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A Christmas Wedding

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357 - A Christmas Wedding, originally uploaded by carolfoasia. Via Flickr:

I love these ladies!

We went to Berina and Joel Tuttle's wedding.

In picture:
Fatimah (left) was a bridesmaid.
Jean (behind me) is a dear friend from college.
Heba (right) is my sweet friend from Jordan.

It was a delightful evening with dinner three hours before the ceremony. There was a LOT of time for talking at this wedding.

2011 Books

I don't think I am going to get through the books I am currently reading before the end of the year. So, I will post these here. Not as many books this year, but many of them were the finishing up of The Well-Educated Mind list. So, they were TOMES and very difficult reads!

KEY:
TWEM =The Well-Educated Mind
BABES = Book Babes - my monthly book club that I have been in since January 2001
DAMES = Book Dames - my bimonthly book club that is an offshoot of Babes and reads classics (inaugurated in June of 2005)



JANUARY 1. A Distant Mirror by Tuchman (TWEM)
FEBRUARY 2. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Womersley-TWEM) 3. TrueFaced: Trust God and Others with Who You Really Are MARCH 4. Democracy in America (Heffner-TWEM) 5. The Road to Wigan Pier (TWEM) 6. The Last Lecture (Babes) 7. All the President's Men (TWEM) APRIL 8. The Runner's Field Manual 9. The Blindside (Babes) MAY

10. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (TWEM)

11. The Civilization of the Renaissance in It…

Wednesday Reflections

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I have so many things to do today. They are things that I usually ignore for the whole year, but I open up the week between Christmas and New Year as a time to select, print, and scrapbook for the boys' albums, our Christmas album, and just print photos and put them in sleeves for family pictures. The hard part is that I have not been doing it consistently for the past four years. 2007 was such a huge picture year that I haven't gotten past it. Last year, I made photo books and most of 2007 Christmas. Why didn't I do the whole holiday? Maybe I decided not to do the later pictures or maybe I didn't because I have them in my 365 book already? I can't remember from year to year what decisions I have made.  If I would just do this a little bit each week, I would remember where I left off, but each day during the year is so busy.

I also don't know when I should make the switch to digital for the boys' books. I told them maybe I should stop scrapbooking, and they …

How Many of the 100 Have I Read? 48

THE BOOK OF GREAT BOOKS 100 Aeneid – VirgilAll Quiet on the Western Front – RemarqueAll the King’s Men – WarrenAnimal Farm – Orwell As I Lay Dying – Faulkner YESAs You Like It – Shakespeare YESThe Awakening – ChopinBeowulf YESBill Budd – MelvilleThe Bluest Eyes – Morrison Brave New World – HuxleyThe Call of the Wild – LondonCandide – VoltaireThe Canterbury Tales – Chaucer YESCatch22 – HellerThe Color Purple – WalkerCrime and Punishment – Dostoyevsky YESThe Crucible – MillerDaisy Miller – JamesDavid Copperfield – DickensDeath of a Salesman – Miller YESDiary of a Young Girl – FrankInferno – Dante YESDoctor Faustus – Marlowe YESA Doll’s House – Ibsen YESDon Quixote – Cervantes YESEthan Frome – WhartonEuthyphro, Apology, Crito, Phaedo – PlatoA Farewell to Arms – HemingwayFaust: Parts 1 and 2 – GoetheFor Whom the Bell Tolls – HemingwayFrankenstein – Shelly  YESThe Glass Menagerie – WilliamsThe Good Earth – Buck YESThe Grapes of Wrath – Steinbeck YESGreat Expectations – Dickens YESThe Great…

100 Great Books

My next challenge!
THE BOOK OF GREAT BOOKS 100 Aeneid – VirgilAll Quiet on the Western Front – RemarqueAll the King’s Men – WarrenAnimal Farm – Orwell (read)As I Lay Dying – FaulknerAs You Like It – ShakespeareThe Awakening – ChopinBeowulfBill Budd – MelvilleThe Bluest Eyes – MorrisonBrave New World – HuxleyThe Call of the Wild – LondonCandide – VoltaireThe Canterbury Tales – ChaucerCatch22 – HellerThe Color Purple – WalkerCrime and Punishment – DostoyevskyThe Crucible – MillerDaisy Miller – JamesDavid Copperfield – DickensDeath of a Salesman – MillerDiary of a Young Girl – FrankInferno – DanteDoctor Faustus – MarloweA Doll’s House – IbsenDon Quixote – CervantesEthan Frome – WhartonEuthyphro, Apology, Crito, Phaedo – PlatoA Farewell to Arms – HemingwayFaust: Parts 1 and 2 – GoetheFor Whom the Bell Tolls – HemingwayFrankenstein – Shelly (read)The Glass Menagerie – WilliamsThe Good Earth – BuckThe Grapes of Wrath – SteinbeckGreat Expectations – Dickens (read)The Great Gatsby – Fitzger…

Annotated Bibliography of The Well-Educated Mind List

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Over the next year, I will be creating an annotated bibliography of all of the books I read in the Well-Educated Mind, doing one to two at a time. It will be good review for me and hopefully helpful for someone on the same journey.
Ancients (15)
1) 2000 BC: Epic of Gilgamesh/Ferry/Poetry


I really enjoyed this. It is very approachable and readable. I also read illustrated versions to my kids that helped me imagine in my own reading. Visual images often make reading more enjoyable for me. It spoils it for others. It is a personal preference for all. 


These were my favorite children's versions with lush and beautiful illustrations:


retold and illustrated by Ludmila Zeman













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(*+ )/Thu…

Sunday Morning Peace

I knew the weekend would be packed with people and parties. So, I decided on Thursday night that this would be a morning to be alone with You.

I have no doubt that You are present here. I don't even have Christmas music playing. The silence is comforting. My heart is stirring as I sit here and love my life.

Luke is in the hospital, and I bow in prayer for his safe recovery. Lord, surround him with Your love and comfort as he is in a strange hospital in a foreign country without his mom by his side. Be his comfort and joy this day (or 7:55 pm Sunday night Morocco time).

Be Elizabeth's comfort and joy as she spends her last Sunday at her church before she goes to India on Tuesday. I will miss her so much. The good-bye is bitter-sweet. Corvallis will have a hold, but India and her sister and brother in law will gain a treasure. You know that they need her more than we do.

No doubt in my mind You are present as my fingers go across the keyboard. I have become so comfortable with t…

A Few Minutes to Write

I woke up very early, and I wished I would have gotten up, but I forced myself back to a semi-sleep until 6:30.  Michael had oral surgery at 8:00 am in only 38 minutes yesterday and didn't even need to take the heavy duty pain meds, just ibuprofen for inflammation.  He did great!

After that I came back and got my house ready for another Christmas tea with Lisa. I had to make more scones and Christmas ribbon sandwiches, but it was lovely. In the fact, I had a very relational day from 11:45 - 10:15 pm with three different friends coming and going. It was good. Christmas tea and prayer are two very good things, and I had lots of both.

I'm sipping chai in my Donovan's Pottery red-glazed cup. It is festive and Christmas-like. I have loved this season. I love my new Christmas tea pot and cups that match my grandmother's and Christmas tea cozy. Donna also brought me a Christmas colored apron for a hostess gift! So great!

Well, I am off to have time with God. So strange to be …

Journey Through Job and Life

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I went from an overview of Romans this morning with Kim and Rachel (a dream to study this book with them that is finally being realized, YAHOO!) to my journey through Job.

Since both kids are at their college classes, I broke into song at the top of my lungs:

 "I know that my Redeemer liveth . . . and because He lives . . . I, too, shall live."

Oh I must break out Handel's Messiah and put it on my iPod!  
I sang something like this in high school - I was in Job's Daughters. Some evangelicals would tell me that this wasn't a good thing, but they don't know what we learned there. They look from the outside and condemn it all as bad, but I only learned good from it, and it was so much praise and worship and Scripture!
They were lessons from the book of Job, and for a high schooler, they were excellent lessons that would develop my theology of suffering later on in life. I took the memorization very seriously, and they were great Scriptures and beautiful hymns l…

So Grateful

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I am studying Ecclesiastes 11-12 this morning, and I am so grateful for my mentors who taught me to enjoy life by enjoying and remembering God!  This is Thanksgiving week, and there is such joy and freedom in remembering my "Creator in the days of my youth." It is a privilege to counsel with 20 somethings who are still finding their way. I want them to enjoy these days of their youth.

My heart broke talking to a girl last night who is struggling and lonely. I do not want to go back to my 20's, and I know Ellen Slifer was so right about that when I had my nervous breakdown at 23.  She said she would never want to relive her 20's. She was the only touch of kindness that I felt in those dark days at Loyd Chiropractic (with the maniacal boss who posed as a believer and follower of Jesus). She touched me and rubbed my shoulders. It was balm to me.

I looked her up on the internet and found she passed away in 2004. I tried to contact her husband to say thank you but the ph…

Life is Beautiful

Ecclesiastes really makes me wax philosophic. Life is beautiful. God does make all things beautiful in His lovely time. I look at the events of my life, and I see that God is sovereign in everything that has come my way. You can get bitter or better.  I saw examples of bitter recently, and I don't want that for my life. He can make even the bad beautiful. One prime example is Louis Zamperini in the Unbroken story. He could have been so bitter from his POW experience, but he chose to forgive.  So beautiful.

Forgiveness is so powerful.


Friday Freewrite

I haven't had a freewrite here for a while. So I am setting the timer (or watching the clock) for ten minutes and typing away. I don't have anything significant to write this morning, but Friday Freewrite sounds like a cool thing.

I have been back from Las Olas for nine days now. I think I am finally back to normal. My back is totally free from pain (for two days now), and my bruises are fading. There were many things I liked about the experience, but in many ways, it was very lonely for me. People kind of broke up in to couples from our group, and my other half was sweet but struggling and withdrew quite a bit. When we did talk, it was more counseling mode for me, but I loved her for her vulnerability and beauty.

So, I was pretty alone, especially from the third day on (we were cohesive until the second night and then everything changed). My third day was difficult. While I received original compassion, I felt it turned into ridicule when I came into my own on the fourth day …

The Well-Educated Mind BHAG Complete - 100% (158/158)

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What began in August 2003 ended this morning at 12:37 am. I tried not to finish it so late at night, but I could not stop.
Goal achieved! YIPPEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(By the way, BHAG stands for Big Hairy Audacious Goal)




Ancients (15 out of 15) BC
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
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100 Greek Lives/Roman Lives by Plutarch

Medieval Times (19 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 Gaw…

Michael

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Michael Crop, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

State of The Well Freewrite

Well-Tuned Body

I decided to skip Pilates today. In fact, I might skip my strength training today too. I think I need a physical rest, and Shandra didn't work that into my workout schedule. I am not sure why. I didn't take it on one of my weekend days as I usually do, and I feel it this morning. Yesterday, I spent five hours in the sun exercising. Today is overcast and gloomy. So, I think I will just give my body an opportunity to actively recover from all the exercise I have been giving it. Here are some things I have been doing for the last 30 days: http://connect.garmin.com/reports. This only includes my cardio and not my strength training, Pilates, swimming, and elliptical that I do at the club. So, it is much more  than this.

I feel like my back is much stronger, and my hips, gluts, hams, and quads are better. I am hoping the stabilization exercises I am doing will make it better on the surf board in two weeks. I have been working hard to avoid injury. We will see.

Well-Wa…

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This is nice!

The Well-Educated Mind List

Haven't done the full list in ever so long.  The only book left is in large font. Thankfully, it is really interesting!


Ancients (15 out of 15) BC
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
AD
100 Greek Lives/Roman Lives by Plutarch

Medieval Times (19 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…