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Thursday, May 01, 2014

In Which I Continue Where I Left Off....

Once again I missed Poetry Month. I hate that!! April is so crazy for me. I am happy it is over. That is sad, isn't it?  But really this year it wasn't warm; my legs aren't even tan yet.

May is going to be busy but in a sane way. We have at least two baseball tournaments coming up. I don't usually get to travel when my boys play out of town but I get to go to north Georgia to see Chris's NCAA Div. III tournament in the wild and crazy town of Demorest, GA. I failed to book a hotel early enough. Not in Demorest,because they have scheduled a NCAA tournament in a town without hotels, but in the surrounding villages, and by villages I mean places where Deliverance might have been filmed. The first time I checked there were plenty of options and I like to contemplate. This morning hotels were disappearing as I typed and prices went from $79.00 to $250.00 a night in seconds. My back-up town became a dream and I started looking for cabins. Finally found a room in Clayton. Even so, I am looking forward to being in my old stomping grounds. I went to Toccoa Falls College.

I did record a podcast with Sarah Mackenzie at Amongst The Lovely Things. It will be included in her Teaching from a State of Rest package. I thought it turned out well except for the background noise which was entirely my fault. Well, not really my fault. I told everyone I was recording. Everyone!! Only one of my sons got lost on the way to an appointment and made frantic phone calls to every phone in the house and another didn't get the message and made lots of background noise hitting a ball against the wall. Just imagine me gesturing wildly and sneering while talking sweetly to Sarah.  None of this would have mattered if my headphones had worked. Bose and broken!!

The reason I decided to jump back into blogging is that I am in the middle of planning for next year and I always find it helpful to blog through that. So I hope to jump back into Stratford Caldecott's Book Beauty in the Word: Rethinking the Foundations of Education quickly. I am on the 2nd half of chapter 1 and I may also hit a little bit on Norms and Nobility: A Treatise on Education again since those are the books that are affecting me the most this year.

I will leave you with a poem. One of my favorites and recently quoted by Sister Monica Joan (Don't you just love her?) on Call the Midwife, Season 3 , a show of unparalleled quality.


Jenny Kissed Me

by Leigh Hunt

Jenny kissed me when we met,
Jumping from the chair she sat in;
Time, you thief, who love to get
Sweets into your list, put that in!
Say I'm weary, say I'm sad,
Say that health and wealth have missed me,
Say I'm growing old, but add,
Jenny kissed me.

I am tempted to explain the profundity of this poem but I will leave it to you to bask in the depths of these crystal clear waters.  This poem is perfection. Oh, to be a Pre-Raphaelite or to inspire one!!


  1. My copy of the book came in last week. I was reading the acknowledgments and he mentions his earlier book - Beauty for Truth's sake. He says it's about Math! Can't wait to get my hands on it. I'm trying to read everything I can about teaching and studying math from a classical perspective.

  2. Oh, welcome back! I *missed* you!


  3. Call the Midwife is so very wonderful. As is a new blog post from you!

  4. Watched the first episode of Call the Midwife with my dh after he bought the set of dvds for my birthday. I don't think he wants to watch any more!! but as an ex nurse I loved it. Happy planning.

  5. Oh Cindy, Cindy, sooo happy to see your post in my inbox this morning!! :-) I missed you very much, and I'm glad you're crazy busy April is over and you're onto a nicely busy May.

    It's funny that I finally caught up on Call the Midwife this week and of course thought of you when Monica Joan quoted that sweet poem to Jenny. So touching. It is a beautifully done show, is it not?

    Planning here too. I'll look forward to your thoughts as you plan next year.

    1. "your crazy busy April" not you're....grr

  6. You have been missed, Cindy. I hope your visit to meet your grandbabies was magnificent. I was very happy to "see" you back to blogging, though, selfishly:).

  7. I had a good laugh at your description of Demorest, GA. I live 15 minutes from there...

  8. I heard Caldecott interviewed on the Mars Hill Audio Journal and forgot to follow up and look into this book - but now you've reminded me. Now when I check Amazon for a book they show me right away if it is available in a Kindle edition, which this one is, and I'm adding it to my growing to-read list. I don't have anyone to teach nowadays but I still love thinking about education.

  9. Don't worry a bit about the background noise- it cane out fine! It was so fun and enlightening talking to you. :) thank you for your patience with my technical troubles! :)

  10. I'm so glad to see your post this morning! I'm planning, too, and kept thinking for nice it would be to hear what you were considering for this year. My oldest is just a little behind your youngest and it's so helpful to see what possibilities are ahead. Plus you're just fun:)

  11. I missed that you were back until today. So glad to *see* you. I thought of you so many times as I blotted through my first poetry month.

    I haven't done much planning at all yet so I need the inspiration. I just finished Longbourn by Jo Baker and am reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tarry as well as a great book on writing non-fiction but I will somehow squeeze the Caldecott book in, too, so I can keep.up with you. Are you going to be at the poetry webinar tomorrow night(Monday night)?

  12. Ah, Sister Monica Joan. Yes, I love her.

    And I love a post from you! :-)