Saturday, April 25, 2015

What is all this juice and all this joy?


- good talk by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre on " What's Next" or she said
her first title was " Literature: Equipment for Living." I will have more to say
as I am pondering much that she said about the cultural shift coming and 
where universities are going : STEM, etc...

- the NC mts. are in early Spring and it was such good nourishment 
to see the many shades of green! 

- had time with the Living Books Library friends: Liz and Emily and here.  and
here.  ( last is my favorite on Living Books)

- Book Club was yesterday on Eric Metaxas' Bonhoeffer. Hoping my dear friend
who hosted will post photos soon. The length of the book was challenging and 
the subject of a life of a pastor during the Nazi regime was challenging to ourselves 
too. What do we learn from such an obedience to the will of God?

- favorite poem these Spring days:



Spring

BY GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS
Nothing is so beautiful as Spring –         
   When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;         
   Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush         
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring         
The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;
   The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush         
   The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush         
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.         

What is all this juice and all this joy?         
   A strain of the earth’s sweet being in the beginning
In Eden garden. – Have, get, before it cloy,         
   Before it cloud, Christ, lord, and sour with sinning,         
Innocent mind and Mayday in girl and boy,         
   Most, O maid’s child, thy choice and worthy the winning. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

going to hear


Heading with a couple of students and another Mom 
to hear Marilyn Chandler McEntyre speak in Bristol, Tenn. 
tomorrow night. 


Here are her books:









Saturday, April 18, 2015

penderwicks back


New book out and got out of the library
and my Emma ( 17) is still thrilled by 
a good book and the series continuing with this book. 
She is reading to me the first chapter!


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

gladden


This word came to me as my heart felt 
a bit gladdened.

from the 1828 dictionary which includes a sentence: 

GLAD'DEN, v.t. glad'n. To make glad; to cheer; to please; to exhilarate. The news of peace gladdens our hearts.
Churches will every where gladden his eye, and hymns of praise vibrate upon his ear.

GLAD'DEN, v.i. glad'n. To become glad; to rejoice.
So shall your country ever gladden at the sound of your voice.

from the Etymology dictionary: c. 1300, "to be glad;"

There is your English lesson! 
It is raining outside. All afternoon there has been a hum of rain falling.
I can't remember when the world was brown. Totally green now. 
Thinking upon the word : gladden


 owls and elderberries tumblr
overwrought pink cherry sunset by amy buxton on Flickr.



Spring

BY GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS
Nothing is so beautiful as Spring –         
   When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;         
   Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush         
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring         
The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;
   The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush         
   The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush         
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.         

What is all this juice and all this joy?         
   A strain of the earth’s sweet being in the beginning
In Eden garden. – Have, get, before it cloy,         
   Before it cloud, Christ, lord, and sour with sinning,         
Innocent mind and Mayday in girl and boy,         
   Most, O maid’s child, thy choice and worthy the winning.         

Monday, April 13, 2015

finished ...


I wrapped up reading and editing and thus grading
19 thesis papers this morning. Well done except
a few who should do better next year. Atttention to 
technical guidelines takes great attention. See the word
Attention twice. Yes. A good teacher does not go over
and over something. A good students learns attention
the first time. I started having some students tell me 
back ( narrate) instructions. Then they heard themselves.
I am thankful to this friend who helped me: here. 

Read about Liz's famous visitor to her library.
I am the friend who came back from NYC.

Enjoy finishing up and wrapping up things as the week begins.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

finished


 I have read Dietrich Bonhoeffer's books 
and just finished Eric Metaxas' long biography
on him. I have lots of questions and eager
to have Book Club in a few weeks to hear
the discussion.

I looked up his fiance Maria. He was 36 when 
he proposed and she was 18. She went on 
to study Mathmatics in Germany and the US.
She married twice and had two sons by the first
marriage. Lived in Boston. She died in 1977.





Friday, April 10, 2015

the weekend


Our cat has been practicing some hissing and 
is always UP on top of the table or a chair or 
the sofa. ( Lady rolls over when she hisses , totally
submissive! ) When we call our cat's  name, she softly
meows. " I am here and that dog is here , don't
you see her?" She has behaved remarkably well,
I think. I told her this morning she would have 
a friend if she tried. Cats don't try. 

Have a good weekend!

( not my cat but this cat is asking the same questions)
from the murmuring cottage tumblr