Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

On-line Grandma

My grandmother just sent me an e-mail. For some, that's strange enough. But what delighted me most was that she said in it, and I quote, "more power to him". You go, girl!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Chick Flicks and the Glory of God

Here's another great link from Tim Challie's blog. This article, entitled "You've Got Lies" expresses (far better than I could) the essence of what I struggle with regarding 'chick flicks' and Jane Austen.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Why I Don't Practice:

Music to a music teacher's ears?

Monday, June 1, 2009

Got A Fixin' To Be Fixed With The Right Fix

Our sliding screen door has problem. Or does it?

Actually, I determined that the problem is the frame of the door. I came to the conclusion that the top of the frame was bowed, so that the screen door would come off of the track when it was closed. This has happened many times over the past 7 years. We've gone through 3 screen doors. I have tried many things to compensate for this bowed upper frame. None of them have worked.

But then along came Dad. He determined the cause to be different. He determined that the problem was caused by the bowing of the frame at the bottom, not at the top. This explains why all of my efforts to compensate for the gap at the top didn't work. I was so close. I had the general idea of where the problem was coming from, but without an accurate assessment of the situation, all of the energy kept going to fix the wrong area ... which was a temporary, at best, fix.

My solutions would keep the door on the track for a few openings and closings, then it would fall off, and I'd have to replace, retighten, and repeat: replace, retighten, repeat...

This reminds me of my efforts to fix my own problems. For instance: I have a temper when it comes to people infringing on my agenda. Usually, these "people" are my children. I could begin a discipline where I count to 10 and take a deep breath before I speak to them. But I'll tell you right now, that screen door's just gonna come off the track again.

The point here: you've gotta be fixin' to be fixin' with the right fix or it ain't gonna be fixed.