We're back in Austin safe and sound. Unfortunately, our car got broken into: window smashed and cd player stolen. Ugh.
I read this article, linked by Barlow, about a Professor and how one of his lessons saved the life of his future student. In the article it describes the attributes of a three month baby: "tiny fingers, facial features, eyes, outline of a liver and other human features"
Forgive the delay. Kristen and I have been spending the holiday in North Carolina. It has been great. I interviewed with a school in Richmond -- wonderful! and a school in Cary -- probably not. The school in Richmond is really serious about their academics and have a great, humble, intelligent staff to get it done. The school in Cary has a different vision for Classical Languages than I (yes, we had "artistic differences" :oP ), so it doesn't look promising.
The past two months have been odd, being pregnant. I feel like pregnancy is now an integral part of my identity. It's rare I have a conversation that does not mention it in some way. And people always make comments if I try to stand in the back of a room or lift something. It's been okay, as pregnancies go. I've been pretty sick. I've lost weight. I gained the superpower of extra-sensory smelling. I don't really feel pregnant, I feel sick. Maybe when I get a belly, that will help. We got to hear the baby's heartbeat about three weeks ago. That was nifty.
Saturday, after Matt's wedding, Kristen and I drove up to Richmond, VA for an interview with Veritas Classical Christian School. It went well. I originally typed up a couple of paragraphs on what I liked about it, but I don't want any of you jumping on my lead, ya hear. I have yet to send in an application, but went ahead and met with them (the headmaster, Scott Taylor; and head of faculty, Jonathan O'Brian).
We're in North Carolina for the holiday. We've been busy hanging out with friends, attending Matt Harper's wedding and church, and telling everyone in person that we're expecting our first child the first week of July. It's great good fun!
To answer Natalie's question, I actually have three lists: Mythology, Contemporary Political Theory, and Classical Literature / Philosophy.
Being a teacher is exhausting, mentally and physically. Rewarding, yes, but utterly exhausting. I feel consumed by my desire to see my class succeed, both academically and socially/behaviorally.
I am finished. I finished my last exam on Thursday. I finished my last paper about 10 minutes ago. Phew. I'm done. I've finished my undergraduate. I received a BA in Classics, I'll walk (aka, parental photo-op) in May. Now, bring on the good books.
Savior of the nations, come; Virgin's Son, here make Thy home!
I finished my Greek final exam today. In a sick way, it was really great. I really had to place close attention to St. Paul's words. I really enjoyed the experience of having a "sight" passage and pouring over every word.
Back when I posted the Miami Herald article about the upsurge in college students studying religion, someone asked me about the sociology of religion. I took an upper-level/graduate seminar on it with Christian Smith, and that's about the extent of my knowledge. He's pretty renouned and oft-quoted in the media (Like the U.S. News article I linked on Evangelicalism and the Boston Globe article on campus ministries people have been talking about), so perhaps one class with him is enough to get a good grasp on it.
I've taken a turn towards feeling better! Hurrah! This is perfect timing, as we were planning on attending a cocktail party tomorrow evening. I have THE PERFECT DRESS and I didn't want to have to miss out on wearing it.
Make a snowflake, just like elementary school, except virtual. Here's one I did.
So, here's the deal. I'm sick. I've got a bad cold and I lay around. Not much exciting to blog about. I got sent home from school today for being sick. That was sort of exciting. It felt like I was a student instead of a teacher. My students are learning a sung paraphrase of the geneology of Christ to recite in chapel on Friday and I can't get it out of my head. I am behind on cleaning, Christmas Cards, and grading. I made homemade Chicken Noodle soup yesterday with just extra stuff in the house. It tasted good. I am going to blow my nose now.
How did I miss hearing about this? It seems that Jackson & Co. (i.e., the writers) were in Austin and premiered Return of the King at the Harry Knowles' fifth annual Butt-Numb-a-Thon. Shesh.
It appears that Hillary is becoming a hawk. Some good quotes from Safire:
She does not go along with the notion that the Iraqi dictator posed no danger to the U.S.: "I think that Saddam Hussein was certainly a potential threat" who "was seeking weapons of mass destruction, whether or not he actually had them."
When Tim Russert on "Meet the Press" gave her the opening to say she had been misled when she voted for the Senate resolution authorizing war, Senator Clinton countered with a hard line: "There was certainly adequate intelligence without it being gilded and exaggerated by the administration to raise questions about chemical and biological programs and a continuing effort to obtain nuclear power."
On forgotten Afghanistan, like many hawks, she was critical of the failure of European nations "to fulfill the commitment that NATO made to Afghanistan. I don't think we have enough American troops and we certainly don't have the promised NATO troops."
Would she support an increase of U.S. troops in Iraq? Senator Clinton associated herself with the views of Republican Senator John McCain, who disagrees with Bush and the generals who say they have adequate strength there. She cited McCain's conviction that "we need more troops, and we need a different mix of troops." And she directed a puissant message to what some of us consider the told-you-so doves who refuse to deal with today's geopolitical reality: "Whether you agreed or not that we should be in Iraq, failure is not an option."
According to Andrew Sullivan, she's looking good to plot a move on the White House for 2008 ... watch out Elle Woods.
... that even in saying what I just wrote, I am a hypocrite. I say this because if I were a lawmaker, I don't know what I'd say regarding the issue of Marriage in this country. Would I deny marriage to homosexuals, when we grant marriages to those who are remarrying after being illegimately (in the eyes of God) divorced? Should we only limit marriages to blameless heterosexuals and those whose divorces are excused by God. Who decides that last catagory? I suppose, if anyone can and someone should, it must be the place of the Church to do so. Such hard decisions. Even still, I'm a hypocrite.
According to a Catholic news source judges and lawmakers are blasted a Catholic bishop who blasted lawmakers for making non-Catholic decisions. It seems to revolve around the lawmakers -- not named -- voting records on issues such as stem cell research, abortion, and family planning. Apparently, they are voting at odds with the Catholic church. The Catholic Church doesn't like it when its members are in disobedience, hence the letters.
Comfort, comfort ye My people, speak ye peace, thus saith our God;
An new review (BEWARE: SPOILERS) confirms that Jackson stayed true to the ending of Tolkien's book. The reviewer even said that some may claim that it was too long.
I think I officially "graduted" last night. I still have finals to take, and I'm planning on walking in the Spring, so I didn't think much of it. So, instead of attending the graduation, I watched Pirates of the Carribean with Kristen.
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Let us hope and pray.
I really like reading magazines. There are a whole bunch of magazines I'd like subscriptions to. I should have thought of this last month so I could have told my parents when they were asking what I wanted for Christmas. In order by category, here are the magazines I wish I subcribed to.
An interesting essay entitled, Does Islam Need a Luther or a Pope? over at Tech Central Station. When finals are over, I'll read it again when finals are over and see what I think. Until then, I'll leave you with a quote:
In short: if the problem with Islam is that it seems constantly to give rise to sects violently hostile to secular institutions, to reason, and to cultured sentiment; that the countries in which it predominates have a chronic tendency toward theocratic despotism; and that as a religion it exhibits no institutional structure that might finally impose some discipline on the chaotic and lawless spiritual impulses that it generates -- if all that is the problem (which it surely is), then it is absurd to hold that the solution is for Islam to find its Martin Luther. It has already had its Luther, not to mention its Calvin and its Henry VIII, all rolled into one: his name was Muhammad. What Islam needs is a Pope.
If you are like me and waiting patiently for the ESV + Apocrypha to come out before you buy one of those handing leather/compact/pocket-sized versions, I'm afraid we'll be waiting a rather long while. Crossway Books, the American publisher of the ESV, claims on the FAQ of it's website:
Crossway Bibles won't be publishing an edition with the Apocrypha, but HarperCollins UK may. You may want to check with them for more information. As we learn more, we will post it here.
Well, I've been looking at HarperCollins UK and they sent me to Amazon.co.uk ... and it looks hopeless. Maybe in a few years. Shesh.
Josh is apparently having a wild discussion on his blog about Genesis account and how one should take it. The comments were at 59 when I saw the post which means: far too many to start reading them all. However, I read a few. One poor chap asked why couldn't we take the account literally and another chap answered:
If we believe that Genesis 1 is literally true, then we must also believe that God created a misleading universe--a universe that looks to all inspection like it's billions of years old ... when that isn't actually true.
Some also get into the question of evolution, but I don't see that as necessary. I am curious about this question of God creating a misleading universe. Why this interests me is because I was recently reading Lewis' The Magican's Nephew, and when Aslan creates Narnia, animals and trees and all of creation is created fully grown. Is this not possible? Is God misleading us? I don't think he is. I think we might be misusing the text. Alas, I'll let smarter people figure that out.
The latest U.S. News and World Report has a lengthy article on evangelicalism and it's roots with Jonathan Edwards entitled The New Old-Time Religion: Evangelicals defy easy labels.
Okay, Kristen and I are convinced that Wayne is holding his blog hostage. Perhaps giving him money will convince him to blog again. You can send checks to "Wayne O. 'the Wise'" to our place (we won't cash them) and I'll give them to Wayne at school.
I read a review of ROTK recently that has my hopes up. This reviewer, who saw the Academy Awards preview on Thanksgiving, confirms that there is a return to the Shire and the scene of the Grey Havens. That isn't so much a spoiler as a confirmation that Jackson didn't delete something. For more about the movie, see the link.
I've recently started following Men's Basketball because my wife loves it. She is a Carolina girl and loves her Tar Heels. Since our two teams are relatively comparable (i.e., will be in the top 25), it is fun to watch their schedules unfold ... unlike football.
Okay, so I stayed home sick today. Well, "stayed" isn't the right word. I went to UT Health (see, guys, what a wife will do to you!?) and they told me to stay home for a day or two. Having a massive headache, I've been mixing sleep with watching various components of the commentaries on the Two Towers DVD.
I've been watching some of the extras on the Two Towers DVD, namely the detailed explaination of the editing process. In this segment, they showed the rough scene of the "return to Isengard" where Gandalf & Co. see the wreckage. It was, according to the interviews on the DVD, supposed to be at the end of the TT, but viewers found a seven minute dialogue after a huge battle anticlamactic, so it will be the opening scene to RotK.
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