Once we have created a workable routine, another challenges becomes clear. How do we maintain momentum, energy, stability and peace? At least part of the answer comes from Goeth: we should love those things we must do. Once our daily tasks become beloved tasks, the routine become less routine. This, I believe, is something we can pass on to our children, like an attitude, for Goethe is encouraging a mindset not an activity. If they see some measure of joy as we cook, clean, mow and repair, they are apt to find it easier to love (in a manner of speaking) clearing their plates, bathing and doing homework. Strange as it is, they usually grow up to be like us."FOLLOW THE HEART: Behind the Cover with Designer Kirk DouPonce" - a step-by-step look at how a book cover is designed - fascinating stuff!
"The Theology of the Bathroom": I can't pull out just one quotation from this one, I'm sorry, but it had me helplessly amused, and thanking God for Simcha Fisher. Because: yes. Very much yes.
"Severus Snape Does Not Deserve Your Pity":
Can I say this out loud? Well… here it goes: it really bugs me when people get all weepy about Severus Snape and his somber, torturous tale. As a Harry Potter fan I usually keep this to myself because Snape fans are a little rabid and also he’s played by Alan Rickman on film, and speaking poorly of any Rickman-played character is probably a criminal offense in most countries.
But it really does bother me. And maybe not for the reasons you would assume."Helpless and Vulnerable":
Having to live in this season has made me realize that I still have choices to make within it. How am I going to react to these feelings? I could choose to ignore my vulnerability, shoving it away from me in denial, putting on the brave face to act tough and strong. Or I can be truly brave and let my vulnerability affect me. I can let it open me up to my deeper feelings of grief and fear—yes—but also feelings of compassion, tenderness and love.