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The muscles relax as the he masterfully works with tension and release exercises
The hands glide and push back and forth


I recline on heat and iceWith pain killers, muscle relaxants, And anti-inflammatories coursing Through my body As muscles spasm out of control With every movement There is pain
Yet, my heart soars Despite being sore The spirit can go to places Divine In the midst of the pain That transcend this temporal world And ground us to what is truly important And eternal in this life
Our bodies waste away But our spirits will rise on the last day

Audrey Assad - My new favorite artist!

Tear Day

It seems that today is a tear dayOne little thing set me down a path Cleansed by salt water Running down the cheeks Over a six hour span I'm spent Yet refreshed Authenticity accepted Validated Understood From caring hearts Outstretched over the telephone line

This Made Me Laugh This Morning

I'm a "Realist-Optimist" What are you?

The Delight of an Hour

I delight in the last hourTalking to teenage sponges About the effect of advertising On the human psyche Seeing the percent change In their "mock stocks" Explaining the function Of an extensor tendon On a big right toe Progress made through Sir Gawain's vocabulary Eyes engaged - Love exchanged Tea sipped from great-grandma's English tea cups A delicious hour Savored until the last minute Drops


One thing after anotherLittle emergencies and big Isaac has an emergency appendectomy Steve's dad dies suddenly I cut my extensor tendon for my big toe People rushing to care for their fellow man The ebb and flow of this mass of humanity With individual needs and fears The mass becomes each lone heart And we must care We must touch We must strive to go outside of ourselves To hug the collective whole one heart at a time Without this we die as a people

Annie Barrows | Borders Media

From my touch!

School and Dave Ramsey Finance Class

I love being more at home this year. Even though I am not constantly looking over my kids' shoulder during school, I am there when they need me. Sometimes they do not, sometimes they do.
Today they are taking the Dave Ramsey Finance Class Chapter 4 Test on debt. Michael already did it and got a 90%. Paul is still taking it. I REALLY like that class and highly recommend it to all home schoolers, AND their parents. I wouldn't let any kids graduate without this class. It is that important and probably the most practical class they will take.

New Heights!

Carol Ann Weaver reports that Paul (almost 15) is 6' 4 3/4" and Michael Weaver (17) is 6' 5 5/8". George Weaver is ONLY 6' 4 1/2"! I come in a dismal 4th place at 6' 2 1/4".

St. Teresa of Avila Quote

Let nothing disturb thee,
Nothing afright thee.
All things are passing,
God never changeth.
Patient endurance
Attaineth to all things.
Who God possesseth
In nothing is wanting . . .
Alone God sufficeth.

The Holy Spirit Tingle

In the busy-ness of my life, I am suddenly aware that the house is totally empty because Paul is at Ultimate, George took Michael to watch Paul and walk home with him, and George is going to Faruz's house to help him move Khairol and Noorul's couch.

I really wanted to help, but I my back is whack again for some reason. Maybe it is so I can be home here all alone and yet not alone. I feel You within and around me.

Thank You!

Sunday Morning Muse

I woke up at 1:15 and could not go back to sleep. I had great time with God in Daniel 4. Now, I am listening to a Teaching Company audio about The English Language and Literature. I listened to a recording of "The Battle of Malden," and it made me wish that I could call my mom and tell her that Old English sounds so much like Swedish!
I know for the last couple of years of her life, she would have not really understood what I was trying to say, but it would have been nice this morning.
So, I thought I would muse on that for a bit.
I am tired, Lord. I had a very good Shabbat Retreat, and I was rested going into it and rested during it, but my lack of sleep last night has made me very tired. :(
So, hopefully, I will get a nap.

Teaching Textbooks is the BOMB!

I have had the Teaching Textbooks Algebra II for a year now, and I have been chomping at the bit to use it. It is so COMPLETE!
Michael took his first closed book exam, and he got a 92%. He was correcting some homework in Chapter 2 today, and I asked him how he compares it to Bob Jones University Math - Is is more or less work? Harder or easier?
His response: "It seems like it takes more time to watch the lecture and understand the concepts, but the problems are easier, and you get more out of it. Also, If you get something wrong, they explain the concept."
There are also less lessons overall with 130 for the whole year. At this rate, he will be able to finish it before spring break.
The switch was worth it then! I am going to have Michael retake the Algebra Placement Exam at LBCC when he is done with Algebra II. I know he will do better.
So, It is two thumbs up for Algebra II, and I think I am going to switch Paul to it for Geometry. I am excited!
I might even switch him to Al…

Our Homeschool Year Shaping Up and Changing

We like it, but I gave the kids the option of not watching the Biography of America videos and spending more time in reviewing their US History through this wonderful site:
This is an awesome site for reinforcement and something I failed miserably at last year. I was trying to keep in step with Thelma's pace, and she was so slow through the "Early Settlement" phase of US History that they would not read for quite some time in their text. Then, we had to FLY through the last part because she spent very little time on that. So, we are reviewing everything they learned last year at an even pace. When they finish a period, they are taking the quiz. Biography of America was an excellent "color" commentary on the events, dealing more with principles, but it wasn't hard core fact reinforcement. I think this is what they need at this point in time. So, their time will be allocated more wisely with this.
They just might…


It is hard to believe it has been eight days since I posted, but I am going from summer to school mode. So, it means less time for TWEM books but still time to educate my mind. After all, this whole blog started as a way to express what we were learning in our schooling!
So, what are we learning?
Review of last year's US History because I did a horrible job of quizzing them as they went along. The American Literature and American Government classes at Co-op took so much of our time that we just read without proper review. They remember everything from Thelma's American Literature, and I realized that it is because they had their reading reinforced by lecture, discussion, quizzes, writing, and exams.
We are daily doing history in an interactive way for at least one hour, four days a week. Since they did all the reading up through reconstruction, we are simply reviewing the AP US History Flash Cards. We are reading twenty a day. Then, they split the cards up and quiz ea…

My life in Poems

It was a fun journey through poetry. I am coming down to earth, but I tend to think in poetry these days. Claudia said yesterday at lunch that she has written poems all her life. She does this more than journaling.
Then I got to thinking that I have written songs, and they are poetry. The nice thing about poetry is that you don't have to think up a tune.
Light bulb.
So, I am looking at my day to day in poetic terms.

Poet 16: T.S. Eliot

Sixteen poets in eighteen days plus a Shakespeare play for good measure.
I concluded with T.S. Eliot. by listening to a recording of him reading "The Wasteland" on YouTube! (the internet can be such a blessing)
T.S. Eliot wrote "The Wasteland" prior to his conversion and when he was going through great problems in his marriage (loveless and something he jumped into before he knew the woman). It speaks of his thirst, and this was all part of his process in coming to find the TRUE living water of Jesus!
I will conclude this adventure with a YouTube video of a wonderful narrator reading "The Journey of the Magi" which is through the eyes of one of the wise men. It was written after Eliot became a believer.

Poet 16: T.S. Eliot

Yippee! Sixteen American Poets in fourteen days with a Shakespeare play thrown into the mix! No place of grace for those who avoid the face No time to rejoice for those who walk among noise and deny the voiceFrom Ash Wednesday

Poet 15: Ezra Pound

Background: Ezra Pound was born in 1885 in Hailey of the Idaho Territory. He was a leader of the modernist movement in poetry. He advanced the work of Americans like Frost, Williams, Hemingway, and Eliot in addition to Irish writers Yeats and Joyce. He had radical political views, supported Mussolini, was a critic of the US involvement in World War II, and an anti-semite. A colorful character by all accounts! He was even arrested for treason but aquitted and determined he was insane!
Now, to his poetry . . .
I thought he might be like Gross Ginsberg (forever will be my name for his creepy poetry), but it was very well-crafted and beautiful. I just didn't understand a whole lot of it! LOL! He uses many Greek illusions, and I am glad I have a bit of background in this. He promulgated Imagism which borrows from classical Japanese and Chinese poetry.
Though I didn't always understand him, I liked him.
This poem got the most comments on
In a Station of the Metro

Poet 14: Sylvia Plath

When Sylvia was eight, her father died, and she declared, "I'll never speak to God again." It is obvious from her poetry that she did not. She wrote over 274 poems in her 31 years of life. Her last one was written six days before she took her life in the dead of the coldest winter in England since 1947.
She was spoke early and was writing complege poems by the age of five. John Dryden once said,
"Great wits are sure to madness near allied, And thin partitions do their bounds divide,"
Here is one poem that she wrote eleven days before she died. Her poor children!
Your clear eye is the one absolutely beautiful thing.
I want to fill it with color and ducks,
The zoo of the new

Whose name you meditate --
April snowdrop, Indian pipe,

Stalk without wrinkle,
Pool in which images
Should be grand and classical

Not this troublous
Wringing of hands, this dark
Ceiling without a star.

P.S. Here is a website on neurotic poets I found fascinating.

Poet 13: Langston Hughes

Whew! After Adrienne Rich's poetry, it was refreshing to read Langston. He hit my heart with the African-American experience. That is one thing I have appreciated about Susan Wise-Bauer: she has included many works by African-Americans that have opened my eyes (Invisible Man, Native Son, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Song of Solomon, Up From Slavery, Paul Laurence Dunbar and Rita Dove poems).
Here are some favorites:
I, Too

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"

They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed--

I, too, am America.

Still Here
been scared and battered.
My hopes the wind done scattered.
Snow has friz me,
Sun has baked me,

Looks like between 'em they done
Tried to make me

Stop laughin', stop lovin', s…

Poet 12: Adrienne Rich

I didn't really connect with Adrienne Rich. She is a feminist, and she seems pretty angry at men. This article she wrote sums up her radical views. See HERE. I don't agree with you Adrienne. Sorry.
I thought some of her stuff was pretty disgusting and not edifying to read. I think Susan Wise-Bauer should give a warning before reading her. I think some of Wise-Bauer's "Be sure to read" suggestions are not good! Susan, what were you thinking?
This one was OK though:
Living in the earth-deposits of our history

Today a backhoe divulged out of a crumbling flank of earth
one bottle amber perfect a hundred-year-old
cure for fever or melancholy a tonic
for living on this earth in the winters of this climate.

Today I was reading about Marie Curie:
she must have known she suffered from radiation sickness
her body bombarded for years by the element
she had purified
It seems she denied to the end
the source of the cataracts on her eyes
the cracked and suppurating skin of her finger…

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I can post from this page. Tee Hee

Poet 11: Mark Strand

I found many of his poems dear and others quite odd.
"Old People on the Nursing Home Porch" made me think of my visits with mom at Sterling Senior Community. I would love to sit and listen to these elderly people tell their stories. I wanted to write a book called Waiting to Die at Sterling. It was a sad thing to see so many of them have to sit there day in and day out so bored and lonely. I felt for my mom who spent so many of her days in the same way. I ached to have her live near or with me so that I could visit with her daily and have the boys and George visit with her too, but it was not meant to be.
This commentary on the poem resonated with me:
In this clearly-written poem, Strand creates a single, sustained image: a porch of elderly persons rocking quietly in the face of meaninglessness. There is no redemption, there is no escape but death. Perhaps, however, it is their isolation in the nursing home that robs them (and their stories) of meaning. What if they were roc…

TWEM LIST UPDATE: 122/158 (77%) - 36 To GO!

I thought it would be easier to have the ones I have left bolded rather than the ones that I have already done.I put Ancient Times and part of Medievalat the end since I have completed it.Medieval Times
1580Essays+MontaigneAuto 1588Life of Teresa of AvilaAuto DONE1588Doctor FaustusMarloweDrama DONE1592Richard IIShakespeareDrama DONE1594Midsummer’s Nights Dream* ShakespeareDramaDONE1600Hamlet*ShakespeareDrama DONE
Early Modern (1600-1850)1605Don Quixote*+CervantesNovelDONE1611PsalmsKJVPoetryDONE1667Paradise Lost*+MiltonPoetry DONE1641Meditations+DescartesAuto DONE1666Grace AboundingBunyonAutoDONE 1669TartuffeMoliereDrama DONE1679Pilgrim’s Progress*BunyonNovelDONE1682Narrative of Captivity & RestorationRowlandsonAuto DONE1690True EndCivil Government LockeHistory DONE1700Way of the WorldCongreveDrama DONE