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April 1, 2008

America The Beautiful

by Katherine Lee Bates

The Bill Gaither Band version


Ray Charles version


Dinah Shore version

April 5, 2008

Jango

Set up your own internet radio station. You can specify the songs you would like to hear. The site is called Jango.

April 7, 2008

C B Radio Lingo

Hey, what's your handle? That was a fun question I used to ask my friends when I was around 10 years old in the mid '70's. It was popular to have a CB radio in the car. Your handle was the name you used on Your Citizen Band radio. I heard an old song that summarizes this '70's American craze. The song is Convoy by C W McCall. The use of these kinds of radios originated with truckers. Today truckers still use them to communicate with other drivers in close range.

I found a site with a C B dictionary which was taken from a book called Woody's World of CB. The site is called StephenMalkmus.com.

Here are the lyrics to the song from rare.lyrics.com

Recently there was a remake of C W McCall's song:

Here's an original of McCall on a talk show.

Here are the lyrics:

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C B Radio Story

My husband told us a funny story about his dad's c b radio. It was in their station wagon. My husband, just a kid back then, was sitting in the car on a Sunday morning waiting for everyone else to come out. He was allowed to listen to their CB but not talk. Two truckers were somewhere close and carrying on a conversation. One of them mentioned that he had four hours to spare and didn't know what to do. Danny quickly grabbed the microphone and said, "go to church". Then the other trucker replied, "Well, you heard that!"

I have to laugh because it was almost like God speaking to those two truckers out of the blue!

Springsteen's Dancin' In The Dark

I've heard Bruce Springsteen can put on a great show. That's what I see in this video:

Born To Run Live

Can't Help Fallin' In Love/Born To Run
Listen to the story. I like the irony of the song combo. The first song is a gentle love song, women love to hear and then he bursts into his classic tough love song!!

April 8, 2008

Never Forget . . . God Is Definitely Awesome!

Psalm 46:10 says, "Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth."

Even so, may the Creator of the amazing creations of all existance be honored forever and in the biggest way by all!

April 9, 2008

Mocking Birds

I have the lovely little privilege of hearing a Mocking Bird outside my window this morning. It would be interesting to study all the different sounds our little singster can produce. I would have to record him and then count the sounds and their repetitions. My husband and I love it when he makes two unusual sounds, one of a frog and the other of a cell phone! In my mind I love to imagine that he's pulling up sounds off the top of his head and he's just have fun singing out a song as he focuses on saying them just as exactly as he had originally heard them.

The University of Florida provides some good basic foundational info about these interesting little creatures.
The Texas Park and Wildlife website provides pictures.
Here's some more good info @ Audobon.org
The Mockingbird is Texas State bird.
My favorite!: A nice view of a Mockingbird as he boldly sings out to creation all around! . . . love it!!
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All honor to God for His excellent amazing ability to create things for us to enjoy :)

April 10, 2008

5K Family Fun

The Oklahoma Runner website has some fun opportunities for families to encourage them to get into shape and to get a collection of cool t-shirts from a variety of 5k races all around the Tulsa area.

Possibilities!
Flower Power 5k on April on April 19 @ 8am @ Honor Heights Park in Muskogee~Cost call (918) 684-6302
Here are several details.
Cinco de Mayo 5k on May 2 @ Veterans Park in Tulsa beginning @ 7pm~Online registration $18 for 5k, Kids? Call 918-492-3338
Full Moon Run on May 10 @ 7:30pm @ the 21st bridge on the Arkansas River~on-line early bird $20 for adults, kids 12 and under pre-register free (May 5-9)
Panera Hunger Run on June 7 @ 8 am @ Mohawk Park~$15 pre-registration, contact 918-585-2800 ext 124 or Cindy Stevens @ cstevens@cfbeo.org
Mohawk 5000 5k on July 19 @ 8am
Nordam Wellness 5k Run on September 6
Turkey & Taturs 50K/25K/10K on September 14 @ 6:40 AM @ the Westwide YMCA and Turkey Mountain~$35 for 10k
Pryor Fever 5k and Mud Run on September 27 @ 9:00 AM @ the Pryor Creek Recreation Center~
Tulsa Run on October 25 @ 9:00 AM~$25 for 5k (pre-register by midnight on October 21)
Tulsa World Route 66 Marathon on Sunday, November 16 @ 8am, Kids marathon @ noon~pre-registration (through May 1st) $25 for 1/4 marathon, (through May 1st) $10 kids marathon, you can register online or attend the Marathon Health and Fitness Expo at the Tulsa Convention Center.


April 12, 2008

The Lister

Lists really do make life more organized. I want to be more organized. Someone I admire, Elizabeth Elliot, is a list maker. According to a recent devotion she really gets into this activity. I like how Mrs. Elliot gives us a candid glimpse into her personal life. Making lists helps less than perfect memories too. I would do good putting into practice this simple but fruitful task.

I could make it fun. Here's an idea, go to the Dollar store and pick up the cutest notepads I can find and then label them to benefit me the most. I would simply say, Things I want to do today . . . and then I would figure out a small reward for myself at the start of this listmaking discipline to prove to myself that I AM an organized, non-procrastinating, task-completing, dependable and reliable person! I would probably choose to keep a stash of Dove chocolate around, only eaten when a list is completed.

(I also enjoy making Microsoft Word documents. I could make my lists about family projects. I like to play with the fonts and choose fonts which help define the info I am typing out. I like adding variety and creativity to my documents to make them look better by playing around with the applications of Microsoft Word.)

Here's Elizabeth Elliot's Lists:
1. List of what must be done for the day
2. Engagement (speaking) calendar
3. Engagement book (essentially a planner)
4. Grocery list
5. Last year's Christmas list-- no duplicate gifts! (kept in engagement book)
6. Master list for suitcase packing
7. 2 prayer lists-- daily one and a special list to add to each day of the week

Here's Elliots full devotion:

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McCartney's Coming Up

Check out this cheesy and humorous, yet creative and attention-keeping video with only Paul and his wife Linda.

Fun-filled live version


Expelled with Ben Stein

In the Public and professional eye, many people who believe in Creationism, even though they're scientists and teachers are prevented from speaking and applying their belief in God to the existence of the universe. Ben Stein unveils this bias toward Neo-Darwinism in the documentary Expelled. Here's a video:

To find out more info there is an Expelled website.

April 14, 2008

Memorize The Bible!!!!!

All Christians need to memorize God's Word. If you do that you have Bible verses bumping around in your head. As Christian parents we need to fill their minds with memory verses!

Here is our Pastor John Barnett giving important reasons to thoroughly study the Bible. Please listen you will find it interesting:

America is Bible illiterate, even though most families have several copies of the Bible in a country where we have so much freedom to openly learn about Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit inspired Word of God.

Check out the website, Discover the Book :)

April 15, 2008

The Rapture

I've been going to church regularly since I was about 12 years old.  When I would attend church way back then (late '70's, early '80's) there was a famous painting that would hang on the walls of churches.  It was about the Rapture, the day when Jesus returns and takes Christians from the earth.  The painting was not exquisite but was one to look at and study. 

The end times don't scare me.  Even though the Bible tells of terrible things that will happen on the earth.  When I read Jesus words about the end times I get afraid for a little bit wondering if something really scary will happen to us but just as Jesus tells these things will happen, he also says not to worry if your living each day doing what He wants you to do.  When our pastor talks of the end times at church He talks of them positively and with excitement without worry but that Bible prophecy is unfolding before our eyes. 

It was a bit difficult but I found the painting on a blog site.

th_rapture

April 16, 2008

The Weak to Shame the Strong

I love ironies. I like it when an irony in someone's life draws so much attention that people must stop and think about the things of God. For example, Joni Ereckson Tada, who became a quadripalegic from a diving accident in her teens, but now for two or three decades has been painting, writing books and having speaking engagements all over the world and whats more, has a bright cheery personality to go along with her talents.

Here's a verse that expresses this concept:

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. ~1 Corinthians 1:27

Basically, in order to have this come true in your life, there must be the attitude to forsake whining, complaining, and self-pity. If the situation you're in seems like God isn't treating you as well as others around you, go ahead and accept your situation, have a positive attitude and
figure out how to make your situation the best it can be. You can even start with prayer, memorize and pray that Bible verse everyday. Ask Jesus to change your attitude and use your life to bring glory to God through your frustrating situation. After you pray, realize you should have the attitude of patience and try to learn each day something new from your struggle that will make you stronger.

Here are two more Bible verses to give hope to the situation:

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. ~2 Corinthians 12:9

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. ~Luke 9:23

Grammar Lesson 36~ Adjectives

Lesson 36

Adjectives can be used in comparisons which means we change the form of the adjective when speaking of one, two, or more than two. They change either by adding er or est to the adjective or by using the words more or most before the adjective. Some are irregular in their form and must be memorized or looked up in the dictionary. The dictionary gives the forms for most words using er or est to form comparisons.

The three degrees of comparison are called (1) positive which states a quality of one thing or person, (2) comparative which compares two things or persons, and (3) superlative which compares more than two things or persons.

Examples: positive - new, careless, good; comparative - newer, more careless, better; superlative - newest, most careless, best

Write the comparative and superlative forms of the following adjectives.

1. jolly

2. honest

3. dim

4. friendly

5. little

Answers

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SchoolHouse Rock's Adjectives

Grammar Lesson 37~ Adjectives

In comparison of adjectives, one-syllable adjectives and some two-syllable adjectives (especially those ending in y or le) form the comparative with er and the superlative with est. Examples: new, newer, newest; jolly, jollier, jolliest.

Write the correct comparative and superlative forms for the following adjectives.

1. glad

2. prompt

3. small

4 noble

5. funny

Answers

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Pecan Pralines

I've been fixing this recipe alot lately because I got a few bags of Papershell pecans at a low cost. It has a few simple ingredients and I usually just throw it all together.

Pecan Pralines

1 cup of pecans
1 tablespoon of real butter
a few shakes of salt
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat. Then pour the pecans into the pan. Sprinkle salt over the pecans. Let the pecans cook for about 3 minutes over the low heat. Stirring to make sure the pecans are completely covered in butter. Then pour in the brown sugar. Stirring to break down any lumps. Let cook about 3 minutes, still on low heat. Do not burn the brown sugar. It should be a bit dry and granuled. Add vanilla. This should give the mixture a small amount of moisture. Make sure the pecans are well covered in the brown sugar mixture. Cook for about 2 minutes and then remove from heat.

Makes 1 cup

Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?

Here's the official site for the game show. Don't forget to play the game online!

April 17, 2008

Grammar Lesson 38~ Adjectives

Many two-syllable adjectives and almost all adjectives with three or more syllables use more or most to form the comparative and superlative forms. Examples: honest, more honest, most honest; careful, more careful, most careful.

Write the comparative and superlative forms for these words.

1. interesting
2. critical
3. splendid
4. delicious
5. outstanding

Answers

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April 18, 2008

Complaint Free Bracelets

Here's a site called A Complaint Free World which offers a way of to lose the bad habit of complaining. You wear a bracelet and when you complain you have to take it off one wrist and put it on the other. This action helps you to realize how much you really complain.

The Bible tells us in the New Testament to do all things without complaining and here's a good opportunity.

Mrs. Happy Housewife

Mrs. Happy Housewife's website had been down but she's back with her interesting and creative ideas.

April 19, 2008

Spell-Checkers

I have a spelling checker
I disk covered four my PC
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss steaks aye can knot see.

Eye ran this poem threw it.
Your sure real glad two no.
Its very polished in its weigh,
My checker tolled me sew.

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Shirley Temple Turns 80!

My husband and my daughter watched the classic movie, The Little Princess, with Shirley Temple a short while back.

Shirley Temple turns 80 years old on April 23. Her popularity rose to a peak in 1934 during the Depression.
Here she is singing "On The Good Ship Lollipop",

Interesting trivia: In 1939 Shirley Temple's career began to slow down and she lost the lead in The Wizard Of Oz to Judy Garland after Fox refused to loan her to MGM.

On The Good Ship Lollipop
From the movie Bright Eyes (1934)
Lyrics/Music S.Clare & R.Whiting

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On the good ship lollipop
Its a sweet trip to a candy shop
Where bon-bons play
On the sunny beach of Peppermint Bay

Lemonade stands everywhere
Crackerjack bands fill the air
And there you are!
Happy landing on a chocolate bar

See the sugar bowl do the tootsie roll
With the big bad devils food cake
If you eat too much ooh ooh
You'll awake with a tummy ache

On the good ship lollipop
Its a night trip into bed you hop
And dream away
On the good ship lollipop

The website, Daily Mail, from England provides a good article full of many details of Shirley Temple's life

You're The Reason God Made Oklahoma

You're The Reason God Made Oklahoma may not be theologically correct but it's still a pretty song.

This song was popular in 1984 when I was a Senior in high school. In my journalism class we would put it in the song dedication section of the school newspaper. Denver Herren, another student in the class once mentioned that it was one of the best country songs he knew.

I like the words to the song. I'm from Oklahoma. I go to Tulsa all the time. I used to live in Cherokee country when I was getting a bachelor's degree in college. When I was a teenager my best friend's dad proudly owned a John Deere tractor. We lived in the country growing up, I understand what it means to have a long "drive to town" and "work all day" farming land.

Last night on the way home, there was a full moon. It made me think of this song. I had just visited a happy couple excitedly in love. I visited them at a home in the country. God's green earth visible everywhere as I watched the sun do it's lovely deed of setting.

All the imagery going through my head, a full moon, fresh green grass and trees and a happy couple lead me to think of this old but classic (that deserves listening time).

Dallas Theological Seminary Sermons

I just discovered something exciting. The internet provides the opportunity to hear Christian speakers who speak at the well-known Dallas Theological Seminary . This seminary is conservative and believes the Bible is the inerant, Holy Spirit inspired Word of God. They are on Oneplace. These weekly sermons can be a good addition to our families education.

Those Cheesy 70's Songs

I just gotta love those cheesy romantic love songs of the '70's. I can get lost in 'em.
Dr. Hook

April 20, 2008

How To Be A Gentlemen Part 3

Taken from AskMen.com

Etiquette Of A Gentleman: Part IIIBy Edward Chalmers

"People, like diamonds, have a basic market value, but it is only after they have been polished that the world will pay their real value."
- William Thourlby

Part I and Part II of the "Etiquette Of A Gentleman" series outlined how important good manners and gentlemanly behavior are to your professional image and social life.

Whatever the business or personal situation, your most valuable commodity is yourself. Practice all your best marketing techniques to attract interest and create a positive and lasting impression.

Here are some additional tips on how to gain a competitive edge by using etiquette to demonstrate that you are a true gentleman.

Courtesy & Consideration

Don't "kiss and tell"
Discretion, honor and integrity are of paramount importance in developing and maintaining your reputation as a gentleman. Details of your love life should remain private. Similarly, if a colleague has too much to drink at a party, be discreet. Never break a confidence and don't participate in unkind gossip.

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How To Be A Gentleman Part 2

Taken from AskMen.com

Remember that behaving like a gentleman always brings out the lady in every woman.

Etiquette Of A Gentleman: Part II
By John Samuel

What do James Bond and Cary Grant have in common? They represent the quintessential gentleman. It's what makes them so charming and beloved. They are smooth and suave, and know how to behave in every situation. What do they have that I don't? you must be asking yourself. Nothing, it's just that they read the book on etiquette. Although one might think they're a staple of a bygone era, true gentlemen never go out of style.basic good manners

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Man On The Moon

Neil Armstrong was the first man to step down onto the surface of the moon. Here's an old filmstrip from 1969 when he spoke his most famous words:

Here's another great quote by the astronaut that's even more thought provoking:

“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.”

— Neil Armstrong

Heartlight website

How To Be a Gentlemen Part 1

Ahhh, being a gentleman to a woman should never go out of style and women need to be ladies when they have the privilege of being in the presence of a true gentlemen.

In Ephesians, It says to be kind one to another, tender-hearted forgiving one another even as God in Christ Jesus hath forgiven you. Personally, I think this verse gives a foundation to what a gentleman is. Their attitudes and actions are focused on another, as they are kind and respectful to that person.

This article was taken from AskMen.com

Etiquette Of A Gentleman
By Michael Bucci

One only needs to take a quick glance around to notice that there are very few true gentlemen remaining among us. In times past, a gentleman was much appreciated and being gentlemanly was a noble thing.

Alas, things have changed in today's society; some for the better and some for the worse. One thing that particularly irks me is the lack of good taste and etiquette most guys are guilty of at the turn of this new millennium.

I'm not saying that men should act like robots and be slaves to etiquette, but some basic good manners will go a long way in helping you during your ascent to the top.

What I've done is compile a quick list of tips that will help turn even the most blundering fool into a proper gentleman. Follow these simple tips and I can assure you that people will perceive you as a man of good breeding and taste, hence a man they wish to associate and conduct business with. Not to mention the fact that the ladies are always quite pleased to meet a real gentleman.

General Etiquette

Always be polite
Even if you don't like someone, there is no need to lower yourself to their level. Be polite and courteous; show that you're the better man.

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April 21, 2008

Oklahoma's Driver's Manual

Here's a PDF of the Oklahoma's Driver's Manual. This is to help parents teach their teenager. Here's the homepage.

GamesDriving.com has some video driving games.

Here's a car video game, not too realistic more so for a younger audience.

Gallery of Optical Illusions

Check out this gallery of optical illusions @ Illusion-Optical.com.

Keith Green

Keith Green was a famous Christian singer. At our church the congregation quite often sings his song There Is A Redeemer. I've heard say, he was a child prodigy. He put out many records but then his life ended when he was killed in a plane crash. After he died his wife Melody wrote his biography. He started out young in show biz. Here is a clip from an old game show in 1965:

Here's a song that was popular on the radio.

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April 22, 2008

Historical Renewal

D. A. Lague is the speaker for a ministry called Perspective From the Pages of Church History. His program lasts about 2 minutes and gives a quick overview and tells of the impact of dedicated Christians impact on others. The program is linked to a website called Historical Renewal. There are also transcripts available that are a great tool for teachers to use to give insight to their students on how to impact others in the name of Jesus Christ. You can also sign up for a subscription of daily devotions. Here is an example.

Grammar Lesson 40~Adjectives


Never use double comparisons. If you use er or est, then don't use more or most.
Correct: He is busier than me. Incorrect: He is more busier than me.

Choose the correct form in the following sentences.
1. Yesterday we played our (worse, worst) concert.
2. I am (more hungrier, hungrier) now.
3. Who is the (shorter, more shorter, most short, shortest) of the four sisters?
4. Is this the (best, better, more better, most best ) value that you have?
5. John is the (most happiest, happiest) kid I know.

Answers

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Charlotte Mason Geography

The Ambleside site has old fashioned geography lessons by Charlotte Mason from 1925.
Here is a schedule to follow to break up the lessons for 3rd and 4th grade students:

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The Daily Life Of Manners

10 GENTLE REMINDERS

Taken from the site Magnificent Manners.

1. Making others feel at ease is the essence of etiquette, yesterday and today.
2. There are few words more elementary or more welcomed than please and thank you.
3. Good moods are contagious. Hopefully, yours will be pleasantly catching.
4. Be aware and considerate of personal space—physical, visual, and aural.
5. Showing respect is a gift, one that costs nothing and is endlessly appreciated.
6. Think of your tone of voice as a telegraph.
To the listener, it speaks volumes.
7. A short fuse does nothing but burn. Should you find yourself with one, steer clear of others.
8. Never underestimate the message that’s sent by your poise and your posture.
9. Clothes count. Appropriate attire is not only respectful, it’s refreshing.
10. Let common sense be your guide and graciousness your goal.
-Kate Spade

How To Be A Lady

Taken from Yahoo! Answers

~To be a poised lady you should understand the importance of etiquette. Showing respect to others through good manners is the mark of a lady.
~Use good posture.
~Speak gently and without vulgarity, smile, always offer to help others, and call as little attention to yourself as possible.
~A woman who possesses poise and grace will attract attention naturally.
~Always take extra time when getting ready to make sure that your clothes are pressed and free of lint, no undergarments are showing, hem length is appropriate, and especially that your shoes are in good condition.
~Never wear too much fragrance.
~Wear attractive makeup, nothing harsh or bright.
~Have fun! Ladies know when it is appropriate to laugh and enjoy themselves.
~Always be kind to others no matter what. There will always be people who are rude, but a poised lady knows how to handle herself in those situations without being rude herself.
~And most importantly have CONFIDENCE!!! Pride in oneself is the ultimate factor in poise. Be proud of who you are, and the rest will come naturally!

An excellent resource is Amy Vanderbilt's Complete Guide to Etiquette as well as How To Be A Lady by Candice Simpson.

April 23, 2008

A Prayer For Unkind Deeds

Sometimes life causes us to get an ungrateful complaining attitude. This attitude must be fought against . . .

Here's a needed prayer by theologian F B Meyer

Forgive us if this day we have done or said anything to increase the pain of the world.
Pardon the unkind word,
the impatient gesture,
the hard and selfish deed,
the failure to show sympathy and kindly help where we had the opportunity, but missed it;
and enable us so to live that we may daily do something to lessen the tide of human sorrow, and add to the sum of human happiness.
F. B. MEYER

~Taken from Joy and Strength by Mary Wilder Tileston @ Back to the Bible

April 24, 2008

Super DeTox Foods

This informative blog entry was originally posted in February of 2007. I'm reposting it for my children. I apologise for not putting a link to the originator of the article.

Repost: Top 10 Detox Foods
I know about 5 minutes ago I put a (boring) health article on this site. Well, here's another I found on the Yahoo search site. (I need this stuff for my personal files, so I can have facts to back up my food lectures I give to my children.)

Top 10 detox foods article:

As 2007 swings into gear, there's no better time to give your body a healthy, fresh start than now! Plus if you're thinking about lowering your weight - and your RealAge "eating clean" is a great first step. Add these 10 foods to your grocery cart and you'll get three terrific benefits:

1. Lots of super-healthy liquids to flush out the body while pouring in nutrients.

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April 25, 2008

Adjective Quiz Lessons 36-40

Give the comparative and superlative forms for these adjectives.
1. fair
2. tender
3. difficult
4. earnest
5. responsible
6. easy
7. many
8. straight
9. muddy
10. cheerful

Answers
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April 26, 2008

National Day of Prayer 2008

The annual National Day of Prayer will be Thursday, May 1, 2008. Here's the official website.

Devotions By Woodrow Kroll

Just this week I've been studying a new devotion each morning called Early In the Morning. It's on the Back to the Bible website and is by the organization's president Woodrow Kroll. He is also on the radio program Back to the Bible.

Here's the devotion for today. I like how he sets them up. First he tells what happened in a Bible passage. He tells it in story form so the reader can better understand and link all the details together. And then he helps us understand how to apply it to life. After that he places an old hymn at the bottom of the page. If the hymn is unfamiliar it can be found on Cyberhymnal.

This is a good one to give children in your family. It can help the details of Bible stories come alive.:)

Cherry Dumpling Soup

I read from a book today that I read in my childhood. The name of it is The Boxcar Children. It was originally written in the '40's. I remember parts of the story from reading it the first time. It's about 4 children who became orphans and found an old train boxcar to live in. They were scared they would be taken to an orphanage and would have to break up.

In one chapter, the children help pick cherries in an orchard at a doctor's house. For a meal the cook brings out some cherry dumplings after they had been working for awhile.

I've heard of chicken dumplings and apple dumplings but I don't remember cherry dumplings. I just had to look up a recipe. Here's what I found:

Cherry Dumpling Soup

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100 Reasons To Get Rid Of It

This article was taken from MarthaStewart.com

Here's a great quote from the article: "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." -Leonardo da Vinci

From: Blueprint

1. 1.4 million Americans suffer from chronic hoarding & clutter.
2. People burn 55 minutes a day looking for things.
3. 80 percent of what we own we never use.
4. 1800GotJunk.com
Pay someone else to take out the (big, cumbersome) trash.
5. Publicstorage.com
Lock it up in more than 2,100 locations around the U.S.
6. redshield.org
Schedule a pickup with your local Salvation Army.
7. earth911.org
Find local recycling and reuse programs for all kinds of household items.

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April 27, 2008

Grammar Lesson 41~Adjectives

Use the article an before a word beginning with a vowel (a,e,i,o,u) or a vowel sound (words beginning with a silent h as heir, hour). Words that start with eu or u that are pronounced with a long u or pronounced like "you" use the article a before them.

Examples: an egg, an hour, an orange, an idea, a house, a mouse, a river, a boy, a ukulele, a eucalyptus tree.
Use the correct article before the following words.

1. girl
2. man
3. horse
4. apple
5. honor
6. restaurant
7. industry
8. eye
9. car
10. flower

Answers

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Retro Christian Band Petra

I like the old Christian band, Petra. It's time to retro-resurrect some good songs with good messages. Here are a few videos to give you a sampling. Beware, The Coloring Song will be playing in your head for awhile.

They have a lot of upbeat songs but I consider this their most famous(:

This song, More Power To Ya, was used by a Christian group of super strong guys called the Power Team who would travel around breaking things like giant blocks of ice and ripping apart telephone books, etc.

Official band website: http://www.petraband.com


Live Version of the famous chorus, Lord, I Lift Your Name On High

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April 29, 2008

Salvation Army Breakfast

My four children and I had the sweet privilege of going to a Salvation Army Breakfast to honor their volunteers. Last Christmas we helped out with preparing food baskets for Tulsa area families. (Here's their website.)

The breakfast was good. We went to a Marriot Southern Hills hotel. Basically, we had scrambled eggs, bacon, fresh fruit like pineapple, strawberries, cantalope and grapes. And then there were other tasty foods like potato cakes and biscuits and gravy. My kids liked it.

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Liberty Bell B-17 Bomber

Today my four kids and I went to Jones airport in Tulsa to look over a piece of history. It was a B-17 bomber. It was built in the '40's. This kind of plane was used in World War II. The plane we saw was not used in the war but was still a big sight to see. It looked big and cumbersome to the small fiberglass plane that were parked around at the airport. It was interesting to see the 4 propellers and the gun shooting places on the plane. When people parachuted out of the plane they would jump out of the belly of the plane.

This informative video calls the B-17 a flying fortress

Old Footage of the B-17 in action shooting the guns

The plane travels around America. I found some interesting and informational videos on YouTube that tell more about the exact plane we saw.

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The Pied Piper of Hamelin

By Robert Browning

I learned this poem when I was in the 7th or 8th grade. It is a poem that will keep your attention. There is a twist at the end of its story. Indiana University has a copy of the poem and some great illustrations to go along.

PBS also did a claymation special about it also
Part 1

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April 30, 2008

Grammar Lesson 42~Adjectives

When you are using separate nouns, be sure to use the articles (a, an, or the) before each noun. If only one thing or person is meant, do not repeat the article.

Examples: I need a secretary and a bookkeeper. ( two persons)
I need a secretary and bookkeeper. (one person)
She lost the black and white kitten. (one kitten)
She lost the black and the white kitten. (two kittens)

Choose the correct form in these sentences.
1. Mrs. Jones is (a wife and a doctor, a wife and doctor).
2. Jane wanted (a girl and a boy, a girl and boy) for the committee.
3. Jack was wearing (a green and red, a green and a red) shirt.
4. Joan wants to be (a rock star or a lawyer, a rock star or lawyer).
5. Jim brought (a bat and ball, a bat and a ball).

Answers
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The Private Person of John McCain

Most people know that presidential candidate, John McCain was an American Prisoner of War during the Vietnam conflict but there are other things about who he is and his accomplishments. Here is an article in the Wall Street Journal by Karl Rove.

Meteorologist's Proposal

I knew when this happened more than 10 years ago in 1995 but I never got to see it.

Our local weatherman, Frank Mitchell proposed to his co-host Terry Bower on national television on ABC's Good Morning America. How sweet it is . . . what a creative way to pop the big question.

Today they are still married. They have a little family. Frank is the chief meteorologist for Channel 8 KTUL and Terry focuses mostly on the children and is the spokesperson at a local aquarium center.

A Hundred Years By Five For Fighting

. . . I'm 41 for a moment,
I hadn't heard the song in about a year. For some reason I just hadn't played the CD in a while

. . . caught in between 1 and 80
I was in adapting the words as they came out of my mouth

. . . and I'm just dreamin'
Jonathan was in the back seat of our car. I wanted to see if I could make him smile his big smile and then tell me that's stupid and to stop it

Here's the real vid. This song sure hangs around in your head. I woke up singing it yesterday.

I played the song on the CD player for my oldest who is 15. He was quiet. I think he just went ahead and endured his mothers silliness. I'll have to make it popular again with our family when the next one turns 15.

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