March highlights

Monday, March 31st, 2003
Amy, Wendy and Emily were able to attend a fabulous fairy tale story time at the Valencia Library this month.  Kathy was very impressed with the crafts the girls brought home.  The Awana club began at the local church, and Kathy is once again leading the Cubbie class (ages 3-4).  Kathy was able to attend a scrapbooking class and make a little more progress on her never-ending quest to get the family pictures organized.  All four girls participated in a homeschool science fair.  Kelly presented the growth of butterflies, Emily talked about what absorbs water, Wendy learned what conducts electricity, and Amy took apart a computer and described each piece.  As finances got rough, we determined that Eric needed to drop out of school for awhile.  Our prayers are that he can continue on his educational path and get his degree soon.

Binary Carrots

Saturday, March 29th, 2003
This evening at the dinner table, Amy asked Eric what a byte was.  Knowing that she was not referring to the mouthful of vegetables he had just taken, and that he first needed to explain what a bit was, he quickly grabbed a handful of vegetables and began to teach the girls the binary system -- using peas and carrots for zeros and ones.  Working from there, he was able to tangibly demonstrate bits, nibbles and bytes.  
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It brought a whole new meaning to minding P's and C's.  Whoever said you couldn't learn something while playing with your food?

Advice for Gatsby

Monday, March 10th, 2003
I am presently completing a course in American Literature, which I have found particularly interesting.  This is not your typical AM Lit course.  We are studying American Literature from a Christian Worldview and specifically, the influence that the Bible had (or did not have) on the writers and their works.
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For the past several days I have been in hiding as I work on the outline for my final paper.  My assignment is to write about F. Scott Fitzgerald's work: "The Great Gatsby," and how the wisdom literature of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes would relate to some of the character's dilemmas.

I'm tired and punchy, so here's a bit of my own advice for Gatsby on the consequences of sin:
"If a man is having a relationship with a woman who's husband is having a relationship with a woman who's husband owns a gas station and a gun, it would be unwise for the man to let the woman drive his car when she is not sober. He just might end up getting shot by her husband."

I guess that pretty well wraps up the moral of the story, huh?  Now, all I have to do is expand that to 8 pages, double-spaced.  I wonder if I can use 36 pt...