Showing posts from June, 2009

The Quiet Takes My Breath Away

Even though my kids have their "domain" in the basement, and they are pretty quiet kids, there is something so very soothing about having nobody here right now. George (the sweetheart) is taking his lunch break to take them to the orthodontist and on an errand. So, I am here for a bit by myself in the quietness of the morning.
I love it.

TWEM Classics: 103 out of 154 (67%)

I FINISHED THE ANCIENTS!!!!!Chronology of Classics in The Well-Educated MindAncients (15 out of 15)
2000 Epic of Gilgamesh/Ferry/Poetry
800 Iliad (*+ T)/ Homer/Lattimore/ Poetry
800 Odyssey(*+ T) /Homer/Lattimore/Poetry
600 Greek Lyrics/ Lattimore/Poetry

458 Agamemnon(*+ T)/ Aeschylus/Drama
450 Oedipus Rex(*+ T)/ Sophocles/Drama
441 Histories/ Herodotus/ History
431 Medea/ Euripedes/ Drama
400 Birds/ (Clouds – T) /Aristophanes/ Drama
400 Peloponnesian War(*+ )/Thucydides/ History
375 Republic(*+)/ Plato/ History

330 Poetics(+)/ Aristotle/Drama
65 Odes of Horace/Poetry
100 Greek Lives/Roman Lives by Plutarch

Medieval Times (15 out of 19)
400 Confessions*+ T Augustine Fitzgerald Autobio
426 City of God+ Augustine History
731 Ecclesiastical History of the English People Bede History
1000 Beowulf* Poetry
1300 Inferno*+ Poetry

1300's Everyman Drama
1350 Sir Gawain & the Green Knight* Poetry
1386 Canterbury Tales* Chaucer Poetry

1430 The Book of Margery Kempe Autobio
1513 Prince*+ Machiavelli History

The Shaped Up Summer

Well, it is a FREE summer for me, but I did sign the boys up for some fun things this summer:
Corvallis Community Television Video Production Course - actually, George is doing it with them. It will be a fun time for me to have Monday nights free and clear. :)
Realistic Drawing - Benton Center course with Mark Allison
Tennis - two weeks in July

So, why am I awake at 12:45 am?

Maybe I drank Lady Grey to late in the dayOr maybe the movie premiere has caused me to stay Awake until now and cleaning up things Browsing collectible my inheritance did bring
OK, that is enough with the rhyming. This is enough! The movie premiere was really great. I was very impressed with Bethany's editing and sound on The Road to Freedom.
Yesterday was a lovely day:
Up early to spend two hours of solid time in the Word Morning walk with Michelle Prayer processing after walk Iszler's clan over for movies downstairs with the kids and talking and prayer with Kim Took kids to Haberman party for four hours of birthday and water fight fun! Returned microscope to Barb Went to Jamocha Jo's Prayed, processed in the promises of the Word, and listened to poetry as I drifted off to sleep News as George fixed me hummus and flatbread (Have I mentioned I have the best husband in the world?) Premiere Cleaned out closet! A goal achieved! Looked up collectibles I acquired because no one wanted my m…

Poems, Prayers, and Promises

This John Denver song wafted through my head as I sat down and thought about what I would like to do with the next three hours of silence while my kids are out of the house for a birthday party. I did come down to three things I want to do:
Poems - Listen to some more of "Song of Myself" a massive poem in Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass
Prayers - This really is what I will do first. I just prayed with one friend an hour and a half ago, but there is so much on my heart after a conversation with her mid-day and a walk with another friend this morning. Sometimes all you can do is pray and hope that wickedness will not prevail and to remember God's desire:
"“Say to them, ‘As I live!’ declares the Lord God, ‘I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways! Why then will you die, O house of Israel?’" (Ezekiel 33:11, NASB95)

I can pray that wicked people will see the light…

Summer Reading List

This is possibly overly ambitious, but why not?
(Finished ones in RED)
AD 100 Greek Lives/Roman Lives by Plutarch 426 City of God by Augustine 731 Ecclesiastical History of the English People by Bede 1580 Selected Essays by Montaigne (This will complete the Ancient and Medieval Time periods)
1835 Democracy in America by Tocqueville (not Am Lit but related) 1850 Whitman Poetry (American) 1872 Dunbar Poetry (American) 1878 Sandburg Poetry (American) 1881 Life and Times of Frederick Douglass Autobiography 1883 Williams Poetry (American) 1902 Hughes Poetry (American) 1903 Souls of Black Folk by DuBois 1907 Auden Poetry (American) 1913 Frost Poetry (American)
Book club: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch Selkirk’s Island by Diana Souhami
That is it! My Amazon Kindle 2 makes this so FUN too!!!! I can read with large print while I am working out! I can switch it to text-to-speech when I need to run an errand too.

Feeling No Hope for Days Gone By

That sounds so deeply sad, but I guess I should elaborate.
I went to Lamppost today, and I was the last person to post there early last night. Gone are the days of Trapdoor Society where you would leave a post and ten people would respond to what you had said and the dialogue went on for days. Now, I think there are eleven people there where there had been probably 50 regular posters and another 50 occasional posters and another 50 lurkers!
It makes me sad, but you know what? It is peaceful! Gone are the days of provocative posting that always ended in a big conflict, lots of tears, and people calling me on the phone. Gone are the days when people would post a "zinger" to me that would sting me to the core and make me sad because I felt very misunderstood. Gone are the nasty emails! In fact, I got my last "nasty" one (from that person who was usually nasty to me, but now is very nice because the drama in her marriage is now known) the night before we left our chur…

How Many of These Classics Have You Read?

Chip Ross Park Loop Trail

We did another trail today to Chip Ross Park, but Sheri and Adam knew a longer route to take. It was very nice. It took 1 hour 4 minutes, and we burned 500 calories! WOOOHOOO!

Silver Creeks Falls Trail of Ten Falls

Silver Creeks Falls Mosaic, originally uploaded by carolfoasia. What I did last Friday. I love living in Oregon!