Posted by mountainmelody On 6/30/2008 06:57:00 PM 2 comments
Posted by mountainmelody On 6/29/2008 06:50:00 PM 0 comments
Instead of reading the Bible to assure ourselves that we are right, we would do better to read it to discover where we have not been listening.

-Raymond Brown


Posted by mountainmelody On 6/27/2008 10:57:00 AM 0 comments

Blackberry Eating
I love to go out in late June
among the fat, overripe, icy, black blackberries
to eat blackberries for breakfast,
the stalks very prickly, a penalty
they earn for knowing the black art
of blackberry-making; and as I stand among them
lifting the stalks to my mouth, the ripest berries
fall almost unbidden to my tongue,
as words sometimes do, certain peculiar words
like strengths or squinched,
many-lettered, one-syllabled lumps,
which I squeeze, squinch open, and splurge well
in the silent, startled, icy, black language
of blackberry-eating in late June.

-Galway Kinnell
(with very slight editing by me)


Posted by mountainmelody On 6/26/2008 09:39:00 PM 0 comments
It had been raining...
...but then we saw a rainbow.
We saw the Capitol too...
...and lots of monuments up and down Monument Street.
I'll spare you the other details of the trip, besides the Ethiopian meal. Yummy!


Posted by mountainmelody On 6/24/2008 08:41:00 PM 0 comments
We also visited Crewe, where Lottie Moon stayed on furlough.
It wasn't hard to find her grave in the town cemetery...
Her ashes are buried here.
Crewe Baptist Church has a stained glass window in her memory.
We saw quite a lot of Lottie Moon stuff in just a few hours!


Posted by mountainmelody On 6/23/2008 08:28:00 PM 0 comments
During the Civil War years, Lottie Moon taught Sunday School at this church close to her house. It was called Pine Grove Church then.
Lottie Moon's father helped build Scottsville Baptist Church in a nearby town in 1842. The same basic building still stands today.
The Moons donated their parlor furniture to the church.
(Are you feeling well informed yet?)
There were some interesting items in a display case, but it was hard to get a good picture of them. We weren't sure if these were actually Lottie's items or not.


Posted by mountainmelody On 6/22/2008 06:47:00 AM 2 comments
In Virginia, among other things, we visited sites associated with Lottie Moon, the most famous Baptist missionary.
Lottie grew up at Viewmont, one of the largest estates in Virginia.
There was a nice historic marker (if you can read it).
The countryside was beautiful.
Hidden down the driveway was the current house, built from the bricks of the chimneys of the original house.
But the "no trespassing" signs everywhere meant that we could just imagine what the house looked like.

why I'm glad I live in 2008

Posted by mountainmelody On 6/21/2008 03:57:00 PM 2 comments
I'll post more from my trip tomorrow. But first, here's an excerpt I found from an "Inventory of Bottlenecks" to being a successful wife, mother, and neighbor--from 1966:
  • Does husband find a clean house and good meal waiting?
  • Is your appearance neat and attractive at all times?
  • Is all clothing for the family ready, with shoes polished?
  • Or must you iron a shirt and search for clothing that is still waiting at the cleaners?
Feel free to answer as suggested, with always, usually, sometimes, or seldom.


Posted by mountainmelody On 6/16/2008 08:49:00 PM 5 comments
My undying admiration will go to the person who can name the state in which the county with the largest percent of Southern Baptists (among all religious adherents) is located. Bonus points for the actual county name.

(Hey, why do you think they call it trivia?)

Guess away!


Posted by mountainmelody On 6/15/2008 02:50:00 PM 0 comments
Apparently the theme of my weekend was China.
First I led four sessions on China at camp.

Then I went to the China exhibit at the zoo for my high school reunion.

(No laughing, please. I'm not THAT old...or maybe I am. Please keep in mind that I was young for my grade!)

boat trip

Posted by mountainmelody On 6/11/2008 08:50:00 PM 2 comments
we went through two locks
first you go inside the lock--easy enough
but then they close the doors and the water starts going down...
and down...
and down...
you wonder if this was such a good idea...
but finally the doors open and you can go out
first lock: Bankhead
second lock: Holt
final destination: Cypress Inn (worth the trip!)
Posted by mountainmelody On 6/08/2008 05:23:00 PM 0 comments
I'm having lots of problems with my computer right now. If I can't get it fixed, it may be awhile before I update.

Try not to be too upset about this. I know my posts have been really amazing lately--

wait for it...

Posted by mountainmelody On 6/07/2008 06:55:00 AM 0 comments
Yesterday I rode more than 60 miles in a boat.

Pictures later.
Posted by mountainmelody On 6/06/2008 06:15:00 PM 0 comments
The past is never dead. In fact, it’s not even past.
-William Faulkner
Posted by mountainmelody On 6/04/2008 07:55:00 PM 0 comments
last fact: The colder the temperature, the more people tend to eat.
Posted by mountainmelody On 6/03/2008 08:17:00 PM 2 comments
fact seven: The United States has five percent of the world's people, but uses twenty-three percent of the world's energy.

(See? Don't you feel like you're getting smarter and smarter every day with these facts?)
Posted by mountainmelody On 6/02/2008 08:52:00 PM 0 comments
fact six: On average, Americans live in their homes for nine years.
Posted by mountainmelody On 6/02/2008 06:21:00 AM 1 comments
Posted by mountainmelody On 6/01/2008 06:27:00 AM 0 comments
fact five: Twelve percent of Americans think Joan of Arc was Noah's wife.