The Joy of Reading

Periodically I’ll pick up Surprised by Joy by C. S. Lewis and read a few chapters. (Ironically, he wrote the book before being surprised in late life by finding love and marriage in the person of Joy Gresham.) Today I was delighted to find that Lewis’ perspective on getting new books was very similar to my own. He loved to order them and have them arrive in the mail, much […]

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Ghosts of the Past

I’m a little bit freaked out after this morning’s intellectual endeavor. I’m listening to a Teaching Company course entitled How to Listen to and Understand Great Music by an entertaining Berkeley professor named Robert Greenberg. He describes concert halls as “reanimation studios” where music from the past is brought back to life. In lecture two the discussion centers on music from the ancient world, specifically Greece. Greenberg tells about a […]

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The Science Fair

This year for the first time I let The Boy participate in the school science fair. I never did it before because science fairs for little kids are a lot of work for their parents, and I wasn’t sure he’d get anything out of it anyway. Now that he’s in second grade I thought we’d give it a whirl. I wanted to do a cooking experiment, and The Boy was […]

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Knowing It All

I’m enjoying The Know-It-All by A. J. Jacobs as my bedtime reading. At the age of 35, Jacobs embarked on a “humble quest to become the smartest person in the world,” something he figured he could do by reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica from a-ak to zywiec. What is it about being halfway to 70 that makes one feel a sudden need to go on a knowledge quest? I don’t […]

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Shear Greek

The re-start of school and all the fresh promise of a new year have me hankering to get back to my intellectual improvement through reading the classics. I picked up Plutarch’s Lives this afternoon (current month’s reading in my Great Books group) and dug into the life of Theseus. He was the mythical founder of Athens and probably is best known for slaying the Minotaur, a half-man, half-bull creature, in […]

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Merry New Year!

We’re a couple of days into 2010 already, but hey, I didn’t resolve to stop procrastinating. We had a lovely time at a New Year’s Eve party at our neighbors’ house. They graciously invited the four of us to join them and some of their longtime friends in an evening of revelry. By my count 11 kids were there in addition to parents, 10 stayed up until midnight, and, unexpectedly, […]

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I’ve Got Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

My Kindergartener woke me up (early) this morning with presents she had made and wrapped for me. One was an empty toilet paper roll (“Look–I wrote, ‘I love you, mom’ on it!”) and the other two were folded pieces of paper wrapped inside other folded pieces of paper and carefully, thoroughly taped. Here’s one note: “Aw,” I said. “‘I love you, Mom, love, me.’ That’s nice!” She looked miffed. “How […]

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The Moment

Have you ever heard that “living in the moment” is an ideal we should strive to achieve? I’ve been living in the moment all day. Why? Because I have the stomach flu. This has been a day of moments I would prefer not to have lived in. Thankfully it seems to be on its way out. And I am reminded that sometimes it’s okay not strive for ideals. On a […]

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! The kids are sacked out in the living room surrounded by Santa’s bounty, and with a trip to Grandma’s yet to anticipate. As my Byeya used to say whenever a check came in the mail, “It’s a good day.” I’m not tired at the moment, so I’ll conclude the previous post about the Christmas Consumers. Basically I just wanted to give more kudos to those who put the […]

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