Monthly Archives: November 2009

The state of the house. 6

Which does greatly affect the state of the union, let me tell you. Yesterday I swept and mopped and vacuumed in a futile effort to fight the mess. I did not dust. I am not dusting until this is all over with. And maybe then I will develop magical powers that allow me to dust […]

Alchemy. 1

As we move into Advent we are called to listen, something we seldom take time to do in this frenetic world of over-activity. But waiting for birth, waiting for death–these are lightning times when the normal distractions of life have lost their power to take us away from God’s call to center in Christ. During […]

Here is your life. 2

We’re not really leaving the house much these days. The books, they are being read. The football, it is being watched (not by me). The turkey, it is still being eaten. My main accomplishment today is that I didn’t shower until something like 2:00 because we went to the farmer’s market and then ran errands […]

A sordid holiday confession. 2

I must make a confession. Readers, I have been hypocritical. I make a big deal about not listening to Christmas music or putting up Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving, but, readers, I did do this one thing. That I am ashamed to tell you about. I took a four-year-old to see The Muppet Christmas Carol at […]

A List of Praises by Anne Porter 1

Give praise with psalms that tell the trees to sing, Give praise with Gospel choirs in storefront churches, Mad with the joy of the Sabbath, Give praise with the babble of infants, who wake with the sun, Give praise with children chanting their skip-rope rhymes, A poetry not in books, a vagrant mischievous poetry living […]

Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia by Christopher Paolini 1

I remember visiting my aunt and uncle’s house and reading some kind of Narnia encyclopedia that they had on their shelf. Straight through. Because that’s what you’re supposed to do with those sorts of things, right? I had a map of Narnia on my wall. I don’t know Elvish, but I have watched a lot […]

The Headless Horseman, leftovers, and First World Problems. 1

I will probably post a full 2009 version of what I am thankful for at some point this week. But here is a tiny list of things I am thankful for this week. I am so incredibly thankful that my work week is over. Sometimes two-day weeks are worse than full weeks, but this week […]

Telling secrets. 5

“What we hunger for perhaps more than anything else is to be known in our full humanness, and yet that is often just what we also fear more than anything else. It is important to tell at least from time to time the secret of who we truly and fully are . . . because […]

Video for your Sunday enjoyment. 0

It is cold and raining. I am going to make chili if Mike will go to the store and get the rest of the things I need. But meanwhile, I am just going to keep watching this delightful video of The Swell Season playing in Houston. They asked for audience participation, and when Glen heard […]

The bathroom actually no longer looks like this. 3

On Wednesday night, we moved into the hall bathroom. Because our bathroom was going to be gutted on Thursday. After we moved into the other bathroom, I forced Mike to take a few pictures so that you could see exactly what the tiny bathroom used to look like. Here is Mike in the tiny bathroom. […]

Friday’s good things. 6

I usually try to keep from talking too much about my good things on here before the end of the month. But today was a great day for several of my friends. There’s this thing that teachers can do called National Board Certification where you are able to teach anywhere in the country. So if […]

A list for Thursday. 1

1. Mike said yesterday’s post was like a Keith Olbermann Special Comment. Don’t worry, he didn’t mean the real Keith Olbermann. He meant this Keith Olbermann. I can’t believe I missed a chance to talk about Miss Precious Perfect. Up with this I cannot put, sir! 2. I do not understand undergraduate education majors who […]

This means war. 19

Dear Friends, There has been a lot of talk in recent years about our culture’s War on Christmas. I am here today to bring your attention to an even more pressing problem. Instead of being allowed to focus on gratitude, family, and food, three of my own personal favorite things, we are forced to move […]

It’s plot exposition. It has to go somewhere. 1

I don’t actually have anything to say about City of Bones except that I realized while I was reading it that the reason I don’t read a lot of fantasy is that I have zero patience for all the setup/exposition. I was incredibly antsy during the first part of the book, because it was setup. […]

Stops my mind from wandering where it will go. 5

Our new addition is progressing nicely. I told you we were having one, but I didn’t tell you much more than that. Because I kept waiting to show you pictures. But I am still not quite ready to show you pictures. So let me tell you a bit about it and show you a few […]

Baby, you can drive my car. 5

Yesterday I was honked at in a parking lot. It was a crowded lot and the situation I was in is a common one for that lot. Usually it just means that people need to wait. I was not doing anything particularly wrong, but the honking flustered me to the point that I did do […]

God’s World by Edna St. Vincent Millay 5

O world, I cannot hold thee close enough! Thy winds, thy wide grey skies! Thy mists that roll and rise! Thy woods, this autumn day, that ache and sag And all but cry with colour! That gaunt crag To crush! To lift the lean of that black bluff! World, World, I cannot get thee close […]

100 books that defined the noughties 16

The Telegraph has posted a list of 100 books that defined the last decade. I have read 19 of them. I am ashamed to say that one of those is The Da Vinci Code. A few others are on my short list (which is different than the large list that is in huge piles next […]

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead 3

When I was in New York, my cousin mentioned to me a book she had recently read that she thought was just wonderful. She couldn’t quite remember the title, but using the clues she gave me, Mike and I hunted it down and I put it on hold at the public library. I was still […]

Singer of songs. 3

Our pastor has been doing a sermon series on baptism, and I have missed most of them because I didn’t go to our church for the entire month of October. I know! How does that happen? I am not sure. It was sickness and out-of-town-ness and out-of-town-guest-ness and just-plain-tiredness. But finally for November, I was […]