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This is why I usually do it yearly

I am wading through thousands of photos right now. I am caught up with my scrapbooking through December of 2006. Then, I took over 10,000 photos in 2007.  Each day of photos is on our hard drive book with an individual folder. It is going to take FOREVER!

Thus why I usually do it every Christmas vacation, but I couldn't in

2007 - my mom died, and I had to catch up with all I left behind because I was gone all of November
2008 - I'm sure there was a good reason (Maybe looking at my photos will give me a clue :))
2009 - I could not sit up due to my back going out on December 18.
2010 - So far, I did two years of Christmas photos end of 2006 (I had done through Gingerbread houses) and 2007.

Christmas Eve and All is Well

Dream Board 2011

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Dream Board 2011, originally uploaded by carolfoasia. This was a fun exercise to dream about 2011 in a visual way.

"Twelve TWEMS A Drumming"

Drum roll please!


My goal is to be done by October 2011. Here are the remaining twelve:


AUTOBIOGRAPHY

1973Gulag Archipelago Solzhenitsyn (Dec/Jan) HISTORY EARLY MODERN (1600 – 1850) 1776 Decline & Fall Roman Empire Gibbon (Jan) 1835 Democracy in America Tocqueville (Feb) MODERN (1850 – present)

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens on Audio Download - Free Audio

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens on Audio Download - Free Audio
Just finished it, and it is such a keeper!!!


Christmas Tree 2010

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This is our twelfth year going to Donovan's Christmas Tree Farm (http://www.donovanplace.com/christmas_t­ree_farm.html). It is a wonderful family tradition for us.

Warning: I didn't turn the video off and put the lens cap back on, but it afforded us the opportunity to learn how long it took us to decide on a tree.

This is the longest we have ever taken to pick a tree: just shy of THREE minutes! We Weavers are easy to please, and it was great fun! Sorry for the blackout.

The Well-Educated Mind Update 146/158 = 92%

I have 12 more to go!!!! I just finished: 


The Great Crash of 1929 by John Kenneth Galbraith. Let's not let history repeat itself! It was a fascinating read in every way. I recommend this too: 


The 1930's which is from the PBS Show American Experience.


AUTOBIOGRAPHY (all in the Modern Period)
1948 Seven Story Mountain Merton (Sept. 27, 2010)
1965 The Autobiography of + Malcolm X (November 15, 2010) 1973Gulag Archipelago Solzhenitsyn (Nov)
HISTORY EARLY MODERN (1600 – 1850) 1776 Decline & Fall Roman Empire Gibbon (Dec)

Control Z

I have a new computer. I play Spider Solitaire when I just want to think. I can go backward with a control z. I didn't understand that when I first started playing this. So I didn't score as many wins. With the slate clean, I have more wins now because sometimes I know that if I back up just a few steps, I can succeed. It is just that simple. I just intuitively know now that there was probably a wrong turn somewhere, and if I retrace those steps. Voila.

There is a metaphor for life. As I get older, I realize that I can retrace my steps and create something totally different out of the seemingly stupid messes I get myself in. Sometimes if involves humbling myself and just saying I am sorry. It involves working at the things that are important. It involves finding another route to a person's heart. Sometimes it involves stopping the fast pace of the game of life long enough to come away and think. The route seems so much clearer when I take a step back. My time with Kim on t…

The Well-Educated Mind Update: 145/158 = 92%!

I have 13 more to go!!!!
AUTOBIOGRAPHY (all in the Modern Period)
1948 Seven Story Mountain Merton (Sept. 27, 2010)
1965 The Autobiography of + Malcolm X (November 15, 2010) 1973Gulag Archipelago Solzhenitsyn (Nov)
HISTORY EARLY MODERN (1600 – 1850) 1776 Decline & Fall Roman Empire Gibbon (Dec) 1835 Democracy in America Tocqueville (Jan) MODERN (1850 – present) 1860 Civilization of Renaissance Burckhardt (Feb)

Patty's 50 Blues Made Me Smile Again

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Thursday Musings: Fifteen Minute Freewrite

I suppose I don't really have a ton of time to do this, but I haven't posted a "musing" here in a while. Last time I posted was November 4. This is definitely the blog I post to the least.

What a whirlwind month November has been. Is it really Thanksgiving in a week? Where did the time go?  I think six days in Phoenix made for a big cut in the month, but it was so worth it. I went there and spent time with many like-hearted people. It was great. I made some new friends, and I saw an old one: Sue Brock. It was fun to see that history plays a big part in who we are, and she was a huge part of my history. It felt really intuitive to be with her, as though I had known her my whole life. Well, that is because I have or at least since we were five years old. She might have even been four when we first met, but the cut off date in California schools was December 1, and she was born on November 21st. So, she probably was four at the beginning of the school year.  She was alw…

Prayer of Examen

This is nice:

from: http://www.marshill.org/pdf/hc/practices/prayerOfExamen.pdf


Prayer of Examen
Description
The Prayer of Examen is a daily spiritual exercise developed by St. Ignatius
Loyola. This practice seeks to grow followers of Jesus in their capacity to discern
God’s will, find God in all things, and enhance their understanding of God’s good
creation. The prayer may take between ten and twenty minutes. The majority of
that time will be spent reviewing your day. Try not to dwell too long on thoughts.
Instead, allow yourself to become aware and move on.
Begin by finding a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed.
Then sit comfortably, with good posture and both feet on the floor. Allow yourself
to relax and close your eyes if you like.
1. Recall you are in the presence of God
As you sit in silence, focus on God’s deep and abiding love for you. We are
always in the presence of God. Try to become aware of God’s presence in
an attentive way. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you recall y…

Documentary Mentioned in The Worst Hard Time

Rankings of Book Babes Book Club Books

BOOK SCORES HIGHEST TO LOWEST October 2000-2010 * Post-rankings in October 2010
9.00 – 10
The Hiding Place – 9.64 * To Kill a Mockingbird – 9.83 (8 people) * Pride and Prejudice – 9.25 (6 people) All Creatures Great and Small – 9
8.00 – 8.99
*Samurai’s Garden – 8.93 (7 people) John Adams – 8.9 Blood Brothers – 8.9  A Thousand Splendid Suns – 8.75 The River of Doubt – 8.7 Same Kind of Different as Me – 8.6 (9 people) Christy – 8.57 * Song of Years – 8.5 (4 people) Blink – 8.5 Peace like a River – 8.5 American Nightingale - 8.5 The Rim of the Prairie – 8.42 * A Christmas Carol – 8.4 (5 people) * Anne of Green Gables – 8.3 (7 people) Swimming  Across – 8.3 Sense and Sensibility – 8.3           Emma – 8.25 The Last Lecture - 8.25 * Persuasion – 8.2 (7 people) The Glass Castle – 8.2           Journey into Christmas “Stars on the Tracks” – 8.2 Outliers - 8.13  Three Cups of Tea – 8.1 Tuesdays with Morrie – 8.1 Kite Runner – 8.1             Cry, the Beloved Country – 8.04 The Count of Monte Cristo – 8 Escape from Slavery …

Yummy Pretzel

August 25, 2009:

The LORD is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread? (Psalm 27:1)


"Yummy Pretzel" by Carol Weaver


Lord, I fear everybody
No wonder I am so stressed
I want everyone to like me
I don't want anyone to be disappointed in me


Pretzel twisting is my activity
You don't like this?
Let me flex a bit more
I like harmony
So, I'll do anything to flex:
My time, my family, my schedule, my sleep, my exercise


I want to have a relationship with you
I fear our friendship won't last
If I say, "This won't work."
When I do summons the courage to say,
"This won't work for me,"
And you try to make it work another way
But it is still YOUR way,
I won't stick to my original conviction.
I'll bend and twist like a 


PRETZEL


Because I am a soft pretzel, by golly!
Soft pretzels make yummy friends :)
But if you start to eat me . . . 
I disappear,
And I fear what you will do if I say,
"STOP eating me!&q…