Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
World-wide infanticide. Paid for by your tax dollars.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Our big old Akita, Diamond, will have nothing to do with her, just walks off. She's been making out o.k. tho' cause the not-so-littles feel sorry for her so she has been getting extra love and treats.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Another read, worthy of your time! I want to be a higly effective person. Time grows short and the older I get the faster it flees. I want to steward my time well and fill it up with things and people that matter.
I truly believe that God creates each person with a purpose. Nick Vujicic tells his story. Puts things in perspective for those of us who feel that we aren't talented or equipped enough.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
A blessed Sabbath to you!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
What I find missing the most in these interactions and in how many parents are raising their kids is a lack of GRATITUDE, joy and thanksgiving for what they have, for what's to come. Somehow the American dream has seemed to change from having freedom- the ability and option to make something of and for yourself, which requires vision and discipline, to a having ease and entitlement, an easy chair, fast food and uninterrupted computer time. Not a good trade-off, but one that it seems a lot of families have made.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
And as He stands in victory
Friday, January 16, 2009
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Thursday, January 15, 2009
Tuesday: I had to run in to town (40 min away) with Viking Man to pick up the other van that was having the 2nd deer-hit-damage-of-the-season repaired. His schedule was changed last minute so I waited in town for him, went to thrift shops and picked up the rest of the kids cosutmes for the One Act. See left for 2 cutie-patooties modeling our "butterfly" masks. Dropped Viking Man off and got home around 1:30. Schedule disrupted.
Wednesday: left at O'dark:30 for Rapid. Made it to the Family Policy Council luncheon where my fellow TeenPact state coordinator, Mrs. W and I gave a 2min presentation on TP to 90+ people. Great reponse. The kids went on to Mrs. W's house to play the day away and Viking Man and I met with his friend, a professional author. A delightful afternoon! Back to the W's house for a wonderful dinner, and then the kids went to Awanas. Viking Man and I met with a group that are working on developing a classical college in the area- fun, fun, fun.
Back to the W's house to eat home-canned pickles, play games and laugh some more. Aren't like-minded friends just THE BEST?!
Ran into Kristy K- from my M.F.T. program at the church the Awanas program was held in- 6 hours from us. It really is a small world, isn't it?
Thursday: Got up at O'Dark:30 to get Viking Man back to his out-of-town office in time to see clients. The kids and I had left a car there, so we went home to clean out the car, do laundry and get ready for
Friday. Co-op, drama, grocery shopping. Which will be a regular Friday for us despite the rest of the week.
Home to negative 10 degree weather with the sun up. At least the wind wasn't blowing.
We did do the Grammar Catechism several times this week as well as the VP cards. KB and Feche Boy worked on Poetry, some math, and IEW. The rest of the week we caved in to fellowship and sundries. I like that word. 'Specially since it has the word "sun" in it = )
How did your week go? Did you get done what you had hoped to?
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
The following is the philosophy of Charles Schultz. You don’t have to actually answer the questions, just ponder them and read straight through the email. You will get that point of it as you go down the line.
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Nation the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Nation the last five winners of the Miss America and Miss World pageants.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winner for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade’s worth of Superbowl champions and World Series winners.
How did you do?
The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.
Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. THEY ARE THE ONES THAT CARE!
Monday, January 12, 2009
" In 1935-36, inspired by the Harlem Renaissance and his clandestine work as a union organizer, Professor Melvin Tolson coaches the debate team to a nearly-undefeated season that sees the first debate between U.S. students from white and Negro colleges and ends with an invitation to face Harvard University's national champions."
This movie would make an excellent addition to a unit study on the history of the U.S., slavery, the 20th century, the Civil Rights Movement. It does portray a lynching which should disturb most viewers.
Starring and directed by Denzel Washington, The Great Debaters is an stirring portrayal of what life was like for blacks post-slavery and pre-civil rights. It is also demonstrates the power of teaching. Marva Collins is another teaching great and Denzel portrays what I imagine Marva must be like in person- teaching like his hair's on fire, knowledgeable, passionate, with a sense of purpose and vision for the people whose lives he is influencing. The Power of 1.
The kids involved in the One Act Play festival and I are doing a mini-unit study of sorts on WWII. One of the parents sent me a video clip on Irena Sendler, another real-life heroine.
Another YouTube about Irena pointed out that she lost the nomination of the Nobel Peace Prize to Al Gore and he found this ironic. A commenter left this message, "You clearly dont understand the world around you. So please don't preach. Let me say that I commend her brave notions and actions, but its in the past, and it did nothing to help the world AS A WHOLE. Just help the people she saved. That's it, and there were plenty of others like her too, she isn't unique." (I cut and pasted the comment without changes).
I'm stunned. A flood of comments positively regarding Al Gore rather than the life of a woman who lived sacrificially. Al Gore aside, the point of the video was Irena Sandler. But, if the past is inconsequential, and those few (2,500) people whose lives were saved from torment and terror mean so little, than maybe Al is the focus. Maybe we need to live by the wisdom of Max Detwieler (Sound of Music), "What's going to happen is going to happen. Just make sure that is doesn't happen to you." Maybe the focus should be on getting what's ours. Maybe, in our plastic comfort, we should be satisfied.
Call me an idealist, but I have a higher hope. I hope that actions have meaning beyond our own small puddle. I hope that the gifted teachers like Marva Collins and Melvin Tolson or the petite, simple, faithful greats like Irena Sendler and Corrie Ten Boom, change the world. That those actions and ideals bring us closer to Truth, beauty, love and the real things.
To what's ahead, knowing that what's past lays the foundation. With gratitude for those heros and heroines who built that foundation with love.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Posted by Joseph Bottum (current editor of First Things) on January 10, 2009, 1:42 PM
For those interested, here are my own reminiscences, online today in the Weekly Standard.
If you haven't yet met Fr. Neuhaus, you can get a glimpse of what he and his life were about here, in an essay written by him in February 2000, “Born Toward Dying.” It is worth taking the time to read. Whether you agree with his theology or not, his words are a feast.
I was going to make this a separate post but it seems fitting somehow to share it in the same post with Fr. Neuhaus' news. I'm a global thinker and make connections and parallels in odd places. Do you see the similarities here? Putting away the old, embracing the Living?
Son of Hamas Leader converts to Christianity @ Fox News ...
you can catch his follow up January 3rd interview here
L'Chaim. A blessed Sabbath to you!
Friday, January 9, 2009
Stop on over at Conversion Diaries to see more Quick Takes. http://www.conversiondiary.com/2009/01/7-quick-takes-friday-vol-16.html
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
The Grammar of Poetry is just that, the system of rules and principles used in poetry. There are 30 lessons in the book, which can be used as a quick intensive, semester-long or year-long study. It is recommended for use in 6th grade but it is certainly usable through high school. I would recommend it for students who can think abstractly.
The first lessons introduce and define poetry, simile and rhyme, types of poems and how to read a poem. Rhyming Dictionaries are also introduced. Metaphor is covered and then 2 lessons on meter. At lesson 9 the pace picks up with every other lesson focusing on a figure of speech or meter.
Figures of speech covered include metaphor, simile, pun, personification, synecdoceh, hyperbole, onomatopoeia, alliteration, theoretical question, refrain, oxymoron, and euphemism. Spacial poetry is also included. Meters covered are Iamb, Trochee, Anapest, Dactyl, Refrain.
Lessons include practice and review, student writing samples, stanzas for students to discover the meters, definitions, as well as lots of opportunity for the student to create their own poetry as well as memorize great poems. Riddles are included throughout.
I have found this to be an excellent addition to our writing program as it introduces advanced stylistic techniques and gives the student an excellent basis for understanding poetry. At $20 per copy The Grammar of Poetry is a lot of bang for your academic buck.
You can order The Grammar of Poetry through Logos Academy http://www.logosschool.com/materials/shop/item.asp?itemid=28
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
I'm jealous of the days and years and time spent with my children. They are fleeting. Already and too soon other voices demand their attention and focus, and my time with these precious people decreases.
I've heard the terms enmeshed, hover mother and a helicopter parent thrown around a lot, especially in response to homeschoolers. I'm a trained therapist so I know the jargon and my response is, whatever. What ever love is, I want to share it with my family. What ever time means I want to fill it with the joy of people I love. Life is a vapor and I want my time to intermingle and drift along with those whose eyes and arms and hearts sing to and with mine.
Viking Man and I have the hope of creating a beautiful family culture. Yet, the culture that we create expands and broadens and goes beyond ourselves as our kids take it with them to the ends of the earth; they are global citizens with a global vision. We will be the "home-folks" as Laura Ingalls calls them, but, like Ann, I have a lump in my throat and an ache in my heart thinking of seasons that are past and passing.
To what's ahead. Knowing that the swiftness of this life leads us to the next and the hope of eternity spent with the souls of this world that we love and say "Good-bye" to. Yet only for a time.
Pete Chagnon - OneNewsNow - 1/2/2009 8:00:00 AM
Critics of America's public school system have launched a new effort highlighting the need for Christians to exit the system.
The initiative -- dubbed The Call to Dunkirk (video link) -- was launched by Dr. Bruce Shortt, author of The Harsh Truth About Public Schools; Rev. Voddie Baucham, author of Family Driven Faith: Doing What It Takes to Raise Sons and Daughters Who Walk with God; and the founder and director of the Exodus Mandate Project, retired U.S. Army Chaplain Lt. Col. E. Ray Moore. Moore explains the proposal. "The Call to Dunkirk is a special emergency effort to try to get other ministries, churches, pastors, and the major Christian right and pro-family movement to join with us and the other K-12 home-school ministries in rescuing the children from the public schools during the year 2009," he says.
Although Christians have fought other aspects of the culture war such as homosexual "marriage," Moore contends they are losing the fight when it comes to the education of their children. "The real target of the liberals and the left has always been the children. And we can see in California where the conservatives won Proposition 8 -- the vote [was] 52 to 48 [percent] -- but...when Proposition 22 was voted on [in March 2000], they had a 61-percent margin of victory. So the culture is turning against Christianity and against the pro-family movement primarily because we've allowed our children to be educated in their schools," he adds. "They're converting our children; we're not converting them." The Call to Dunkirk gets its name from the historical WWII event when the Allied forces of England and France were run out of Europe, but ordinary citizens rallied to their aid and used their own boats to help more than 300,000 soldiers escape safely in order to return again on D-Day.
Monday, January 5, 2009
How glorious You are in the springtime, when every creature awakens to new life and joyfully sings Your praises with a thousand tongues!
Glory to You for the warmth and tenderness of the world of nature.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
We also fit in another play practice. One of our moms came up with brilliant, inexpensive and effective costumes! Woohoo! The kids are really "getting it" and coming up with awesome ideas and they all have lots to add for the study sections on WWII.
We had an quick and impromptu party for both not so littles last night at our church. 16 kiddos, easy food, and a gym -winning combo. Cub is 9 as of today and Flower will be 6 at the end of the month. Party season is officially over on Sunday after we drop College Woman at the airport.
Your contract of friendship has been renewed for the New Year 2009!
My Wish for You in 2009
May peace break into your house and may thieves come to steal your debts.
May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet of $100 bills. May love stick to your face like Vaseline and may laughter assault your lips!
May your clothes smell of success like smoking tires and may happiness slap you across the face and may your tears be that of joy.
May the problems you had forget your home address!
In simple words . . . May 2009 be the best year of your life!!!
Thursday, January 1, 2009
And the gentle breezes blow
Seventy mile an hour
At twenty-five below
Oh, how I love South Dakota
When the snow’s up to your butt
You take a breath of winter
And your nose gets frozen shut
Yes, the weather here is wonderful
So I’ll guess I’ll hang around
I could never leave South Dakota
‘Cause I’m frozen to the ground!!!