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Alrighty: Christmas break started December 18th for me. I measured, cut, sewed, ripped out seams, re-sewed, and adjusted for four days; then I sketched, wrote, colored and framed for the next day. The weekend was spent finishing up shopping, wrapping presents, and attending the Christmas Eve service. In betweentimes, like one evening when Mom was working, I read a romance I found on her bedside table. (Hey Mom, if you read this, are there any other Georgette Heyer books that I don't know about?)

Christmas morning we opened our presents. I GOT PHANTOM OF THE OPERA!!!!! Now Mom and I each have our own set, but hers is the old one (with Crawford and Brightman) while mine is the new one; so we don't duplicate ourselves too much.

Christmas afternoon was spent reading, pretty much. I started "How to Read a Book", by Adler/Van Doren.

It's actually rather interesting! It sounds silly, as if it's intended for a young child perplexed by all the marks on his picture-books, but it's not. It's based on the premise that it is possible to learn from a book. So Mr. Mortimer Adler (such an odd name... "Mortimer" anyway. Makes me think of Star Trek for some reason...) contends that you have to read actively if you really want to "read for understanding" (as opposed to reading for knowledge), with a pen in your other hand and so on. He even gives fifteen rules for reading in such a manner. (They make sense if you look at them. Not much new to me, but it's clearer than before.) I'm in the middle of the part after those rules, the part that applies the rules to specific genres of fictional & expository works. (Page... two-hundred-something. Near the end of the chapter on philosophical books.)

And, on the day after Christmas, my brother found all my CDs - that had been missing since before Election Day. I'm quite happy. :-)

Comments

MutantJanitor said…
you found your CD's that had been missing...
um, how can you randomly lose CD's like that?
RS said…
I'm not sure how I did it... I think I set them on the computer desk, forgot where I put them, then could not find them because they slid off the back and onto the floor. So I went about a month and a half without my beloved Keith Green and Rich Mullins.... :-( But I'm all better now.
MutantJanitor said…
yeah, going without Keith Green or Rich Mullins...that would be tricky.
course, i hadn't listened to Keith Green for several months. but i have all my music ripped into my computer, and i have about 2800 songs. and i don't actually own any Rich Mullins. I like a few of his songs though.
RS said…
2800 songs... and no Rich Mullins? You don't even have Awesome God?? How do you manage? :-P
MutantJanitor said…
well, its called I listen to a lot of other bands you probably don't listen to...

80's rock, alt music, hardcore, metal, post-hardcore, sometimes classic rock....yeah, a lot of stuff you've probably never listened to. even some indie/acoustic stuff.
RS said…
how'd you guess? :-P No, my tastes run more to sixties/seventies rock'n'roll (including the early Beatles stuff) and older Christian songs (RM, and Keith Green; plus Navigators songs that Mom learned in college).

With such varied tastes, we've probably covered almost the whole spectrum. (Except rap... which shouldn't really be counted...)
MutantJanitor said…
yeah, i noted you received a Simon and Garfunkel Cd. that's the ultimate definition of your style.
what are the Nav. songs you learned? and what is your denom. background?

and please don't dis rap ;) its music too. just looped incessantly.
RS said…
Hmm... some that I'm pretty sure were songs that Mom sang at Navigators meetings: "The Navigators Song" (that's the best! Part of it is: "Please leave your chewing gum and raisins at the door and you'll hear some Bible stories that you never heard before!"), "Sleeping Bag Song", "Have You Seen Jesus My Lord", "I Am The Resurrection", "Pass It On" (of course!). Then there's Keith Green's "Oh Lord, You're Beautiful", and "Awesome God" (I'm not sure exactly where Mom first heard that), and Petra's "Road to Zion" and "Coloring Song".

All of which I like. :-) There are some that I'm not remembering, I know..... but oh well.

I've grown up in the Christian & Missionary Alliance.... great churches, at least in my experience; but then I've heard there are all kinds within the denomination.

Meh, rap = annoying/irritating/headachey. And mind-numbing. And unintelligible (usually). :-P
MutantJanitor said…
yeah, I like Road to Zion. I own Petra's complete collection...except for best of CD's and one or two albums. most of those songs you listed i do know, minus a few of the Nav. songs.

so you are C&MA. I've not ever attended any church like that--i've grown up non-denom, with a Pentecostal/Charismatic focus. most people probably think i'm nuts, but i'm not really..its all about your perspective.

And rap? Its unfortunately intelligible to me. i can actually half-decently write some rap if i worked on the skill. overall, it isn't bad either. its just..what it is, take it or leave it.
RS said…
Not surprised; the Navigators songs are pretty much peculiar to that group (whether the group Mom was in, or Navigators as a whole, I'm not sure...)

yup. CMA. I hear they're really huge overseas... just not that big in the US, interestingly enough. My pastor grew up in a pentecostal church, though.

Hah, "unfortunately" intelligible? That's hilarious.... :-D
RS said…
And congrats on the 100th comment!
RS said…
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RS said…
(Darn double posts.)
MutantJanitor said…
*sets up a shotgun and shoots all the double posts*

ok, party at my place for reaching 100 comments...its just up the road by...wait a minute, i don't live in the same state.
RS said…
yah, it'd have to be a pretty long road to reach from Ohio to Minnesota! *rolls eyes*

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