Monday, June 14, 2010

Words, Walks, Web, and Windows

In an effort to become more consistent in my note-taking, I've decided to try to write my morning reading discoveries on a (hopefully) daily basis. Note-taking helps write those words I've read onto my brain. Current morning reads are the book of Nehemiah, Tabletalk, Lighting Their Fires: Raising Extraordinary Children (Esquith)

Nehemiah : As an overview before delving into a chapter-by-chapter study, I read the first six chapters. Interesting phrases during the rebuilding of Jerusalem's walls: "door, bolts, bars" and "he labored on the work with one hand and held his weapon with the other"-- how's that for 5th century B.C. multi-tasking.

Tabletalk, To be redeemed, we must surrender self-reliance, selfishness, and the "comforts of our sin."

Lighting Their Fires: Raising Extraordinary Children:

  • "Nothing is worth reading that does not require an alert mind." (Charles Dudley Warner)
  • "What" is an all-too-familiar response in schools where so many children have forgotten or never learned how to pay attention.
  • "attention to details"
  • "The inscription over the door at the library at Thebes states, 'Medicine for the Soul.' Literature needs to be a joyous and daily part of a child's life."
Also, thinking about a weekend discussion on the distinctions and dangers of being complacent, complicit, and confrontational.

Trying to settle back into daily walks, I distracted myself from that task by listening to The Teaching Company's course Great Scientific Ideas that Changed the World lecture "The Medieval Revolution in Know-How." Interesting. One fast fact: There were over 5600 mechanical water wheels in operation during the 11th century England. Amazing!

On the Web, several interesting sites have grabbed my attention: Engines of Our Ingenuity
, Bible Query, and Engines has short, engaging three-minute podcasts, and Bible Query has lists of questions (with answers) for each book of the Bible. I listened to several episodes of Engines, including "Our Teachers."

Now, on to those ten windows to wash for today.

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