Several books sit in my to-be-read pile. One of them was Ella Minnow Pea, by Mark Dunn. As judging a book by its cover goes, I would likely never pick up this book. Nevertheless, it was recommended by a dear friend so I gave it a try. I was not disappointed. 41-rjgGUB5L._SX318_BO1,204,203,200_

Nevin Nollop is credited as the creator of the pangram, “The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog.” A pangram is a sentence that uses each letter of the alphabet at least once and repeats as few as possible. Nollop’s pangram, at 33 letters long, earned him hometown-renown, and the town was named Nollop some time after this death. The High Council went all out with a memorial statue that includes his pangram.

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Taste and see

Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake (the world’s greatest pair of best friends) were part of an SNL sketch that had Timberlake impersonating Fallon with recurring “so good” comments. It’s hilarious, and the comedic duo’s “so good” perfectly captures our culture of opinions. In the vernacular, things we like are “good.” When people ask how we are, we respond with “good.” When we confirm that nothing is wrong, we say “it’s all good.”

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Treasure Island

My goal to always have a work of classic literature on my nightstand has become a serious endeavor, and choosing the next book is not easy. There are so many options! I dithered and vacillated about what to read after finishing Frankenstein.

I raced through some short stories by Hawthorne. (His Celestial Railroad is fantastic, and an excellent extension of Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress.) And I mulled over the choices already on my Kindle. I finally settled on Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. I like pirates so I was excited to slowly work my way through this adventure. Treasure Island Continue reading

Love is patient and I am not

The Apostle Paul was an eager man and writes about his eagerness throughout his epistles. He is eager to remember the poor when he writes to the Galatians. He has an eager expectation and hope as he exhorts the Philippians. He urges the Ephesians to be eager to maintain unity. Being eager can apply to all types of situations, but the believer will find himself eager to do the things of the Lord and to honor him. Such eagerness is placed on our hearts by God to do his will and further his kingdom.

This eagerness infiltrates all areas of my life. One such eager desire of mine is to love my students well through all their needs and wants, hopes, aspirations, and education. I often pray that I will love them well. Loving them requires that I be more than teacher sometimes. The role stretches to mother and father and doctor and counselor and referee.

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