::These Days::

…I’ve taken ill to the flu and now to a head cold and sore throat

…My digging through the book of John has been wrapped up and I’m getting ready for Romans (I’m not sure why this letter intimidates me.  Lord, help me)

…I am listening to Kari Jobe, Head and the Heart, and iHop limited edition 30

…Watching Downton Abbey season 1

…swatch-ing and casting-on my new sweater

…I am reading Peter Pan (one of my all-time favorites), Reading Lolita in Tehran (I don’t think I’ll finish it this time around because I want to start Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer), and The Best American Essays of the Century including “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou, “The Solace of Open Spaces” by Gretel Ehrlich, and “Corn-Pone Opinions” by Mark Twain (perhaps I’ll update as I read more)

…I have been learning about ‘unschooling’ and enjoying the fact that I kind of unschool myself (refer to previous point and note that I often research and record my findings and opinions about books and their correlating historical or political aspects for example, in accordance with my curiosities and interests.  I’ve noticed this method has helped tremendously as I prepare for tests and compose papers at school!)

…I am preparing for a vegan workshop

…the paved walkways hurt my bare feet, so I seek the beloved dirt trails (preferably the ones blanketed by pine needles and last fall’s leaves)

…I have been learning to be slow–without worrying

…I think about the power of listening and what it means to be a quiet leader

…I am feeling super lucky to have this cello teacher who lets me learn at my own pace according to my own interests and discoveries, while still realistically challenging me

…I’m praying more

…Memories of the children I nannied 2 years ago are very vivid as the buds of the trees, rolly-polly bugs, and sunshine litter my daily meanderings…I sure do miss those little ones!

…A dear old friend has entered the courts of heaven.  I can’t wait to see you again, Mr. Ellsworth Swan


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