Saturday, January 17, 2004

Still plugging away on the Calendars.

Still plugging away on the reading.

There just isn't enough time in the day to get everything done! [whine!]

Where are the reasonable people in this political season? Seems the Dems and Reps are all so extreme. After reading Zell Miller's book about the Democrats, I'm more and more disgusted with the national parties. Some of the things he said about the Dems applies to the Libertarians, too. We need people who will address the major issues in a reasonable way. The media isn't doing us any good with the slanted and innacurate reporting they do. What has happened to separating the factual news from the editorializing? This blog is editorial. It's in my little corner of the web, but certainly not on the front page.

How often will we have to re-live history because we don't learn from it? This is very sad. Ad hominem attacks just won't create viable national policies.

Monday, January 05, 2004

In my limited way, I've been creating an Orthodox Nativity Calendar. It's turning out to be much more involved than I ever imagined! First, I realised that the Calendar could not be a typical "Advent" calendar. First, most of them are rather trite, no matter how beautiful the background picture might be. Second, I didn't want my grandchildren to think that December 25 ended our celebrations - so I am taking it through Jan 7, the Synaxis of St. John the Baptist and Forerunner. Whew!

So, OK, it won't be "done" for this year. It probably will be an ongoing project, with additions of some sort every year.

So far, I have some saints for each day, along with a few of the Troparia and Kontakia. Next year I want to add an activity for each day, and maybe a craft and a song-page for each day. Eventually there will be a coloring page, a Scripture page, a Story page and a recipe page for each day, too. Whew!

Then I thought, How about a Lenten Calendar, too? So that's on the back burner, but with Lent staring us in the face in the next several weeks, I guess I'd better get it going soon! But since the Menaion is different for each day, I'll just stick to the weekly Triodion. A page for the Annunciation will be needed, of course. Any ideas out there? Contact me HERE and put "Nativity Calendar" or "Lenten Calendar" in the subject!

Thursday, January 01, 2004

Happy New Year!

Resolution: to read the major documents about the founding of our country:
Magna Carta
Mayflower Compact
Federalist Papers
Declaration of Independence
various Presidential Inaugural Addresses and major speeches.

Good News: They are available for reading FREE on-line! I am constantly amazed at the amount of really good literature that is available on-line. Check out these places: Project Gutenberg, Kellscraft, The Federalist to name only a few places. I won't go into all the places I have found poetry (both great and sappy) and song lyrics.