Claire's Corner


Claire's Corner


·         Have a Cheesesteak sandwich.


Claire’s Corner April 7

Today is National Gardening Day

Gardening is a magical escape to a world of color, scents and textures. Planting a seed and watching it grow is a reminder of life's wonders. 

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners: The Complete Guide 

Window Garden Ideas for Urban Gardeners

Claire's Corner April 21

Today is National Tea Day

22 Best Spots for Afternoon Tea Across The US 

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Claire’s Corner April 28

On Sundays Pray: 

O Glorious Queen of Heaven and Earth, Virgin Most Powerful, thou who hast the power to crush the head of the ancient serpent with thy heel, come and exercise this power flowing from the grace of thine Immaculate Conception. Shield us under the mantle of thy purity and love, draw us into the sweet abode of thy heart and annihilate and render impotent the forces bent on destroying us. Come Most Sovereign Mistress of the Holy Angels and Mistress of the Most Holy Rosary, thou who from the very beginning hast received from God the power and the mission to crush the head of Satan. Send forth thy holy legions, we humbly beseech thee, that under thy command and by thy power they may pursue the evil spirits, counter them on every side, resist their bold attacks and drive them far from us, harming no one on the way, binding them to the foot of the Cross to be judged and sentenced by Jesus Christ Thy Son and to be disposed of by Him as He wills. 

St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, come to our aid in this grave battle against the forces of darkness, repel the attacks of the devil and free the members of the Auxilium Christianorum, and those for whom the priests of the Auxilium Christianorum pray, from the strongholds of the enemy. 

St. Michael, summon the entire heavenly court to engage their forces in this fierce battle against the powers of hell. Come O Prince of Heaven with thy mighty sword and thrust into hell Satan and all the other evil spirits. O Guardian Angels, guide and protect us. Amen.


Cincinnati: Ohio River Cruise with Buffet Dinner

Experience Cincinnati and the Ohio River like never before on a boat cruise. Enjoy a delicious 3-course buffet dinner aboard the boat while gazing at the city skyline with friends or family.


·         Feast of St. Louis De Montfort

·         New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

·         Saint Gianna Beretta Molla:

·         Coffee & Cannolis for St. Gianna 

View all recipes for St. Gianna here


Claire’s Corner-George Carlin, born on May 12, 1937

The Paradox of Our Age

We have taller buildings, but shorter tempers;
Wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints;
We spend more, but have less;
We buy more, but enjoy it less.
We have bigger houses, but smaller families;

More conveniences, but less time;
We have more degrees, but less sense;
More knowledge, but less judgement;
More experts, but more problems;
More medicine, but less wellness.
We spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry too quickly,
Stay up too late, get up too tired, read too seldom, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.
We talk too much, love too seldom, and lie too often.
We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life;
We’ve added years to life, not life to years.
We’ve conquered outer space, but not inner space;
It’s time when there is much in the show window, and nothing in the stock room.


George Carlin, Comedian

Claire’s Corner-May 19

May 24 - 26, 2024 

Feast of the Flowering Moon is held annually on Memorial Day weekend in historic, downtown Chillicothe, Ohio.  

The festival offers plenty of family-friendly entertainment for residents and visitors to Chillicothe, Ohio. Featured activities include Native American music and dancing, crafters, exhibitors, Mountain Man Encampment with working craftsmen and demonstrations, entertainment and much more.

Claire's Corner May 26 

·         Indianapolis 500May 26-- Rev up for the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Part of the Triple Crown of Motorsports (with the Monaco Grand Prix and 24 Hours of Le Mans right behind) this annual race is quite possibly the largest single-day sporting event in the entire world, attracting roughly 400,000 spectators. Head to Indianapolis the last weekend in May, and prepare for a high-speed show around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 2.5-mile oval circuit.

o   May 18 BEST. EXPERIENCE. EVER.  Phoenix Raceway

§  Welcome to NASCAR Racing Experience.  DRIVE a NASCAR race car by yourself on the Phoenix Raceway- A 1 mile, low-banked tri-oval racetrack with 8 to 9 degrees of banking in the turns. Following drivers meeting with training and instruction, you’ll drive a NASCAR race car for timed racing sessions. There’s no lead car to follow and no instructor rides with you. Get one-on-one instruction from a spotter over in-car radio. In between every 8 minutes of Track Time get to a brief pit stop and head back on the track to work on driving faster speeds.  Pass the slower cars as you catch them... YES, passing is allowed! 

·         The 2024 Spring Arizona Restaurant Week (ARW), which offers the culinary community endless opportunities to dine on a deal, kicked off Friday, May 17 and runs through Sunday, May 26. The ARW menus are a departure from the restaurants’ regular menus, allowing diners to get a new taste of even their favorite restaurants’ culinary breadth — at a fraction of typical costs.

·         Spring Arizona Restaurant Week

o   Lookout Tavern


Claire's Corner-June 2

Consider a saltwater pool.

A saltwater pool is an alternative to a traditional chlorine pool. Although you don’t add chlorine tablets to a saltwater pool, it does still contain chlorine. It just has a smaller amount that’s generated through the filter system.

A saltwater pool contains 10 times less salt than the ocean. There’s around 3,000 ppm (parts per million) salinity in a saltwater pool. By comparison, there’s 35,000 ppm in the ocean. Some people find this type of pool less harsh on their hair, eyes, and skin than a chlorinated pool.

Saltwater pools are becoming more common at hotels, resorts, and on cruise ships. You can find natural saltwater lagoon pools in places like Mozambique and Bolivia. You can also choose to have a saltwater pool installed in your own home.

Saltwater pools for health

Swimming in a saltwater pool may be better for someone who has asthma or allergies. That’s especially true when it comes to indoor pools. You might notice a strong chlorine smell upon entering an indoor pool area. That’s because of the chloramines, the mix of chlorine and ammonia. In an outdoor pool, the smell quickly evaporates, whereas it’s contained indoors.

It usually is most strong around the surface of the pool, where swimmers take their breaths. If you have trouble breathing, you may find swimming in an indoor chlorinated pool irritating.

One 2003 study found that young children who swim regularly in an indoor chlorinated pool were at greater risk for lung inflammation and developing asthma. But more research is needed to determine if a saltwater pool is the best alternative.

Claire’s Corner-June 9

Elk Hunting in Idaho: What you need to know

Want to hunt elk in Idaho? Good choice, but do you know about the latest changes in General-Season Non-Resident deer and elk tags? Get the latest update, along with other useful information about elk hunting in the Gem State!

Idaho is a popular elk hunting destination. To begin with, according to the latest estimates by Idaho Department of Fish & Game, the elk herds in the state number approximately 120,000 head. In spite of hard winters of the last few years, which hurt the mule deer populations, the elk are stable or growing and expanding their range in most of Idaho. For the six years starting from 2014 hunters harvested over 20,000 elk each season. Over 100,000 hunters take part in the pursuit, thanks to generous allocation of licenses, and availability of over-the-counter tags. In 2019, hunter harvest was 20,532 elk, of which 11,418 were antlered, at an overall success rate of 22%. General hunts accounted for a higher share of harvest (13,799 elk), but controlled hunts sported a significantly higher success rate: 38%.

Claire’s Corner June 16

·         It’s OK to have a Martini or two

·         Eat your vegetables! It is fresh vegetable day

·         Looking ahead June 20th will be World Tapas Day

·         However today is Bloomsday

o   Celebrating Bloomsday should be a day filled with adventures.

The Baba Goes Flying

This story is related to world tapas day, sort of.  When I was two and my brother was under one my parents took us on an adventure using the military airlift command. Soldiers and Sailors, and their families are allowed to fly free on any military flight provided there is room. As was the case my father boarded my mother my brother and myself all on board a military plane and took us to Rota, Spain for a VACA from Sigonella, Sicily to Rota, Spain.

It was a long trip, and I was tired and cranky and refused to stop crying once we got settled in a hotel room for $16.00 a night. At that time, I had a comfort pillow my Aunt Linda had made for me which I called the “Baba”. My father, being frustrated with my refusal to stop crying suddenly picked up the “Baba” which had a loose string and unknown to me tried the string around a finger and threatened to throw my “Baba” off the third-floor balcony if I did not stop crying. That of course made it worse, and I screamed even louder. Then my father, true to his word threw the “Baba” for a flight but when it got to the end of the string the string broke, and the “Baba” flew out the balcony and landed on the balcony on the second floor. I screamed louder.

My mother had had it with my father and told him that he had better get the “Baba” back or else shit would happen. So, my father and mother, I and my brother all went down to the room under us. My father knocked. No answer. So, then he knocked again. No answer. My father tried the door it opened and looking inside could see my “Baba” out on the balcony he then entered the room holding my hand with my mother cradling my brother behind him. My father stated that we made it about 1/3 in when he noticed a head raising off the pillow of the bed and then in comical fashion, he backed up almost knocking my mother down. We all ran back upstairs. Now I screamed even louder, and my mother really let him have it.  My father was really frustrated and did not know what to do. Going out on the balcony he noticed that there was a trellis rising from the ground floor going up to the balcony right next to the Tapas Bar. My father, the criminal that he was, marched out there, climbed the trellis retrieved the “Baba” and saved the day. I still screamed all night.

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