Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

First Corinthians, chapter 13


Vocabulary Study:

From Your Dictionary:

Etymology: Middle English charite, from Old French charite, from Late Latin
caritat-, caritas Christian love, from Latin, dearness, from carus dear;
akin to Old Irish carae friend, Sanskrit kAma love
Date: 13th century
Inflected Form(s): plural -ties
1 : benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity
2 a : generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering;
also : aid given to those in need b : an institution engaged in relief of
the poor c : public provision for the relief of the needy
3 a : a gift for public benevolent purposes b : an institution (as a
hospital) founded by such a gift
4 : lenient judgment of others
synonym see MERCY

From the Newberry House Online Dictionary:
… 3 [U] the act of stopping oneself from judging others, (syn.) forgiveness…

From wordsmythe:
… Definition 4. unwillingness to judge others harshly; benevolence;
Synonyms kindliness (1) , good will (1) , benevolence (1) ,
considerateness {considerate}
Similar Words kindness , forbearance , graciousness {gracious (adj)} ,
mercy , leniency , tolerance , compassion , philanthropy , indulgence ,
Definition 5. in Christian theology, unselfish spiritual love for others.
Synonyms caritas , love (5) , agape2 (1,2)
Similar Words altruism

Related Words: good, goodness, love, donation

From Webster’s 1828 dictionary:

1. In a general sense, love, benevolence, good will; that disposition of
heart which inclines men to think favorably of their fellow men to think
favorably of their fellow men, and to do them good. In a theological sense,
it includes supreme love to God, and universal good will to men.

1 Cor. 8. Col. 3. 1 Tim 1.

2. In a more particular sense, love, kindness, affection, tenderness,
springing from natural relations; as the charities of father, son and

…6. Candor; liberality in judging of men and their actions; a disposition
which inclines men to think and judge favorably, and to put the best
construction on words and actions which the case will admit. The highest
exercise of charity, is charity towards the uncharitable.

7. Any act of kindness, or benevolence; as the charities of life…

Writing and composition:

Littler children: Use any of these words in a sentence. Can you think of any of our stories we’ve read where one person shows love for another person? Tell me about it or make a puppet show about it.

Middler Children: Think of an example of this kind of love and charity from one of your school books. Write down your narration of what happened.

Older Children: Write an essay about charity (length will be determined by parent). Inclue in your essay an example of charity taken from any book you’ve read for school this year (or month, or week).

Woven paper heart basket– this is a favorite Valentine’s craft,
but we love these little red and white checked heart baskets-
make them any size- put tiny rubber stamp designs in the pattern if you like-
lovely and not too difficult.

Quote for the commonplace book:

“We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.” -Goethe (thanks to Jennyanydots, who included this quote in a valentine to me)


Memorize 1 Corinthians 13 OR ‘God is love,’ OR one of these poems.

1/3 c. butter
1/4 c. honey
2/3 c. oats
1/3 c. dry milk
4 tsp. water
3/4 c. whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt (optional)

Mix butter and honey. Add oats, milk, and water. Mix well. Add flour, baking powder, and salt. Roll dough 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut with heart-shaped cookie cutter. Bake at 325 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes. Makes 12. Eat on Valentine’s Day. NOTE: You may chill the dough before rolling and cutting.

For extra math practice double or triple this recipe- or mulitply the number you eat.

We hope it is understood that all of these activities are considered optional and entirely at the discretion of the parents and children.

Note: substantial updates and additions on February 5, 2006

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Pipsqueak is posting.

Yes. See me post? 🙂 Just thought I’d pop in- or rather, the Zookeeper told me to “at least comment.”
We just got back from our Grandmama’s, we were watching Sue Thomas F.B.I., but it was a To Be Continued. I don’t like to be continueds. They are so annoying.
And now I have to do the kitchen… I was supposed to do it for lunch, but- shall we say it “slipped my mind?”

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Testing, testing, one two three…

This is rather difficult, this whole blog posting business. It starts when one is required to remember both one’s username and one’s password at the same time. I was brain storming for ten minutes before I hit on the right combination. =P
But enough of such mundane matters, the Equuschick was inspired this evening. It all seems so obvious now that she thinks of it. She is moving to Greece. There she was, watching her sister’s video on ancient art, and there was a moving shot of waves crashing against a Greek shore, and she thought- “Ocean, warm weather, interesting culture, and olives. All I ever wanted!” Is her family joining her?
Not only was the Equuschick inspired, she is pleased because she has just finished watching her beloved Errol Flynn Robin Hood that she recieved for Christmas and only just now found time to watch. *pats it lovingly* I don’t see why Kevin Costner even bothered making his version. To think he could he even hold a candle to Errol Flyn is insulting. Pshaw. His hair isn’t half as silky and bouncy, his moustache is not half as dashing, and his shadow isn’t half as attractive on a castle wall. Oh, wait. He never even bothered with the moustache and the shadow on the wall, did he? Just goes to show what he did wrong.

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She’s at it again

There’s a large, empty book case standing in the middle of our living room. No, it’s not a piece of modern art. It won’t be there for long, either. The fact remains, however, that it is here now. The ZooKeeper is rearranging and reorganizing. No piece of furniture is safe when she is nigh. One would not imagine that so many variables for furniture placement exist in a 1200 sf house; but then, you don’t know The ZooKeeper. She loves to create the impression of more space than there really is (definitely a feat in a crackerbox house), and to experiment with new arrangements. For instance, who else has bookshelves (tall ones, mind you) behind their couch?

I thought as much.

Perhaps the lone bookshelf standing in the middle of the living room is a piece of art after all; a tribute to a woman who refuses to accept any sort of status quo when it comes to her furniture. There’s a liberated woman for ya.

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Hand me the bib, please.

If you haven’t been following Eason Jordan’s fall, then you probably don’t get any of your news from blogs.

The Mudville Gazette has a terrific interview with Jules Crittenden, witness to the Palestine Hotel affair, where journalists were accidentally shot by American military (full disclosure: our family has military ties):

Captain Ed from Captain’s quarter has pursued the story with care an eye to detail- turns out Eason Jordan has made similar accusations against the military before- always overseas, never with any supporting evidence. This casts a bit of a shadow over his claim to have been misunderstood, don’t you think?

And another good place to catch up if you’ve missed this story is Michelle Malkin’s blog, where I read the following (there’s more, so be sure to click on the link below)

“Steve Lovelady ([email protected]) of Columbia Journalism Review has this
to say about Jordan’s resignation: “The salivating morons who make up the
lynch mob prevail.”


The head of a major news organization made a shocking accusation of murder against American military- or he didn’t. The only way to find out is to release his portion of the video tape and let us see for ourselves. Jordan could have, and should have called for the release of that tape.

If he doesn’t want the tape released because he actually did make those remarks (I can’t think of another reason), then he needs to back them up with some hard evidence, and we need congressional hearings and a full investigation.

If he’s sorry for his remarks, he needs to make a full, complete, and genuine apology. Such an apology NEVER contains the word ‘but.’ “I am sorry, but…” is not the way to start an apology. It’s the way to start an argument, shift blame, and avoid responsibility.

If those thoughts make me a ‘salivating moron,’ then hand me a bib.

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