My Dratted Bible Study
So there's been some objection about my last post, in which I refer to "my dratted bible study." The feeling (I gather) is that I shouldn't be using the word 'dratted' to refer to something like studying the Holy Bible. Honestly, I'm trying to find something nice to say about this study. Probably the best that can be said from it is that in a desperate attempt to get out of it, I managed to memorize the order of the books of the Old Testament, organize my spice rack, clean my kitchen, re-read Madeline L'Engle's 'Wind in the Door', write ranting blog posts and watch way too much You Tube with B.
"S, S, What Begins With S?"
What's the big deal, you ask? I'd have to point to the gross liberalities the writer of this study tends to take with the Bible. She ends up doing that thing I hate to come across in children's literature-when the author decides everything needs to rhyme, so they end up using terribly awkward verse and archaic words that are totally unsuitable for children. The study writer really painted herself into a corner. Everything needs to be about the early life of Samuel, and it needs to start with the letter S. So when the Scripture doesn't match up with her lesson, when it starts to deviate from the formula-does she change the formula? NO! She changes the Scripture, giving it a spin that might have had ole' Samuel spinning himself.
Now, the last thing I want to be is all snarky and nit-picky, but it's because it's important! I dragged myself out of the house to hang out with a bunch of women (which already sounds hard-I imagined it to be all dried flower arrangements and insipid sentiments. And I was wrong! The women there are really the saving grace of these 6 weeks) because I thought the Bible was important, and I wanted to hear what it said, not just someone's teachings that pull in Scripture here and there. So there it is. My dratted bible study.
Now because God seems to like the hard cases, somehow, He is managing to speak to me through all this. Maybe that is the benefit: I feel like I am panning for gold, hunched down beside the creek, sifting through the silt, pebbles and fool's gold; searching for the real thing, hoping to strike it rich.
items of note:
- 327 market
- a paper elephant::heidi
- an organic experience::the other
- aunty suzanne brewer
- bbc 4:: gardener's question time
- bricks in the cave::children's adventure story
- dani the poet
- esther in the garden
- esther's boring garden blog
- etsy::all things handmade
- garden rant: garden blog for the courageous and dirty
- i like it::scotland as few have seen it
- let them parachute in
- lizzy cantu
- loose and leafy::lucy
- mayor of dannyland
- neal breakey
- nori::seaweed girl
- o.t. girl::my favourite anonymous o.t.
- pictures just pictures
- polar goldie cats: (secret: i am tam's little sister)
- sarah::appearing as herself
- sir gibby::b'liciousbennet
- the molly
- vintage faith church
- YWAM Seamill, Scotland: dearly missed
Read Your Way Through the Garden: Choice Tomes From Garden Literature
- A Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch
- Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
- Making Bentwood Trellises by Jim Long
- RHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers
- Rose Primer: An Organic Approach to Rose Selection & Care by Orin Martin
- Start With the Soil by Grace Gershuny
- Sunset Western Garden Book
- Sunset Western Landscaping Book
- The Book of Garden Secrets by Patent & Bilderback
- The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany
- the Gardener's Table: A Guide to Natural Vegetable Growing and Cooking by Richard Merrill & Joe Ortiz
- The Gardener's Year by Karel Capek
- The Hutchinson Dictionary of Plant Names: Common & Botanical
- We Made A Garden by Margaret Fish
lotsa latin: rosa's botanical & etymological ruminations
- vespertinus: flowers in the evening
- veni vidi nates calcalvi: we came, we saw, we kicked butt. This was printed on a T shirt I bought at Abbot's Thrift many years ago. It encircled the NEA symbol. I wish I knew why.
- superciliaris: shaped like an eyebrow ex: sturnella superciliaris, the White-browed Blackbird
- rosa-sinensis: species of Hibiscus: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Lit. Rosa of China, so named by British plant hunters.
- placentiformis: shaped like a cake ex: discocactus placentiformis
- nudiflorus: flowers before leaves show ex: flowering quince, magnolia
- nivalis: growing in or near snow ex: galanthus nivalis (common snowdrop)
- muralis: growing on walls
- mirabilis: marvellous, wonderful
- formosa: beautiful ex: dicentra formosa, a.k.a.western bleeding heart/dutchman's breeches/lady in a bath
- carpe vitam: get a life
- Carolus Linnaeus: Latinized name of Carl von Linne (1707-1778), Swedish naturalist considered the father of plant taxonomy. Whatta guy.