Catholic Vitamin H: Heroism

We are sort of late posting our Catholic Vitamins blog comments for the show on HEROISM. I hope by the time you read this you’ve had a chance to listen to the podcast — at least the interview with our special guest Patti Maguire Armstrong. She is a model for ‘everyday heroism’ — something we talked about on the show.

Patti has been a writer for over 30 years. She began in the fields of social work and public administration before staying home full-time to raise her children. Writing began as a sideline. She has since published hundreds of newspaper, magazine, and website articles and authored 9 books: “Catholic Truths for Our Children” (Scepter Publishers) a guide to help parents pass on their faith; co-authored the best-selling “Amazing Grace” book series, Ascension Press and the collection, Stories for the Homeschool Heart and children’s book Dear God I don’t get it! Patti has been a guest on EWTN Television’s “Live” program with Father Mitch Pacwa and Doug Keck’s “Bookmark” program, Catholic TV’s, “This is the Day”, and Catholic radio programs around the country. Patti lives in North Dakota with her husband Mark and their ten children, including two adopted AIDS orphans from Kenya.

Best place to read some of her words and thinking and contact info?

Another place to find her books, audio and speaking engagement info?

Fergal O’Neill’s Ireland

From Deacon Tom: I don’t know what made me start meandering around about this, but I was looking for some information on our Irish correspondent’s home area call Naas. While researching a bit – I found out he and his family live in County Kildare and I wondered what the county was like. Here’s what I found out.

Kildare County currently (2010) contains the European base of electronics firms, Intel and Hewlett Packard, two of the largest employers in this sector in the entire island. Pharmaceutical giant Wyeth has its European Manufacturing base in Newbridge, with another plant in nearby Newcastle in County Dublin. Major pizza-making, soft drinks, and frozen food enterprises are located in Naas. Large supermarket distribution centres are located in Naas, Newbridge and Kilcock.  Some of Ireland’s most glamorous boutiques are in Naas such as the Emporium Kalu on Main Street Naas which is the most expensive boutique in Ireland. The county has numerous shopping malls in the main towns such as Manor Shopping centre in Maynooth, Kildare Village Outlet Shopping Centre in Kildare Town, Naas Shopping Mall under construction and the Whitewater Centre in Newbridge. The Irish Army’s largest military base, its command headquarters, and its training centre are located at the Curragh. Allenwood and Timahoe are also the location of large peat burning power stations operated by the state, and Kildare has historically be an employment centre in this sector.

Kildare is the center of the Irish horse industry. Kildare has more stud farms than any other county in Ireland, and three important racecources at Punchestown, near Naas. Naas Racecourse itself and at the leading flat national racecourse at the Curragh. Kildare is also home to the state owned Irish National Stud farm, the national equestrian centre in Kill, and Goff’s equine auction centre (also in Kill). Most of Ireland’s prominent show jumping competitors are located in, or come from county Kildare, especially the areas near Kilcock and Sallins. Several prominent international breeders have substantial stud farms in Kildare, including many from the Arab world.

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