Wednesday, December 21, 2011
(sing to the tune of 12 Days of Christmas)
On the First Day of Unschooling, My Wondering Eyes Did See . . .
A treehouse in a big tree
Three French curse words
Four bird calls
Five ice cream sundaes (for breakfast!)
Six hours of gaming
Seven empty boxes
Eight toddlers nursing
Nine hula hoopers
Eleven LARPers LARPing
Twelve teens a-texting
Sunday, December 18, 2011
"It's not denial. I'm just very selective about what I accept as reality." Calvin ("Calvin and Hobbes")
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Caption: An exit hole next to a 2nd floor window is seen in the rear of the house that the cannonball passed through when the "Mythbusters" TV show accidentally shot a cannonball through a house in Dublin, CA Tuesday December 6th, 2011.By Michael Short/Special to the Chronicle
Full story is HERE.
-- Larry Devich I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. Philippians 4:11b
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
I would be HONORED if the Mythbusters hit my car with a cannon ball! This cry baby needs to get over it. I'm sure their insurance will cover the damages. :-)
A story from SFGate.com:
Now I know why there was an hour long power outage on the ride to work Sunday! These people are NUTS!
A story from SFGate.com:
A version of this was posted to the SFBUN mail list, I loved it so I posted it here as well. This version is from Jane Bluestein's web site. According the site "this story was written when George Reavis was the Assistant Superintendent of the Cincinnati Public Schools back in the 1940s! This content is in the public domain and free to copy, duplicate, and distribute."
The Animal School: A Fable
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
"...I was on the margins. I just didn’t fit. Even when I was standing next to them, I watched my family members over there, as though they were in the center of the room, relating to one another, and I was on the outside. For a long time, I was sure that I must have been adopted, because there was no one in the family who reminded me of myself at all."
I'm like that in virtually all of my relationships, even though I feel like I want to connect I don't, in any group, no matter the size, it seems I'm always on the margin, on the outside looking in. I don't fit into the spaces there, when I do squeeze in it feels as though I'm forcing myself into a shape that is not my own. People have objected when I've told them I feel this way, they tell me I belong. Of course that's not the point at all, it's my own feeling of standing off to the side that is what I'm talking about. The fact that I can pretend to be in the group just means I'm pretty good at faking it for short bursts.
The second thing I really identified with was her "Great Regret" over past decisions. I have similar regrets, if only I had not turned down an appointment to West Point, if only I had continued in school, if only I had not changed directions so often... yet in looking back they were the only possible choices for me at the time. I simply could not cope with the pressures of those paths, again, despite what other people always wanted to tell me about what I'm capable of, they don't really know me.
Like I said, it's a great post and you should go and read it right now here.
Friday, December 2, 2011
Another thing I've found helpful for the last few weeks is praying the Liturgy of the Hours every day. At first it seemed like a lot but as I've practiced it every day I've found that pausing during the day every three hours or so to pray keeps my day from going sideways, if you know what I mean. The prayers during the middle of the day are very short, only about 5 or 10 minutes long, they fit into a work break quite nicely. Doing these prayers regularly has also helped me to remember to pray for others, for my family and co-workers and the world, always in the past I've said I was going to do that but somehow it never became a real habit. It remained sporadic. Having the hours to pray on a set schedule (I've got an alarm set on my iPhone for Terce, Sext, None and Vespers) has made it happen for me.
Here's how I've been doing this for a few weeks now:
Matins (Office of Readings, the longest of the liturgies) prayed first thing when I get up in the morning, usually 4:30 am
Lauds (Morning Prayer) at 6:00 am
Terce (Mid-morning Prayer) at 9:00 am
Sext (Midday Prayer) at 12:00 pm
None (Afternoon Prayer) at 3:00 pm
Vespers (Evening Prayer) at 6:00 pm
Compline (Night Prayer) at bedtime 9 or 10 pm
Occasionally something will prevent me from praying at the hour I have listed here, if I can get to it within an hour or so I'll go ahead and pray it late, but if I miss one it's not that big a deal, and it's really easy to get them all done actually. I don't make a big production out of it either, I usually just go off and do it without saying anything. The prayers are mostly Psalms and other readings from the bible so it's really stopping to listen to God through the day, couldn't hurt :-)
So if I don't "make a big deal out of it" why do I even mention it here? I write in the hopes others might find a regular practice like this as helpful as I have. If you don't have a regular prayer life then making it happen on a set schedule, no matter what that might be, you don't have to do the full hours, can really help a lot.