G. K. Chesterton was no socialist as we understand socialism

There is now a false idealism of turning Government into God, by a vague notion that it gives everything to everybody.  G. K. Chesterton

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Oh, Brave New World…

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Christian Book Sale

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Books on sale at Christian Books. These are affiliate links to books I have read or want to read and am interested in:

The Imitation of Christ: Classic Devotions in Today’s English
By Thomas a Kempis, edited by James N. Watkins / Worthy Inspired

* Spiritual wisdom that Christ-followers have cherished for 500 years—now updated in language for a new generation! You’ll be deeply blessed by Thomas a Kempis’s meditations on topics including “The Royal Way of the Cross,” “How to Hear the Words of God,” “Bearing Injuries,” “The Confidence of Grace,” “The Love of Solitude and Silence,” and more. 264 pages, hardcover from Worthy.

.99 right now

Rise and Shine: Inspirational Adult Coloring Book
By Broadstreet Publishing Group

Eliminate stress as you ponder the fullness of life in God as delightfully illustrated in Rise and Shine. Take a break from your busy schedule, and focus on filling the intricate images and Scripture verses with the beauty of color. Watch each page come alive as you allow your creativity to flow
freely.

Special Features:

  • 45 inspiring illustrations
  • high quality acid-free paper
  • easy tear-out pages
  • lay-flat binding
  • raised round embosss, spot UV, soft touch matte lamination cover treatment

2.49

Scopes: Creation on Trial
By R.M. Cornelius & John D. Morris / Master Books

Although much has been written about the famous 1925 “Monkey Trial” in Dayton, Tennessee, most accounts are skewed in order to shed the best possible light on evolution. This handy, 48-page booklet, however, outlines the real facts surrounding the case. Meticulously researched and illustrated, this book sets the record straight.

.49

The following are all just .99 for the next couple of days, as long as their stock lasts:

Love Like an Ocean Coloring Journal
By Majestic Expressions

Eliminate some of that stress as you meditate on the unsurpassable joy found in God’s Word. Spend some time filling the pages of this journal with your own creative expressions. Beautiful illustrations are waiting to be brought to life with color, and lines are anticipating your thoughts in this Love Like an Ocean coloring journal.

Special Features:

  • 24 inspiring illustrations & Scripture quotes throughout
  • lightly-ruled journaling pages on high quality, acid-free coloring paper
  • lay-flat binding
  • matte lam, spot UV cover treatment

One-Minute Inspirations for Women
By Elizabeth George / Harvest House Publishers

Too busy to sit and read, but still feeling a spiritual need? When life has you on the run, these bite-sized devotions will keep you going till you have time for extended meditations. Sharing snippets of wisdom from Woman After God’s Own Heart, Elizabeth George offers women biblical guidance for setting goals and making decisions that please God.

Don’t Panic–Dinner’s in the Freezer: Great-Tasting Meals You Can Make Ahead
By Susie Martinez, Vanda Howell & Bonnie Garcia / Baker Books

If you’re too busy or tired to cook every night, don’t panic. The authors of Don’t Panic – Dinner’s in the Freezer guides you through making your own homemade frozen dinners without compromising texture and flavor. Assemble your dinner with fresh ingredients and then freeze. When you’re ready to cook dinner, all you have to do is throw it in the oven and serve. Your family will delight in your homemade meals! The recipes are simple and easy to convert to any size family. Recipes include lemon glazed chicken breasts, Dijon pork loin roast, meatloaf, breads, muffins, soups, and pastas.

Improbable Planet: How Earth Became Humanity’s Home
By Hugh Ross / Baker Books

Are we really just the result of innumerable coincidences? Or is there a more reasonable explanation?

Most of us remember the basics from science classes about how Earth came to be the only known planet that sustains complex life. But what most people don’t know is that the more thoroughly researchers investigate the history of our planet, the more astonishing the story of our existence becomes.

The number and complexity of the astronomical, geological, chemical, and biological features recognized as essential to human existence have expanded explosively within the past decade. An understanding of what is required to make possible a large human population and advanced civilizations has raised profound questions about life, our purpose, and our destiny.

With sound biblical and scientific support, Dr. Hugh Ross’s Improbable Planet: How Earth Became Humanity’s Home guides readers on a riveting tour, through time and space, following the scientific story from the very beginning to the present, to bring us back to our own planet and demonstrate that there is an intricately formed plan, purpose, and design in the universe. Ross’s insight will provide nonscientists with a fascinating and informative account of the copious miracles that undergird the exquisitely fine-tuned planet we call home-as if Someone had us in mind all along. The story that emerges out of Dr. Ross’s account will validate biblical affirmation that this universe serves as a launching pad for the new creation to come, impacting how you choose to live here and now.

The Money-Making Mom: How Every Woman Can Earn More and Make a Difference
By Crystal Paine / Thomas Nelson

In The Money-Making Mom, Crystal Paine offers practical tools and advice on how to become financially free and empowered with purpose. The savvy mind behind popular website MoneySavingMom.com, she provides readers with tips on how to make additional money regardless of experience or education.

The ESV and the English Bible Legacy
By Leland Ryken / Crossway

Modern Bible translations are at a crossroads. Multiple translation philosophies argue that there is a right way and a wrong way to translate the Bible. But who is right? And what has been the historic view of English Bible translators?

Leland Ryken, an expert on the literature of the Bible, brings clarity to these questions as he traces the history of English Bible translation from William Tyndale to the King James Bible and argues that the English Standard Version is the true heir of this classical stream.

Here is a great resource for Christians who have questions about why we have different Bible translations and how to choose between them.

Augustine’s Confessions
By Leland Ryken / Crossway

Get everything you can out of your time reading the classics!

Leland Ryken provides a clear pathway to understanding the “Great Works” through this engaging series of short guidebooks. Beginning with “why the classics matter” and “the nature and function of literature,” readers will find a helpful path to reading and analyzing influential works in the Western canon. Evaluating the text from a distinctly Christian perspective, this guide to Augustine’s Confessions includes a summary, commentary, and contextual notes on various elements in the chapter.

Christian Guide to the Classics books provide:

  • An introduction to the author and work
  • An explanation of the cultural context
  • Incorporated published criticism
  • Definitions of key literary terms
  • Discussion questions
  • Resources for further study

79 pages, softcover. High School-Adult.

Christian Guides to the Classics: Milton’s Paradise Lost
By Leland Ryken / Crossway

Pull everything you can out of the classics!

Leland Ryken provides a clear pathway to understanding the “Great Works” through this engaging series of short guidebooks. Beginning with “why the classics matter” and “how to read a story,” readers will find a helpful path to reading and analyzing influential works in the Western canon. Evaluating the text from a distinctly Christian perspective, this guide to Milton’s Paradise Lost includes commentary, points out scriptural allusions and biblical subtext, summarizes sections of lines, and examines Milton’s nuanced use of language.

Christian Guide to the Classics books provide:

  • An introduction to the author and work
  • An explanation of the cultural context
  • Published criticism
  • Definitions of key literary terms
  • Discussion questions
  • Resources for further study93 pages, softcover. High School-Adult.Shakespeare’s Hamlet
    By Leland Ryken / Crossway

    Pull everything you can out of the classics!

    Leland Ryken provides a clear pathway to understanding the “Great Works” through this engaging series of short guidebooks. Beginning with “why the classics matter” and “how to read a story,” readers will find a helpful path to reading and analyzing influential works in the Western canon. Evaluating the text from a distinctly Christian perspective, this guide to Shakespeare’s Hamlet includes commentary, points out scriptural allusions and biblical subtext, summarizes the plot, and discusses the various theories of the Bard’s most famous play.

    Christian Guide to the Classics books provide:

    • An introduction to the author and work
    • An explanation of the cultural context
    • Published criticism
    • Definitions of key literary terms
    • Discussion questions
    • Resources for further study

    83 pages, softcover. High School-Adult.

    Christian Guides to the Classics: Shakespeare’s Macbeth
    By Leland Ryken / Crossway

    Pull everything you can out of the classics!

    Leland Ryken provides a clear pathway to understanding the “Great Works” through this engaging series of short guidebooks. Evaluating the text from a distinctly Christian perspective, this guide to Shakespeare’s Macbeth includes commentary, points out scriptural allusions and biblical subtext, summarizes the plot, and provides notes on the composition of scenes.

    Christian Guide to the Classics books provide:

    • An introduction to the author and work
    • An explanation of the cultural context
    • Published criticism
    • Definitions of key literary terms
    • Discussion questions
    • Resources for further study75 pages, softcover. High School-Adult.Jesus or Nothing [Dan DeWitt]
      By Dan DeWitt / Crossway

      “Pop” atheism is taking many college campuses by storm. Counteracting this disturbing trend, DeWitt tells this story of a fictional young man named Zach on a journey of discovery—revealing how the gospel provides a solid foundation for life and offering an explanation for our existence, grace for our guilt, and more. Includes discussion guide. 128 pages, softcover from Crossway.

      Christian Guides to the Classics: Homer’s The Odyssey
      By Leland Ryken / Crossway

      Pull everything you can out of the classics!

      Leland Ryken provides a clear pathway to understanding the “Great Works” through this engaging series of short guidebooks. Beginning with “why the classics matter” and “how to read a story,” readers will find a helpful path to reading and analyzing influential works in the Western canon. Evaluating the text from a distinctly Christian perspective, this guide to Homer’s The Odyssey includes commentary, points out scriptural allusions and biblical subtext, summarizes the plot, and examines the mythological background of The Odyssey.

      Christian Guide to the Classics books provide:

      • An introduction to the author and work
      • An explanation of the cultural context
      • Published criticism
      • Definitions of key literary terms
      • Discussion questions
      • Resources for further study78 pages, softcover. High School-Adult.The Devotional Poetry of Donne, Herbert, and Milton
        By Leland Ryken / Crossway

        Pull everything you can out of the classics!

        Leland Ryken provides a clear pathway to understanding the “Great Works” through this engaging series of short guidebooks. Evaluating the included selection of poetry from a distinctly Christian perspective, this guide to the devotional poetry of Donne, Herbert, and Milton includes commentary on the work, including Scriptural allusions, and provides prompts for reflection and discussion.

        As devotional poetry is a different format than a single work, this Christian Guide to the Classics format differs slightly from other books in the series. In this guide:

        • The poems themselves are included, making this a selective anthology
        • Instead of a “plot summary,” each poem is preceded by a section of tips for reading, such a summary of content and structure
        • A partial explication of the poetic texture follow each poem
        • Marginal notes only define difficult or archaic words that appear in a poem
        • Discussion questions are included
        • In lieu of an author and “fact sheet” this guide provides introductory pages for each poet at the beginning of their section.
        • Resources for further study are included

        95 pages, softcover. High School-Adult.

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More Vintage Recipes for Tongue

Illustration from 1882 cookbook Handbook of domestic cookery

From an 1897 Good Housekeeping. I don’t feel like these are good recipes for a beginning cook, but if you have a bit of experience cooking tongue, you could manage these.  Tongue is delicious, incredibly tender, and both of these look tasty to me. Another recipe from the same article here.

 

Tongue with Sauce Tartare

For this a corned tongue is preferable. It should be cooked as directed for tongue with mushrooms, except that, being salt, it must be put down in cold, not boiling, water, and need not be skewered. When done, cut off downwards about three inches of the tip of the tongue. Chop this fine, and mix with it a cupful of mayonnaise, or any rich salad dressing to which has been added two stoned and chopped olives, two chopped gherkins, one minced slice of onion, and a dessertspoonful of capers. In a salad dish make a flat rosette of crisp lettuce leaves, and in the center of this make a little mound of the sauce Tartare. Slice downward very thinly the balance of the tongue, and surround the rosette with these, arranged in overlapping slices.  Half peel a dozen small red radishes, and turn back the rind till they look like half-open rosebuds. Place each on a small lettuce leaf, set around the broad edge of the platter, and set on the ice till ready to serve.

 

Moulded Tongue

This may be either fresh or salt beef tongue.Simmer as directed, until quite tender, and put a package of ‘Cox’s’ gelatine to soak for a couple of hours, in just enough water to cover: then pour over one teacupful of boiling water, and stir; add four teacupfuls of bouillon or strong stock, and bring to the boiling point. Clarify by stirring into it the white of one egg, which has been eaten with a tablespoonful of cold water. Skim, and strain through a cloth or jelly bag, and season this to suit individual tastes, with Worcestershire sauce, mushroom catsup, salt, and pepper. Pour a little into a mould- any shape desired. Of course good taste will prevent you using one figured with fruit or flowers, which are designed expressly for sweets.  Put the mould on ice till the jelly is firm and then cover with a thick layer of the tongue cut in small dice-like blocks.  Over this put a layer of finely chopped parsley, and over that a layer of hard-boiled eggs, sliced.  Over these pour more of the jelly, which has been kept in a warm place, and when quite firm, repeat the previous operation until the materials are used up. When firm, and required for use, dip the mould for a moment in hot water, and reverse on a bed of water cress.  Pour mayonnaise dressing around the base, garnish with stars of beet root and sliced lemon and serve.  A delightful supper dish.

 

I love the ‘of course, good taste will prevent you from using a flower or fruit mould’ bit.   And the small, dice-like blocks.  Don’t they just mean cubed?

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Arachnophobics, Skip This Post

I’m visiting the U.S. from the Philippines for a few weeks, and I’ve been staying at my mother’s house as she fractured her knee just a couple days before I got here.
Almost every day I go for a walk in the woods and almost every day I see something new or different. The woods right now (and the deck, and the meadow, and everywhere) are full of the insect most of us call grand-daddy long legs, but which are more properly called harvestman. Turns out that in some areas, daddy long legs is the common name for crane flies or
cellar spiders or something else.

I was told that they are extremely venomous but safe for humans because their mouths are too small to bite us at all, however, according to this site, they have neither venom nor a delivery system for it. I wonder where these myths come from?
They do not make webs, and unlike other arachnids, they are able to eat food directly, without liquifying it. They eat many different things, including other small insects. They lay eggs, and in some of the species, the male guards the nest and cleans the eggs until they hatch.

Unlike other arachnids, they often hang out together, and without eating each other. The idea is that a group of them together can protect each other from drying out in a dry, hot climate, or possibly, the small scent they emit when disturbed is a better protection against predators when a group of Harvestmen together are emitting that scent.

So, we have seen a lot of them in the woods and elsewhere on the property. Mostly, they are nondescript colours, brown mainly. But one day last week or so, The HG (now a mother of five children 7 and under, btw), noticed some very red varieties, and then we noticed more, and then we noticed more again. As the HG’s current four year old sagely observed on a nature walk, ‘If you see two of something, then you are sure to see more.” And quite right she was.

I took a few pictures of the red harvestman or Opiliones- the harvestman is a member of the species Opiliones, an arachnid but not a spider. There are several thousand different kinds, at the thought of which the mind boggles and the skin may feel a bit itchy. I used a free magnifying app I had downloaded on my camera. When I looked at the pictures I was astonished to see that the creatures were not red at all- they were apparently being colonized by something else that is red:

According to the experts, these red things are most likely to be phoretic mites. And that led to even more interesting information.

According to Wikipedia, the term phoretic refers to ‘a form of symbiosis where the symbiont, termed the phoront, is mechanically transported by its host.” Neither of the two organisms in this symbiotic relationship depends much on the other- they can survive independently.

So basically, these red mites were using the Harvestmen as a taxi service, all over the woods on the same day. Was there a special at Macy’s or something?

The mites probably are part of the decomposition squad in the forest, and they will drop off the harvestman when they get to something good to eat. They look like tiny seeds in my picture, but my magnification isn’t good enough to show their tiny, thread like legs.

And this was highly interesting:

“Many phoretic mites travel on scavenger insects and are highly specific; they will arrive on a particular species of host and no other. Because of this, they may be useful as trace indicators of their carriers even when their carriers are absent.”

(PDF) Phoretic mites associated with animal and human decomposition. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/26321788_Phoretic_mites_associated_with_animal_and_human_decomposition [accessed Jul 07 2018].”

So they use the harvestman as a public transportation service, and they are picky about it.

Now, my experts could be wrong and these could be some more problematic form of mite, something parasitic, perhaps, but a day or two later and we didn’t see the red harvestmen any more- they were back to their usual nondescript brown.

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