Archive for October, 2007

Animator vs. Animation

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

My brother sent me this link to the artwork of a very creative young man:

Click here: Animator vs. Animation by *alanbecker on deviantART

Good Mail!

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

My Good Mail friend, Lisa, is probably wondering if I ever received her lovely gifts. I have actually been putting off opening her gift until I felt that I had time to do it justice by doing a little “Thank You” post about it. THANK YOU, LISA!

Lisa’s Autumn-themed gifts are so nice. I especially enjoy the fragrance of the ginger lily candles. You are so thoughtful, Lisa, and definitely contributed to a Great Day!

Psalm 113:1-4

Saturday, October 6th, 2007

Praise God: ye servants of the Lord, O praise, the Lord’s name praise.
2 Yea, blessed be the name of God from this time forth always.
3 From rising sun to where it sets, God’s name is to be prais’d.
4 Above all nations God is high, ‘bove heav’ns his glory rais’d.

(from The Psalms in Metre, Scottish Metrical Version)

Have a blessed Lord’s Day!

It’s been a long time since I did a quizzy-thing

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

The Part of You That No One Sees


You are compassionate, caring, and soothing.
You like other people to depend on you…
In fact, you don’t feel right unless you are helping someone out.

Underneath it all, you feel the burden of everyone’s problems.
Without your guidance, you fear that many people’s worlds would fall apart.
You like to feel in charge, even if it brings you a lot of stress.

What’s the Part of You That No One Sees?

Preparing for the Lord’s Supper

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

This Sunday we plan to celebrate the Lord’s Supper at our church. As a help to us in examining our hearts prior to that time, our elders have given us a list of Scriptures to meditate upon each day this week:

Monday: 2 Corinthians 5:21

Tuesday: Romans 8:31-34

Wednesday: Isaiah 53:3-6

Thursday: Romans 3:23-26

Friday: Romans 5:6-11

Saturday: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Sunday: Galatians 2:21

I think it’s such a blessing to have elders who are concerned that our hearts would be in the proper frame to appreciate the Lord when we commemorate His death for His people. Thank you, our elders!

In Defense of Childhood – a book

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

Today I was reading about an upcoming event in Bellingham, WA that really struck a chord with me. Educator and author Chris Mercogliano will be talking about his book, In Defense of Childhood: Protecting Kids’ Inner Wildness, at Village Books at 4pm this Saturday.

According to Kie Relyea, who wrote the Herald article, Mr. Mercogliano is concerned that children’s lives are being over structured, with too much homework and constant before and after school organized activities. He proposes that parents seek to nurture their children without over-scheduling them. He says,

“I really wanted to get across the message that the most important thing for parents to do is not to do. It’s important to let your kids have their own time and space. Don’t structure their day. Don’t structure their play.”

He also emphasizes reading to children, and getting them outdoors to investigate, play and explore.

I think I’ll try to make time to read this book. I wonder if Mr. Mercogliano actually does have the same philosophy of child-nurturing that I do. When the children were little, we did have order to our day. But once chores were done and meals were eaten, there was plenty of time left for the children to explore the forest behind the house, build forts in the bushes, put on plays in the living room and create works of art. When the children were indoors, I would sometimes spend hours a day reading to them, the length of time depending on how interested they were in the current book and whether it was a cozy, book-reading sort of day or not.

When the children were older, we homeschooled, in a laid-back sort of way. I taught the children to read and taught them the fundamentals of math. We did use some text books. But, mainly, we relied on the library and the rule, “You need to read as thick a stack of non-fiction as fiction books!” If there was a certain subject to which I wished to introduce a child, I would check out some books on the subject and leave them lying around. They were usually read, and soon thereafter the excited child would tell me all about the new interest.

Our homeschooling also involved taking the children everywhere with us, preparing them beforehand with what to expect, and what behavior would be expected of them. I let them know that if they weren’t able to behave, we would have to return home, but this rarely happened. Going out was a treat, and they wanted it!

At one point, three of the children told me they were interested in learning to play violin, so violins were purchased and private lessons ensued, with melodious consequences. For art, we kept the home well-supplied with all things artsy and craftsy. The children used their imaginations, and then decided to view all the art videos available at the Bellingham Library to learn such things as colored pencil techniques, and how to paint with oils, acrylics and watercolors.

I treasured those days of the children having time and opportunity to pursue interests and develop talents in a relaxed setting. There was plenty of time, too, to contribute to the work of the home, read books, go on hikes, and get enough rest!

I think that all of these things were beneficial to the children, and helped them to become the independent thinking, curious, and creative people that they are. There is so much more to be said, especially since some of the grown children think a more “normal” life would have been better. But this is a topic for another day, since I’m so tired!

Another favorite autumn dessert

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007


FRUIT DUMPLINGS (from the More With Less Cook Book)

Prepare 3 cups finely chopped fresh fruit. Use apples, peaches, rhubarb, etc. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 °.

Prepare 1 recipe biscuit dough (below). Roll dough into large rectangle on floured board. Cover thickly with fruit. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Roll up like jelly roll and cut into 1″ rings. Place in greased 9 x 13″ baking pan.

Combine in saucepan:

1 cup sugar

1 Tablespoon flour

1 cup cold water

Let come to a boil and pour over dumplings. Bake 45 minutes. Serve warm with milk or vanilla ice cream. Serves 8.

BASIC BISCUITS

Sift together in a bowl:

2 cups flour

1 Tablespoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

Cut in ¼ cup shortening.

Add ¾ cup milk all at once, stirring until soft ball is formed.

Turn dough onto floured board; knead lightly 20 times. Roll or pat dough ½” thick. (If you really make biscuits, you would bake them on an ungreased baking sheet for 10-12 minutes at 425 °.)