Friday, January 16, 2009

Round up

A round up of my recent online readings and ponderings and case anyone is interested or like me, enjoys wandering the net...instead of hanging out laundry or starting dinner! ( I don't know why our family eats so much . Or wears so many clothes. Keeps me working. Or avoiding working.)

An Unschooling Landscape ~ The article's nod to Unschooling suggests that Unschoolers "leave the house the way it is." While the sentiment that Unschoolers Live and Learn in the same space is an accurate one, I began to wonder whether we, too, didn't change the way we live because we choose to learn from living itself. The answer for my family is that Unschooling impacts and changes our entire landscape: no schoolroom at home, but a rich, full, exuberant landscape that ranges from room to room and spills out into our yard and the woods beyond.

Explains the clutter in my house.... "Oh, we're unschoolers!"

Covenanted Happiness ~ If love is to survive in marriage each spouse must learn to love the other, with his or her defects. But if love is not just to survive, but to grow, then each spouse must be able discover virtues-new virtues or increased virtues--in the other.
On the natural level, generosity and self-giving are what make a person better and more lovable. And it is selfishness that kills love both in the selfish person himself as well as in those who have contact with him or her.
The person in love needs to be able to sacrifice himself for the loved one, if he himself is to become more lovable. The person incapable of sacrifice is incapable of giving or receiving (or retaining) much love.

Sacrifice. Ouch. But fits in with my thoughts over recent months, about the Proverbs 31 wife, about making a spouse happy, about giving up something for another, giving up part of self, really. Even fits in with Dr Who! (laughs).

And the final cylon is... ~ Speculation for those of us who are Battlestar Galactica fans.

Conversion Diary ~ ....What do you talk to a spiritual director about? A general answer would be "how to grow in holiness." You might talk to them about discerning where God is leading you in a specific area of your life, how to have a more fruitful prayer life, how to cope with spiritual dry spells, how to resolve a moral dilemma that's causing you stress, etc. Spiritual directors don't give you orders to tell you what to do, but rather offer gentle suggestions, insights and things to consider in order for you to make your own decisions.

Dollars and Sense ~ Changing habits...This is my yearly accountability blog, the place where I put my life on a blank page and make myself read it.

Sounds like a good idea to me. What was that quote I read somewhere? Oh, from Don DeLillo ( whoever he is..) But the quote fits with writing and accountability.... In the end, writers will write not to be outlaw heroes of some underculture but mainly to save themselves...


Mary G said...

You're probably one of the few people I know who can link Dr. Who with scripture!

I too need to work on my selfishness and offer more sacrifice and love to those around me ... let's have a cuppa on that one (or a dram of the whiskey?)

Leonie said...

Mary, it would be good to have that drink and discussion and be able to support each other! We'll just have to rely on virtual discussions...