Thursday, May 31, 2007
I found another cool quote in my search. I will share it later.
This is the gift for the Patriotic Dad... These are ready to go. I have nine, 2 that are plain and seven that are decorated up like the top one. If you want one personalized... let me know by Friday before the varnish goes on...
Dansko shoes were originally from Denmark, although I think they are produced mainly in Poland these days, but whoever is making them... Good job people!
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
I don't think this book approaches the greatness of Dickens Tale of Two Cities, one of my personal favorites, there isn't the depth to the characters or the same satisfaction in the ending. Still, I strongly recommend this book and think that you will really enjoy it!
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These color-coordinated bits of buttons and bows will be tied up cute in cellophane bags and entered into The Love Boxes Etsy Shop sometime today. I hope they'll all be in after lunch today. I think these would be perfect for little craft projects like cards, scrapbooking or even wrapping a small gift box.
What an inspiring film it is. I love where Eric Liddell explains to his sister his desire to run, "I believe that God made me for a purpose... (the mission), but He also made me fast, and when I run, I feel His pleasure." And, when he is speaking to a large congregation before an Olympic race he quotes Isaiah 40:31, "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."
I love the character of Harold Abrahams and his desire to win the hearts and minds of those who would be prejudiced against him by living a life of excellence in every area.
When little c asked what the film was about, C said, "It's about two men who want to be the fastest runners and very good men too."
You know, the working title of the film was "Running," until the writer of the film Colin Welland saw the scene with the singing of the hymn Jerusalem (based on a poem by William Blake) and changed the title to Chariots of Fire. Good move.
The following is the beautiful poem by William Blake...
And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England’s mountains green?
And was the holy lamb of God
On England’s pleasant pastures seen?
And did the Countenance Divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among these dark Satanic Mills?
Bring me my Bow of burning gold;
Bring me my Arrows of Desire;
Bring me my Spear; O clouds unfold!
Bring me my Chariot of Fire!
I will not cease from Mental Fight
Nor shall my Sword sleep in my hand,
Till we have built Jerusalem
In England’s green and pleasant Land.
Friday, May 18, 2007
I loved the heroine of Molly Gibson so much. Her integrity and intelligence, her sense of right and fairness, her compassion and charm, her ability to be graceful in difficult situations all combine to represent that better self many of us hope to be.
The script explores many things, but most fascinatingly how we find ourselves in love with another person. Characters in the film represent so many differing avenues to this end. The father chooses love by appropriatenss and station. Cynthia chooses love by the desire to be desired. Her mother chooses love in order to be rescued. Molly chooses love by friendship and admiration.
I thought the following comments also presented very interesting aspects of the story:
"Davies, who wrote the scripts for such Masterpiece Theatre classics as A Rather English Marriage, Moll Flanders, the House of Cards trilogy, and Middlemarch, found Wives and Daughters to be perfect costume-drama material. It posed a rather interesting problem: Gaskell died just before completing the book. She was obviously aiming at a happy ending, and Davies has supplied the lost denouement with surprise and style. "
"Wives and Daughters is about the ordinary mysteries of life," says producer Sue Birtwistle, previously responsible for the BBC's Pride and Prejudice and Masterpiece Theatre's King Lear. "[It's about] where love comes from, how it grows, how it can break our hearts, how it can bring happiness and fulfillment. It's about the mistakes we make and the secrets we have to keep."
***This dvd is available through netflix and there are a few copies though Amazon.. for around $30..I think that if you liked Pride and Prejudice, you might find it worth owning.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
I need to read The Shell Seekers, the book which really made Rosamunde Pilcher a best selling author. This book, Sleeping Tiger, is pretty awful. There is a fairly difficult grandmother in the novel and it is never really explained why she's difficult. There is a real jerk of a fiance, and it isn't explained why he is a jerk or why Selena, the heroine, is engaged to him. Selena goes in search of a man she believes to be her father and ends up in love with him. But, just like her relationships with all of the other people in the book, you have no idea why she likes this guy. None of the characters had any depth and I found that I didn't care about them.
I did find out that this is the first novel that Rosamunde Pilcher published under her own name. I suppose if you are a real fan, you might read it for that reason.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
The show had its own drama to it because Mr. Gingrich had promised to stay for the full hour and at the last minute said that he would only be able to stay for forty minutes. Ms. Rehm was quite furious with him; hers is a live program. I hope that he had a really good reason for leaving her in a spot, but he did not explain.
If Mr. Gingrich wanted to know what people would say behind his back as soon as he left, tuning in, he would have heard an ear-full. His personal life is full of land mines. He, like so many of the candidates in both parties, has some serious electability problems I think (for the record, he is not yet officially running). It will be interesting to see who pulls ahead out of the pack.
I thought that Diane's questions were very thoughtful and I liked that she gave her guest the time to answer them thoughtfully. My only critisism is the same one I have for many journalists; they cannot help but spoon feed their audiences the outcome of an interview. I am far too independent and I don't enjoy being told what to think. I love when someone will simply ask the tough questions and then let me decide for myself. Still, I was very impressed with the questions that she asked and I tuned in to quite the drama. Is it on every day? If it is, I will be listening.
Did anyone see the debate last night? I would love to hear your thoughts... I know politics aren't part of polite conversation, but I don't see why it should be that way. As long as you speak politely, I will be respectful of your views be they red, blue or green. :) I still might disagree, but I will be repectful. Really.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
These are some of the baby trees we've been planting over the weekend. The trees on the right are Chanticleer Pear Trees they get to be 40 feet high and they turn red in the fall.
Monday, May 14, 2007
Top of Utah Voices: Words strike like lightning with power to illuminate or burn
Sunday, April 29, 2007
By Allison Barlow Hess
In her communication class as Weber State University, Professor Becky Johns conducts a simple object lesson. On one slip of paper she has her students write their least favorite food. On the next paper they list upcoming papers and assignments, and on a third paper they write their mother's name.
Dr. Johns then instructs the students to take the first paper and tear it into shreds, to which they happily comply. The next paper she tells them to crumple into a ball, which they love to do. She then asks them to take the third paper, the one with their mother's name, and throw it on the floor and stamp on it.
Most of the students refuse the request. "Why?" she asks. "It's just lines on a scrap paper." After all, they don't actually have to throw their mother on the floor. Even as mere symbols, however, words can evoke powerful emotions.
We should be careful when we treat them as if they were no more important than scrap paper discarded underfoot.
Recent obvious testaments to that are Don Imus, who debased and desecrated for a quick laugh; Alec Baldwin, who blew an apparently short fuse; and John McCain, who bombed with thoughtlessness.
None threw sticks or stones, but names and faces do hurt us -- all of us. Unkind, uncensored words trample the soul. If we could see emotional scars left from wounding words the way we see physical scars, we would likely shrink from each other's disfigurement.
Once spoken, not even sincere apologies can reclaim words, which might eventually be forgiven but often not forgotten. As the Arabian proverb reminds, "When you have spoken the word, it reigns over you. When it is unspoken, you reign over it."
Mistakes with words aren't usually mean-spirited; it's more likely we just speak before we think. Our true meaning isn't malicious, just muddled. For example, in grammar class we discuss misplaced modifiers, which are those words, phrases or clauses placed incorrectly in a sentence that make the sentence unclear or even funny.
In the following sentence, a reader may reasonably question who robbed the store. "The thieves were apprehended soon after the convenience store was robbed by police."
Or in this sentence, "People who exercise occasionally may have some minor aches and pains," is it occasional exercisers who suffer aches and pains, or regular exercisers who suffer occasional aches and pains?
Speaking with clarity and precision isn't just a mental exercise. According to a March 2007 report released by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), communication skills are at the top of the list in what employers look for in a potential employee.
"Communication skills have topped the list for eight years, and honesty and integrity have tied for the top spot for the last three years," said Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director.
Trying to make the perfect word choice can be tongue tying. When I'm teaching, I often appoint one student as my official sentence finisher. That engaged student seems to know the word I'm struggling to capture. When I get to that powerful punch line, I pause, point to my sentence finisher and let that student conjure the right word at the right moment. I'm always grateful. As Mark Twain said, "The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug."
The right words, carefully chosen or quickly delivered, strike with lightning force; they can burn, destroy and kill -- or with equal force they can illuminate, elevate, enliven and inspire.
In his autobiography, civil rights activist Malcolm X described how words transformed his life during a stay in prison. "I saw the best thing I could do was get hold of a dictionary -- to study, to learn some words," he wrote.
"In my slow, painstaking, ragged handwriting, I copied into my tablet everything on that first page, down to the punctuation marks." He eventually copied the entire dictionary. "From then on until I left that prison in every free moment I had I was reading on my bunk. You couldn't have gotten me out of books with a wedge," he wrote. "Months passed without my even thinking about being imprisoned. In fact, up to then I never had been so truly free in my life."
Freedom to express exactly what we mean can bring good wages, good will and good relationships. William Shakespeare advised, "Mend your speech a little, lest it may mar your fortune."
(or you can read it here)
I love David McCullough's books because they are histories and so you really learn something, but they read like a novel. He has a gift for organizing information so that the pages seem to turn on their own.
I actually listened to this one on tape.. same concept though... and the reader is great. The only thing is that the tape version of the book is an abridgement and I hate that. I know I am missing important details like, I know that McCullough must have talked about what this canal would mean to the major economies of the world, but it is barely mentioned in the abridgement. Somebody read the long version and fill me in.
I like books like this though, you know the kind where there is an impossible task and then people just rise to the occasion and accomplish it anyway.
I found the section about disease particulary interesting. Yellow fever and Malaria were terribly common in Panama until they discovered ways to eradicate or atleast greatly reduce the mosquitoe population. They were just learning that those diseases were spread by mosquitoes instead of the popularly held idea that it was bad air.
In the end, how they put together the moving parts for the locks and how they work.... fascinating stuff.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
I am so grateful this day for my own dear mother whose gifts and talents are many. Who taught me to awe and reverence the creation that our Heavenly Father has made for our happiness. I love to go on drives with her so that she can point out and name every special tree and flower and bush and so she can remind me not to forget how beautiful our mountains are today with either green grass, autumn leaves or snow. She loves the beauty of every season and celebrates every holiday and occasion with exuberance and real joy. I am so grateful for her quiet faith and her extraordinary acts of service and for her great loyalty and love for her family.
I am also so thankful for the gift of being a mom to the most extraordinary little c. She is such a bright and happy little spirit. She is a companssionate person who always wants to do right. She is the music and the energy in our home. She is so cheerful and positive. She can make days like yesterday, where we spent seven hours working in our garden, a joy. Love you little c.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
At any rate, that is what we are going to try to do. That is the resolve of His Majesty's Government, every man of them. That is the will of Parliament and the nation. The British Empire and the French Republic, linked together in their cause and their need, will defend to the death their native soils, aiding each other like good comrades to the utmost of their strength, even though a large tract of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule.