Sunday, February 20, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
The bluebirds have returned once again to start a new family in the birdhouse outside my kitchen window. How timely.
Valentine's Day is not about "I love you." It's about "We love each other."
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Monday, January 31, 2011
I was standing outside the church building relating a story to a friend. Kathryn was there, and Julia. Who is quiet. Like her parents. They were standing with us, probably because they are smart girls who find the conversations of mature women to be entertaining or at least informative. It was a personal story, requiring language that would only be used in the presence of other females, but there were, of course, other small groups standing out there too which included men and children.
I was speaking in a low tone, but the moment I uttered the Embarrassing Word, Kathryn winced and flinched. I defended myself.
"I was speaking softly,” I said.
“People could hear you,” she remonstrated.
That’s when Julia spoke as only Julia can.
“It seems so much louder when it’s your mother.”
Thursday, January 27, 2011
"Nor indeed would the other boys at Edmund's school have recognized him if they could have seen him at that moment. For Aslan had breathed on him at their meeting and a kind of greatness hung about him."
~C.S. Lewis, from Prince Caspian
This is what I want for 2011.
Not the greatness, but the difference.
Monday, January 24, 2011
There is something about the turning of a year that infuses life with Hope. Expectation. Purpose. It makes the probably impossible seem possible. In a flurry of lists and commitments we reinvent our lives. And sometimes, oh, sweet sometimes, the ideas that spin out of our brains swirl with such centrifugal force that some of them stick to the wall.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
There are more atoms in a grain of sand than there are grains of sand on earth.
Each time we inhale, we are using atoms that were once a part of everyone who ever lived (before 7 years ago).
Nearly all the mass of an atom is concentrated in the atomic nucleus, which occupies only a few quadrillionths of the atom's volume. These are so dense that if bare atomic nuclei could be packed against each other into a lump 1 centimeter in diameter (about the size of a large pea), the lump would weigh 133,000,000 tons.
- Conceptual Physics by Paul Hewitt
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
He loves to laugh, tell jokes, and goof around.
He loves to whistle, he enjoys creating things. He loves to read.
He can make lots of silly and crazy faces.
We love him very much and are so happy and privileged that he is a part of our family.
Happy Birthday, Bubby!
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
A concise notice from Grantian Florilegium:
The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun a previously unknown work by J.R.R. Tolkien was released today. Written more than seventy years ago, the story retells the epic legends of the Norse hero, Sigurd, the dragon-slayer, the revenge of his wife, Gudrun, and the Fall of the Nibelungs.
Introducing the work is one of Tolkien's renowned lectures on Norse literature. Amazingly, no part of the story or the lecture has ever been reproduced or quoted from since they were first written.
Of course, the Norse legends and sagas were the single greatest influence on Tolkien's writings, and many of the events in Sigurd and Gudrun can be traced through to The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarrillion, and The Children of Hurin. No serious reader of Tolkien will want to miss this remarkable new resource.