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The CrucifixionSunlight upon Judea's hills And on the waves of Galilee,On Jordan's streams and on the rills That feed the dead and sleeping sea;Most freshly from the green wood springsThe light breeze on its scented wings;And gaily quiver in the sunThe cedar-tops of Lebanon.A few more hours--a change hath come! The sky is dark without a cloud;The shouts of joy and wrath are dumb, And proud knees unto earth are bowed.A change is on the hill of death,The helmeted watchers pant for breath,And turn with wild and maniac eyesFrom the dark scene of sacrifice.That Sacrifice!--the death of Him, The high and ever Holy One!Well may the conscious heaven grow dim And blacken the beholding sun!The wonted light hath fled away,Night settles on the middle day,And Earthquake from his caverned bedIs waking with a thrill of dread. The dead are waking underneath! Their prison door is rent away!And, ghastly with the seal of death, They wander in the eye of day!The temple of the Cherubim,The House of God is cold and dim;A curse is on its trembling walls;Its mighty veil asunder falls!Well may the caverned depths of Earth Be shaken and her mountains nod;Well may the sheeted dead come forth To gaze upon a suffering God!Well may the temple-shrine grow dim,And shadows veil the Cherubim,When He, the chosen one of heaven,A sacrifice for guilt is given!And shall the sinful heart alone Behold unmoved the atoning hour,When Nature trembles on her throne' And Death reigns his iron power?Oh! shall the heart--whose sinfulness Gave keeness to His sore distress,And added to His tears of bloodRefuse its trembling gratitude? --John Greenleaf Whittier
Dear "gilhaus," I am an author who has been trying to develop a relationship with the teacher community because I am trying to become more educated in educational issues. The state of education is a theme in my book "What else but home." While I do not go specifically into details or opinions in the book, I offer my personal experience with the shortcomings of the national education system through raising five, informally adopted, Black and Latino boys, all of whom come from the disadvantaged environments of housing projects. I recount their (and my) struggles and frustrations throughout the process of trying to develop new, stronger foundations and priorities. I have received positive feedback from other educators, so I am trying to expand my base. I thought you might be interested in learning about this book, and might feel that it would also be of interest to other members of this group. I thought getting my book recommended or added to shelfari lists would help me gain momentum in my goal to tell my story, but also start conversations. You can read more about my journey at Whatelsebuthome.com. I would love to receive feedback, so please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have anything to share.
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A Mother's Day bouquet . . . When Mother PrayedSomehow God always seemed so real,Somehow I could not doubt nor feelThat God was ever far away,When I could hear my mother pray;Somehow when she would kneel in prayer,God always seemed to meet her there.When she would kneel beside my bed,With her dear hands upon my head,My little heart would cease to fear,And God would seem to come so near;Somehow, someway, when Mother prayed,I could not, dared not, feel afraid.And when she prayed for Him to keepMe through the night, and give me sleepAnd rest until the break of day,I felt that it must be, someway;That round about me was His arm,And He could keep me safe from harm.When Mother prayed! O precious hour,When God would come in mighty power!O memory sweet! O hallowed placeWhere God did shine in Mother's face!Somehow in prayer she found such rest;Somehow her soul God always blest.When Mother prayed! Ah, then I knewWithin my soul that God is true;I could no longer doubt His love;And, yielding all, born from above,My soul was filled with peace divine,And Mother's God was thenceforth mine.[Melville Miller]
“The First Fruits of Them That Slept”(1 Cor. 15:20)Past are the anguish and weight of His passion; Sealed in a sepulcher, Jesus doth lie, Guarded by soldiers in armor, whose fashion Only imperial Rome can supply. Just from the courts of Jehovah descended, Clothed in a raiment as white as the snow, Shining in face by lightning attended, Speeds there an angel as a dart from a bow. Reaching the garden as daylight is springing, Backward he rolleth the stone from the grave; Up cometh Jesus, in majesty bringing Proof reconfirmed of His power to save. Shaking with fear, to the ground fall the keepers; Quaketh the earth with mysterious thrills. Glory to God in the highest! Ye weepers, Shout in the chorus that heaven now fills. Earth could not bind the true Lord of creation; Vanquished is death by the Author of life; Quickly arise ye and tell every nation Jesus has won in the glorious strife. Past are the anguish and weight of His passion; Pleasures forever bide Him on high; Clothed is the Savior with garments in fashion Human resources could never supply. (Robert Rothman) Yours in our Risen Lord, Earl
Hey there. WHy do you think the group is so big, but it's not very active? Just curious.
Before I post on the Group, I wanted you to know what I'm trying to do.We have a fun new website called Storycasting(www.storycasting.com), where readers can create a "fantasy cast" for their favorite fiction. Start with a book you've read, select main characters, and then "cast" the roles using current film and TV stars. We also have had authors come on and cast their own stuff.Literature is a touigh sell when kids think movies are fun and books are boring, and we think that a "casting excercise" using our site is a great way to inject movie fun into books. The classroom discussion starts at a whole new level. Right now it's mostly books, but we are going to start adding poetry, short stories, and "graphic novels". The site is designed for readers 13 and up. Take a look at the site, and let me know if there's any special way I should introduce it to the rest of the High School Lit Teachers Group. Jeff ReidStorycasting.com"for the movie in your mind"
Hi gilhaus! I spotted one of your notes to Earl when I was leaving him a message. I'm inviting you to join the "Catholic Homeschooling Classical and Otherwise" at [http://www.shelfari.com/groups/16922/about]I have a lot of books and net resources on Catholic education. I hope you sign up. ]whispers.[ My current crop of members are all hermits and don't participate!
Hi!I don't teach Dracula, but I've been teaching Frankenstein for years, and I definitely tie bio-ethics into it. I don't have any sites handy, but I do give them handouts dealing with cloning and genetic engineering. Later in the year we also do a unit on Brave New World and I ask the classes to tie the themes of the two together. In years when I think the class can make the leap, I also show the movie Gattaca and make them tie THAT to them as well.Besides ethics, I use Frankenstein to introduce the idea of "archetypes." I give the definition as related by Jung and then discuss how it applies to literature. Hope this helps!Rich
I am a Buffy fan too!
I am debating War and Peace vs. Crime and Punishment as my next read. Any advice?
Howdy, fellow Buffy fan!I have lots of thoughts about what you posted. Joss Whedon is an incredibly talented and gifted man. His views on Christianity (whatever they are, I don't know) can't deter from that. You mentioned truths found within the Buffyverse - well I say that we should affirm truth wherever we find it. The apostle Paul did. :) And Buffy is just too good of a show not to like simply because you may not share beliefs with the creator. If everyone only liked what people who shared their beliefs liked... well this world would get pretty boring pretty quickly!:)
Wow, I hope those kids help with the laundry!! You must be so organized to even find time to read a book.
I finally found another person to read the Porter stories with us, only I believe he has already read the first story in the collection. (You had said you had a different version. The first story is "Maria Concepcion"--do you have this one?) I will be reading it soon and beginning commentary in the discussion room, if the other fellow doesn't do so first.
Thanks so much for your nice note about reading my novel on your airplane trip to LA. Sorry it made you worry about your kids back home. . . Coming from a fellow Lit teacher, your comments mean so much--I always worry that other teachers (or former students) will read it and think, "Huh, I thought it'd be better."Judy
Hi,I put the website for my son's high school reading /summer assignments. It is always interesting to see what others are doing.http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/schools/senecavalleyhs/summerassignments07/summerassignhome07.htm You will have to copy and paste since I can't link things- not in my skill set yet! WG
I give up. I need more coffee. It should be "comment"
Okay, sorry I didn't proofread my commnet below. I MEANT to say "We're practically neighbors" Sheesh, nothing like having a typo where a bunch of other English teachers can read it!
Seniors are always a kick. What kind of works did you use during the year? The year itself seems a bit schizophrenic to me, trying to balance literature and "real world" skills. :)
Hey, thanks for the add. We're practically be neighbors. Ursuline Academy is using my novel for their summer reading. Where are you?