Friday, January 3, 2014

TUAR Follow This Link: Still More New Year's Posts

Still collecting links as I try to figure out my plans for 2014!

The above quote from Newman is what I was thinking of for my word/motto this year.  But I still haven't quite decided, and I have some other possibilities as well.  

I have been experimenting with PicMonkey -- a good way to procrastinate, uh, get in tune with technology.     This one didn't turn out the way I wanted, but I like the picture of Newman in his study.

I was experimenting with editing this divider on PicMonkey, and Paddy wanted me to put a bunny in the center of the curlicue.   Hello Bunny!

Here are the links of the day:

 Heart of the Matter:   Word of the Year -- Breathe

I like that word.   Still trying to decide on mine.

Simply Convivial:  Word for 2014:  Habitus

Ooh, this is a good one, and I love the way Mystie describes it!    I was thinking of "repetitio" which is somewhat similar, but didn't seem quite inspiring enough.    Still thinking....

She quotes an author, Frank Boreham, who says:
“When, at the end of December, we pledge ourselves so desperately to do certain things no more, we entirely forget that our worst offenses do not consist in outraging the Thou Shalt Nots; our worst offenses consist in violating the Thou Shalts.” (p. 64)

Ouch -- that convicted me.    That was my main conclusion when I read Evangelii Gaudium,    So my resolutions/goals have to go in the direction of doing some of the things Jesus specifically mentioned, like finding ways to help the poor.

Mere CS Lewis -- Apologist's Prayer

I am not an apologist, but still I could relate, plus I just liked it.

This was about Mary, the Undoer of Knots.  A friend introduced me to this devotion by sending me a prayer card.    Can you imagine the feelings of the wedding couple at Cana (or their parents --  even worse!) when they realized they were running out of wine?  Or have you experienced the same sinking feeling upon being in a tangled situation?  Mary's tact and her willingness to go straight to the Source blessed their wedding and provided an exemplar of intercession.     Really, I think the Undoer of Knots should be my patron this year.

Here in the Bonny Glen -- January Notebook

Nothing specifically about New Year's Resolutions, but I like all things papery and pretty.

Dewey's Treehouse -- 12 Posts of 2013 

I liked this idea and had fun chasing the links to old posts.  I would like to do something like it, perhaps next year.

Ordo Amoris -- Of the Reading of Books

Nothing specifically about New Year's resolutions, but I love book posts and got some new ideas for my to-read list here.

Duchy of Burgundy Carrots Lists of Five for 2013

Another good idea that I would like to do.

As my first child reached the age of 12, about a decade and a half ago, I started reflecting on the verse "Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man," and praying through it.   So I liked Brandy's idea of using the words as a structure for goal-setting.

I also like her point that January is a good MONTH to plan new things, because that is what I have been doing!

I like this idea too! (HT: Lissla Lissar) Melanie writes:

So here’s my New Year’s resolution: I’m going to try to post a poem every day. A poem and a picture to go with it. The connection between the two may be thematic or non-existent, I’m not going to strain myself too hard. Just something beautiful. Beautiful art, beautiful words. A space for loveliness. A pause for contemplation.

Found on Facebook:

From a popular-science perspective.   But a bunch of them correlated with Charlotte Mason's ideas or with others I agree with.    If you want a scientific reason to justify your kids' literary education or your own occasions for curling up with a novel, here's a start:

4. Read fiction. Recently, researchers have begun studying the physical impact reading stories has on our brain. As you might expect, they are discovering reading results in heightened connectivity and brain activity—sometimes, even up to 5 days after the book has been completed. If you read fiction, you already know this to be true. If you don’t, this could be your year to start.

Presently my 20 year old son's room is more orderly than the rest of our house by several degrees, and he keeps on mentioning it smugly.    So I am collecting "clean house" links and plan for this to be a family project.  Including the 20 year old authority on cleanliness.  Heheh.

Chari and I hope your 2014 is going well so far!    

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