RSSArchive for the ‘general’ Category
Posted July 20th, 2009 by Jen in general
6 Comments »
Note to rootbound plants: Get out while you still can!
I planted dozens of seeds in little plastic containers, wanting a head start on the short growing season in my region.
The weather warmed up but I got busy. The seedlings outgrew their tiny containers and were silently begging to be placed in the spacious garden where their roots could dig down deep. Instead, the roots grew the only way they could in their rigid pots – in circles.
The day finally came when I had time to transplant these precious seedlings into the garden. They had already looked wan and peaked, but surely, I thought, they would be fine in the garden. I had so much hope, but to my sorrow, every one of them died within days. I remembered how lively and promising they had looked those first days of breaking through the soil.
With no way for the circular roots to quickly retrain and move into the surrounding dirt of the garden bed, my plants gave up and faded away. Had I been an experienced gardener, perhaps I could have worked with the root ball, done some corrective root pruning, and sent them on their healthy way. Alas.
I made a mental note to myself. If ever the circumstance is such that I am like a vigorous new plant trapped in a too-small and unyielding pot, running in circles for lack of latitude and destined for stunted growth, I need to make immediate exit plans if I want to survive.
Posted August 21st, 2007 by Jen in general
3 Comments »
Yes, my carnival round-up again.
Who even has time to read? Well, you know how time is. Somehow, we make time for the things that are important to us. Time is an elusive mystery to me.
What else are you reading? I’m reading Hosea.
And Church History in Plain Language by Bruce Shelley.
Happy reading, dear ones!
Posted July 9th, 2007 by Jen in general
8 Comments »
I’ll play on this one, since the thought-provoking Heidi tagged me.
Eight random bits about me:
1. All right, here are the rules.
2. We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.
3. Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
4. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight
5. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged
The Eight, but don’t judge me entirely on these tidbits…
Posted June 26th, 2007 by Jen in general
4 Comments »
Summer is carnival time, and I can’t wait for the Deschutes County Fair over here! My kids rode a camel there last year, and loved the boat ride, the balloons, the elephant ears, the animal exhibits, the Fun House, and the rodeo. Not so fun was making the Ferris Wheel operator stop the ride midway so I could remove my hysterical, scared-to-death daughter. This year, she says, she really wants to try it again. And I think I need one of those rope halter things for my two year old to wear – will I look barbaric? I almost lost a child there last year.
The Christian Carnival ii will be up tomorrow at Chasing the Wind.
photo credits: Deschutes County Fair
Posted June 14th, 2007 by Jen in general
This past week in the blogosphere carnival world of interest to me:
That’s all for now. I don’t have time to highlight my favorite posts out of these, but do go read as you have time.
Posted June 6th, 2007 by Jen in general
6 Comments »
I’ve been out of the internet loop for a short spell as our wireless internet went awry. Wireless obviously has some great advantages, but there’s lots of bugs to be worked out – at least in my little part of the world that depends on a signal from the hill over yonder called Gray Butte. Maybe the problem was the experimental hardware given to us.
Random catch-up. June allergies have hit me in full force. I’m out in this big valley surrounded by fields of hay-fever, er, hay and such. I shouldn’t complain, because I moved to Central Oregon from Eugene, right downwind from the “Grass Seed Capital of the World.” Now that was unbearable. I blame my terrible allergies on my mother, who didn’t breastfeed me. Ah, can’t really blame her, I was born in a generation where breasfeeding was not at all trendy. But trendy or not, don’t ever expect sympathy from me if you’re tired of nursing your baby after your obligatory six weeks.
[This paragraph used to be about a certain difficult situation, which my sensitive (when did that happen? :-)) husband thought maybe shouldn't be discussed here. So what you get now is that I continued to struggle this week with a relationship that I thought was moving forward into some degree of restoration, only to discover that it may actually be worse than I thought.]
Last week alone I overdrew my bank account, had several bloody noses from all that allergy-driven nose blowing, missed an important appointment, broke a dish, incurred countless angry customers who couldn’t get through on my business phone (that wireless problem), allowed laundry to pile up to my eyeballs, let the [edited: relationship issue] drag me into a fierce battle between depression and condemnation, and man, I’m feeling beat-up.
Wireless is touchy and so am I. I need to go get a good dose of amazing grace, so Lord, here I come.
Posted May 22nd, 2007 by Jen in general
1 Comment »
The 73rd Carnival of Homeschooling is up over at The Lilting House. Thanks, Melissa, for a great job putting that together. Have a blog post to submit for next week’s carnival? Here’s the handy submission form, hosted next by About Homeschooling. Deadlines are Mondays, 6 p.m.
Another notable carnival is up, The Gonzo Education Carnival, the theme being Education, What’s the Point? That’s over at Principled Discovery, one of my favorite reads. Dana is also seeking submissions for the Carnival of Principled Government, and you can submit here.
And the Christian Carnival ii will be up tomorrow at Pseudo-Polymath.
There are so many carnivals out there….so much to read (so little time). But it’s a good way to find a group of articles you’re interested in that otherwise wouldn’t cross your screen.
Posted May 16th, 2007 by Jen in general
Sure to move you is Erich’s post Almost Persuaded, at the blog CounterCulture. It’s a call to pray for people around the world in those cultures where belief in Jesus will mean death, disowning, or difficulties we couldn’t understand in our country.
Lots of other good stuff there, head on over….
Posted April 21st, 2007 by Jen in general
6 Comments »
Je pense, donc je suis. Rene Descartes expressed this idea, and I will now declare: I have received a Thinking Blogger Award, Therefore I Am. Thanks, Jane at Halfmoon Happenings for the tag. I am to reply by nominating five other bloggers that make me think. But first, I must say, I wish Descartes’ supposition was reversed: I am, therefore I think. If that was true, I wouldn’t be reading such nonsense at this or this. But alas. Now this old lady is thinking, and if she had a blog, I’d surely nominate her.
I’ll get on the five bloggers – they may have been nominated before (is that against the rules?), and if so, just consider them doubly-good thinkers. And they will be discharged from their duty of nominating five others.
1. Pebble Chaser: I regularly stalk this site, and if Heidi has a sitemeter, I’m sure I send it off the charts. I appreciate her witty, sometimes zany, humor, as well as her dedication to Truth and the seeking of G-d’s will. And she’s really smart, and contrary to her statement that she left her superpower at Walmart, she does, in fact, possess it.
2. Educating Germany: Kinderlehrer has taken on the task of lobbying for education reform in Germany, where homeschooling is illegal and parents are routinely jailed, fined, and had their children taken away – solely for the “crime” of homeschooling. I value her efforts in this cause that is very dear to my heart (which I wrote about here and here).
3. Principled Discovery: Dana, you always get me thinking. Her tagline is “If the foundations be destroyed, what shall the righteous do?” Psalm 11:3. Dana is dedicated to the preservation of the foundations of our great country, is 200 years behind in her politics, and you can count on her to be one of the first to expose the latest erosion of democracy.
4. Susan Wise Bauer: I must include this blog, because I’m indebted to Susan’s book, The Well-Trained Mind, for my successful jump into homeschooling. I went to Barnes & Noble one day last year, after deciding to homeschool, looking for a book, any book. This is the one I randomly grabbed, and while I’m not always the strictest adherent to Classical Education, it was the roadmap I needed. This blog is rarely about homeschooling, but it’s so fun to keep up on Ms. Bauer’s latest writings and adventures.
5. Sillie Lizzie’s Rock: I just discovered this blog within the last week, and can’t remember how I even stumbled across it. It’s my “wildcard” submission for the Thinking Blogger award, because it’s really new to me, but, boy, oh boy, there’s nothing faint-hearted or gutless or even silly about this blog. Do not enter without realizing the tagline: Subverting the subversion…unapologetically Christian and conservative, a blog at the intersection of religion, politics and whatever else I have on my mind at the moment!”
There you have it, and here is the beautiful award itself:
It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well. -Descartes
Descartes photo credit: Wikipedia
Posted April 17th, 2007 by Jen in general
1 Comment »
My deepest sympathies and prayers go out to Virginia Tech families of the murdered and wounded, and to the entire student body, the faculty, the town of Blacksburg, and the state of Virginia.
A psalm of David.
1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
3 he restores my soul.
4 Even though I walk
5 You prepare a table before me
6 Surely goodness and love will follow me
photo credits: Bob Veltri, photo of War Memorial Chapel, Virginia Tech
Posted April 13th, 2007 by Jen in general
2 Comments »
My friends know I’m a long-time Goodwill shopper. Hey, everyone loves a bargain, but I thought I’d share my motivation. When springtime hits, like no other season do I want some new outfits! Goodwill, here I come.
TOP 5 REASONS I SHOP AT GOODWILL
1. Let someone else receive the off-gassing of chemical-laden clothing. By the time I get it, it’s about 90% done.
2. I have a hugely better chance of finding modest clothing in today’s leave-it-to-cleavage, must-show-midriff, is-that-your-skin-or-your-clothes culture. Goodwill can be a few decades behind in fashion, but I’ll sacrifice a little trendiness for decency.
3. I look filthy rich. I can only afford to buy that Anne Klein blouse at Goodwill — for $4.99, instead of $69 at Nordstrom. Yes, it’s there, you just have to be patient and unearth it from amongst the rags. That’s the fun of the hunt.
4. It’s a feel-good experience. I feel good about not being wasteful, I feel good about saving my family’s money, I feel good about participating in the recycling effort.
5. Shrinkage has already happened – I know exactly what I’m getting.
Posted April 9th, 2007 by Jen in general, germany, persecuted church, politics/world news
6 Comments »
Monday, April 9 – today’s date – in 1945, was the morning of the hanging of Dietrich Bonhoeffer at the Flossenburg Concentration Camp. German pastor, writer, dissident, and martyr. A great force behind the German Resistance to Hitler’s Nazi regime. Sadly, ironically, but perhaps most profound, is the fact that just a few days later, Allied troops liberated the camp. Three weeks following, Adolf Hitler had committed suicide, and within a month, Germany had surrendered unconditionally. But I believe that Bonhoeffer speaks to us through his sacrifice more clearly today than he did in his life.
Just as a prophet is not accepted in his own town (Matthew 13:57), Bonhoeffer was speaking so far ahead of his time that I believe most of his contemporaries benefited little from his life. Many of his fellow pastors and churchpeople supported Hitler’s policies. The true beneficiaries of Dietrich Bonhoeffer are those of us living today.
As he explained his involvement in a plot to assassinate Hitler, Bonhoeffer said: “If I see a madman driving a car into a group of innocent bystanders, then I can’t, as a Christian, simply wait for the catastrophe and then comfort the wounded and bury the dead. I must try to wrestle the steering wheel out of the hands of the driver.” A further glimpse into the action-oriented Bonhoeffer was his collaboration in an effort to help a group of Jews escape to Switzerland that led to his arrest and imprisonment in April 1943, two years prior to his execution.
So, I’m trying to lay the framework of all of this history onto life today. Here’s a Bonhoeffer quote that helps his death bring some benefit to me today: “Nothing is fixed, and nothing holds us. The film, vanishing from memory as soon as it ends, symbolizes the profound amnesia of our time. Events of world-historical significance, along with the most terrible crimes, leave no trace behind in the forgetful soul.”
Can we please not suffer from profound amnesia? Can we please not be illiterate regarding church history? Bonhoeffer displayed the most admirable resistance to tyranny you can hope for; yet this was too late for his own age – we are the recipients, and our call is to respond to the conditions that make tyranny possible. We are offered the opportunity, if we would educated ourselves with this history, to direct action at the root of the problem, instead of being forced into a violent struggle with the full-blown fuhrer.
So, The Cost of Discipleship teaches me that believing in Jesus isn’t enough – there is a call to action, and Bonhoeffer sets a real-life example of sometimes radical action. Bonhoeffer warns against the “cheap grace” that advocates belief without obedience. “Christianity without the living Christ is inevitably Christianity without discipleship, and Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ. It remains an abstract idea, a myth.”
Here are some issues I’ll be exploring in more detail in another post – this is an excerpt from the 2003 documentary film, Bonhoeffer:
Do you think the church has any reason today to act against the state? Ahh, now we’re getting to the heart of this, and we must examine this closer if Bonhoeffer’s martyrdom is to have been of any profit.
Posted March 2nd, 2007 by Jen in general
4 Comments »
A family business can blend well with homeschooling, as many have discovered.
I thought I’d give you a little glimpse into this part of our life. First, a few FAQs:
1. Are you big sports fans? No, we just have a sports store because, well, other people (lots of them) are sports fans. The sports marketing industry is enormous and rapidly growing. My husband just came up with the idea, along with another buddy of his, and he built the website (it helps to be a computer programming genius).
2. Where do you keep all your products? Well, up until a year ago, it was the home office, the hallway, the bedroom (yes, my bedroom full of NFL trashcans…very romantic), the garage. You can imagine the tripping that occurred, so we now have a warehouse in town where we keep it all.
3. What’s your role in the business? My job is mostly product management. We carry various items, from bumper stickers to wall clocks, with team logos (NFL, NCAA, NBA, MLB, NHL, and NASCAR). I order products to maintain our inventory, look for new vendors, manage customer service, and pack orders on the days our part-time help is out. There was quite a learning curve when I came on to help my husband over two years ago, since I didn’t know whether the Steelers belonged to Pittsburgh or Philadelphia, or whether they played football or baseball. I’ve learned a thing or two since then, and can now fairly accurately predict the contenders for the Superbowl, the World Series, the Bowl Championships, etc.
4. How do you fit your business in with homeschooling? This is a question that some days I ask myself as I’m ready to throw that Indianapolis Colts hammer out the window. I have to spend an average of 2-3 hours a day on TeamMASCOT, depending on the season. Less during the offseason, much more during the Christmas rush. I have a computer set up at home that is remotely connected to the warehouse, allowing me to order products from my vendors, add new products, reply to customer inquiries – really anything except pack up the order. So, I try to work very early hours and very late hours and save the bulk of the day for the family.
OK, there’s a little run-down. The kids come to warehouse on the days I have to go in, for a few hours, and I’m training them to work. I consider this part of their education. My son pictured above, who is 7, is very capable of learning the various teams and their logos, and can pick orders for me. He’s learning about buying and selling – wholesale, retail, and profit margins. Even my five year old daughter is eager to help:
Is this the Steelers, Mom?
And right down to my three year old, who LOVES to put the labels on the packages (I won’t even go into the large packages that require packing peanuts, such fun for a three year old):
Some customers might get a crooked postage tag!
There are actually a lot of skills to teach, and I think that figuring out what size box to use for what product is a great math lesson.
Posted February 10th, 2007 by Jen in general
Hey, I’m writing about faith, family, and life. I read classics and the Bible. My greatest goal in life is to raise my children to love God and love people (immediately, this looks like simply preventing them from killing each other). I made up a song I sing to my kids every night, and it’s my hope for all: May a Spirit of Peace and Patience wash over you, May you be slow to anger and abounding in love.