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April Reading List

I definitely read more books in April than I did in March!  That is partly because by the end of April I was almost, but not quite finished with a couple of books.

My first book was The Deerslayer by James Fenimore Cooper, which I downloaded on my kindle for free.  The opening scene is the tranquil Glimmerglass Lake. A week, many adventures, and 576 pages later the book ends with Glimmerglass Lake once again as tranquil as it was before the adventures of Deerslayer took place. In the space of one week, there is mystery, romance, adventure, battle scenes, and Deerslayer becoming a warrior in his own right.

In reading this book, one must remember several things. First, it was the writing style in 1841 to write long, wordy, descriptive sentences. Today's modern reader may struggle with that, but I found the story itself worth all the extra verbiage.

Secondly, it's easy to see Deerslayer as racist or prejudiced. Deerslayer keeps referring to "white gifts" and "Indian g…

Our Easter Celebration

When you think about it, Easter should be the most important celebration on the Christian calendar.  We remember Jesus' death and resurrection.  And it was both of those events that changed everything.  Unfortunately, for most of us, Easter is less of a celebration than Christmas, which is also important, of course.  Because if Jesus hadn't come to earth, he couldn't have died and rose again, either!

Every now and then I get nostalgic.  My Great Aunt Jeanette, who was one of my favorite people to ever live, loved holidays and always made them special.  In 2006 we were with her at her house for Easter.  By then she was about 89 years old, but she made sure we all dyed eggs together.  We also made a cake together for Easter dinner.  Her brother, my Great Uncle Carl, was visiting her from California.  The two of them really knew how to have fun.  I am so glad we spent Easter with them that year as it was the last time I ever saw either of them.







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Cooking Ex Nihilo: Making English Muffins

Living in a former French colony has its advantages when it comes to bread.  There's really nothing better than fresh baguette!  And then there are croissants and pain au chocolat, awesome in their buttery deliciousness.  As delicious and wonderful as these things are, every now and then one longs for a good old English muffin (which is probably more American than English!).

Now, I'm not gonna lie.  As with making any sort of bread-anything, there is a fair bit of time involved.  But a lot of the time is waiting for things to rise at which point you can do other things.  

I use a recipe in the More with Less Cookbook.  Since it's there, I won't write it out here, and I do encourage you to get a copy of that cookbook if you don't own it yet.  



I  cheat and make the dough in my bread machine, but it's easy enough to do by hand.  The main thing with dough, both in a machine and by hand, is to add the flour gradually.  If you add it all at once, it can get really toug…

March Book List

Well, y'all, this is going to be a very short blog!  I finished only one book during the month of March.  I also read most of a very long book, but that will be in the April list.

So my one and only book was called The Case for the Psalms:  Why They Are Essential written by N.T. Wright.  



N.T. Wright is passionate about using the Psalms in both private and corporate worship. His passion is contagious and I was reminded how seldom I am in the Psalms and was challenged again to be reading the Psalms each day; five Psalms a day.  On the day that you come to Psalm 119, just read that Psalm.




He shows how the Psalms relate to time, space, and matter: Time because they invoke the past and anticipate the future, Space because heaven and earth meet in the temple, and matter because God delights in all he has made.

I had a hard time staying engaged while reading, but that has more to do with my state of exhaustion than N. T. Wright's writing style, I'm sure. My favorite chapter was the …