Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Bible Quiz

You know the Bible 100%!

Wow! You are awesome! You are a true Biblical scholar, not just a hearer but a personal reader! The books, the characters, the events, the verses - you know it all! You are fantastic!

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Me a biblical scholar???? Yeah right. They're all multiple choice!

Oh well, I liked the quiz anyway.

Hat tip- Studeo

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Salvete Omnes!!!!!!!

I just got back from WJCL (Wisconsin Junior Classical League) Latin Convention!!!!!!! It was A LOT of fun. It was not by any means restricted to written tests, oral tests etc., etc., etc, there was a costume contest, a war machines contest (tin foil only in the actual ship), an impromptu art, memorized oratory, impromptu oratory, art contests of almost all types, certamen (a bit like latin jeopardy), a t-shirt contest and spirit competition. Spirit includes a door decoration contest, a humorous roll call skit and the actual spirit competition. The spirit competition involves standing (or jumping, dancing... if you're sitting you're probably not going to do very well) in a large room and screaming at the top of your lungs (believe me you have to, to be heard) cheers, chants... whatever you want to do to represent your school. Smiles and similar outfits are also key. The point of this competition is to prove that latin is not a dead language, and if you ever go to a latin convention and watch (or participate in) spirit any thoughts of latin being dead will soon leave your mind. The volume is unbelievable, 450 some students all yelling at the top of their lungs makes for quite a bit of noise.

So this was my first year but our homeschool group has sent groups for several years now. We were the smallest delegation, 4 students compared to the next smallest with 9. But we did pretty well, our war machine held 17 dollars worth of pennies meriting 1st place for us in that contest!!!!!! We took first place in the spirit contest for the small school category!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Our spirit included cheese heads, crazy hair and wigs (including a really long braid worn by the one guy on our team) impromptu togas, dancing around the table screaming "My cheese it has three corners, three corners has my cheese, and had it not three corners, it would not be my cheese!!!!!!!!!" and yelling chants like carpe caseum (seize the cheese), Julius Cheeser and carpe diem (sieze the day). Oh BTW, all the cheese elements are due to the theme of that day "Seize the Cheese" (the overall theme was carpe diem).
This is starting to get to be a really long post, I will continue later (maybe:). Oh and the picture is of our team in front of the capitol in Madison.
P.S. This blog has been really inactive lately, sorry.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

The Winged Watchman, Discussion

This month's discussion book was The Winged Watchman By Hilda Van Stockum. Although it was one of the smaller discussions as far as the number of people go, it was one of the best. The talking was pretty well balanced between everyone and we covered some interesting topics.

We Talked about:

Mother: We discussed how her character undergoes more changes then most of the other main characters, Why? Perhaps her maternal instinct conflicts with the dangerous situations and makes it very difficult for her to allow her family take risks.

Uncle Cor and Hildebrand: We considered the differences, the good points and the bad points of these two very different characters. Uncle Cor works in the underground and cannot understand Hildebrand's lack of interest in the resistance. We decided that both their roles, different as they are, are essential. Uncle Cor's was necessary during the war, to try to help the victims of the cruel times. But after the war Hildebrand would be needed too, he would be needed to help restore the war torn country, and build a new Holland.

We discussed the difficulties in making the choice between two options both of which seem right (as illustrated in Joris' exploration of the Old Mill.)

We pondered the reason for writing this story from the viewpoint of a family whose circumstances were comparatively light. We considered the possiblity that in this way it would be easier for us to understand, this story from the viewpoint of a family who was homeless and starving might be too big a step for us, today in these circumstances, to comprehend. But this family also gives us a starting place to view the surroundings from.

In connection with the above, we noticed how many WWII stories do not show you the hope, the good things that happened in these drastic times. The Winged Watchman however is not one of those, on the contrary it shows intimately how everyone was pulled together by this war and how they had hope and faith to get them through.

Well I'm probably missing a bunch but this is just an overview.
Please feel free to share your thoughts on this book.

Friday, January 05, 2007

A Reverse Meme

I got this meme from Studeo and was assigned the letter "n". So I have to come up with 10 of my favorite things that start with the letter N. If anyone reading this wants to do it, comment and I will give you a letter.

1. The Nativity
2. The Nazarene
3. Novels
4. The Narnian Tales
5. Notebooks
6. Norse tales (e.g. The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow.)
7. North By Northwest (the movie).
8. Nuns
9. Noblesse oblige. French (can you tell???:) It means 'Noble rank requires honorable conduct.'
10. Numenoreans (:

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

On the Nativity

By St. John of the Cross

The time now having finally come
When his birth was due,
Like a husband newly wed
From his chamber he withdrew

Embracing his beloved spouse
With outstretched arms so deep.
Him the gracious mother then
In a manger lay to sleep,

Amid the stable's animals
Who their resided at their ease.
Men entoned their canticles
Angels sang their melodies,

Rejoicing in the wedding feast
Of two such spouses side by side.
But God as a tiny infant now
In the manger wept and cried.

Tears were the only bridal gems
To adorn this espousal strange.
The mother watched in wonderment
To see such marvelous exchange:

For God was bound to human grief;
In humans boundless joy had grown,
Which to one and to the other
Before this time was never known.

Another gem found in O Holy Night, from Sophia Insititute Press.

Happy New Year!!!!!