Classy Updates

Last night I attended my third Faith Formation class, where we are studying The First and Second Letters of Saint Paul to the Corinthians.

I know my wife is tired of hearing me say it, but I really like that class.

Our group is small, never more than a dozen people so far, and we discuss one chapter each week. We are using the Ignatius Study Bible for the class, and the footnotes in that think are tremendous. Each chapter has 8 questions at the end, and we spend the entire class discussing those questions.

I never thought that a Wednesday night Bible class could be as fun and rewarding as this one is, but I look forward to it every week.

“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” – 1 Corinthians 3:16

Tonight we had our RCIA class, where we enjoyed listening to a history of our little church as well as a guided tour, which was really nice and relaxing this week.

The weekend will soon be upon us, which means I have to make sure my honey-do list is up to date.

Have a great evening!

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Do You See Monks As A Threat?

What is this world coming to?

By the very definition, a monastery is one of spiritual calm and contemplation. Inhabited by monks who eschew the outside world in its entirety, monasteries are places of quiet servitude. It’s not without certain irony that a proposed monastery in Wyoming – near Yellowstone National Park – is being met with opposition by ranchers who view the monks as a threat to their way of life.

Ranchers are afraid the monks will threaten their way of life? What is their way of life? Heathenism?

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Is Homeschooling Becoming “Mainstream”?

I didn’t need to read this article from MSNBC to know that homeschooling is becoming more popular. All you have to do is talk to people to know they are dissatisfied with the current state of the public school system.

Whether they choose to homeschool for any of the reasons listed or not, homeschooling makes sense.

Though such students represent an estimated 3 percent of the population, evidence suggests that home-schooling is a growing trend in America. While most say faith is their primary motivation, others choose this path for a variety of reasons that include dissatisfaction with the local school system, caring for special-needs kids, safety concerns, flexibility to travel and the chance to spend more time with their children.

Our oldest is 12, and he is reading at a college freshman level. Our youngest, who is 9, reads at an 11th grade level. They play baseball, they birdwatch, they are members of the local camera club, but most of all, they don’t have any of the social stigmas, behavior imbalances, or dangers that kids in the public schools have.

Homeschooling, it’s not what you think it is.

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Getting Back Into The Swing Of Things

We had a nice visit this weekend with my sister. We spent the afternoons kicking back, and then I was put to work cooking. Yeah, it was nice to have good home cooked meals again.

We’ve been eating at home, but we’ve been making easy dinners while we moved, but now that we’re getting settled, it sure is good to break out the pots and pans and cook some good belly filling, rib-sticking food!

I’m still working on a few things around here, and we’re waiting for the heating and a/c guys to come back out and fix a couple things, but other than that, we should be set here at the new house.

Mowing the lawn is actually easier here than at our old house. At our old house, rocks seemed to surface in the lawn weekly. I mowed all two-acres here last week and never hit a rock. Oh the simple things in life…

Now that we’re getting settled again, I will have a couple weeks before I have to start moving my mother’s furniture and boxes, so I should be back on a regular writing schedule again.

I am not sure what I will write about first, but I am thinking of a piece on our statewide elections, and why more people should think about voting Libertarian this time around, no matter what their party affiliation. We’ll see.

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Finally Done!

After 24 days with two to three loads per day, we have finally fnished moving everything to the new house! WooHoo! And just in time too!

My sister arrived from Kentucky last night for a quick “weekend vacation”, so we are taking some time off from unpacking to spend the weekend with her.

Enjoy your weekend, and I will be back Monday.

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