If you lived in the town where I live, you would think Halloween is tomorrow. Every where you look there is Pumpkin Spice soap, Pumpkin Spice coffee, and Pumpkin Spice candles. I like autumn, I have even set out a few autumnal things myself. But, let’s not rush the seasons of our lives by so quickly.
You may have noticed the template, and header, has changed. I don’t know how long I’ll keep this painting by John Singer Sargent (Repose, from 1911), but I like her contemplative look. I like the way she lays against the back of the sofa, considering. It seems to fit this time in my life, of not officially teaching any more, but certainly of laying back a little.
I have become a children’s leader for BSF (Bible Study Fellowship International), and I will teach the 4 and 5 year olds this year. It is a big change, as I am most familiar with public school ways and 8 or 9 year olds. But, I ask myself, “What is the use of having advanced degrees in education and not using them?” What better purpose than to teach the little ones about faith? We are studying the book of Acts this year, and the theme is Unstoppable. It seems a most worthy theme to focus on.
I didn’t finish 20 Books of Summer. In fact, I haven’t finished a book in who knows when. Berta Isla by Javier Marias? Abandoned half-way through, just as I did with One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Moby Dick has been temporarily laid aside for Franklin and Wilson by Joe Meacham for book club. I feel my reading is in great disarray, but I eagerly look forward to the books in my sidebar for review, and two titles recommended by one of my dearest friends: The Mistress of The Ritz by Melanie Benjamin and The Age of Light by Whitney Sharer.
And now, what are you reading? What is filling the last few days of August, and what are you looking forward to in September? The light is changing, and there is much to anticipate. (Such as Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury on audio with my friend, Carol.)