Tooting My Horn Thursday on a Lenten Loophole

I know I usually toot (my horn) on Tuesdays, but on that day, I was fighting a moral dilemma (as you may recall with the Submission Goldmine) and that took the wind out of me.

Um, let’s just move on to something less pun-filled.

So here’s this month’s column from Modern Senior Living. It’s about giving up stuff for Lent, which now that I think about it, is another one of those moral dilemmas I must fight each year. Except that I have a “Lenten Loophole”.

You’ll need to zip over to page 14 to read “The Lenten Loophole.” And here’s a little horn-tooting for Erma Bombeck, too. If you know who Erma is, you’ll want to read my editor’s article on the Queen of writing humor columns. His article starts on page 6.

It’s hard to believe Erma’s been gone since 1996. Her one-liners are just as funny now as they were twenty or thirty years ago. And honestly, I needed a few, good laughs. Because even dead, she’s funnier than me.

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9 thoughts on “Tooting My Horn Thursday on a Lenten Loophole

  1. Hey Cathy,Love your Lenten Loophone article. And here's another Lenten Loophole for you–one that I wasn't aware of when I was younger, darn it. Sundays don't count as the 40 days in Lent. So, technically, you can indulge in chocolate or whatever you gave up for Lent on Sundays. One of my grandkiddos learned that in Religion class and told me about it a few years ago. I checked it out. It's true. Same grandkid also told me you're not supposed to say one special word during Lent. Didn't know that either. I can't tell you the word, though, until after Lent is over.Donna

  2. Oh, Tanya. Thanks-but that 335 word column took me 73 hours to write. (Just in case my editor's here, reading comments :-)And Donna, that Sunday thing? That's not the way we rolled when I was a kid, either. But years ago, when I taught religious ed, I found that little loophole, too. And I said a few special words then, I can tell you that.But the special word you mentioned? I have no idea what it is. I can't wait to find out!

  3. You crack me up. I can so see little Cathy marching in a parade with chocolate brownie/cake/doughnut crumbs on her pinafore. Not being Catholic I don't do the whole Lent thing, except for no meat on Fridays because PaPa is a devout Catholic and we like to accommodate him. I'm curious about Donna's word, too. Hmmm…I'll ask Papa. I wonder if he'll say it??!!

  4. That's a wonderful article, Cath –no surprise there but I never thought about taking St. Patrick's Day off from Lent before. You can be sure I will next year. Donna heard the same thing I did about indulging on Sundays. The priest said on the altar that we should treat ourselves on Sundays so that we don't forget how wonderful choclate is or it won't be much of a sacrifice. My dad doesn't buy this and when I told him Fr's words, he said, "Do you believe everything you're told"?!

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