Showing posts from August, 2012

Ladies I Love

I was frustrated early today trying to transfer some of my 2010 photos. Now that they are all found, and I am processing and culling them, I love looking at my life in 2010 when our house was full of lovely people like these ladies on my couch.

Snapfish versus Shutterfly

I dealt with both this week. So, while it is fresh in my mind, I am doing a comparison for ordering prints. Wish I could do it in table form, but I am simply not savvy enough or maybe I am just lazy.



1) CUSTOM CROPS - I have gone all over the Internet looking for people who say this is an advantage. To me, that is huge if I have cropped a photo with an other than 4x6 size in my photo editing software and then I try to print them. BOTH Snapfish and Shutterfly print these photos with cut off heads and portions gone and both don't seem to have a mechanism for telling me that the whole image isn't going to be in the print. (Also, both tend to cut off heads and such for prints from my point and shoot too. I think it is because it is from a different aspect ratio). 

BOTH need to notify you to say that things are not going to fit in the frame, but Shutterfly gives you something to do about it with their custom crop tool! I also LOVE that you can make a custom border aroun…

My Life in Book Covers 2012


Friday Freewrite Fifteen

I have not done a "Well" Update in a very long time. So, I will do that for my F Cubed today. 

Well-Watered Soul

Vacation did get me a little off kilter, but I was back on track very soon after I came home. Walking for the world has been hard to "restart" since vacation though, but I did have a nice walk and prayer time last week praying for many different people. I find that printing out the pages really helps.

Since I finished the Old Testament the second week of August, I am on a break from the BBC, but I am soaking in the first eight chapters of Acts. Hey, Acts in August sounds so very catchy!  Anyway, I have probably been processing Acts 1 more than anything. 

I feel really well-watered even though I am not spending as much time as I usually do. But I guess that life-long goal of 24/7/365 is feeling more real to me this way. I love our talks. Even as I type, I have a profound sense of His presence and communion. 

This fall will be that "slow" march throug…

Wednesday Well

Summer breeze
Makes me feel fine
Blue sky beyond leaves of Green
I look up as a cloud floats
Listening to slow Southern fiction
On the campus lawn
On my back — at Kidder Hall.

I wrote this yesterday and thought I would repost it here since I cannot search my pages on Facebook.

God is good all the time. I felt good then.

My friend and I walked over Glen Eden this morning and talked about the summer. Her two weeks of traditional camping and my epic trip to the East Coast. It was fun to catch up. 

I still feel a bit slow and lethargic because of my sickness, but I am going to purge my body today by fasting and drinking lots of water. There is a bug still inside of me me, and I think I need that purge. I felt fine until after I came back from the bike ride. Then, I crashed. Not 100%, but I cannot keep sitting! 

I think I am meeting with Rebekah this morning, but I have not heard back from her yet. I ended up getting sick last Friday. So, I am glad we postponed it.

I wish I had gotten myself some wate…

Sunday Sickness

I have been denying for several days. I really thought I was better yesterday, but as I walked on flat ground, I could barely move forward. I wanted to turn around and go right back home, but I trudged on. That is when I know I am still sick: when there is no kick to my step on even the simplest of walks (flat was a strain).

I easily deny it when there are people for dinner. I so enjoyed last night with Micah and Christen, newly married and obviously insanely happy -- they are an excellent match, and I have no doubt they will continue to be insanely happy.  So, joy was followed by a crash of my body. 

It is time to stop denying reality and just lay in bed all day and drink plenty of liquids and watch Downton Abbey YouTube videos. :) I was pretty intense on Saturday with my genealogy research and didn't let up from 6:30 am until the family came back from Newberg in the evening. It was not physically taxing, but it was mentally so. I couldn't stop though. The compelling stories of…

52 in 52 Week 35: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

I saw the movie in 1977 with my dear friends from our "Fearsome Foursome," Sandy, Bene, Betty, and me. Once we had a crazy late night when we started flickering lights saying, "It's medication time." You had to be there.

This is written by Ken Kesey, an Oregon native whose family owns the dairy that makes my favorite Nancy's Yogurt. Here is some background on Nancy:
Born and raised in California, Texas and Iowa, Nancy’s was the third generation in a lineage of health food enthusiasts. In 1966, Nancy moved to Haight Ashbury in San Francisco to attend college. It was 1969 when she met Ken Kesey, counterculture leader and author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and she was invited to take care of Ken’s Pleasant Hill, Oregon farm while he was in London recording stories with the Beatles. When Nancy heard Ken’s brother, Chuck, had a little creamery in Springfield, Ore., and was looking for a bookkeeper, she applied and soon found herself sharing her knowledge o…

Friday Freewrite Fifteen

I have not been writing much lately. There was a time that I would write almost every morning. It hasn't been because I was burned out or that I didn't want to write. I just have not. I went on a vacation, and I am had pictures to process (1250 more or less) and genealogy to follow up on that has filled my cup to overflowing with gratitude for the great time we had as a family, as a descendant and relative of wonderful people in Pennsylvania, as an American, as an art lover, etc. The ball was hit out of the park and into the stratosphere on this trip. It is like those Master Charge commercials where I could add up all the costs of hotels and travel and admissions, but it would be concluded "Time as a family on a trip of a lifetime," and the tag after is would say:


Just like the commercial. 

To say that we accomplished and exceeded our goals on our trip would be an understatement. The boys were so engaged, and their age and maturity level was perfect for travel…

Battle Cry of Freedom Author McPherson

I read the definitive one volume classic Battle Cry of Freedom from The Well-Educated Mind List, and I just found this excellent interview for his newest book on Lincoln. Enjoy:

52 in 52 Week 34: The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

What a hauntingly beautiful play of family dysfunction. The whole time I was reading it I thought, "Sam Waterston would have been a perfect Tom in the movie version." Then, I get the movie, and he is Tom! I really and truly did not know it.

This is about a family that was abandoned by a father many years ago, and the long-term toll it takes on the ones left behind. I felt empathy for the mom and her desire to see her kids settled in life, but I do not agree with the methods she uses in trying to see it come about. 

Loved it even though it is sad. And Hepburn also nails Amanda. 

This book so reminded me of the dysfunction of Long Day's Journey into Night, and Katharine played the dysfunctional mother in that movie too!

52 in 52 Week 33: The Aeneid by Virgil (Robert Fagles Trans)

I was always told that this was a "rip-off" from Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. It is definitely in the style of Homer's poems, but it has a thrilling plot of its own.

I almost liked this better than The Iliad and The Odyssey! This narration really made it though. Simon Callow is amazing as a narrator. The Fagles translation also made it easier to comprehend, although the more scholarly translations make it rhyme which is nice since it is an epic poem!

This poem was written during the time of Augustus around the time of Christ.

It is about Aeneas who escaped after the sacking of Troy to found Rome because it was his destiny! He has many setbacks along the way with the gods always interfering.  It is a great story. 
I sing of warfare and a man at war.From the sea-coast of Troy in early daysHe came to Italy by destiny,To our Lavinian western shore,A fugitive, this captain, buffeted. . .Till he could found a city and bring homeHis gods to Laetium, land of the Latin race,The Alb…

Post and Pictures of Our Vacation To Come

A trip of a lifetime. I cannot tell you how much this East Coast trip meant to us. I will sit and write a long post with pictures very soon, but I must get to some time in the word and reorient myself more to the daily bits of life first.

52 in 52 Week 32: Plato's Euthyphro, Apologia, Phaedo, and Crito

My "Great Books 100" list has all four of these titles under Plato, but once I started reading I wondered whether this was the book, The Last Days of Socrates, which Michael had read five years ago in classical literature, and it is! 
This is written by Plato with dialogues Socrates had with others related to his trial and execution. I will make a general comment that many times I felt like I was reading Paul the apostle. I believe Paul was educated in the classics and borrowed wording from the Greeks in order to relate to the Greeks!
Apologia is not his apology but his defense before the court. He was accused of  not recognizing the gods recognized by the state, inventing new deities, and corrupting the youth of Athens. It is clear and easy to understand. 

Euthyphro is about Socrates' encounter with Euthyphro outside the court of Athens. It is a discussion about holiness. This link is helpful in understanding:…

Thinking of My Brother As I Watch the Olympics. RIP Bill