Monthly Archives: July 2008

Summer Grilling — Bruschetta Chicken

Suddenly I’m in the mood for grilling.  Last night dinner was Grilled Basil Swordfish with Corn on the Cob.  Tonight dinner was Grilled Bruschetta Chicken and Skewered Grilled Zucchini and Onions.  (Looks more official with capitals, I think.) The chicken … Continue reading

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Hold On to Your Kids

I wanted to share this wonderful podcast episode with you all.  Dr. Neufeld (father of 5, grandfather of 3) discusses the importance of parents in the lives of their older kids. The subtitle of his book is “why parents need … Continue reading

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Japanese Beetles Pay Homage to Lady Rose

Here’s a bizarre illustration….in which it is the rose who seems to be in charge–note the sceptre of her authority. Not so in my garden.  The beetles are not loyal subjects of the Rose.  However, the end of beetle season … Continue reading

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Banjo fans — check out Noam Pikelny in this video

Here’s a great feature about Noam Pikelny…Punch Brothers’ ridiculously talented banjo player.   In live shows, he’s got a very droll sense of humor.  It’s neat to see him get some recognition!

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Surprised by Hope

I’m almost finished, and I have enjoyed it.  Oxford scholar and Bishop of Durham for the Church of England, Wright writes pretty much as he speaks–or vice versa–clearly, beautifully and wittily.  He’s more articulate than four normal people put together.  … Continue reading

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A conversation on aging

It has been awhile since Scott and I stayed after church to chat with people so today we made a point of doing so.  One of my favorite ladies down there at Grace is Mary, who is 74 years old.  … Continue reading

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Mid-summer roses

Hot muggy weather is back after an amazing respite of cooler temperatures.  During the nice weather I was busy with other things, and now I’m home looking out at a yard that really needs some attention if it’s going to … Continue reading

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Last child crosses the threshold

Well, our last child has crossed the threshold from child to adult, at least according to our culture. 18 years ago it was a sunny day in a birth center in Riverside. Our youngest was born, laid on my chest … Continue reading

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It’s Ezzo Week(end) 2008

Once again this year Tulipgirl is observing Ezzo Week.  Blog your story, submit a comment, reflect on how Ezzo parenting has changed over the years… As an example of the latter, I submit a page from the 1990 edition of … Continue reading

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An Outing!

With younger kids you just scoop em up and take them on outings, and we did lots of that in those years.  But with older kids you have to consult their busy calendars and it’s harder to get away as … Continue reading

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A wonderful young pianist

We heard this young pianist on NPR news tonight.  He’s 9 years old, and gives a delightfully articulate interview…and plays very musically.

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Filial duty requires much sacrifice

Scott (edited to add: Scott is my husband) accompanied his dad on what could be his dad’s last Idaho fishing trip, due to his dad’s increasingly poor eyesight. What a good son! This town is where Scott and his dad … Continue reading

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More roses the beetles missed

Three of those sweet little blooms are Granada–one of my favorites–and the other, right-most in the vase, is Day Breaker. What’s the difference? Granada’s blooms are more vivid in color and finer, and often have a fragrance.

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Roses the beetles missed

I came through the gate to the back yard this morning with an armful of tomato cages when I saw something I’ve not seen much of for awhile!  Nice clean, undefiled-by-beetle roses!  After I worked my tomato vines into their … Continue reading

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I found an interesting blog yesterday, Under the Gables, and in it, a wonderful post on the subject of “well behaved women don’t make history”.  The writer posits that while that may be true, it may also be true that … Continue reading

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ESPN–Final Voting for your favorite “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”

Ok, now I’m fixing my beady gaze on the teeming hordes of Quiet Garden readers who are bluegrass music fans and/or Punch Brothers fans! You voted, and now Punch Brothers are finalists so it’s time to vote in final round! … Continue reading

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More from the Bach Project

For the teeming hordes of Quiet Garden readers who are also Bach piano music fans: Enjoy!  What a lovely touch she has! As she played, and in the intimacy of the camera’s focus on her hands and face, it carried … Continue reading

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Enjoying your current child

A few years ago my mother mailed a pile of old books to me that she had saved, and Marguerite de Angeli’s Book of Nursery and Mother Goose Rhymes was one–thank goodness for moms! I paged happily through it, remembering … Continue reading

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New Theology Podcast on my Ipod

I’m tempted to say this:  what’s the difference between the head of the Catholic Church and the head of the Anglican Church?  The head of the Catholic Church’s wife doesn’t have a podcast. If she existed, and if she did, … Continue reading

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Holiday weekend activities

Last night, we had a lovely dinner last night with old friends out at their home on the lake.  I don’t know if you read my blog, OF [Old Friends], but know that we enjoyed every minute–and every yummy bite! … Continue reading

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