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To David, About His Education
Howard Nemerov

The world is full of mostly invisible things,
And there is no way but putting the mind's eye
Or its nose, in a book, to find them out,
Things like the square root of Everest
Or how many times Byron goes into Texas,
Or whether the law of the excluded middle
Applies west of the Rockies. For these
And the like reasons, you have to go to school
And study books and listen to what you are told,
And sometimes try to remember. Though I don't know
What you will do with the mean annual rainfall
On Plato's Republic, or the calorie content
Of the Diet of Worms, such things are said to be
Good for you, and you will have to learn them
In order to become one of the grown-ups
Who sees invisible things neither steadily nor whole,
But keeps gravely the grand confusion of the world
Under his hat, which is where it belongs,
And teaches small children to do this in their turn.

Poetry in the Bible ~ Psalm 4
To the Chief Musician. With stringed instruments. A Psalm of David

HEAR me when I call, O God of
my righteousness!
You have relieved me in my distress;
Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.

How long, O you sons of men,
Will you turn my glory to
And seek falsehood?
But know that the Lord has set
apart for Himself him who is
The Lord will hear when I call to

Be angry, and do not sin.
Meditate within your heart on
your bed, and be still.
Offer the sacrifices of
And put your trust in the Lord.

There are many who say,
"Who will show us any good?"
LORD, lift up the light of Your
countenance upon us.
You have put gladness in my
More than in the season that their
grain and wine increased.
I will both lie down in peace, and
For You alone, O LORD, make me
dwell in safety.

(We can be angry with the things around us that aren't right, but never loose our sleep. "Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still", and remember that He alone makes us dwell in safety). I find all the Psalms, the Proverbs....many books and verses comforting, uplifting, loving and caring....I simply don't watch TV or read the news, and frankly I live in much more peace...........however, from time to time I stumble upon news, or my husband and friends tell me, and many things make me 'angry'.............I'll keep trying to change things with my vote, but more important, I don't let media or others kill my hope, my joy, and my fire as a christian.
  • wise
    That fire is so important! You keep your flames high sweet lady. You are seen by so many, your example of being a loving Christian are obvious to everyone. I'll sound like Osteen "don't let them steel your joy"! Is your friend here in Katy?
    by wise at 08/14/09 10:11PM

10 Facts about me


1.- I'm important to God, He knew me before I was in my mother's womb, He can number all the hairs of my head.

2.- Of all the gifts to mankind given by our Creator, I'm very grateful for the ability to LOVE and be LOVED.

3.- If you want me to be miserable, prohibit me to read, but you'll never stop me from thinking.

4.- My life is mundane to me, I'm used to it, but I remember that it's truly a dream come true...born in a poor neighborhood in the city of Madrid, having had many singular jobs and being to many different places, I finally came to Texas where I taught, I married, and I had two beautiful girls. I also became a christian for which I'm forever thankful.

5.-It's possible that we read about others so others can read about us, or that we comment on others so they can comment on us. However, in the middle of it, we can regain honesty and do it because we feel for reading about others, and we want to write comments to others from our heart.

6.-I'm a very curious mind, always learning..................the more I live, the more I believe we can do almost anything we want to do............we can most definitely dream about it, and that's living it somehow.

7.- Happiness is found in simple things, in living a simple life......................I'm proud of not having cable or satellite TV at all, but I confess I can't live without Internet and books.

8.-I love music (everything but rap and country) values are conservative, my interests in life eclectic, and my attitude adventurous.

9.- I had my second daughter without any epidural or medication at all. It was painful, but I believe pain shouldn't always be avoided, with pain comes growth.

10.- We can all have a plentiful life or a sorrowful one, we are the ones who choose, I chose the first, which one is it for you?
  • scrappyhappymama
    You are a beautiful person. Thanks for sharing a glimpse of your life. It is inspiring and lovely.
    by scrappyhappymama at 08/05/09 1:41PM
  • split_rock
    Apples of Gold is by Jo Petty. It's a collection of quotes/sayings. I think it's out of print, but sometimes you can find it and her other collection, Wings of Silver, on used book sites.
    by split_rock at 08/05/09 4:34PM
  • jamie
    I love you Silvia! You have such a beautiful soul :)
    by jamie at 08/07/09 6:32PM
  • wise
    Silvia, I love you too! I love your 10 things. Aren't we all blessed beyond our wildest dreams.
    by wise at 08/10/09 3:35PM
  • bradford_rebekah
    unfortunately, I did pay full price for that program. It is the only thing expensive I have purchased for our home school curriculum. Everything else has been found used, cheap or homemade. The good thing is that each level's kit builds on existing supplies. So for level B I will not have to purchase the full level B package.

    I like that it teaches fundamental concepts. You move on when your child gets it. It is very easy to use and understand. So far, I really like it. The curriculum as whole uses a lot of hands on teaching that help you and your student see how math works.
    by bradford_rebekah at 08/11/09 8:36PM
  • bradford_rebekah
    Also, I bought it at the homeschool fair. I don't recall if there was a price break for purchasing there. It seems like there was.
    by bradford_rebekah at 08/11/09 8:37PM

A Contribution to Statistics

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A Contribution to Statistics

Out of a hundred people

those who always know better

doubting every step
---nearly all the rest,

glad to lend a hand
if it doesn't take too long
---as high as forty-nine,

always good
because they can't be otherwise
---four, well maybe five,

able to admire without envy

suffering illusions
induced by fleeting youth
---sixty, give or take a few,

not to be taken lightly
---forty and four,

living in constant fear
of someone or something

capable of happiness
---twenty-something tops,

harmless singly,
savage in crowds
---half at least,

when forced by circumstances
---better not to know
even ballpark figures,

wise after the fact
---just a couple more
than wise before it,

taking only things from life
(I wish I were wrong),

hunched in pain,
no flashlight in the dark
sooner or later,

---thirty-five, which is a lot,

and understanding

worthy of compassion

---a hundred out of a hundred.
Thus far this figure still remains unchanged.

Poem by
(Translated from the Polish by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh)

Now back to cleaning house and taking care of the girls
---fifty five of the moms
(just kidding!)
  • curlie
    Interesting. :)
    by curlie at 08/03/09 8:04PM
  • split_rock
    by split_rock at 08/05/09 5:50AM
  • wise
    You are so funny. Having a great time, making memories. We fly in on the 8th. I miss everyone.
    by wise at 08/05/09 6:48AM

Around the world

London 1994

♬ ♪ ♬ London Calling (The Clash)♬ ♪ ♬ - opens in a different window ;-)

I lived nine months in London as a 'nanny/ cleaning girl' and I had a cheap film camera.
I've been looking at my pictures from that time, and I always loved this one. Part of me wanted
to take 'different than the normal' pictures.
I used to visit the neighborhoods with my friends in the weekends, and that's the best tourism we ever did.

Maltese Market ~ 2000

♬ ♪ ♬ Ironbound-Fancy Poultry (Suzanne Vega)♬ ♪ ♬ - opens in a different window ;-)
My favorite Suzanne Vega's album, Solitude, and a less popular song than Tom's dinner, but great too.

Another picture of a Maltese market that they've closed down.
Taken with a cheap film camera, the type we all had before the cheap digital cameras populated the market.....
I've applied a texture and deleted it by the shadows.
  • silvia
    ...............and off from the computer for the rest of the day!
    by silvia at 07/27/09 9:19AM
  • Solnushka
    Wow. I love film grain. I really, really do. It transports me to a different time -- a time of written letters instead of typed, licked envelopes, and saxophone music in the background. I'm not sure how I go from film to saxophones, but I do. Soulfulness, really.

    Ahhh. Now I must take my hormonal self away and go weep.
    by Solnushka at 07/27/09 3:53PM
  • lindsey
    And I you! This country is captivating! So many stories to tell, pictures to share :)
    by lindsey at 07/28/09 6:36PM
  • sirtorin
    Thank you for the advice. I appreciate it.
    by sirtorin at 08/01/09 9:17PM
  • bradford_rebekah
    So far it looks like we will be there after lunch on Thursday. We are doing the vegie shopping this Thursday. Then we get to sort, and have pick up time. Likely we will be eating lunch during some part of that. (I know my blood sugar levels plummet mid-morning in this heat.) I'm thinking we will see you about 1pm. If there is any unexpected change in that plan, I'll call! I'm really looking forward to getting together.
    by bradford_rebekah at 08/03/09 11:28AM