Wednesday, February 15, 2017

May I Have My Chalk Board Back, Please?

Our college had a nice blend of old and new as they work hard to have a good teaching and learning environment. I really do appreciate the technology, although I don't understand it all, at our fingertips. Today, I showed a good movie off of You Tube about the Glorious Revolution. Gone are the days when we have to lug in VCR's or even DVD players. It is all at our fingertips.  However, it is difficult for me to understand what plugs into where and how.  I thankfully had one of my own children in the class to help today. James Martin came to the rescue when it came time to get everything set up. I will have to master this myself since he is GRADUATING this semester! Many of us remember the old filmstrip projectors and the record that BEEPS when it is time to go to the next frame. Having said that, I do miss my chalkboard. I have a dry erase board now, and I like it, but I miss the chalk board.  [ I had to teach one semester in a classroom with one of the SMARTBOARDS--I  didn't think I would make it]. All of this AV stuff helps make the class room more entertaining, but there is no substitute for putting pen to paper and chalk to the board and TEACHING through lectures, reading and good note taking.

I am troubled, too, by the shrinking attention spans young people have today.  This problem is often exacerbated by a touch of rudeness. Today, after a "multi-media" class with film accompanying the lecture, a student had found one of the poems mentioned in the lecture.  He was going to read a bit of it . . . that showed a lot of initiative, I thought. The entire time he was reading, however, they were all packing up their books to go.  The only exception was James Martin (our youngest son) who sat listening. 

These are not bad students or students that are rude beyond how their generation usually acts. I was just a little surprised.  I have had some heart-to -hearts with them this semester, and I don't think anything I have said or done has really changed their ability to see themselves. 
Oh well . . .
I am grateful for them and the fact that I have this position.

Thursday, February 9, 2017


I love this blog, but haven't posted on it in a while.  We are all hip-deep in school work, Church responsibilities, and everyday life.  Added to that was a flu-bug that fell on Michael about a week ago. He is far from 100% but is doing better. John Boy thinks he is coming down with it, too. I had a mild version, but feel much better today, owing largely to the amount of chocolate and Diet Mountain Dew I consume.
Pictured above is a little Calico Critters set I bought for Dear Daughter.  She had some of these Calico Critter toys when she was younger, and she still loves them. I thought she would like the little piano, flute, and violin.
Updates on the Boys:  James Martin is having a good term. He is LOVING his library work and his classes.   He is working on his capstone (senior paper). We fixed up a table in his room where he can put all of the books and papers he is using for the paper.
John Thomas is having a good term--he is completing his first year in the grad program. He is also working still at the Chicken House. He has a good working relationship with the people there, and they know they can depend upon him. 

Hope you're all enjoying the pretty day wherever you are. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Dear Daughter's Desk

Her desk and things she loves. The cloth covered book at the left of the picture is a book of poetry. We have used it for years as a source of penmanship practice. Now she keeps a book of quotes.
I am proud of the young woman she is. 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

A Reading Assigment

Our daughter is taking classes at the University (it sounds odd to say that after so many years as a college), but she is also continuing in some homeschool courses.  A lovely coincidence this year is that she is required to read In His Steps for one of her homeschool English courses AND for her father's American History course at the university.  He assigns the class a portion of the book each week, and they then have a quiz on that portion each Friday.  This isn't typically his approach, but he wants the class to read in such a way that the meaning of the book will sink in.  He also has this course read Chuck Colon's Born Again. I know of a young man who came to a saving knowledge of the Lord by reading that book.  A wonderful benefit shared by both home education and a college with a Biblical foundation is that the material will honor the Lord and bring the students closer to Him. 

If you haven't read this book, I hope you will take the time to do so. 
God bless you all this week. 

Thoughts from the Week

This week has been calmer than last, I am happy to say. 
We were all over the place last week, but just about 1/3 as busy this week. Michael had a meeting in a neighboring county Monday night and brought this lovely yellow and purple bouquet home!  It is still just as pretty.
Progress on the two projects continues slowly and surely--the Simple Sampler and John Thomas' afghan. Today, I want to work on the kitchen with some deep cleaning, and then I might take off the rest of the day to try to get some work done on these projects. My goal is to have them done by the end of the month, which is rapidly approaching. 
Family night in this Wednesday at Church. On the first Wednesdays of the month, we have a family meal.  Our older fellowship hall has had new life breathed into it, and we have a functioning fireplace. Michael suggested that we could have a "soup supper" (everyone's favorite), and sit around the fireplace. I think the idea sounds great. I bought a bag of the calico bean soup mix at the grocery store last night with the thought of fixing it to take.
Because the winter months here are so fleeting, we all get excited about these cozy moments!
Hope you all are keeping warm and cozy!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Plan for the Week

This week looks busy, but not quite so crazy as this last week.
Hubby had a trip to Atlanta with another professor that he really likes. They had a great time, but I was sure happy to see the Hallelujah wagon back in front of our office building.
Dear Daughter had a weekend-long trip with her music ensembles. She is way too tired. That concerns me a little, but I am happy to say that she is home safe and sound.
Thursday was our food distribution. We had a great day, and one dear soul came to the Lord!
Friday, M and JM watched the Inauguration together. That was great. JT was at the Chicken House, and I was at work until 1:00.
We are having some pretty serious rain and storms, so no Church tonight.
Chilli is bubbling on the stove, and we are all about to pile it on top of  fritos. Add some cheese and sour cream, and we have a feast!

The picture on top is from my Amazon instant video collection, and I hope to watch it this week and complete my cross stitch picture. I am close to getting it done.

Hope your week goes well. Let me know what you're reading/learning these days!

Monday, January 16, 2017

For My Friend, Miss Janice

Janice, this would be even better were the two both cats, but it reminded me of your cats, Gingham and Calico.