Wednesday, November 30, 2016


This has to be my favorite yet of all the newer L.M.  Montgomery collection covers.  Lucy Maud wrote so many short stories, and various editors have collected them over the years into a nice set of books which reflect the themes of those particular stories. This volume deals with letters and letter-writing, one of my favorite things in all of the world. How different would we be today if we wrote letters and stayed off of the internet? I am old enough to remember when long-distance telephone calls were expensive and rare!  Now, many carry around in their pockets an instant means of contacting anyone anywhere ---without waiting for the "rates to go down."  But, there really is something different about taking the time to write a letter. And isn't it wonderful to receive them?

This is a stock photo of some of Lucy Maud's other works.  I have these, having collected them over the years from used book stores. We stopped at one on the way back from visiting the family at Thanksgiving. I found quite a few including Across the Miles, Magic for Marigold, and At the Altar.

Most of the ones I find are in the 50 cent - $1.50 range. That makes me very happy. I have seen these on Amazon for quite a bit more than that.  I am pleased with my collection, and am always surprised at how much she actually wrote. 

Saturday, November 5, 2016

This is Great!

Last night, we were scattered, more or less, with different things. Dear daughter is visiting a former student in South Georgia with one of the music professors from the college. DS 1 was at work. He is thrilled because one of his co-workers, another TMU grad student and faculty-kid, loves The Andy Griffith Show. They spend a lot of time in the back working and talking about Andy, Barney, Aunt Bea and the gang. We have been watching a lot of that this week. As a matter of fact, when we were waiting for Dad to leave at the college yesterday, John Thomas and I sat and watched "Gomer the House Guest" on the computer. We know every word, but laugh out loud every time.
Supper time was just the three of us left at home, Dad, James Martin and me. We had hot dogs, home made macaroni and cheese and chilli for the dogs. Not nutritious, but tasty.
We then pulled out this game we have had for some time. We haven't played in a while.  It is really, really fun.  The board itself is exceptionally pretty, and the tiles are a different color than the regular edition's.  You can earn extra points by using book titles (or portions thereof), author's names (first or last--but you have to say the entire name), and even quotes. I think you could adapt this approach with ANY edition you have.  It might work well with any homeschool subject you're working on--we have used the "Banana grams" for themed games (including Bible character and place names).
Hope your evening was wonderful, too. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

An Encouraging Encounter

Last week, one of my former students came to "guest lecture' in a history class.  She graduated with an English degree and has done some exciting things with writing and editing.  I had no idea  what she would talk about--my guess was maybe something about the literature of the era being taught in the course.  But she surprised me by talking about the value of reading and how that skill is rapidly being lost. I was stunned and pleased beyond measure.  The students listened politely and I think much of what she said resonated with several of them. The best part of the day though was when my student came down to my office and talked with me and another student about reading choices.  The girls, Marla and Hannah, were both home-schooled.  Their mothers watched over them carefully with regard to what they read and watched.  As young adults, they are equipped to make the right choices. A little while after Marla left, Virginia (our daughter)  joined the conversation with Hannah and me. They all seem to speak a common language.  They all like a wide variety of reading--Austen, science-fiction, fantasy and historical fiction.  But these girls are all aware of how to be discerning--Marla and Hannah were lamenting a book they read where the heroine made the wrong moral choice at the end of the story. The girls recognized that an opportunity was lost by this conclusion.  Realistic, certainly. But what are we looking for in literature? Realism? Probably not. Inspiration? Absolutely. Our girls will be inspired one way or the other by what they read, what they listen to, and what they watch.

As mothers, we want our children to develop the skill (and gift) of discernment -- as always, Scripture lights our path:

Be encouraged, Christian mother.  Your influence is being felt. 
God bless you as you prayerfully guide them through their home education.