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More Summer Reading

I've read some fantastic books and one just so-so book lately. Here are the latest:

Why Johnny Can't Sing Hymns: How Pop Culture Rewrote the Hymnal by Dr. T. David Gordon~~This is the best book I've read in years. Dr. Gordon, who teaches media ecology at Grove City College, traces the roots of contemporary worship styles and urges caution in their use in worship services. He claims that the type of music we use in worship is not just a matter of taste and supports this claim with some very strong arguments. This book is so important that I think I will write a series of posts about it, but I hope your appetite is wetted and that you will immediately go to the bookseller of your choice and order it. It will cause you to re-think your position in the worship wars, whatever side you are on.

To Say Nothing of the Dog, or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Lastby Connie Willis~~Funniest book ever written! The perfect summer read. I actually prefer listening to th…

True Riches

When Man of the House and I were married, like most newlyweds we didn't have much money. I was teaching part-time and he was still in school and working part-time. We rented a rather ramshackle trailer and decorated it in typical early newlywed style with mismatched hand-me-down furniture and dorm room leftovers. It was necessarily cheap, though, but we worked to make it as comfortable as we could. Sometimes I would be envious of the gorgeous houses with impeccable lawns I would see as I drove around our midwestern town. It was a prosperous and growing university town with acres and acres of newly constructed houses. But it occurred to me one day that I was just as warm and dry in my small, slightly dilapidated trailer as they were in their big, fancy houses. The roof of my trailer kept the rain out just as well as the roof of the gorgeous Georgian home I coveted in a neighborhood several times removed from mine. Were those people any better off if any real way? I didn…

Why We Homeschool~~Reasons #3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. . .

Wow, Erica has a lot of guts. It's worth reading to the end.

One Valedictorian Survives the Soul-destroying Classroom by Erica Goldson

(The following was read as the valedictorian's speech at Coxsackie-Athens High School in recent weeks, creating quite a stir among administrators, to great applause from students and many of their parents)

There is a story of a young, but earnest Zen student who approached his teacher, and asked the Master: "If I work very hard and diligently, how long will it take for me to find Zen?" The Master thought about this, then replied, "Ten years . ." (The student then said, "But what if I work very, very hard and really apply myself to learn fast - How long then?" Replied the Master, "Well, twenty years." "But, if I really, really work at it, how long then?" asked the student. "Thirty years," replied the Master. "But, I do not understand," said the disappointed student. "At ea…

From My Commonplace Book

"Earlier in this century someone claimed that we work at our play and play at our work. Today the confusion has deepened: we worship our work, work at out play, and play at our worship."~~Leland Ryken

"The feeling that 'if nothing is happening, nothing is happening' is the prejudice of a superficial, dependent and hollow spirit, one that has succumbed to the age and can prove its own excellence only by the pseudo-events it is constantly organizing, like a bee, to that end."~~Vaclav Havel

"Wonder is the workshop of worship. The child who wonders is moving toward worship."~~Steven Faulkner

"We have also been the beneficiaries of an extraordinary web of relationships. We have begun to understand that true education is more about a culture than it is about a curriculum. It's more about a way of life than it is a way of doing. A vision of what God's called you to than it is about a mechanical set of prescriptives that are to be implement…

House Tour--Bathroom

At long last, pictures of our one-and-only bathroom! In the five places wherein we have dwelt for the 23 years minus one month that Man of the House and I have been married, we have had only bathroom. It hasn't been so bad with the just the four of us. A little creative scheduling usually gets us all in there as needed, though sometimes there is a bit of a pile up when we are going to be out and about. One time, a family of eight visited us and since we were going to the park, we all wanted to make a pit stop first. Talk about a pile up! But they were very patient and gracious. In fact, they were used to taking turns since they only have one bathroom too.

It's a pretty small room with a lot of angles, so it was hard to get decent pictures. I couldn't get a sweeping panorama because a long, skinny room is not conducive to good photography. I did my best.

Here's what you see as you come in and look a little to the left. I like shower curtains better than glass do…

Summer Reading So Far

Remember this post in which I said that I wanted to read and make a quilt this summer? I have been sorting through fabric for the quilt, but that's as far as I have gotten so far with that. All that traveling is not conducive to quilting. But I can read while traveling and so far I have read four books. Here's the low-down:

Motel of the Mysteries by David Macaulay~~I almost feel guilty counting this one because it is so short. This book is a spoof of archaeology and its sometimes creative interpretations of ancient discoveries. An archaeologist from the 41st century discovers a 20th century motel site and completely misunderstands everything he sees. For instance, since everthing in the room is arranged for the greatest possible ease in TV watching, the archaelogist mistakes the TV for an altar and the remote control as a means to communicate with the gods. (Sounds like a lot of living rooms I've seen . . . and kitchens . . . and bedrooms.) His interpretations of…

Our Trip to Indiana

Our trip to Indiana was for more than just fun, though we did have some of that too. Man of the House, who has been thinking of entering pastoral ministry for the past twenty-five years, was being interviewed by the Clergy Commission of the American Association of Lutheran Churches. I'm happy to say that he passed his interview, and the entire application process, with flying colors and has been accepted into the Rostered (or is it Registered?) Licensed Lay Pastor program. He'll continue taking classes through the American Lutheran Theological Seminary (he began this spring) and will be placed in a church under the supervision of another pastor. The entire process will result in a master's degree (his second) and ordination as a full-fledged minister in the AALC in five to seven years. He has already been approached about taking a church in Ohio (yea~the Midwest!), teaching Greek in the seminary, and editing the denominational magazine. So it looks like a move is ine…