Sunday, November 30, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
"An Arab-Christian woman and critic of Islam says it is unfortunate that Islamic intimidation is forcing American companies to give Muslims special privileges not afforded to other groups.
Under a settlement of a federal religious discrimination lawsuit, up to 100 Somali Muslims who are current or former workers of a St. Cloud, Minnesota, meatpacking plant will receive a total of $365,000. The U.S. Equal Employment Commission filed suit against Gold'n Plump, Inc., and the Work Connection, Inc., an employment agency which handled some hiring for the plant. Under the settlement, Goldn' Plump agreed to pay $215,000 to workers who were terminated for taking prayer breaks, and Work Connection will pay $150,000 to workers who were asked to sign a form acknowledging that they might be required to handle pork, which many Muslims consider unclean."
Lots of thoughts on that one but that would change the quick take format....
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
God's fragrance has been a theme for me of late. I have been pondering how often I don't wear a lovely fragrance that beguiles, beckons, invites. It's the common that I wear, the dishwater soaked apron, full of worries and cares. My Gram used to have aprons that were just to wear for special times, to be lovely. They acknowledged the sacrifice and hard work that goes into living but added a touch of beauty and joy to the everyday. I get so caught up in the weary-work and the what-isn't that I often just soak in that. I fail to embrace the sweet smell of what is:
Again, I look down and see that I have feet of clay knowing that I am a person of Destiny-as are you- called to soar with wings like eagles. When I wear the fragrance of Christ my feet become unstuck and I take flight.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
4 cups liquid milk. 3 Tablespoons powdered milk. 3 Tablespoons cornstarch. Sprinkle the powdered ingredients over the liquid milk in a heavy bottom pan. Whisk. Heat to scalding. Scald for 3 minutes. It's important not to let the milk boil.
From busy cooks http://busycooks.about.com/library/glossary/bldefscald2.htm
Scald means to heat a liquid, usually a dairy product, in a saucepan until it almost boils.
Remove from heat and let cool until you can stick your finger into the milk without burning your finger (not very scientific but it works when you don't have a thermometer). You want the mixture to be warm enough to incubate the live active cultures that you are about to add but not hot enough to kill them.
Friday, November 21, 2008
U.S. Geography has been on the upswing because everyone has an individual map and I quiz them as they i.d a state or capital. We did get the U.S. "sound-off" from Logos and have started working through that. I wish that we had done the capitals/states in state alpha order as a more systematic way to memorize them. Another minor detail gripe about Foundations. The Geography puzzles from Timberdoodle continue to be a big hit with the littles. Flower loves them.
ScheduleFeche-boy needs a daily work chart in order to stay on-task. I am going to put one together this week-end so that he can check items off on his own. We've gotten bogged down on Confessions and he is bored. I need to focus with him and get him into the next book. He has been reading like a mad-man from our history section and just picked up Eragon. He and KB continue to plow through Logic & Math- Dad continues to Tutor a couple of days a week, and everyone is doing some great drawing. I quite being diligent about using my lesson plan book and I am feeling much more scattered. There are a lot of details this year. I work much better having just a few big projects to tackle.
Extra Curricular We also worked on the campaign this fall, visited the One Room Schoolhouse, did several read-alouds, watched Stein's Expelled and Lou Giglio's Indescribable and today we will go to a Fire Engine Factory..how cool is that?
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Our Holiday Centerpiece. The lighting doesn't do it justice- it looks too 70's here but it is really quite lovely = )
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Jalapeno Pepper Jelly* with Cream Cheese on Crackers
Turkey with Cornbread dressing
Corndogs : ) **
Sweet Potato Souffle
Smashed Red Potatoes
Ice Box Rolls
Spinach Salad with craisins,walnuts and oranges
Chocolate Fondue with Fruit
Pumpkin Pie with whipped cream
Frozen Fruit Fluff
Chocolate Mint Tea*
Iced Water with Lemon
** Flower added Corndogs to the menu and I figured might as well. We were all talking about our T'Day Menu last night with everybody piled on our bed ('cept Cub who was on the couch with a book- his big vote was for Turkey and after that he didn't care) and Flower started crying. Really, really crying. Miss. R won't be here this holiday- she's taking intensives at college during break and can only afford to fly home once. She is having T'day with the grandparents and not with us. Flower said it was too sad to even think about Thanksgiving without her big sis. Daddy reminded her that R will be home for a couple of weeks at Christmas but that just made her more sad becasue she won't stay here for forever at Christmas. So, corndogs don't truly replace our oldest dd (betchyer glad to hear that, aren't ya Miss. R?) but they compensate just a wee little bit.
What are you doing to prepare for the holiday?
Monday, November 17, 2008
We've been studying poetry this past summer and fall and memorizing a poem a week. This week we are memorizing a poem/prayer by William Bradford.
"Thus out of small beginnings greater things have grown by His hand Who made all things out of nothing, and gives being to all things that are: and as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light enkindled here has shone to many, yea, in a sense, to our whole nation; let the glorious name of Jehovah have all the praise. ~Wm. Bradford, circa 1630
KB has been creating pockets of decor around the house. Here is the front porch welcome that resulted from Sunday's burst of creativity. Wouldn't you agree that she is talented?
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Dr. Howard & Janet Morgan
If you'd like to gain a deeper understanding of the "Hebraic" mind-set check out thier web-site-I know that you'll be challenged and blessed. http://www.howardmorganministries.org/menu.html
Friday, November 14, 2008
Our memory work is listed each week- on the left- English grammar. On the right, our Bible verse. We have it down in English but we are still going over it in Latin almost daily. Next is our history sentence, then science, geography, Bible and math. I don't put our weekly poetry on the board. This week we opted for a poem by Wm Bradford and, while only a paragraph long, it has proved tricky due to middle english and unusual punctuation. It is beautiful though! I also don't list VP cards. We add a certain number each week and when we are done with them we'll do the presidents. This is the second year we've done the VP cards and all but Flower can recite them to where we are at without looking. This summer I plan to introduce the Bible TimeLine cards (160 as well). Some of them overlap so I don't want to practice them at the same time.
On Mondays I generally employ a smaller lap size white board to write a subjects memory work on. Then I erase a portion at a time as we say it over and over and over...
Frankly, memory work is hard work. But is so enriching to hear the kids recite poems that we worked on in July, or to hear them talk about Old Testament people in the context of Persia and what was going on when because they have memorized a history timeline as well as Biblical characters and maps. Another bonus is that they are memorizing info more and more quickly. It is hard work, yes, but time well invested.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Step #1 -Wash your apples. Ours weren't sprayed, but there were fields nearby that were. Peel and core. I have a nifty corer, slicer thingy but you can use a paring knife, too. We did a whole bunch at once and then stored them in lemon juice in the frig. You wouldn't have to use the lemon if you didn't want to- it keeps the apples from discoloring and they'll be brown in the end anyway = ).
Step #4. When completly dry, store in an airtight container. They should keep for several months (if they last that long).
As easy as 1, 2, 3. I wondered if it was worth the time and energy to make these until I went to the health food store and saw them for sale at $11.95 a pound! I am now convinced! Everyone loves them and they are 100% good stuff.
"Re-tooling." When I was in 8th grade we learned that this was called "Bait & Switch" and it was actually a dishonest business practice.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Fog is one of the shorter poems that we've memorized in the past several months and I love it for its simplicity and clear picture. It strikes me that it captures perfectly the growing sense of disatisfaction and dis-ease that I have with the pillars of our society- government, education, religion. Fog infiltrates and makes it difficult to clearly see what is right in front of us- carnality, socialism, narcissism, greed, a lust for the hip at the expense of the just, entitlement, compromise.
I find it interesting that the media, enamored lover of the Obamas,’ has been actually commenting on the size and shape of campaign promises now that the election is over and their favorite won. Did the pre-election fog clear off? Will the love affair wan and grow bitter? I wonder at those who choose to make their lives public, are they strong enough to withstand both the adulation and the disparagement that will come with their public lives? Will they have the fortitude, friendships and faith required to withstand the ficklenss of a restless media that is always looking for the next conquest?
I received a non-complimentary Michelle O’ email, accompanied by bitter words regarding her quote, “The truth is, in order to get things like Universal Health Care and a revamped education system, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of the pie so that someone else can have more;” this in light of a $447 lunch receipt paid for by the future Mrs. Prez, enjoyed at the Waldorf Astoria.
Fog, looking over city and harbor, obscures the view.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Individual Studies - Flower continues to cruise through phonics, Cub finished his ALAbacus B book, Feche-Boy continues to slog through the discussion questions related to Confessions, and KB completed 2 more IEW Rhetoric assignments; another excellent IEW choice even for those who've used IEW for years like we have- there is still more to learn!
Memory Work - we continued memory work in general and added another poem to the repertoire. Tuesday eve as we were driving to town we took turns reciting poems - we have 22 under our belts ytd. The difficult part of poetry memorization, from my pov, is the sequence and pattern of the words. The word picture is readily accessible for all of us global learner types but it's the specific order and detail of the words and phrases- the difficulty, and also the beauty, of poetry. I have love, love, loved teaching The Grammar of Poetry by Logos at co-op. The kids are rocking out on writing, memorizing and defining. Truth be told they are far better at coming up with examples for the tropes than I am. If we are done by the end of this semester, which it looks like we will be, I'm hoping to do the Logos Shakespeare study with a play at the end of the semester.
We are gearing up for Tantara, The Festival of One Act Plays. It's a tragedy year and we have a pick that is sure to make people cry- WWII Czech concentration camp. We're going to have to build some props this year and the kids are so excited they are busting at the seams. We'll do a mini-unit study along with. Start date: December.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
71.For the privilage of casting my vote.
72. For the dreams and ideals that America was founded on.
73. For a Republic.
74. For a place where a man of color or a woman can hold high office.
75. For the children and adults that we have raised. Deep calls to deep and it is a joy to share the deep things of the heart with them, even when it means sharing a loss.
76. For Feche-boy's prayer last night. The depth of his theological and Biblical understanding, coupled with a faith that permeates his being blesses me to the core.
77. For KB's willingness to spend many hours campainging and praying for many different races in this election.
78. For a young pastor in E.Europe who shared a good word today.
79. For the beautiful thoughts my Catholic friend, Ann, shared today.
80. That my citizenship is not earth-bound.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Watched Expelled last night. It was disturbing. Athiesm is alive and well in the world and it is ugly; you are born, you die and life is determined; nothing beyond ourselves. Egad, that would be enough to cause me to want to off myself right there. A willing return to void, darkness, nothing.
Yessiree bob, God saved me from nihilism, that I know full-well. Thank God for Life, new life, this Life, Eternal Life. I choose LIFE.
photo from linnealenkus.com
There's a vote on Tuesday. The personal is political. If you're not privilaged to vote Yes on Initiative 11, pray for the state of South Dakota, which will be. Pray that eyes will see a personal choice in light of a political vote and Choose LIFE.