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Around the Web:
1 Corinthians 13 for Moms
Crystal at Money Saving Mom brings us a paraphrase of 1st Corinthians for moms, from Jim Fowler.
- If I live in a house of spotless beauty with everything in its place,
but have not love,
I am a housekeeper not a homemaker.
If I have time for waxing, polishing, and decorative achievements,
but have not love,
my children learn cleanliness not godliness.
It's really good. Read more.
I Saw Love Today
Mandy Kilbourn writes some observations she made about love in a McDonalds one day.
- I was at McDonalds, of all places, grabbing lunch between classes. Usually if I'm eating somewhere by myself I have a notebook with me. I guess I'm not really alone then, because I get lost in the loves of my characters. Today, though, I hadn't planned on a lunch break that would keep me in the city. We only had class scheduled for the morning, so I didn't have my notebook with me.
So today I got to people watch. Do you ever do that? Just sit back and look at the people around you and wonder if you can get a glimpse of their lives? I don't know, maybe the fact that I do that just makes me nosy. For now, though, I'll just say that it's writing research, a way to make the relationships in my stories seem more like real life.
A great read. Read more.
9 Things You Should Know About the Chronicles of Narnia
Joe Carter brings us 9 facts about Narnia that you might not already know.
- 1. The name 'Narnia' is a Latin word, referring to a town in ancient Italy called 'Narni'.
I felt like not enough of a Narnia Nerd after reading this. Read more.
The 2014 Great Books Bracket
The folks at the Circe Institute have launched a best book tournament, in the spirit of the recently-completed Madness of March.
- We've painstakingly chosen sixty-four of the Great Books, seeded 1-16 into four brackets of sixteen books each. Admittedly somewhat arbirtrary (although not completely) our cut-off date was 1621, the year of the publication of Shakespeare's second folio. And, while we do include some works of theology and politics, we purposefully did not include either Scripture, like the King James version of the Bible, or famous Legal documents, such as the Magna Carta. But we did our best to include many kinds of books from many disciplines, including epics, works of philsophy and science, and some poetry.
This is fun. Go check it out. Read more.
Around the Warren:
All That I Have Lost Along the Way
Helena Sorensen wrote this post about the cost of parenthood. Pretty tremendous perspective.
- The road behind me is littered with things lost and forgotten, things devalued and discarded. At times, I look over my shoulder with a sense of relief, with a lightness that comes only from the laying aside of weights that were never mine to carry. At other times, though, I stumble on the road, for my eyes and my heart seem tethered to all those things I have lost, and grief rises up in me with such force that I can hardly breathe. I wonder about that promise in Joel 2, about the restoration of the years that the locusts have eaten. I wonder how it can possibly be true. Does God restore lost time to us? Does he give back our wasted days? Can he return lost innocence? What of marriages ended and children buried and dreams long abandoned?
This post was such a good read. Read more.
We Were Made for Relationships
Paul Boekell brings us a quote from the great Kenneth Myers.
Men of Iron
Liz Cottrill introduces us to a book she just finished reading to her youngest.
- I just finished reading a family favorite to my youngest son: Men of Iron by Howard Pyle. It’s an old book about an even older time, but stirs the soul of most any boy with the usual craving for rough and tumble adventure, breathtaking danger, and contests of brute strength.
It also happens to be the favorite of many a girl I happen to know, but usually for other reasons. No girl alive doesn’t want to know a boy like Myles Falworth, or look forward to some day meeting the kind of man he grows up to be.
St. George and the Dragon
Zach Franzen brings us an illustration of an old story, from Horace Scudder's The Book of Legends.
- In the country of Libya in Asia Minor there was a town called Silene, and near the town was a pond, and this pond was the roving place of a monster dragon. Many times had great armies been sent to slay him, but never had they been able to overcome him. Instead, he had driven them back to the walls of the city.
A great tale with fun art. Go read it.
Something to Do with Your Kids:
A big super-collection of spring activities for your kids, courtesy of Teach Them Diligently. Great stuff! Read more.
And Something Fun to Watch
Another fun short-film!
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