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300 Days

27 Oct

Woo!Hoo!  I am on track with my 2018 New Year’s Resolution (that I never considered until last year)…to read the entire Bible.

Late last year Doreen Virtue introduced on Instagram two One Year Bibles formatted Chronologically as well as one with Old and New Testament, plus Psalm and Proverb selection for each day of the year.  Doreen posts a 30 minute video on Instagram daily for the respective readings.  Video archives are loaded on VIMEO.  I find Doreen’s knowledge of New Age teaching helpful, clarifying subjects which are confounded with study of the Bible.  She is a joyful researcher!

Speaking of research…I follow the Museum of the Bible, Washington D.C. on Twitter.  Very impressive.  It opened Nov 17, 2017.  @museumofBible  I plan to tour it in person. Check it out:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museum_of_the_Bible

This came to my attention thru Artistsnetwork.com :

https://biblejournalingmadesimple.com

I plan to try this next year!

I describe the One Year Bible with Old, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs each day as a “matrix format” which the  helps with recognition of prophecy and foreshadowing.

65 days to go…

200 Days

19 Jul

Woo!Hoo!  I am on track with my 2018 New Year’s Resolution (that I never considered until last year)…to read the entire Bible.

Late last year Doreen Virtue introduced on Instagram two One Year Bibles formatted Chronologically as well as one with Old and New Testament, plus Psalm and Proverb selection for each day of the year.  Doreen posts a 30 minute video on Instagram daily for the respective readings.  Video archives are loaded on VIMEO.

Believe it or not, I find reading both versions of the One Year Bible helps retention.  Also, pairing the New Testament with the Old Testament readings illuminates

St Augustine’s quote “The New Testament lies concealed in the Old, the Old lies revealed in the New.”

The Apostle Paul is one very well known disciple of Christ.  Reading the Book of Acts describes his remarkable journey.  New release in 2018 http://www.paulmovie.com/site/

The Psalms are filled with praise for the Lord and lamentations about the life and times.  Psalm 119 has the distinction of being the longest book in the Bible.  You may be familiar with one of the many ways it is referenced  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psalm_119

I describe the One Year Bible with Old, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs each day as a “matrix format” which the  helps with recognition of prophecy and foreshadowing.

165 days to go…

Book Review: The Music of the Deep

11 Jul

I chose The Music of the Deep because the author ‘Elizabeth Hall’ grabbed my attention (and I read her work Miramont’s Ghost last year).  Elizabeth is my middle name and Hall is my maiden name…I answered to ‘Elizabeth Hall” for over 30 years….no I am not the author….I like seeing my name on the cover.

The narratives on domestic violence as well as marine biology research of orca whales are both VERY well done!  This small Pacific Northwest community has a circle of friends whose love of spinning and knitting created a safe place for Alexandra.

Toward the end of the book the narrative on the character “Robin” seemed misplaced.  My opinion:  It would have been better as a sequel.

I recommend this book.

 

More from Houzz: Unique Home Libraries

11 Jun

In this era of digital books this article makes you want to reach out, take a book off the shelf and turn pages!

100 Days

10 Apr

Cheers!  I am on track with a 2018 New Year’s Resolution (that I never considered until last year)…to read the entire Bible. Late last year Doreen Virtue introduced on Instagram two One Year Bibles formatted Chronologically as well as one with Old and New Testament, plus Psalm and Proverb selection for each day of the year.  Doreen posts a 30 minute video on Instagram daily for the respective readings.  Video archives are loaded on VIMEO.

Believe it or not, I find reading both versions of the One Year Bible helps retention.  Also, pairing the New Testament with the Old Testament readings illuminates

St Augustine’s quote “The New Testament lies concealed in the Old, the Old lies revealed in the New.”

The Old Testament is best known for laws…over 600 in Deuteronomy.  Many of the rules relate to matters of justice, public health, accuracy in weights and measures, land grants and subjects that we take for granted today.  Detailed building instructions were given for Noah’s Ark.  I was surprised with the detailed instructions for constructing the Ark of the Covenant, which according to Samuel 1 was eventually captured by the Philistines.

I found the Book of Job compelling…40 chapters long and in a manner of speaking, asks “Why does bad things happen to good people?”  Spoiler alert!  Sometimes it is a test.

I describe the One Year Bible with Old, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs each day as a “matrix format” which the  helps with recognition of prophecy and foreshadowing.  I am surprised with the frequency that verses from Deuteronomy are quoted in the New Testament.

265 days to go…

Book Review (plus) The Sewing Machine by Natalie Fergie

13 Mar

 

Love this!  “One sewing machine, two families, three secrets, four generations and millions of stitches”.

This book was funded by readers through a new website:  Unbound.com…a modern version of Samuel Johnson’s idea funding publishing of his dictionary in 1755 in today’s jargon…crowd sourcing. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Dictionary_of_the_English_Language

  1. Elfcroft loves sewing and posts about charity projects about a dozen times a year.
  2. The owners of this very special sewing machine kept notebooks/journals/log of every task.  This created a marvelous record (including thread and fabric samples) of the needs and wants of life during the 20th century Scotland.
  3. I loved the inside story of Singer’s major manufacturing operation circa 1911.  Sewing machines empowered their owners to unleash talent and progress.
  4. Natalie brings the family legacy to the present with two paths…one using the machine as is, the second-recycling machine parts into art projects.
  5. The personal stories are as poignant as sewing is important.

Recommended!

40 Days

13 Feb

Shocking!  I am on track with a 2018 New Year’s Resolution (that I never considered until last year)…to read the entire Bible.  What brought that on?  Completing Cosmic Numbers and 17 Equations that Changed the World developed diligence with difficult material.  Reading Flash and A Year of Biblical Womanhood engaged my curiosity.  Then…

Late last year Doreen Virtue introduced on Instagram two One Year Bibles formatted Chronologically as well as one with Old and New Testament, plus Psalm and Proverb selection for each day of the year.  Doreen posts a 30 minute video on Instagram daily for the respective readings.  Video archives are loaded on VIMEO.

Believe it or not, I find reading both versions of the One Year Bible helps retention.  Also, pairing the New Testament with the Old Testament readings illuminates

St Augustine’s quote “The New Testament lies concealed in the Old, the Old lies revealed in the New.”

Book Review: 17 Equations that Changed the World

3 Jan

17 Equations that Changed the World by Ian Stewart 2012

http://www.businessinsider.com/17-equations-that-changed-the-world-2014-3

My previous book review of Cosmic Numbers, The Numbers that Define Our Universe by James D Stein 2011… declared it “fantastic.”

I did not reread it immediately, because my young friend (recent Mechanical Engineering graduate) had also loaned me 17 Equations that Changed the World.  Going from numbers to equations is an order of magnitude (or more) level of difficulty.  Each chapter could be a book it self.  Ian Stewart does an amazing job putting the mathematical developments into historical context with an engaging narrative to pull the readers along.

The last three chapters were new territory for me with subjects of information theory, chaos theory and the Black-Scholes equation used by the financial services industry.  Wow!  I have questions…not for my readers…but as an inquiring mind.

Again, this book is a great recommendation for students young and old(er) interested in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math).  I added a new page to this website with a STEM reading list.

BTW I asked Glenda where she got this book…thinking it was required reading with course work…No….how fun is this?  She found it at Shakespeare and Company Kilometer Zero, a bookstore in PARIS!

Book Review: Cosmic Numbers by JD Stein

28 Nov

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12467274-cosmic-numbers

https://read.amazon.com/kp/card?asin=B005FFPMY4&preview=inline&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_z40gAb1RRJ250

Previous book reviews included a book with an author having my maiden name as well as a book with a photograph of my niece on the cover.  This recommendation is a challenge.  Stein explains the universe with numbers and why.

A new friend who is also a recent Mechanical Engineering graduate and world traveler loaned me Cosmic Numbers.  I studied physics, chemistry, thermodynamics and differential equations completing my engineering degree…in the last millennium.  Differential equations:  my least favorite subject.  Cosmic Numbers is fantastic!  I plan to reread it and go deeper.   To engage us with his passion for science and why it matters to us, Stein wisely includes personal stories with biographical stories of the scientists credited with the discoveries.  Check out page 147.  Stein includes a theory on why James Bond is also known as 007…

Do you know a young person interested in STEM?  Stein describes how twelve scientists came to their conclusions as well as building on the work of others.  Consider recommending this book to inspire interest in STEM.

Book Review: A Year of Biblical Womanhood

29 Aug

Love this!

This book has sat on my shelf for years.  This morning it captured my attention and held my attention all day.  Smart, witty, insightful, creative, knowledgable, curious, honest…

Rachel’s year of Biblical Womanhood was naturally organized with monthly themes based upon scripture.  Each month Rachel had a TO DO list for herself based upon scripture (sometimes the list included cooking, sewing, sleeping in a tent).  Occasionally, photos and her husband’s journal entries are included.  Raised evangelical, Rachel explored this subject with correspondence exchange with a Jewish woman, 3 day retreat at a monastery, Amish and Quaker experiences, extensive internet research, short stories of women of the Bible….and an extraordinary curiosity.

Fantastic resource!

Another review:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/23/a-year-of-biblical-womanhood_n_2006184.html