Archive for August, 2010

Return of the Abbie

Posted: August 29, 2010 in Family

Abbie: When I grow up, I think I’m going to move back to Westwood.


Abbie on Farming

Posted: August 18, 2010 in Family

Abbie (Age 6): “When a farmer sees a weed, it just calls it trained pet turtle and the turtle comes over and eats the weed.”

Stick to the Sandals

Posted: August 17, 2010 in Life

ne sutor ultra crepidam

A phrase I read today and need to apply heartily to my own life and work.

Apparently the phrase means “Cobbler, no further than the sandal!”  The story goes that a painter once asked a cobbler for advice on how to correctly paint the sandals of a soldier in a painting he was working on.  When the cobbler proceeded to give advice on other aspects of the painting the painter chastised him with the above line.  It apparently later became a proverb with a broader meaning of not offering your opinion on matters outside your area of competence.

He, She or It?

Posted: August 15, 2010 in Family

Amie (my four-year-old) struggles with gender pronouns (he, she, him, her, etc.).  I’m forever correcting her.  Last night I think I discovered the reason.

Me: “Amie, is John a boy or a girl?”

Amie: “John boy.”

Me: “Is Amie a boy or a girl?”

Amie: “Amie boy.”

Me: ?  “What?”

Amie: “Amie boy!”

Me: “No, Amie is a girl.”

Amie: “AMIE BOY!!”

Me: “Is Mama a boy or a girl?”

Amie: “Mama girl”

Me: “Okay.  Is Maggie a boy or a girl?”

Amie: “Maggie girl”

Me: “What about Abbie?”

Amie: “Abbie boy”

By this time I was laughing rather hard.

Difficult Reading Assignment

Posted: August 13, 2010 in Education

I was given a reading assignment to read one chapter in a book three times.  The first time through we were to read it without any interaction: no notes, no underlining, no comments.

That was a difficult task for me.  More than once I found myself reaching for my pencil.

I will begin my second read through in a moment.  Now I get to use my pencil.

Midnight Ramblings

Posted: August 12, 2010 in Life

It’s 1:oo AM.  I’m at a mini-conference.  A class really, on Baptist history and polity.  Our first session was last night.  It was rather interesting.  We covered only church history up to the reformation to gain a broad understanding of the various traditions which have influenced Baptist thought and practice.

I wasn’t feeling very well coming up here.  I’ve had a horrid sore throat the past few days.  After the meeting I also had a headache.  I took a hot shower and some meds and was out by 10:00 PM.  I awoke shortly after 11:00 and laid in bed for another hour.  I finally decided to get up about midnight.  Now it’s 1:00 AM and I am wide awake.

I don’t think naps are on tomorrow’s schedule.

Funny Line From TV

Posted: August 7, 2010 in Uncategorized

The conversation takes place after Two saves One from her car which is dangling off a cliff.

One: Nice truck.

Two: Thanks, I’ve had it since I was nineteen.

One: Wow.  How do you keep a car so long.

Two: I don’t drive it off cliffs.