Saturday, January 14, 2017

letter without postmark

Dear Court Rooms of America,

This is how William Penn outlines the proceeding of court for his "Frame of the Government of Pennsylvania in America." Perhaps we could take a few notes. . . 
"All pleadings, processes, and records in courts shall be short, and in English, and in an ordinary and plain Character, that they may be understood, and Justice speedily administered" (35). 
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Penn, William. "Frame of the Government of Pennsylvania in America." For the Record: A Documentary History of America, vol. 1, 
              edited by David E. Shi and Holly A. Mayer, W.W. Norton and Company, 2016, 32-37. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

longing

The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust them; it was not in them, it only came through them, and what came through them was longing. These things—the beauty, the memory of our own past—are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshipers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited" (Lewis, "Weight of Glory").

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Lewis, C. S. "The Weight of Glory." Mark Verber's Links to Christian Information. http://www.verber.com/mark/xian/weight-of-glory.pdf

Sunday, December 18, 2016

"Rachel was to become a very good schoolteacher and then to marry George Paden who would become an official in the Union National Bank of Pittsburgh . . . Great Aunt Racher started a 'Dame's School' for primary education, to which not only [Edith Schaeffer's] father would go, but also some of his brother and sisters, Aunt Rachel's own daughter Marion Paden, and later some of the grandchildren of the family, as well as 'outside children.' In this school Rachel must have given a fantastically good foundation for the children she taught were later to be higest in their classes in university, and still later, leading doctors and missionaries as well as leaders in other professions . . . Aunt Rachel gave her own daughter a good foundation in her Dame's School, and as language was one of her best subjects, it is not surprising that she went on to be extremely good in Arabic, speaking as well as reading the language. Cousin Marion went to Egypt under the United Presbyterian Board, and continued in girl's school teaching for forty years. . . . If you think Rachel was 'downtrodden' because her brilliance was limited to offering a very thorough education to a small number of children whom she gave a foundation that is rare in this day -- then, as grandmother would say, 'You have another think coming.' Certainly there have been things worth fighting for, and limitation have been unfair for women, but it is not all 'black and white.' If there were women for whom life was 'hell' in those days of many children, there are also women for whom life is 'hell' today in their places of 'freedom,' as they walk in and out of marriages with multiple divorces, and as they face untold disappointments and discouragements in offices and careers of a diversity of kinds. I'm not saying all women aren't supposed to have careers; Cousin Marion had a very satisfying and fulfilling career in her forty years of outstanding work in Alexandria, Egypt. But, the diversity of the career that the artwork of raising children and creating a continuity of family holds forth, is something that musn't be forgotten as we look at the The Tapestry of history" (Schaeffer 70-72). 
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Schaeffer, Edith. The Tapestry: The Life and Times of Francis and Edith Schaeffer. World Books, 1984. 

Friday, December 2, 2016

" 'How canst thou be such a hypocrite,' 
said I, even audibly, 
'to pretend to be thankful for a condition which, 
however thou mayest endeavor to be contented with,
 thou wouldest rather pray heartily to be delivered from?' ”
(Defoe 97). 

Thank you, Lord, for a job which often directs my heart back to Yourself.

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Defoe, Daniel. Robinson Crusoe. Barnes and Nobel Classics, 2003. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

unpurpose(ful)ly incorrect

For the first time today, I learned that purposefully and purposely are not, in fact, the same word.
. . . And, of course, I did not learn this until I after I (mis)corrected a student's writing on my white board.

So, after reading this helpful guide and discussing the topic with my brother, Joel has determined that

purposefully is for a purpose 
-and-
purposely is with a purpose.


Sunday, November 27, 2016

"for the best improvement of time"

"[In chapter four] of [Pilgrim's Progress] the story has now become fully established, and it is a universal pattern in travel stories from Honer's Odyssey and Spencer's Faire Queene to C.S. Lewis' Naria stories and Tolkein's Lord of the Rings. It consists of a predictable back-and-forth movement between journey along the path and temporary rest in a place, usually a house, palace or castle. The rituals of arrival at the beginning and taking leave at the end encircle the stay at the residence. The main actions are (a) refreshment and renewal for the weary traveler and (b) instruction for the traveler but equally for the reader. The latter feature means that the author's didactic purpose is fully evident in these interspersed interludes" (Ryken 29). 

Ryken, Leland. Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress. Christian Guides to the Classics,
                Crossway, 2014.