Saturday, February 28, 2015

When Lions Roar

This is not Aslan or The Lion King but the secret meeting
of Winston Churchill and Joseph Kennedy in the 1930's
at Chartwell, Churchill's home near London. The opening
page has a quote from The Taming of the Shrew:

"Have I not in my time heard lions roar?"

Winston Churchill is quoted : " Some people pretend
to regard me as the British Lion. But I am
not the Lion. I am simply the Roar of the Lion."

This is a good title. I never knew the two families
had a relationship so the book intrigued me. It is
a very long biography of two men who changed the world.
Their wives and sons are shaped by the sense of
duty, loyalty, and ambition. Later,  JFK  finally
meets Churchill on Aristotle Onassis' yacht!
You know the rest of that story with Jackie.

I recommend this book to those who love history,
the Kennedys, and the Churchills. It is the legacy
of two dynasties. I recommend this book to those
who love to hear lions roar!

being thankful

Aren't you amazed when you find an expected reference
to a quote that will send you on a hunt to find a treasure?

This just happened to me in starting a biography of Willa 
Cather by Hermione Lee (a wonderful biographer). 
I just found a reference to earlier American writers which
sent me to D.H. Lawrence's Studies in Classical American 
Literature. ( that author of those books 
of those shocking books  I read in college) 

 My class is reading Moby Dick. One student 
is writing a paper on Edgar Allen Poe. There is a whole 
chapter on Poe: "Poe buries himself under it ( mastering 
space) , in what D.H. Lawrence calles his 'horrible underground
passages of the human soul." 

So thankful for footnotes and good writers and good stories.

Friday, February 27, 2015

so what is Page CXVI

It’s drawn from the page number in a particular copy of The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis, the brilliant passage where Aslan begins to sing Narnia into creation out of a black void.

“In the darkness something was happening at last. A voice had begun to sing. It was very far away and Digory found it hard to decide from what direction it was coming. Sometimes it seemed to come from all directions at once. Sometimes he almost thought it was coming out of the earth beneath them. Its lower notes were deep enough to be the voice of the earth herself. There were no words. There was hardly even a tune. But it was, beyond comparison, the most beautiful noise he had ever heard. It was so beautiful he could hardly bear it.”

~ C.S. Lewis

You can receive 16 songs free here. 
No kidding.
16 from  Page CXVI : 116 


Thursday, February 26, 2015

things I have been doing

- woke up to an inch of snow
- cleaning out my attic
- burning boxes and papers in the fire
- staying in like on Tuesday 
- made blueberry muffins from the Superfoods Kitchen cookbook
- planning some trips
- talking: lovely conversations 
- Bible Study on Romans 5 
- reading the Charlotte Mason archives
- watching the schools closings and then cancelled our class
- reading my Lent devotions
- keeping up with the psalm readings I am doing
- laundry
- cooking
- a winter walk
- to the library 
- to the grocery
-  listened to good music
- sat in front of the fire
- has to be more? 

 Isn't this pretty! We were to get 4-6 inches of snow. It could have looked
like this house from this tumblr. 

Image via We Heart It

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

snow and the warmth of music

By Audrey Haick
It was a day like any other
their weary feet bathed in dust, dirt
a burst of light in the sky
Lord, Elijah, Moses
captured radiance
Peter awestruck
heart’s ablaze
Faith sealedLight
Put yourself in the shoes of Peter and take it all in as best you can. Remind yourself that just as God was present in this scene, He is present with you right now. Be present with Him as well.
Read more here and listen to Stufan Stevens. 
Later in Matthew 16:21-28, Jesus proceeds to explain that His vocation as the Son of Man is to suffer and die at the hands of His enemies.
His vocation- ( from the 1828 Dictionary which usually has a sentence after the definition)
 VOCA'TION, n. [L. vocatio, from voco, to call. See Voice.]
1. Among divines, a calling by the will of God; or the bestowment of God's distinguishing grace upon a person or nation, by which that person or nation is put in the way of salvation; as the vocation of the Jews under the old dispensation, and of the Gentiles under the gospel.
2. Summons; call; inducement.
What can be urged for them who, not having the vocation of poverty to scribble, out of mere wantonness make themselves ridiculous!
3. Designation or destination to a particular state or profession.
None is to enter the ecclesiastic or monastie state, without a particular vocation.
4. Employment; calling; occupation; trade; a word that includes professions as well as mechanical occupations. Let every divine, every physician, every lawyer, and every mechanic, be faithful and diligent in his vocation.

The good vocation of Stufjan Stevens, Cat Steven's son and now listening to his beautiful album: Come on the feel Illinoise: 

Monday, February 23, 2015

for those who love books

Books and Art tumblr

"Since I turned the key on my study I have almost forgotten the familiar titles on which my eye rested whenever I took a survey of my book-shelves. Those friends stanch and true, with whom I have held such royal fellowship when skies were chill and winds were cold, will not forget me, nor shall I become unfaithful to them." from here

A Moonlight Boy. E W Howe. Boston: Ticknor and Company, 1886."About the time I began to realize that I was a moonlight boy, I also began to realize that among the instruments scattered about my home was a violin, and that I was expected to learn to play it; indeed, I believe now that the first time I ever thought seriously of violins, I found one in my hands…"
"About the time I began to realize that I was a moonlight boy, I also began to realize that among the instruments scattered about my home was a violin, and that I was expected to learn to play it; indeed, I believe now that the first time I ever thought seriously of violins, I found one in my hands…"