My Clean Room

I cleaned my room today:)

My room is cleaned from top to floor,
from window, bed, and door.
It smells and feels so fresh and clean;
I feel like I’ve had caffeine!

I put some lilacs on top of the table,
(My room is no longer a stable)
My bookshelves are all dusted,
And my bed is re-adjusted

The end of my poem is nigh,
so now I bid you good bye.


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How to ensure you have a Non-Picky Eater

1) Make the child actually eat.

2) Let the child help prepare the dinner. It doesn’t matter how many odd ingredients are thrown in (tonight’s fare? a soup with both paprika and spearmint flavorings). Because children have such an unconscious ego, they set out with the assumption that anything they have a hand in is sure to be a winner. In the case of culinary arts, it’s good to encourage this attitude.

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The Story Cloths of Viet Nam

Today is the 30th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon.

CanadaFreePress explains a few things everybody thought they knew about.

Bob Parsons was in Viet Nam, and he tells us that it gave him a taste of what hell might be like.

Carl Bildt of Sweden analyzes the past and says the U.S. was mistaken to fight in Viet Nam, but that Communism hasn’t been very healthy for the people there, either.

Powerline remembers the fall of Saigon

One of the DHM’s classmates in school after the fall of Saigon was a young Viet Namese refugee. I’ve always wondered what happened to her and her family later.

Another group of people affected by the collapse of democracy in that part of Asia are the Hmong. Many of the Hmong have made some beautiful story quilts illustrating their hsitory, their way of life, and their folk tales.

One of my relatives has a lovely example showing the Hmong people peacefully farming and going about their daily tasks, the communists invading, the Americans helping as the Hmong fight back, and then the torching of their villages as the Americans pull out, leaving them at the mercy of the communists- who had no mercy.

The final pictures on the quilt show the Hmong people escaping over a river, in small boats, floating on logs, in inner tubes from tires. Then they arrive in the United States to build a new life. The final picture always catches me at the throat- a Hmong refugee is sitting beneath a tree, and a thought bubble over his head says, “Thoughts of home.”

These are beautiful works of art, and if you haven’t seen them before, you can click on these links to have a look. I’m including the Amazon link because it allows you to look inside the book and zoom in on the page, giving the best image of the quilts I could find. I don’t own this book, but I will be putting it on hold at our library.

Just look at these images (Update: The images I’m swooning over are not the ones here on the blog- but if you click on the link below, and then choose to see inside the book- then you will be able to see some really good resolution of these lovely quilts):

Hmong Story Cloths– this one has some information about the images on the cloths- which include airplanes bombing a village and the escape across a river.

Using Textiles to Tell a Cultural Tale– wonderfully informative article on the Hmong people, their history, and their craft.

This link has a beautifully clear picture of one of the story cloths telling about the Hmong people during and after the way. Because this one is less cluttered than some others, it’s a little easier to follow the story. This page also has quite a bit of information about the Hmong people. I didn’t have time to read it all.

You can another glimpse of a beautiful story cloth here, along with some easy lesson plans.

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Housekeeping stuff

We’ve added some things to the sidebar, another counter, an RSS feed thingie, some feeder button that’s animated and tells the latest Common Room posts, and a couple other whatchamacallits and thingummies.

As you can tell, we’re not too technologically astute here. We added the RSS feed because Blogdom of God says that we needed it. We don’t know what it is (this is not a request to explain it to us, explanations of things we aren’t going to be able to understand anyway make us fretful), so we can’t tell you, and we don’t remember much about how we got it, so we can’t tell you that, either.

But just in case any of these additions might be of interest to our readers, we mention that they are here, over in the sidebar, or messily arrayed at the bottom of the screen, depending on something else we don’t understand- perhaps the screen settings of the home computer? We don’t know. We just know that on one of the family computers everything looks nice and tidy, and on the other everything looks messy and cluttered and tacky.

If somebody insists on trying to explain these things to us, please try to phrase your terms as though you were addressing a rather dense three year old.


Updated: I just added a paypal ‘make a donation’ button, which is totally tacky and a little embarrassing, but there it is. Please, please, please, don’t feel the least bit obligated to click on it and send us money so that we can stop feeding the children fish heads through the grate in the attic floor. They like fishheads. Really.

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Another ‘Zine

I mentioned earlier that The Eclectic Domestic and Bohemian Housewife (I just typed ‘Rhapsody,’ so now you know something else about my past) are a trip to the Natural Food Store.

Daughters of Sarah is a hot cup of tea (or coffee), chicken salad sandwiches, your favorite cookies, and a notebook and pen in hand as you visit with a Titus Two woman and take notes, thoughtfully exchange ideas on hospitality, books, raising children, and more. You’ll want to keep a Bible open next to you as you read, as most of the authors make frequent reference back to scripture.

The content of these zines overlaps in some areas, but not all. If you click on the link above you can read some sample articles from the magazine to get a feel for it.

Daughters of Sarah comes on paper that’s three-hole punched so you can put in a notebook for future reference. We refer back to our back issues often, most frequently for the recipes, but also for other articles.

Full Disclosure- the editress is one of my favorite Titus Two women, a dear personal friend, and just a really neat lady. I asked her if she would mind if I mentioned her publication here, and she said it was alright with her if I really wanted to, but she’s a little doubtful that it will be to everybody’s taste. I certainly hope not. I would hate to think I liked something that was to everybody’s taste- anything that pleases everybody isn’t particularly distinctive.

I like Daughters of Sarah, and if you think you would too, please consider a subscription. I don’t make anything from it, and I don’t even think the editress makes much than her costs, if that much. Its publication is one of her many acts of kindness.

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