Morning Prayer Thursday, Oct 15 2009 

Every morning at school, the elementary students gather before heading off to class. We pray this prayer from St. Ignatius:

Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous. Teach me to serve You as You deserve — to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to ask for reward, save that of knowing I am doing Your will. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

I love beginning the school day with that prayer. I often think that I need it more than the students.

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Favorite Quote Monday, Sep 14 2009 

“If you sweep a house, and tend its fires and fill its stove, and there is love in you all the years you are doing this, then you and that house are married, that house is yours.”

~ Truman Capote

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My sister has this quote framed above her kitchen sink. I have always loved it, and today while washing dishes I thought of it again and wanted to share it! ūüôā

Luis Melendez Monday, Jun 15 2009 

I’m visiting my family in Virginia, and¬†on Friday¬†we went to the National Gallery of Art to see an exhibit of¬†still life paintings¬†by Luis Melendez, an 18th-century Spanish artist.¬† Melendez, who would have preferred to be an official¬†court painter and produce lavish portraits of rulers, was instead asked by¬†a Spanish prince (who later became King Charles IV)¬†¬†to produce a series of paintings that would¬†reflect¬†“the four Seasons of the Year, or more properly, the four Elements, with the aim of composing an amusing cabinet with every species of food produced by the Spanish climate.”

Melendez

The paintings were stunning. While a few featured a landscape background that seemed overly-stylized, most of the paintings were arrangements of common food items¬†on nondescript wooden tables — piles of fruit and vegetables, fish and meat, wedges of cheese, small¬†packets of sweets, small honey pots, heavy white pitchers, wine bottles that¬†catch the light. I found it interesting that this man who was¬†frustrated in his career by his inability to achieve the position he desired had produced these paintings that are much more universal, much more satisfying, than lavish court paintings would ever be.

Melendez - Still Life

Small Herb Garden Tuesday, Jun 2 2009 

I love having fresh herbs on hand, so I’ve recently planted some in small pots that sit outside my apartment building. I did this last year with just a few herbs in one pot; this year I’ve increased the number of pots and herbs. I have mint, rosemary, basil, thyme, oregano, cilantro, and parsley. I hope they flourish — I love the convenience of stepping outside to clip fresh herbs to use in a recipe!

Oregano, Thyme & Cilantro

Oregano, Thyme & Cilantro

Flat-leaf Parsley

Flat-leaf Parsley

Mint

Mint

Rosemary & Basil

Rosemary & Basil

“A Neutral Education?” Friday, May 8 2009 

booksI was perusing The Well-Trained Mind website this morning and stumbled across an article by Susan Wise Bauer on the use and misuse of Christian and secular textbooks/curricula in education. I found the article fascninating and encouraging, as well as an extension of thought/conversations/growth I’ve had over the years¬†in the area of¬†Christian education, classical education, and also the role of the church. If you’re at all familiar with classical education or The Well-Trained Mind book, I think you might enjoy this article!

“A Neutral Education?” by Susan Wise Bauer

Monday, Apr 27 2009 

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I have been noticing in recent weeks the beautiful blooming trees along our street. There are a couple¬†pink dogwoods whose color¬†seemed to peak about seven days ago with a deep brilliant pink, and since then I’ve noticed the¬†color fading day by day. It has¬†reminded me of this poem by Robert Frost:

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.

Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

Fourth Sunday of Advent Sunday, Dec 21 2008 

We beseech thee, Almighty God, to purify our consciences by thy daily visitation, that when thy Son our Lord cometh he may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

~ The Book of Common Prayer

Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity, Magi, Presentation

Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity, Magi, Presentation

Third Sunday of Advent Sunday, Dec 14 2008 

Stir up thy power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let thy bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be honor and glory, world without end. Amen.

~ The Book of Common Prayer

Mary visits Elisabeth

Mary visits Elisabeth

Second Sunday of Advent Sunday, Dec 7 2008 

Merciful God, who didst send thy messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

~ The Book of Common Prayer

The Annunciation, Fra Angelico, 1432

The Annunciation, Fra Angelico, 1432

First Sunday of Advent Sunday, Nov 30 2008 

Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

~ The Book of Common Prayer

Zachariah (Jan van Eyck, 1432)

Zachariah (Jan van Eyck, 1432)

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