Bons mots

  • "We live as though the world were what it should be, to show it what it can be."
    ~ Angel, "Deep Down," Season 4

  • It is difficult
    to get the news from poems
    yet men die miserably every day
    for lack
    of what is found there.
    ~ William Carlos Williams, from “Asphodel, That Greeny Flower”

Stuff to do before school starts

  • Set up a LibGuide for student writing workshops/publications/etc.
  • Clear off desk at home so that it's a good workspace
  • Decide on "essential questions and skills" for AP Lit
  • Decide on "essential questions and skills" for 10th grade
  • Decide on "essential questions and skills" for 9th grade
  • Revamp 9th-grade final project & set up start of school to reflect that change
  • Set up Schoology page for AP Lit
  • Set up Schoology page for 10th grade
  • Set up Schoology page for 9th grade
  • Reread The Joy Luck Club

House and home projects

  • Touch up hallway paint & add lightswitch plate
  • Paint foyer door and replace door handles
  • File down top of coat closet door & repaint it
  • Stain the wooden floor strip (part of our new door installation)
  • Get sump pump serviced
  • Get doorbell fixed -- fixed by our neighbor! I do still want to figure out how to turn up the volume
  • Paint the bulkhead doors
  • Mow the lawn & place the mosaic tiles by the front steps
  • Replace the smoke alarms

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June 18, 2014


Hmm. I always found Neusner really convincing, but this isn't the book I'd have picked; I'd probably have suggested The Way of Torah (I think that's what it's called).

To me the reason to pick Matthew to focus on is that Matthew seems written as if it's specifically directed at Jews. I also think that if you're not trained in a Christian setting, it's hard to know how to resolve the discrepancies / conflicts in the Gospels.

Lapsed Catholic here, now going to church with Protestants, but not necessarily for theological reasons. My doctoral advisor is Jewish, and when house-sitting for her, I read a whole slew of her books on Judaism. Also, I read the Rabbi Small books the summer before I went to college. Oh, and I'm now a historian of religion, among other things. All of this is a long introduction to say that I am loving this whole series of posts. It is terrific to read your thoughts on these topics.

Thanks so much for sharing all this with us! I asked about your journey because I chatted with some students about theirs on the way home from a conference -- it's not a normal topic with students.

I'm intrigued by the fact that so much of what you were given is based on practice rather than belief system. The Episcopal church, which is what I currently attend, also emphasizes practice over belief, I think. The students were talking about struggles with beliefs in the Catholic church, which is ultra-conservative in our town. But they missed the practice. Hmm....

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