I LOVE Macbeth! I just reread Macbeth with my sophomores for the first time since college. Time definitely lends to one's appreciation of the Bard. ItI LOVE Macbeth! I just reread Macbeth with my sophomores for the first time since college. Time definitely lends to one's appreciation of the Bard. It was an amazing read and experience. As a truly grown adult, I was able to bring more understanding and experience to the piece. Of course, it was also fascinating to watch my students get to know Shakespeare and the character of Macbeth. The confusion.... The shock! The embarrassed giggles! (Think alcohol and lack of performance....) The growing horror and outrage as Macbeth's plots and murderous exploits went beyond their imaginings!!!! (Lady Macduff and her babies...) To think.... All these years later, I've rediscovered his genius and a new generation is coming to know him....more
Love at first sight...?! Am I talking about Cabot cheese or this cookbook? Ummm, both!
Born to real Vermonters, seven generations dead and buried on aLove at first sight...?! Am I talking about Cabot cheese or this cookbook? Ummm, both!
Born to real Vermonters, seven generations dead and buried on all sides of the family tree, and having been born and raised in Vermont, I can't help but be in love with all things Cabot. My favorite of their cheeses is Vintage, and this is my favorite cookbook. Filled with yummy New England recipes and pictures of the actual farm families who sell their milk to Cabot, this is more than a cookbook. It's home. ...more
This book was amazing; it was dark and disturbing but amazing at the same time. The story was that of two small children abandoned in the woods by theThis book was amazing; it was dark and disturbing but amazing at the same time. The story was that of two small children abandoned in the woods by their father and stepmother. Why? It was 1943. They were in Poland, and they were hunted. They were Jews. Brutal as the choice was, it was their only hope for survival. We learn their story ... the true story of "Hansel" and "Gretel" ... names the children took in order to survive. What followed was fascinating but not for the faint of heart. Every horrific thing that could happen in war and during a holocaust happened. However, as Nelka, one of the heroines of the novel stated, "God cannont see the darkness that man has created and not throw out light to combat it. He is walking in the world." (175) Throughout the darkness woven by the Nazis, starvation, and despair, the author, Ms. Murphy, also created a tale of HOPE. For all the darkness and foul deeds, characters like Nelka and Magda, who chose a path of light and truth, gave hope to other characters and to the reader. This novel made me think and moved me in ways few books have done in the past. Amazing....more
I absolutely love this cookbook. I'm not much of a cook, lack of experience in the kitchen. Well, I've been on a cookbook craze of late. I'm attemptinI absolutely love this cookbook. I'm not much of a cook, lack of experience in the kitchen. Well, I've been on a cookbook craze of late. I'm attempting to learn to cook. After seeing great reviews for Hazan's classic, I decided to get it. I was a bit nervous, given my lack of culinary skills. I'm here to tell you this cookbook is accessible even to the novice. One thing I love about this book is the information regarding the differences in cooking throughout Italy. I love history and learning about culture. So, I felt like I was learning a little bit about Italy as I was learning a about Italian cooking. Obviously, there are some recipes that I'm going to stay clear of at this point. However, I really think I can cook a bunch of these recipes and can't wait to start (once it's a little cooler!)....more
What a great resource for teachers! While reading this book and taking part in the training, I continually had great ideas for how to use this in theWhat a great resource for teachers! While reading this book and taking part in the training, I continually had great ideas for how to use this in the classroom. Yes, most say it provides teachers and students with a common language. That's true, and that's important. However, for me, the value lies in the ease with which students will be able to visualize and organize their thoughts, especially students who have difficulty ordering their thoughts and learning through traditional methods. Further, by utilizing the maps, I think students will be encouraged to do higher level thinking....more
Wisdom and power. Words will likely come short when attempting to express the amount of wisdom and power found in this book.
I picked up Bevere's book,Wisdom and power. Words will likely come short when attempting to express the amount of wisdom and power found in this book.
I picked up Bevere's book, my first by this author, about two months ago. One of my cousins died, literally, during an asthma attack and was without oxygen for several minutes before being revived. Placed in a medically induced coma, doctors told the family his only hope was a miracle. We? We started to pray. During this time, I went to a local bookstore, walked directly to the section on religion, and was, it seemed, led directly to this book. It was as if it pulled me. I looked at no other books at first. I just walked up and pulled this one from the shelf. Within a week, by the way, my cousin was out of ICU, blessed with his miracle.
Among other things, Bevere contends Hebrews 11 was correct; "The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd." (38) She points out that we, women, are daughters of God and have a very powerful place in working powerful and miraculous wonders. In referencing the heroes of Hebrews, including Rahab, she states, "We are linked to the long chain made out of their lives. We are part of the final act in their ongoing story. All of their heroic acts are waiting to be completed when they are joined together with ours." (45)
As God's daughters, Bevere asks us to open our minds, hearts, and souls to the idea that we are God's swords. By our faith and living our lives through God and Christ, we will, as warriors, wield God's sword, the sword of intercession, mercy, protection, and much more.
It was a much needed book for me at a time when our family chose to put all our hope and faith in the miraculous power of prayer. Further, I think it's a much needed book for women, who have oft been painted ask silent accessories in some aspects of some churches; it brings us more in line with the women who walked beside and worked with Jesus. And, I think, it could bring hope and a call to action to a world in need, in my opinion, of miracles and wonders....more