FERNANDO J. PRIETO

Catholic / Radio Producer / Reluctant Grownup

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Ep. 2 – Aunt Jemima at War

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Ep. 1 – A Hitler in the US Navy

Learn the incredible story of William Patrick Hitler.

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Abby & Arnold’s Magic Carpet Ride

Princess Abby’s long black hair trailed behind her, whipping gently in the night air as a burly Arnold Schwarzenegger carefully piloted the enchanted Persian rug on which they sat. The pair had barely lost sight of the city below when their souls could no longer contain the song in their hearts and they began to sing…”I can show you the world….”

No, the last few lines are not my attempt at an alternate-reality Aladdin screenplay. They actually describe a dream my Big Big House Morning Show partner Abby had a few nights ago. Yup, it was just her and the ‘Governator’ sharing a romantic magic carpet ride high above ancient Persia, complete with a performance of the Disney classic, “A Whole New World”. When she caught wind that a couple of artists we play at Spirit FM actually covered the duet, Abby felt that it was high-time we reenact her odd date with Arnold. The resulting song was…well…something…

To be perfectly honest, recording it was blast!! Arnold is one of my favorite impressions to do because the man’s just got so many memorable lines. I could have probably stuck with material from the Terminator movies and had more than enough phrases to work with. Now I just have to find a way to plant Christopher Walken into her dreams…

There’s GOT to be an inception ‘how-to’ on the web somewhere, right?…

Thank You, Rick Warren.

You’ve probably heard the name, “Rick Warren” at some point in your life. He’s one of the most influential pastors in the country and the best-selling author of The Purpose-Driven Life. Not too long ago he suffered every parent’s worst nightmare: he lost a child.

petitionMatthew Warren was just 27-years-old when his life was cut short. A lot of those who spent time with him might have thought he’d be a great minister one day – just like his dad. Described as caring and compassionate, he also struggled with a serious disease none but those closest to him knew about, the same illness that would claim his life. Matthew died by his own hand on Saturday, April 6th and it was depression that drove him to it.

Thousands offered prayers and support for the Warrens when the news broke. In the wake of this tragedy, Pastor Warren became aware of the lack of serious and compassionate attention given to the subject of mental illness in our churches, our nation, and our culture…and decided to do something about it.

He posted the following petition on the Saddleback church website:

Kay and I have been overwhelmed by your outpouring of love since Matthew’s tragic death.

Matthew was just one of about 11.4 million American adults that suffered from severe mental illness in the past year. In fact, one in five Americans experiences some sort of mental illness.

Join Kay and I, and the Saddleback Family, in our effort to urge educators, lawmakers, healthcare professionals, and church congregations to raise the awareness and lower the stigma of mental illness… and support the families that deal with mental illness on a daily basis.

Thank you for adding your voice.

Pastor Rick

As someone who’s had a family member with debilitating mental illness – Thank you, Rick Warren! I couldn’t agree with you more.

There’s such a stigma attached to those who seek treatment for mental illness that I imagine many go without the help they need out of fear. Afraid that they could be labeled for the rest of their life. Afraid that their relationships could suffer. Afraid of what others might think.

Although the word, “illness” is often used to describe mental disorders I worry that many see some of the more common mental diseases (depression, OCD…etc.) as something someone can just, “snap out of”. Sometimes counseling alone is all that’s needed, sometimes it needs to be paired with medication…or maybe another kind of therapy needs to be sought. Mental disease IS disease. The sooner we see treating it as necessary as treating a broken leg, the better we’ll be as a society.

Lord, Great Physician, may stigma give way to compassion and may fear not hinder those afflicted from seeking help. Amen.

Advanced Pew Sitting

czaplinek-94147_1280     Nothing says, “you’re in church” like a pew. Amphitheaters, auditoriums, lecture halls – no other  building has utilized this simple, extended wooden bench to the degree that the Christian church has. As a matter of fact, you could argue that the pew is the most prevailing symbol of cross-denominational Christian unity….well…maybe not. Still, if you’re a church-going Christian odds are you’ve planted your bum in one at some point in your life.

Across many Sundays and through much trial and error, I’ve adopted certain guidelines that have helped me become a more effective pew-sitter. I will now impart this vital information to you…

#1: If you find a pew that is mostly empty, claim the open spot nearest the center rather than clinging to the aisle.

Don’t be the family that people constantly have to slide in front of in order to claim the prime real estate to your right or left. It’s uncomfortable for both you and them.

#2: Leave at least one body width between you and the person to your right and left, if possible.

You know how you try to provide one seat worth of buffer space between you and any stranger at the movie theater? …same principle. I contend that one body width is just the right amount of space to be polite – giving others ample comfort room while still being close enough to allow any necessary/desired hand-holding (as during the ‘Our Father’ for Catholics).

#3: If the congregation leaves their pews during the service (for Communion, a special blessing/prayer, etc.) put a hymnal down to help you find your seat again.

I use this technique almost every Sunday. You have to make sure however, that said hymnal is visible from the aisle. This can be tricky if you’re sitting in a pew that is not straight. For example, when sitting in a V-shaped pew the aisle next to the V pew section you’re sitting in may be the only vantage point you can see your hymnal from.

Stick to these tips, and you’ll be a pew sitting like a pro in no time!

First Post! Woohoo!

First of all…HAPPY EASTER! May the joy and peace of the risen Christ be with you! I was originally going to post this on Holy Saturday but thought it would make more sense to do so during the Easter season. So here it is: my first post on my new blog.baby-84627_1280

Yes, I realize that there are approximately 1 guh-JILLION blogs out there offering opinions and knowledge about every topic under the sun but hey, mine will be different! OK, maybe not but hopefully it’s at least slightly useful or amusing to others.

To tell you the truth, the idea of starting a blog has been floating around in my head for a while now. I feel that I occasionally have an interesting thought, idea, opinion, or piece of design I’d like to share and this little corner of the interweb is a place where I can do just that with more freedom and independence than on your average social networking site. I’ll warn you, my grammar might be lacking and my use of smilies, gratuitous but I could post something that could interest you at some point so check back as often as you can stand. 😉

So here we go… pray for me…

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