Friday, May 12, 2017

Refresh our sensibilites





“O Lord, refresh our sensibilities. 
Give us this day our daily taste. 
Restore to us soups that spoons will not sink in, and sauces which are never the same twice.
 Raise up among us stews with more gravy than we have bread to blot it with, and casseroles that put starch and substance in our limp modernity. 
Take away our fear of fat and make us glad of the oil which ran upon Aaron's beard. Give us pasta with a hundred fillings, and rice in a thousand variations.
Above all, give us grace to live as true men - to fast till we come to a refreshed sense of what we have and then to dine gratefully on all that comes to hand.
the  Drive far from us, O Most Bountiful, all creatures of air and darkness; cast out the demons that possess us; deliver us from the fear of calories and the bondage of nutrition; and set us free once more in our own land, where we shall serve Thee as Thou hast blessed us - with the dew of heaven, the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine. Amen.” 


― Robert Farrar CaponThe Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Reflection

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Summer time in May


Another school year just about done.  I have had three students in different classes comment on how the Charlotte Mason feast and atmosphere really affected them. They loved learning! They noticed from the education experience they had the previous year. 
One is a Senior and the other two are 11 and 12. 

Tomorrow my students give the Great Speeches of the 20th Century: dramatic presentations of speeches which turned and tuned history. They had to edit the speeches down to 10 minutes. We have Teddy Roosevelt's speech he gave in 1912 when he was shot and finished the speech to George Bush on Sept. 20, 2011. Daughter home from college but has three final papers due in the next days but she is home. Home cooking and writing a paper for Ethics is first on the list. She's playing 
some songs from Lala Land right now. Her roommate from Malaysia is here too. Great 
sisters .... then both are off to Paris for a summer program. Janet is a brave soul. She hasn't been home since August. Her father is a Chinese pastor who runs a school in Malaysia. 
Sweet spirit and brings laughter... her famous saying is " God will show the way. " I have
repeated that phrase many times to myself and as a prayer. 

More on the books, etc... for this course they are taking. I am doing some of the reading too.

Love  Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone dancing: 


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Monday, April 3, 2017

Spring



As the world slowly turns all shades of green, look at 
Raising Little Shots: blog from the UK but has good US resources too.

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like mud.

Margaret Atwood


March Phenology Wheels


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Sunday, March 26, 2017

back in the saddle


Spring Break sometimes is around Easter but colleges and schools take it earlier
and not at the same time. Just back from my Spring Break which I took in NYC 
to see my daughter and relatives and sights. It always leaves me thinking upon 
my childhood on Long Island. We visited Sagamore Hill , home of Teddy Roosevelt,
which is near the village I grew up in. Memories flood my heart and soul. 

We moved South in 1968. 

The Bronte Sisters is on... 
be back later. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Did you know?


 Did you know this book is the basis for the Broadway musical CATS?

 I am teaching T.S. Eliot to middle schoolers and high schoolers right now. 

The names and words tickle the tongue in the poems and are the lyrics for the musical!
 I am  so tickled by this knowledge!




If you ever find this cover, you have found a treasure:



Jellicle  Cats



                                             
                                                 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

dear women to me




                                    Very old photo of my oldest brother, my mom, my sister,
                                                    and my youngest brother                                                                               




My daughter in high school and she is now in college


Here she is about a month ago.


two daughter-in-laws and daughter 




first daughter-in-law with my oldest son


Before these two got married ... here they are outside Notre-Dame in Paris
newest daughter-in-law with my youngest son 




and the newest girl in the family!
Wish my mom was here to see her.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Lent


It is wonderful to be in Lent, isn't it. 

Heading to this  on Saturday with the ladies from this.

These delectable ladies are staying at my house tomorrow night. 
( yea...)

"Perhaps this is one of the secrets of life--to know 'glory' when we see it." 
--Charlotte Mason


( from The Murmuring Cottage)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

working , working



- on teaching classes
- on reading for those classes
- grading for the classes 
- delightful work from my students 
- catching up on letter writing
- cleaning out  and remembering the word JOY
- thinking, it takes work
- time, working on what gets done first
- so thankful for technology in so many ways
- prayers 
- seeing Spring burst forth




Saturday, February 11, 2017

It snowed in NYC






   Emma and her roommates last Thursday. And this little peanut is almost 2 weeks old:




Sunday, January 29, 2017

ready for book club


I finished The Boys in the Boat today. I copied  many parts into my journal; now the book goes back to the library. I have the audio too. Ed Hermann who played Richard Gilmore in The Gilmore Girls reads it. I am only listening to parts just to hear him read. i loved how he loved his granddaughter Rory.  I loved the beginning of this audio book and the Prologue. 
You can listen : 



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

hello



I am back to teaching and reading and excited a granddaughter will be here in a month if she arrives on time. Maybe she will want to see the world and come early?  I  thought that with my first being born on Christmas Eve. He was due in January and came early.  He didn't want to miss Christmas! Maybe she will come Valentine's Day?! We shall see. Here are a few books I am reading:


for Book Club




Going to be teaching Frankenstein in Feb. so reading  this wonderful biography by a favorite author, an author we collect:   






I recently finished Walter Wangerin's new book on writing:




Teaching Langston Hughes to middle school age kids and it is my first time reading his work. 



They are memorizing the title poem:

Bring me all of your dreams,
You dreamer,
Bring me all your
Heart melodies
That I may wrap them
In a blue cloud-cloth
Away from the too-rough fingers
Of the world. 





Sunday, January 1, 2017




NEW YEAR'S DAY
by Billy Collins

Everyone has two birthdays
according to the English essayist Charles Lamb,
the day you were born and New Year’s Day—

a droll observation to mull over
as I wait for the tea water to boil in a kitchen
that is being transformed by the morning light
into one of those brilliant rooms of Matisse.
“No one ever regarded the First of January
with indifference,” writes Lamb,
for unlike Groundhog Day or the feast of the Annunciation,
this one marks nothing but the passage of time,
I realized, as I lowered a tin diving bell
of tea leaves into a little body of roiling water.
I admit to regarding my own birthday
as the joyous anniversary of my existence
probably because I was, and remain
to this day in late December, an only child.
And as an only child--
a tea-sipping, toast-nibbling only child
in a colorful room this morning--
I would welcome an extra birthday,
one more opportunity to stop what we are doing
for a moment and reflect on my being here on earth.
And one more birthday might be a consolation
to us all for having to face a death-day, too,
an X in a square
on some kitchen calendar of the future,
the day when each of us is thrown off the train of time
by a burly, heartless conductor
as it roars through the months and years,
party hats, candles, confetti, and horoscopes
billowing up in the turbulent storm of its wake.
.
.
. from the book, "Ballistics," © Random House 2008