Sunday, August 19, 2018

My Kindle Saved My Reading Life

Amazon Prime Day resulted in some off-the-cuff purchases that I don't regret even a bit because the Kindle Paperwhite e-reader seems to have salvaged my dreadful, uneventful reading life.  #sorrynotsorry

My reading slowed to a trickle in March. I was reading with Greyson over the summer, mostly adding the Dog Man Series to my Goodreads "Read" category. Audiobooks were fine on my commute to work, but I only commute one night a week during summertime, so I wasn't making any huge dents that way.

I spend so much time grading at my computer and tending to my online classes in general, that I now find reading on devices excruciating. My eyes are Just. Not. Having it. For whatever reason, my attention span generally can't handle traditional printed books.

I wasn't sure the Paperwhite was the solution, but I was willing to take the chance.

In the month since I've had my Kindle, I'm happy to report that I've downed 12 books. Most of those were actually on the Paperwhite, while a few snuck into the #24in48 readathon and Dewey's #ReverseReadathon via the iPad (comics are so much better on iPad).

I feel...lighter. I'm reading whatever I want to read, truly going with the flow, eating up samples, taste-testing books, and downloading what really grabs me. It's free range reading at its fullest, and it's working for me.

Do you know how much of a relief this is? I'm sure you do, reader, I'm sure you do.

Friday, June 29, 2018

What's In That Bible Exactly? Wrapping Up the Gospel of Matthew

Two months, 52 Bible pages transcribed, 260 journal pages written (Scripture + notes, commentaries, application, thought, questions), nearly two whole journals filled, three and a half pens used.

This is what it took to write The Gospel of Matthew, which is tied for the longest book of the New Testament, chapters-wise with Acts, at 28 chapters. Actual word count has Luke coming out on top, so I have no idea how many notebooks it will take the finish that one. I'll get there in time.

Throughout this experience of copying down and studying the first Gospel, I realized how much more I learn from slowing down, reading closely, sometimes multiple times through, and taking the time to delve into some commentary, and in some cases write notes on a verse or chapter's application in my life. No shit, right? I already knew this was a thing because I survived college and graduate school, but it did bring me closer to an understanding that I never would've felt by simply reading the words. No matter how many times through, I (personally, me) had to write them, spend an exorbitant amount of time with them, and read what others have said about them, eke out the history, search for the context.

This has been a phenomenally enriching experience and a humbling one as well. I can honestly say it's humanized Jesus for me in a way that I haven't felt since I was nine years old. As I was writing the final chapters, specifically Jesus's passion and crucifixion, my hands were shaking. I could see far too much familiarity in the angry, cruel, abusive crowds calling for His execution, turning on Him, spitting, berating, beating, crucifying.

It's also shined a light on how extremely perverted man can communicate the Word. Twisting it and turning it into a gatekeeper to keep people out rather than inviting them in.

I call bullshit.

Jesus is love. God is love. Period.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A Day for Spoons

I take days off from the news. Well, at least partially. I'll still be on the phone (or FAX) with my representatives shortly, and I'll still be working a text shift for my Senate candidate this afternoon, but otherwise, it's a day for relaxing. My academic quarter just ended, so I have almost two weeks off. Next week is a family vacation in the mountains.

Today, in particular, I just feel like lazing through the day. I slept in, Greyson is playing an archery game, I've played a little SIMS 4 in preparation for tomorrow's Seasons expansion pack release.

Last night while G was at vacation Bible school, I worked on writing my way a bit further through the Book of Matthew. I only have two chapters left, and I'm stretching it out.

My husband took the day off just because. It's overcast. I have some fun mail arriving today.

It's a day for spoons

Thursday, June 14, 2018

#FamiliesBelongTogether: How to Help at the Border

I've been grasping at straws trying to find ways to help with the border separations that are happening, heavily in my home state of Texas. I'm trying to get my anxiety under control to attend a rally in downtown Dallas tonight (alone, hubs is out of town...EEEK!), but in the meantime, I found this list from Alida Garcia on attorney and activist.


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