 1658-1717 Westmoreland Co, VA Sailing master Jamestown Ezekiel Jenkins 1695-1750 Westmoreland Co, VA Fairfax Co, VA Farmer Ezekiel Jenkins 1728-1812 Westmoreland Co, VA Woodford Co, KY Farmer French and Indian War Revolutionary War William Jenkins 1754-1830 Westmoreland Co, VA Harrison Co, KY Farmer Served as a  guard in US army during Revolutionary War Elisha Jenkins 1806-1854 Fayette Co, KY Farmer Nathaniel Jenkins 1833-1902 Lexington KY labor Served in Civil War USA 6th KY Cav Newton Jenkins 1866-1958 Lexington, KY sawmill Nathaniel 1901-1978 Lexington, KY carpenter Russell L. Jenkins Rushville, IN Factory worker Russell S. Jenkins Rushville, IN Electric worker Aaron Jenkins Rushville, IN Catholic priest

Pascal Candle 2016

We are just about two weeks away from Easter and as in years past I worked to create the Pascal Candle for my parish this year. For those who don’t know the Pascal Candle is normally a large candle used throughout the year in various liturgical celebrations. Its biggest role is at the Easter Vigil which begins around a fire and the Pascal Candle is used to bring that light, which symbolizes the light of Christ, into the Church. Also at the mass it is used to bless the holy water font and its light is passed around as we renew our baptismal promises that evening. The Pascal candle is placed by the ambo where we read scripture for entire Easter season. After that it is placed by the baptismal font and when we have a funeral it is placed by the casket. It’s my first Easter at St. Michael so an angel theme seemed appropriate. I tried a different technique this year to help create the art work on the candle. It’s my most detailed design and so to transfer the design onto the candle I needed to use an old trick I learned in art school. I first drew and organized the design on paper. Once I was happy with the design I made a photo copy of it. Next I sprayed the candle down with flat clear coat, (Testor’s Dull Coat to be exact). I then wrapped the copy face against the candle as tight as possible. […]

GenCon 2015

I attended GenCon again this year. Its 4 days of gaming which I figured out this year I’ve been doing for over 20 years and if you count Axis and Allies it might be beyond 25 years. I doubt when my father introduced me and a friend to Axis and Allies all those years ago, as a way to keep us occupied and out of the adults hair, he imagined it would be a lifelong hobby. One of the good things about being closer to Indy is that I am again able to connect with the 19&one gaming club in Indianapolis. A few of these guys I have known since college and I think we put on a pretty good set of games for GenCon attendees. This year we offered 10 games of the 3D Game of Thrones game which is pretty impressive if you consider that those games ran 4 hours each and had 6 players. That’s a lot of hours gaming. We had a great placement in the gaming hall this year so we had a ton of traffic and it seemed like a picture was being taken of the game every 5 minutes or so. A fellow priest from Iowa came in and he ran the bulk of them. One bonus for him was that the guys who run Boardgame Geek stopped by and he got to talk with them about the game. I also ran a couple of American Civil War games using my simple rules. […]

Moving

This weekend I am announcing that the Archbishop has asked me to become the pastor of St. Michael in Greenfield as well as the chaplain coordinator at Scecina High School. I have accepted and so will be leaving St. Teresa, my home for the last four years. I am sad to be leaving St. Teresa and excited to be moving to St. Michael’s. I ask for your prayers for both communities and myself during this transition. My last day at St. Teresa will be Sunday, June 14th and we will have a pitch-in dinner that afternoon from 2-5pm in the PCC. On June 15th I will leave for a previously planned trip to Ireland will return just before I take over at St. Michael’s at noon on July 1st. Thank you for your prayers. St. Teresa and St. Michael pray for us