Rabbit Trails Third Thursday in June

A Sunny Day Merikyul c 1894 by Ivan Shishkin, Russian landscape painter of The Wanderers or Itinerant movement. Shishkin’s beautiful paintings earned him the nickname “Singer of the Forest.”

Links to articles that I’ve found compelling, convicting, or convivial, favorite quotes, a little food, a little music, a beautiful painting; here are just a few rabbit trails to follow for the weekend.

What do you all think of that?

First –  Below, is a thought-provoking quote about opinion-based analysis (opinions of students as a response to literature, and teachers teaching from their opinions) from a thought-provoking article by Joshua Gibbs, What Does Goodness Think Of You? from the thought-provoking Circe Institute.

“Ours is the world of the endless river of nearly-worthless songs and books and photos and games and videos, and we are ever offered the opportunity to express like or dislike for each insignificant trifle which comes near us. Is this not profoundly taxing? Does it not sometimes seem a catastrophic waste of time to so minutely catalog our tastes, given how exceedingly ephemeral our culture is? 

– On a whiter note, make your own sunscreen tutorial.  Even if you don’t choose to go the Geisha White Face route, there are good informational links about sunscreen in this article.  The Daughter and I use a commercial formula similar to this and we are actually paler when we get home! 🙂

When you’re weary, feelin’ small,
when tears are in your eyes
I will dry them all

Third –  Few things that have rated the longevity of Simon and Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits Album in my listening and/or sing-a-long CD collection, largely due to Paul Simon’s soul-achingly perceptive lyrics, matched by Art Garfunkel’s beautifully fluid singing.  The Daughter found my by-now-battered Simon and Garfunkel Songbook, and learned the lovely piano arrangement of Scarborough Fair (from the Y7 Folk Song list).  Mr. Garner found and forwarded this recent interview with Art Garfunkel.  Don’t let the unfortunate headline put you off.

THE Song recorded live, in 1969 before the album:

One of my favorite, not famous S&G songs:

Saturation in Scripture was Cranmer’s primary goal for the people of England, and I don’t think you can get more evangelical than that!

Fourth – The Garners are visiting an Anglican Church (ACNA and PEARUSA) on the weeks when The Daughter is not playing at her church job.  We have been following the Daily Office Readings which are both printed in the bulletin, and available through a handy app on our phones.  In researching the Book of Common Prayer I found this interview:  The Book of Common Prayer is still a Big Deal:

… for Cranmer [what was] most important, is the strong emphasis on a lectionary that took people through the whole Bible—and, if people went to Morning and Evening Prayer, read through the whole of the books of Psalms each month. Cranmer wanted the literate to read the Bible thoroughly and faithfully, and for the illiterate to hear it read every day. (Thus also his emphasis in the prayer book rubrics on the importance of the priests reading the liturgy itself and the Bible readings “in a loud voice.”)

 Fifth – My mother-in-law bestowed upon me a gallon size bag of frozen blueberries.  She had saved them from last summer’s work at the Pungo Blueberry Farm.  YUM!  I found two recipes that are wonderful for summer blueberries. First, from The Kitchen, an easy and versatile buttermilk quick bread that has ten variations, one of which is blueberry with lots of lemon zest! The Daughter found this Berry & Thyme Cobbler in the June Rachael Ray mag. We usually find her recipes too impractical or unhealthy but the thyme intrigued us and The Daughter whipped it up.  It was delicious for dessert one evening, and delicious warmed for breakfast 🙂 the next day.  It’s a tad sweet, but the thyme in the dough makes it a cut above the typical cobbler, and nicely sets off the vanilla in ice cream! We didn’t eat ice cream for breakfast.  One must draw the line somewhere…

Sixth – A recent trip to our local Bargain Books yielded several books for our Y9 studies.  For myself, I picked up a slim book of Emily Dickinson.  The poems are loosely arranged by topic, ugh, but I soon got over it, and found this one:

Love is anterior to life,
Posterior to death,
Initial of creation, and
The exponent of breath.

XXXV Emily Dickinson

Finally – I used to post links on a more or less monthly schedule under the heading of Nunc Cognosco Ex Parte, with this explanation:

The post title I’ve chosen for these sorts of posts is obscure on purpose.  Meaning “now I know in part,” the phrase is found in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians towards the end of chapter 13.  It refers to the fact that our knowledge of God and His mysteries unfolds only in part during our human existence.  We must wait for full disclosure.  This should instill a great deal of humility in our thinking…

What can I say? I like Latin phrases.  (I collect them in a Composition Book.) Others, not so much. So, after reflection, Rabbit Trails… 🙂

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