Monday, December 28, 2009
Melanie's website is here, but doesn't seem to be entirely up to date.
Cold as could be, but so beautiful.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
The national edition is more widely known. It publishes 'letters' or articles by Amish and Mennonite writers throughout the United States and the world.
Here's the link to the paper's website. Only information from the local edition is online, but I found it intersting. I'm also considering subscribing to the National edition.
One of the books that caught my eye was Leaving Carolina, by Tamara Leigh. I don't usually enjoy books written in the first person, and rarely get beyond the first page of one, but she pulled it off well. I enjoyed the book thoroughly; she brought some delightful characters to life. I'm looking forward to the sequel which will be available in May.
Here's the author's website. It lists some other series which I'll be looking for, also.
I don't feel like retyping it, and I can't easily access it otherwise as I am visiting my parents in Albuquerque, so here's a link to it.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I have to put some more thought into this, but I've been tossing around an idea lately, and I'd be interested in feedback.
Without actually analyzing every story I've read and enjoyed, a quick survey gave me the sense that they all have one basic plotline, as follows:
Start with a character who is in some way a sympathetic or generally positive figure (protagonist.) The protagonist has some sort of a problem, which is not (or not primarily) his own fault. Dangle a possible solution just out of reach. Throw roadblocks and obtacles in the way. Repeat the last two several times, ending with huge roadblocks that make it seem almost impossible, and then solve the problem in a better way than was originally envisioned.
I suppose that I'm referring to all stories when I say there's only one plot... just the good ones!
Friday, December 18, 2009
I uploaded two short stories and one article on marriage late last week; to be honest, I didn't really expect anyone to read it. After all, if there's a way of publicizing one's presence on the site, I haven't found it yet (or looked for it, to be fair.)
I hadn't been back to the site yet until today, and to my astonishment, I found that the three items had garnered a total of.... (drumroll) 39 reads. Okay, granted, that's not exactly earthshaking, but for this unpublished writer, the response was, "Hey, someone's reading my stuff! Cool!"
So, I got excited, and went into my archives and uploaded two more short stories this morning. I just checked and they've already gotten 6 reads. My concern is that it may tempt me into spending time polishing and/or writing short stories for upload when I should really work on my new novel.
Anyway, here's the link. My username is DLeeFuhry to read my stories.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I also liked that they un-apologetically prayed before the meal. Sometimes it seems that the the heritage of this country would be utterly lost were it not for the armed forces, the churches, and the rural folks.
It was a nice evening. I appreciate the men and women who do so much work to run that squadron more than I can express.
I enjoyed the interplay between Amish and English life, and found the story compelling and the characters realistic. I'm looking forward to finding more of her books.
Learn more about Beth here...
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
It seems like since it's 'all coming out of my head,' I ought to be able to sit down and plan it all out, but that's a recipe for writer's block for me. But I'm afraid my stories will be weaker and less structured if I don't plot them out first...
What to do? What to do?
Monday, December 14, 2009
Fortunately, they're supportive of my writing, so I don't think they'd be offended. It just feels kind of funny. I'm also not crazy about carrying this laptop through multiple airports on our multi-legged by inexpensive flights.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
I thought it was because food in his stomach would cause him to become short of breath more easily, but apparently it was... a little more disgusting than that. (Think bits of food being blown into the horn!)
Friday, December 11, 2009
For those of us to whom even getting a book published is still an unattained goal... yikes!
Oh well, here's the link to the article: Ten Awful Truths About Book Publishing
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Her website is here.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Thanks, Mrs. Pruitt (and God!)
One concern: he was saying he had a sore throat last night, so I'm hoping he doesn't get sick and have to miss it!
Monday, December 07, 2009
Saturday, December 05, 2009
A sympathetic character (one with whom the reader can identify and who is basically good, but not flawless) experiences some kind of suffering or trouble at the outset of the story. This trouble is not the character's fault; it is generally caused by the antagonist (whether another character or something more general like societal conventions.) Some method of fixing the problem appears early in the book, but obstacles continually arise, alternately bringing resolution into sight and then snatching it away so that it looks impossible again. Eventually, the character gets not only what they hoped for, but something far better. As part of the resolution, the antagonist usually experiences some kind of negative consequences for their harshness toward the protagonist.
I can easily fit my Amish story, the Jairus novella, and my YA fantasy piece into this model. Faithful Unto Death is going to be a little more difficult, I think. I haven't tried yet with my futuristic thriller.
Friday, December 04, 2009
As I finally have time to devote to writing this year, I'm realizing what a juggling act it is. It's not just sitting down to write whatever story has currently taken up residence in my brain! First of all, there are usually multiple stories fighting it out over which one gets to be worked on next... but I also want to spend more time working on my craft (thus the aforementioned books), establishing a web presence (thus my current activity : ) ) and working on finding an agent and getting published.
Wow! And that's without having been published... add in book signings, fan communication, etc. and it must get a little daunting!
Oh, yeah, I don't want to forget the link for James Scott Bell's website!
Thursday, December 03, 2009
But with homeschooling taking so much less of my time this year, I've decided to finally get serious about trying to get published. I'm very grateful to Kathy Fuller for her offer of help with figuring out the supporting documentation requirements.
First question, I'm going to ask her: What's the difference between this
One-page sell sheet
A one page overview that summarizes your novel
Prepare a one to three page synopsis of your story?
Other than the second can be a little longer if there are things you'd like to put in but can't fit in the sell sheet... anyway I got a pretty good start on the whole thing yesterday.
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
We weren't tested or anything, but it was definitely a flu-like bug, and since it began with Doug who had the seasonal shot at work -- it seems likely. It also fit the H1N1 description to a tee.
The timing could have been better. My first day out of bed (and only because I had no choice) was Tuesday -- two days before Thanksgiving, for which I was going to be feeding 23.
Recently, I came across Brandilyn Collins, and enjoyed the three books I read, Eyes of Elisha, Dark Pursuit, and Exposure. I'm not normally a huge fan of the paranormal craze -- I get a little uneasy with it sometimes. But she handles it very well, with no sense of pushing the limits of spiritual acceptability.
They've all been a fun read, too!
Here's her website for more info... http://www.brandilyncollins.com/
Monday, November 30, 2009
The places I definitely want to visit are Baldwin Wallace and University of Akron. I would like to find a Christian school with Tim's potential major, but thus far I've not succeeded.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Becky, unfortunately, tends to get queasy when she has a fever. She has a very high fever now, and hasn't thrown up, so maybe she's outgrowing it. But at least partially because of that history, she likes me to stay close and take good care of her.
So I spent the night in the basement with her (notice I didn't say I slept in the basement with her.)
One blessing is that I don't have to spend Saturday in Columbus at the CAP conference with Tim. I have so much I'd like to accomplish in the next week or so. I'm just going to have to work on it while sitting with my little invalid, I guess.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I want to change my schedule. The kids' school is less of a burden now that it has been in years, so it seems I should be able to get more done with my time.
Stuff I do already (when it could be scheduled)
Housework (Mostly Friday, some Monday)
Laundry (2-3 days a week or one load a day?)
Meal planning and shopping (once or twice a week?)
Cooking (blech, almost every day, though the kids are supposed to be taking a night each)
Homeschooling-includes planning, paperwork, teaching/correcting (mostly Sat. or Mon.)
Church work-offering, teen study, cleaning (Sundays, and every other Saturday?)
Time with kids (more or less daily, I'd hope)
Taking Becky to horse riding, Victoria, HOPE (Tuesday afternoon, Wed. a.m., Friday 2X)
Some writing (So far, just Tuesday evenings)
Some time with church women (here and there)
Computer time (probably too much - periodically through the day)
Reading (when I'm able or can't resist)
What I'd like to add:
More time with church people (prob. not very scheduable)
More time writing (some weekly daytime slot?)
Time spent developing an author's profile (website/blog/contacts) (same as above?)
That's all the thinking I can do right now -- after all, it's 3:30 in the morning, and I've been awake since before 1:00.
I'll try to come back to this and see if it suggests any kind of schedule...
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Other than the fact that I ate too much, it was a very nice evening.
Doug said he and the kids had a nice evening too. Monday is their Bible study night, and he also looked at Trig with Tim and watched some old Dick Van Dyke shows with them.
Saturday, November 07, 2009
We started using it Thursday as a trial, and I know two days aren't much of a trial, but we're already behind for the year, so I went ahead and ordered my own copy, and the companion, on Friday.
I prayed hard during the last week for God to help me figure out what to do, so I'm sure hoping this is it!
Thursday, November 05, 2009
I can't wait to hear what he has to say.
I put basically the same question on the WTM high school board, and have yet to hear anything...
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
November is a HORRIBLE month to do it. Thanksgiving... Christmas prep, for me, an anniversary... a busy time in school...
It's just really tough. This year, though, I really want to finish (again) the final edit on FI.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Now I'm just using it for my own record, but I'm wondering if I should give it a more literary bent, since that's hopefully the direction my life is headed.
Should it bother me that I don't have anything about specifically Christian content? That's the one part of my life that is most important and will never change.
I think Tim probably has one of the best grades in the class, and I know he's probably the most well behaved kid in there, so I'm not sure what we'll talk about.
I know Tim is more the slow and steady type, so he takes longer than many of the students to finish some of the assignments, and he's lost some points for things being late. Some of the work, like today's assignment, can't be finished at home, so if you work slowly, you just get behind during the hours you're there. I just don't want him to get discouraged.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Becky's taking it for the same reasons Tim did last year: to get a sense of how close she'd be to NM scholar, and to have a practice run at it before the real thing.
I don't remember how long it took to get their scores. I want to check the WTM forums but they've been down all day.
Monday, October 12, 2009
I enjoy seeing the pictures, but the whole keg bus and pub crawl thing seems too reminiscent of high school for a bunch of 46 year olds to get that excited about. I guess I've become an old fogy, but by now, shouldn't we all? Isn't there a time for exchanging the ways of a child for the ways of a man, as Paul puts it?
Gray hair is a crown of splendor, according to Proverbs, and is a sign of the wisdom that comes with age. I guess I'm glad to be an old fogy rather than still wanting to get down and party.
I'm probably misjudging... hopefully it was a lot more about reconnecting with old friends than just about drinking!
Ah, well. Life is busy enough, it seems.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
I can't imagine what it will be like in a few years when we don't have kids around and have as many evenings together as we wish. I expect that we'll try to invest that time in the Kingdom somehow, instead of being self-indulgent.
My very unrealized goal for both then and now: a life of service, sacrifice, and self-denial instead of a life of self-indulgence.
Grace, Lord, grace...
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Sunday, October 04, 2009
Free Indeed tells the story of Onesimus, the runaway slave referred to in the Biblical book of Philemon. Though he hates being a slave, Onesimus is too fearful to risk escape until his master, and everyone else in the family except him, becomes Christians. To get away from the faith he despises and can't share, he runs away. The story tracks his adventures traveling through the Empire to Rome, where he finds success using his artistic talent in decorating pottery. Recognizing Paul as the man who converted his master, loneliness and emptiness cause him to follow when he witnesses Paul's arrival under arrest in Rome. After his own conversion, he continues under an assumed name and false identity for several years before he confesses his deception, repents, and agrees to return and make restitution to Philemon.
Saturday, October 03, 2009
Now I'm going to read what I just wrote before I publish it...
I was more careful this time, so it looks okay.
I intended to mention that a blistering hot shower just as the pills start taking effect works wonders after Susan's status about waking up with a sinus headache... instead it went after Ginny's post about loving Saturday mornings.
Friday, October 02, 2009
On Fridays, I take Becky to HOPE in the morning, then pick Tim up from CVCC and take him out to lunch, and then I have to pick Becky back up at 3ish.
I just have to make sure that the important stuff each week gets done by Wednesday, I guess.
Thursday, October 01, 2009
It's something I've known I need to do for years, because at this point, I have nothing.
But now I have to have one for critiquing by Tuesday... HELP!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Considering the ages of the kids, and how often we fly instead of drive, this is probably the last time we'll have to pay four airfares, though.
Monday, September 28, 2009
I clicked on the link, and the first three of four articles were on their diversity, on their 'green' initiatives, and on HIV something or other. Can we get a little more PC, folks?
I was pretty impressed. It seemed as if, at the end of the story, each had followed it, and understood the characters and their choices. I enjoyed hearing what they had to say during the discussion. I wonder if I should have made the questions deeper?
The latest twist in the game... no chore chart! At this point, I think they've gotten good enough (for now!) at housework, but could really use some time in the kitchen. Also, I feel like I need to exert some major self-discipline, and control over the housework, because it hasn't been kept in acceptable shape lately!
So, I'll take over all the housework again (oh, joy!) and have them each cook dinner and clean it up one night a week.
I don't really expect this one to be much more successful, but at least we can have some variety in our failure.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I want to finish it today so I can give it to Jen tonight to look over. I'm spending a lot of time trying to make it visually appealing... colors, boxes, borders, etc.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
I think I'll be able to climb back on though. One problem is this weekly rewarding of each kid with lunch out... I might start taking them out and just getting unsweetened iced tea or something. I don't know if I can lose weight and eat out twice a week or more!
All of which does seem to suggest that now would be a good time to follow Steve's lead... BUT, if that were really true, would every single conservative talk show have ads pushing gold? If they companies making the ads really believed that a collapse of the dollar was imminent, would they really be giving us their gold in exchange for our dollars? Wouldn't they be holding them, or at least only selling to those who approached them, instead of spending incredible amounts of money on all these commercials?
What I think might be the best hedge against inflation right now is real estate, but that costs more and adds a layer of complication to life that I'm not sure we want now.
I guess our security will have to be in the Lord!
I have a lot of things/people I'm praying for:
Frank S., who has been really sick with pneumonia
Jack M., who may be rapidly descending into Alzheimers
M. family, that God would lead them to a church where they can be blessed and a blessing
Our pastor and his family, who give so much to the church, that God would protect and provide for them
Other M. family, having difficult health, financial, and family concerns all at once
Thanks, Lord, that we can be confident that all these things are working for good to those who love you and who are called according to your purpose.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
4-5 loads of laundry, cleaning 3 bathrooms, vacuuming the entire house, and hopefully getting the kitchen mopped and picking up a bunch of stuff from Walmart. Not to mention figuring out something cheap and easy for dinner tomorrow night...
Do the next thing, right?
Friday, September 11, 2009
I sure hope the kids are nicer than they were at VCA. Some of the things at HOPE seem distressingly 'schoolish' to this determined homeschooler, but these are not kids who are products of a school environment, so they should be significantly nicer than the VCA folks.
And it's only one day a week, so it could never be as miserable as when she was in school all day every day. How can people do that to their kids?
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Lord, you know all the reasons we want to do this, and you know how much is okay to spend on it. Please guide me to the right tickets, at the right time, and give me the discernment to know when I I've found them.
I'm reminding myself to 'Do the next thing.' Stop thinking of all the stuff that needs done that I don't feel like doing, or don't have time for, etc. etc. Figure out what the next thing is to do, and just do it. Don't think about the rest.
Sunday, September 06, 2009
I have an extra week to finish it now. Jeff canceled church tonight (for Labor Day weekend) so we'll probably move the teen study to the 2nd and 4th Sundays.
Gee... now that I'm thinking about the story, and am conveniently on my computer... I think I hear a kind young man named Carlo calling my name!
Saturday, September 05, 2009
Friday, September 04, 2009
Thursday, September 03, 2009
I also wrote a paragraph for the church bulletin about the teen Bible study, and read through Jen's handout on repentance.
And what took longest, I went through the church DVD (with many pauses and rewinds) proofing all the written portions.
Then during karate, I cleaned the church for Sunday.
I LOVE SERVING GOD!
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
I was thinking about this in bed last night, and there may have been one other way; but if there was, and if it's important, the Lord will have to bring it back to my mind, 'cause it's GONE...
I may write a story about teens in Pompeii. In the weeks and days before the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, one or two will see the danger and warn their friends to leave. They'll be laughed at by many, but there friends will have the three reactions above: not believing anything bad will really happen; being confident of their own ability to outrun whatever happens; and being more afraid of being laughed at than of the volcano.
In addition to the story, I may look for good scriptures on pride. There's a bunch in Proverbs, I know. I'd also like to do something interactive, but we only have an hour or so!
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
The girls who might be involved are:
Kayleigh L. 16
Melina -- a bit younger, but she really wants to do it and Charis would like her to.... But because she's completely out of the age range, I'm not including her in the calculations.
The average, or mean, age is 15.375. The median, or middle number is between 15 and 16... there are 4 girls 16 and up, and 4 girls 15 and under. There are two modes, or values which occur most often, 14 and 16. And finally, halfway between the youngest and oldest is 15.5.
So, to the extent that I have a particular age in mind to aim at, it will be 15-16. That may end up being helpful to know.
I'm looking at the Harris twins' book, also Eugene Petersen's Run with the Horses. I've also thought about a theme of pride, or Proverbs 31. Jen is going to kick it off with the 1st and 3rd sessions about repentance. I'm not sure what will fit well in the 2nd session, which will be mine to lead, on September 20th.
I'm just praying like crazy.
Also, on the high school board, which is where I've 'lived' for the last few years (and where I've learned almost everything I know about doing homeschooling high school) these are some of the threads being discussed this morning.
One mom was just notified that her student is a National Merit semifinalist, and has questions about the paperwork. She was able to get answers both from people who'd done it in the past, as well as another mom currently going through it who had been on the phone with the NM folks, and was able to share the info she'd received recently.
Another mom wants to know if a certain calculator is allowed on the ACT test.
Another is sharing a change in textbooks she's making for an advanced or AP physics class and why. There are always lots of discussions related to specific texts and courses.
Several threads are folks either new to high schooling this year, or facing it in the next year or two, questioning everything from what curricula to use, to how to grade, to how to track paperwork, etc. etc.
I like the constant reminder here, and in my username at WTM: God's grace is sufficient for me. His power is made perfect in my weakness.
Anyway, I explained how I'm going about trying to plan visits to different types of colleges, and a little of why I've chosen the ones I have. I asked for input, both on my general approach and on suggestions of specific schools.
If it works as usual, I'll find a lot of interesting chaff in response, and a few precious grains of wheat!
Monday, August 31, 2009
I still need to read Romeo and Juliet with Becky; go over both kids' writing exercises from Friday with them; take a 45 minute to 1 hour walk; do some decluttering in the basement; dry, iron, and hang up school/work clothes for Doug and Tim; clean a couple of bathrooms, call my grandma, spend 10-15 minutes doing yard work; and hopefully get to a couple of other small, miscellaneous jobs.
Oh, yeah. I guess I should make dinner for the family sometime, too.
That's less than half of what I need to do today.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Also, I have always heard and tend to believe that those who are faithful in tithing are never left with the needs unmet. I also tend to believe that if a person is chronically short of money, beginning to tithe will help, even though it seems very counter-intuitive.
So, since I've been chronically short of time lately, I decided to try being faithful to use my Sundays in a more God honoring way; instead of merely as a day to get caught up on all the work that didn't get done the previous week, or even to get ahead of the game for the coming week.
I did better the first week than last week, and this week I'm having a hard time. I have to get some laundry done so Doug and Tim have work/school clothes for tomorrow. I also tried to pay some bills, but the bank's online system is offline until 8 a.m. tomorrow.
I guess I'll do the bare minimum of laundry, and then continue going through the Elizabeth George book. I originally started into that thinking it would be good to use with the teen girls at church; I'm not so sure of that now, but I think it's probably beneficial to me anyway. The other thing I will try and do is look through the material I have on purity, since that's what Jen really wants to cover with the girls.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Good stuff for talking about Jesus to a Jehovah's Witness, with thanks to kevinquick.com
John 20:28,29-Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!" Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."
Acts 20:28-Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.
Col 2:9-For in Christ ALL the fullness of the Deity [or, Godhead] lives in bodily form
1 Ti 3:15-16-God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body...
Titus 2:13-while we wait for the blessed hope-the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Heb 1:3-The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.
Heb 1:4-So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.
Gen 1:26-27-Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness..." And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him.
Is 44:24-Thus says the Lord [Jehovah], your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb, "I, the Lord [Jehovah], am the maker of all things, stretching out the heavens by Myself, and spreading out the earth all alone..."
John 1:3-All things came into being by Him [the Word], and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. [If Jesus was created, then he created himself]
Eph 3:9-...God, who created all things...
Col 1:15-16-And He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the first-born [cp. Ps 89:27, Gen 41:51-52, Jer 31:9] of all creation. For [Gr. because] by him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-all things have been created by Him and for Him.
Micah 5:2-"Bethlehem...out of you will come...ruler over Israel, whose goings out are from of old, from days of eternity."
Heb 7:3-[Melchizedek]...having neither beginning of days...like the Son of God
Rev 5:11-14-And I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing." And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, "To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, [be] blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever." And the four living creatures kept saying, "Amen." And the elders fell down and worshiped.
Matt 4:10-Then Jesus said to him, "Begone, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord [Jehovah] your God, and serve Him only.'" [Quote from Deut 6:13]
Matt 14:33-Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."
Matt 28:9-Suddenly Jesus met them [the women]. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.
Matt 28:16-17-Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him...
John 9:38-Then the man said, "Lord, I believe," and he worshiped him. [He recognized Jesus as the Son of Man-vs. 35]
Heb 1:6-And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, "Let all God's angels worship him."
Rev 5:8-And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb.
Rev 14:7-He said in a loud voice, "Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water."
Jesus is worshiped many times in the New Testament; the worshipers are never rebuked. An angel is worshiped twice in the New Testament [Rev 19:10, 22:8-9]; the worshiper is rebuked both times. Peter is worshiped once [Acts 10:25]; the worshiper is rebuked.
John 5:18-This is why the Jews sought all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the Sabbath but also called God his own Father, making himself equal with God.
John 10:28-33-"...no one shall snatch them out of My hand...no one is able to snatch [them] out of the Father's hand. I and the Father are one." The Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, "I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of these do you stone me?" The Jews answered him, "It is not for a good work that we stone you but for blasphemy; because you, being a man, make yourself God."
Is 9:6-And he [Jesus] will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Rev 21:6-7-"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End...I will be his God"
John 2:19,21-Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days." But the temple he had spoken of was his body.
Acts 2:24-"God raised him from the dead"
John 5:18-For this reason the Jews tried all the harder to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.
John 8:28-"When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I AM [Gr. ego eimi-cp. Ex 3:14; LXX-no "he" in Gr.]"
Ex 3:14-God said to Moses, "I AM who I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you.'"
John 8:58-59-"I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I AM! [Gr. no "he"-cp. Ex 3:14; LXX]" At this, they picked up stones to stone him...
Acts 20:28-Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.
Phil 2:6-Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God...
Col 2:9-For in Christ ALL the fullness of the Deity [or, Godhead] lives in bodily form
Titus 2:13-while we wait for the blessed hope-the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.2 Pet 1:1-To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours...
aa. He is from everlasting (Mic 5:2).
ab. He was in the beginning (John 1:1).
ac. He is before all things (Col 1:17).
ad. He had glory with the Father before the world was (John 17:5).
ae. He existed in the form of God (Phil 2:6).
af. He was God (John 1:1).
ag. He is the Firstborn of all creation (Col 1:15).
ah. Through Him are all things (Heb 1:2).
ai. All things were made by Him (Col 1:16).
aj. God attributes Jehovah's creative works to Him (Heb 1:8,10).
ak. All things were created by Him and for Him (Col 1:16).
al. He made man in His own image (Gen 1:26,27).
ba. The Father sent Him (John 6:57).
bb. He sought not His own will, but that of His Father who sent Him (John 6:38).
bc. The way was prepared for Jehovah, then Christ came (Matt 3:3).
bd. He was Immanuel-God With Us (Matt 1:23).
be. All the angels of God worship Him (Heb 1:6).
bf. The magi worshiped Him (Matt 2:11).
bg. He was the Son of God (John 10:36).
bh. He who has seen Him has seen the Father (John 14:7-9).
bi. The Father was greater than He (John 14:28).
bj. He could do nothing of Himself (John 5:19).
bk. He did nothing of Himself (John 8:28).
bl. His Father gave Him the words which He spoke (John 12:49).
bm. He knew not the day nor the hour of the end (Matt 24:36).
bn. A cured blind man worshiped Him (John 9:38).
bo. He would raise up His body (John 2:19,21).
bp. No one has greater love than Him (John 15:13).
bq. He was one with the Father (John 10:28-33).
br. The Jews believed that He made Himself equal with God (John 5:18).
bs. He forgives sins against God (Luke 5:24).
bt. He gave men power to be born of God (John 1:12,13).
bu. Those in the boat worshiped Him (Matt 14:33).
bv. His 11 disciples worshiped Him (Matt 28:16,17).
bw. The Father's name has been given to Him (John 17:11,12).
bx. He is heir of all things (Heb 1:2).
ca. God raised Him from the dead (Acts 2:24).
cb. He ascended to His God (John 20:17).
cc. He appeared in the presence of God (Heb 9:24).
cd. He sat down at the right hand of God (Mark 16:19).
ce. God highly exalted Him (Phil 2:9).
cf. God glorified Him (Acts 3:13).
cg. He was made better than the angels (Heb 1:4).
ch. God made Him Lord and Christ (John 2:36).
ci. All men should honor Him as they do the Father (John 5:22,23).
cj. He is the First and the Last, as is Jehovah (Is 44:6, Rev 1:17,18).
ck. In Him dwells all the fulness of the Deity in bodily form (Col 2:9).
cl. He is the exact representation of God's nature (Heb 1:3).
cm. He is above all (John 3:31).
cn. He sustains all things (Col 1:17, Heb 1:3).
co. He is eternal Father (Is 9:6).
cp. He is Mighty God (Is 9:6).
cq. All things that are the Father's are His (John 16:15).
cr. All authority in Heaven and on Earth has been given to Him (Matt 28:18).
cs. The Father has given Him power over all flesh (John 17:2).
ct. He is mediator between God and men (1 Ti 2:5,6).
cu. He is in the bosom of the Father (John 1:18).
cv. He is Lord of lords (Rev 17:14).
cw. "Whoever calls upon the name of Jehovah will be saved" applies to Him (Rom 10:9, 11-13).
cx. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb 13:8).
a. Jesus is the creator of all things.
b. Jesus is the sustainer of all things.
c. Jesus is the Savior.
d. Jesus is the giver of things of God.
e. Jesus has authority to forgive sins.
f. Jesus is the judge of all.
g. Jesus is all-seeing.
h. Jesus is all-knowing.
i. Jesus is omnipresent.
j. Jesus was eternally preexistent.
k. Jesus never changes.
l. It is proper to serve Jesus.
m. It is proper to pray to Jesus.
n. It is proper to give glory to Jesus.
o. It is proper to worship Jesus.
p. Jesus is Lord.
q. Jesus is sovereign with His Father.
r. Jesus is the Son of God.
s. Jesus is God, as is His Father.
t. Jesus is Jehovah, as is His Father.
So far, she's just been reading some introductory stuff about William Shakespeare and his theatre, but today we're supposed to start into a specific play. I had Romeo and Juliet scheduled first, and A Midsummer Night's Dream last. I'm thinking I may switch them, but I can't remember why I scheduled it that way.
It would be just like me to get far enough into it that we can't really turn back, and then realize, "Oh! That's why I was going to do it that way. I wish I'd stuck with it!"
Thursday, August 27, 2009
We've done a lot of dancing around the areas we disagree on, but today we were more direct. I know I haven't done the research and put the time into studying in order to give an answer that I should have, considering the eternal importance of what's involved. I'm going to try to do better.
I haven't seen him in a while. I thought maybe he'd given up on me... What's interesting is that this morning I asked God to give me an opportunity to share the gospel with someone today...
Both are nearby, both are big and in an urban environment, both are less than 10K a year for tuition, and close enough that room/board wouldn't need to be an issue.
I know other homeschoolers who've gone to Akron, and I think they're probably the more homeschool-friendly of the two. Besides, Kent State is very liberal and has welcomed and defended at least one jihadist on the faculty, so we'll probably visit there.
However, it's a Christian school, so definitely worth looking into. Doug thought it might be only a business, Bible, and education school, but they have a major in computer science and several in the natural sciences.
It's not a very small school, at almost 2500 undergrads, and the tuition + room/board is over 25K a year.
They have three kinds of visits: group visits, personalized visits, and overnight visits. I like the sound of their group visit days, but unfortunately, they are on weekdays and so would require Tim missing a day of school. They have one each month in October, November, and January - April. I think we'll probably do it... maybe in November?
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
His class at CVCC seemed to go well. I'm so impressed with that program I'm about to bust!
BUT, I need to leave hear by 10:15 at the latest to get gas and pick Tim up at 10:45. Believe me, I'd get grief if I'm late!
So through the late morning and early afternoon hours, I need to take my walk, work with the kids on school, iron Tim's CAP uniform, and hopefully get some of my actual normal work for the day done.
Then from 3:20 until almost 5 p.m. I'll be with Becky at horseback riding lessons. Once I get home, I'll need to find something for everyone to eat. (It's probably good that Doug isn't home this evening until later so I don't have to have a formal dinner ready!)
Take Tim to CAP around 6 p.m., and then try to be on time to church at 7 p.m.
It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
The full credit courses are Chemistry, using the Apologia text, and Geometry, using Teaching Textbooks. Both of these are the same courses, using the same materials, she would have taken at home. The half credit courses are music, current events, church history, logic, and speech.
Since only speech would count as a language arts credit, I'll do a half credit at home, too... some composition and an introduction to Shakespeare. I've decided that we'll watch movies of two Shakespeare books I read to the kids a couple of years ago (Julius Caesar and Macbeth.) I'll also read aloud with her one tragedy and one comedy (Hamlet and Midsummer Night's Dream) and I'll have her read Romeo and Juliet. I'll shoot for her writing two essays, reading several of his sonnets, and hopefully writing one as well.
She'll also take Spanish at home, using Switched on Schoolhouse. For P.E., she'll take horseriding, and read a good portion of Total Health, a Christian high school level health text.
The courses she'll do at home will start tomorrow. The courses we'll do in the co-op don't start until September 11. She's very happy about that!
Half of his credits (3.5) are being taken in something as close to a public school as I ever expected my kids to get before college. The Cuyahoga Valley Career Center (a much improved version of the old Vocational/Technical classes of my day) offers a two year course called the Computer Networking Academy. Tim will attend there from 7:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Monday through Friday. In addition to computer networking, they learn a lot about computer hardware and systems, which at this point is his real interest.
In addition to that, he'll be taking Physics with Dad, the rocket scientist, as his primary teacher, using the Apologia text. He's also taking Precalculus using the videos from Chalkdust. I watched one of them and didn't like it as well as Videotext. I hope Tim will like it and be able to learn from it. If there are any problems understanding it, Doug will have to be the go-to person.
All I'm really teaching Tim this year is a course in 19th Century British Literature, as well as directing some reading in a health text for part of P.E. He'll be continuing in Karate for the rest of it.
I hope he can learn a lot from the CNA course without it being too much work, since Physics and Precalculus sound to me like a pretty tough row to hoe!
School starts tomorrow.
I think I'll talk to Tim's teacher and to Doug about it. The three of us could travel for only $776. Doug would cost more, since he'd probably only come for a week.
Close by, though I'm not familiar with the area
Located in Alliance, a town of about 25,000.
Seems to have decent computer and biology departments
Has a nice looking nature center
Has Saturday morning visits
Expensive... just under 30K per year room and board
The website says they have 'religion life organizations' but not info on them
Close -- only about 45 minutes to an hour away.
Rural -- I really like the area.
Small school -- only 1200 undergraduates
Has a Christian club
Has a good biology program with the field station
They have Saturday morning visits from Sept - May that seem short and informal.
Expensive -- tuition and room/board exceed 30K a year
Not sure if they have a good program for Tim's (current) interest
Becky: I don't want to go to college. I hate school.
Tim: Ho, hum. whatever.
So, I've decided to do some college visits to local places. It (hopefully) can't hurt, and will at least give them some exposure and a base of experience with which to compare other schools. (Though for all I know, they'll just end up at home and going to community college for the first two years. It's certainly the most cost-efficient option.)
These are the ones I'm thinking of so far: Hiram, Mt. Union, Malone, Kent and/or Akron. If we decide to go further afield, Grove City and Cedarville. I need to check into what majors they have, though. Tim is definitely leaning toward something like computer systems administration, but this year hopefully go a long way toward confirming or changing that. Becky has leant toward something in the biological sciences for a long time, but I don't think that's certain any longer.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Becky is still up in the air, although I'd really like her to take at least 3-4 courses via the homeschool co-op.
I'm glad we only have a few more years of this left, to be brutally honest!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Jesus showed up in the upper room where his followers were hiding, though the doors were shut and locked. The stone could have stayed in place and he would certainly not have been trapped behind it.
The stone was rolled away for the sake of his disciples, then and now, so that they could see and we could know that his body wasn't there.
The Lord is risen indeed!
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Obsessed with freedom and desperate to get away from his master’s new religion, Onesimus plots his escape from Colosse to Rome, seat of the empire. After years of living a charade, he meets the apostle Paul, a friend of his former master and emissary of the faith he once despised. A close spectator to Paul’s life and teaching during his Roman imprisonment, Onesimus’ heart is so changed that he realizes true freedom is only found in Christ, and chooses to give up his liberty and return to slavery. How will Philemon respond to a runaway slave who betrayed and stole from him, yet returns with a letter from the Apostle Paul pleading for mercy?
FREE INDEED is a completed Biblical fiction manuscript of 98,580 words. My target audience is readers of Christian fiction, especially those who enjoy works like LaHaye and Jenkins’ MARK’S STORY, Bunn and Oke’s THE CENTURION’S WIFE, and a number of recent similar novels. I am submitting to you because I appreciate your blog and would enjoy working with you, however, this is not an exclusive submission.
This is my first novel, and though I do not have any publishing credits, I submitted the early chapters to the Christian Writers Guild critique service. In their response, they stated, “You have a great story well worth developing and a strong skill that will surely lead you to publication, if you aren’t there already.”
I would be a hard worker and a tireless marketer if given the opportunity to publish. As a long-time homeschooling mom, I would reach out to contacts within that community, as well as within a number of churches to generate interest in the book.
I have pasted the first 10 pages below my signature line for your perusal. Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.
The two letters weren't exactly the same... For example, only one of the agents requests that pages of the novel be pasted into the query email. And, of course, the reason I picked each agent was different. Now, I wait.
Friday, March 27, 2009
So, when I find my mind whirling with fear and frustration, unwilling to tolerate any realities behind my imagined forthcoming disasters, I too must say, "Nevertheless."
Nevertheless, I will trust your promises and choose your will. Not my will, but thine be done.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Monday, March 09, 2009
I did some shopping today, and got most of what I think I should have on hand. I'll go again in a few days and try and finish it off. It will be a good feeling if for no other reason than I can finally throw away the pages I printed about it several years ago when I first started thinking about it, and which have been living at the bottom of my 'to do' pile ever since.
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
"This flood of language has had its effect on writing and thinking styles within the culture at large. Ideas today no longer need be expressed in full sentences. Rather, the ideas of today seem to come out in a continuous flow of ongoing language. Sooner or later the idea seems to be “out there,” and then the word-stream stops. But this style, based on flow and quantity, is not
the language style of yesterday. In the past, the carefully structured sentence was the medium for encapsulating and precision-stating our thoughts. Today, precision and structure seem to be less important than the ability to “wax eloquent” at the drop of a hat." [Quote by Robert Einnarsson, found in http://www.classiclanguagearts.net/resources/TESS.pdf]
A few paragraphs later he states that he wants his textbook "to stand against the current culture of language as quantity and flow..." My initial reaction to this introduction of the book was very positive, but then I found myself wondering if this is akin to publishing a guide to excellence in classical carriage manufacturing in the early 1900s.
As a homeschooler, do I want my students to be more facile with last century's methods of communication than with the next century's methods? In terms of writing, I suppose I'd like the best of both worlds. I want my students to be able to write an elegant essay, deliver thoughtful, well-reasoned oratory, and understand their peers' texty lingo.
Unfortunately, taking a hard look at things, I'm not sure I've succeeded in any of those goals.
Sunday, March 01, 2009
I know that if I were completely honest with myself, it's because I "sabbath" when I'm not supposed to! If I were more efficient and especially more disciplined the rest of the week, I would have enough time to get it all done.
This has been an issue for me for a long time, but just recently I'm starting to get serious about changing things. I just don't really know how.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Tim built his first computer just after his 13th birthday, and just recently rebuilt it with components he got from us for Christmas. He seems to enjoy the hardware side of computing much more than the software side, so I would expect him to enjoy the program. It may also be a good indication of whether or not this is indeed the field he would like to pursue in college.