Good Things #16

Music. Okay, I know this one isn’t new either. (I turn up a song on the radio, say, “Oh my gosh, I love this song!” and my little brother rolls his eyes and says, “Cath, this was big like six months ago.” Well, Harry, deal.) To add to my appreciation of this song: we sang it around a bonfire at the woodland wedding I attended this summer. Picture this: all of us wearing fern crowns at a cabin in the woods with a stream rushing by. This song will help you picture it.

Books. If you’ve even been in the same room as an education major, you’ve probably heard of the book The Skillful Teacher. Well, that’s what I’m spending my time with this week (getting ready for the second weekend of my grad class). It’s not too shabby, either. I even implemented a few ideas in the classroom already. Thank you, Saphier, Haley-Speca, and Gower. (I apologize for the blur.)skillfulTaking your contacts out. Okay, am I the only one who loves this? Whenever I wear contacts, I can’t wait to rip them out of my eyes. (Too graphic?)

Blogs. I’ve been following Bethany Suckrow over at She Writes and Rights for awhile now. She wrote this post, “Explicit Realities, Explicit Language,” and it struck a chord with me. It deals with the experience and expression of sexual abuse and how euphemisms just don’t cut it. I’m sure there are other sides to the issue, but she has a lot of good things to say.

Homemade beeswax candles. They are amazing. They burn so much brighter than you’d think, and they smell like honey and sunlight. We’ve also been known to make candles out of such things as turkeys, frogs, and skeps…

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Children’s Musical. Yes, the time is here. We auditioned for “Aladdin, Jr.” this past weekend and rehearsals start Monday. Kids ages 5-13, faces beaming, singing their hearts out in Agrabah. I kinda wish I could be in it…

Hiking. I am eagerly awaiting a fall hike this afternoon. I envision me, somehow miraculously stronger than I’ve ever been, ascending a mountain far larger than I’ve ever hiked before. In reality, we will probably be walking more than hiking, and I will be just as un-strong as I am at this moment.

And I leave you with one last song. Enjoy your Wednesday!

6 thoughts on “Good Things #16

  1. Kate

    ‘do you realize?’ is one of my favorites! it made high school so much more bright. check out ‘yoshimi battles the pink robots:’

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    1. catherine_hawkins Post author

      Thanks for this, Kate! There are so many songs that transport me back to high school… 🙂

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  2. Carl

    I just spent the last hour reading Suckrow and Grace Biskie. Awesome stuff. Thanks for linking us up!
    I love sharing the good things.

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    1. catherine_hawkins Post author

      Thanks, Carl. I’m glad you liked it. Really interesting thoughts on faith and truth. And thanks for reading 🙂

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  3. Suzanne

    Wow. Just read that blog post. It reminds me of a book I read recently, ‘Deerskin,’ that, though a fantasy novel, dealt starkly and compassionately with how one can heal from physical and sexual abuse. It really impressed me.

    And I should get some of those beeswax candles, methinks.

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    1. catherine_hawkins Post author

      Wasn’t it interesting? Sometimes even I love the internet.

      And you should totally get some candles – they’re delicious.

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