Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. ~Albert Einstein
We are in the middle of a very deep cold snap. Winter is past its first holiday. A new year has begun, and we are all feeling reflective. Here are a few things I learned this fall.
- Skimm. Two m’s. I work very early in the morning and never get to see the news. I noticed I had no clue what people in society were talking about. It was making me feel, well, clueless. Enter Skimm. It’s a great news source that gives you the world’s news highlights in ten minutes or less. I only manage to read the daily version about twice a week, so I’m not as informed as most, but I think it’s helping me rejoin society.
2. The Instant Pot. It was the go-to gift this Christmas according to my friends and Facebook feed. Mine came mid-autumn because it was on sale and my husband is diligent about reading his email advertisements. My goal was to have another crock pot that was light weight. It sort of – kind of met that requirement. The pot is lightweight, but the actual machine not so much. I need to make room for it on a lower shelf. It has a learning curve, but once you get it, you’ll likely enjoy the Instant Pot. My favorite part? Hot soup in half an hour that tastes like it simmered all day.
3. When the wood floor looks discolored, try poking it with your finger. I thought the bathroom flooring was just discolored or water damaged. Turns out we were about to fall through the floor. Talk about being dethroned! A talented friend came to the rescue and installed new ceramic flooring that looks like wood. I LOVE it. And we have a new toilet, too. Still queen at this house.
4. I can install a shower head. Actually, I have installed shower heads before, but this one has special features- dual shower heads. Get one. Right now. You can thank me later.
5. Wendell Berry writes poetry. I know; I’m late to the party on this one. I became acquainted with Wendell Berry this summer when I read some of his Port William books. I love his descriptions and especially his ability to bring a character to life. Maybe it’s because he writes in Appalachia that I feel so comfortable with his characters. But it was his poetry that first brought Mr. Berry fame. He writes of farming and nature and the spirit and how they all intermingle to create miracles.
6. I need a day off. I’ve been learning that for years and years. Just when I think I understand the importance, I’m struck with the need to work more. For the past year I have been working six days a week and then on Sunday, umm . . . Preacher’s Wife. In November, I finally forced myself to commit to a day off and it has been exactly what God commanded.
7. I am as English as you can get and not be from England. Due to some unfortunate prejudice issues in my son’s life, we decided to take a DNA test. It turns out that I am almost completely English. My husband is related to King Louis XVI. Good thing we got that throne fixed.
8. I have a student who can trace his family tree back to something BC. He told me the date, but it escapes me. Might have been 500 BC. That blows my mind. I must keep better records. Tax season will be here soon. Ugh.
9. The after-writing part of writing is as grueling as the actual writing. I’m looking for endorsements for a Bible study now. Anyone want to read a Bible study on John?
10. Some park rangers play Jazz. New Orleans is a city of surprises. The Jazz National Historical Park has free concerts every day, and while there are often famous musicians, there are also days when the fill-ins are the rangers. And after you listen to the jazz concert, take a tour of the cemeteries. You’ll learn so much you’ll be writing your own blog post.
The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out. Proverbs 18:15 NIV