Simple Joy Saturday #55

Simple Joy Saturday #55

In 2019, I am posting a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month. Feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments!

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Enjoyable Reads

1. This was the month of Robert Frost in my graduate studies.  One of my favorite poems by Frost is “Accidentally on Purpose,” but I couldn’t easily find a link to it online.  Instead, I will share “Fireflies in the Garden”.

2. I gave myself a break from all the heavy books that I have tackled in the past few months, and I listened to the audiobook Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race by Chris Grabenstein.  It is a children’s book, but it is great!  I would recommend it for anyone who loves literary allusions, venerates vivid vocab, or adores agreeable alliteration.

3.  That being said, my favorite book from the 100 Book Bucket List this month was Anna Karenina.  It’s long, but it’s much better than I expected.

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Simple Joy Saturday # 54

Simple Joy Saturday # 54

In 2019, I am posting a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month. Feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments!

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*Walking in slowly and hiding my face in shame because I haven’t posted all month long.

May has been busy!  Honestly, I didn’t know if I would even finish this post because I haven’t had time to sit down and think through all of the events that have happened in May.  Hopefully I didn’t miss anything important in this roundup.

Enjoyable Reads

  1. This month, I read 1775 poems by Emily Dickinson.  (Don’t study English if you don’t like poems!) One of my favorites was “A Narrow Fellow in the Grass.”
  2. If you want a shorter poem, “Faith is a fine invention” is also clever.
  3. Out of the very few books that I scratched off the 100 Books Bucket List this month, In Cold Blood was the best.

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Simple Joy Saturday #53

Simple Joy Saturday #53

In 2019, I am posting a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month. Feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments!

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Enjoyable Reads

  1. In April, I went on my first on-road bicycle ride since 2006ish.  This satirical guide of hand signals was far from helpful, but I think you will enjoy it even if you aren’t a cyclist.
  2. David Black was a guest lecturer at PIU this month.  I enjoyed the lectures, and I spent too much time reading his blogs about three of my favorite things–the Bible, running, and travel.
  3. For the 100 Books Bucket List, I read A Long Walk to Freedom, the autobiography of Nelson Mandela.  It was informative in many ways, and I would recommend it!

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Simple Joy Saturday #51

Simple Joy Saturday #51

In 2019, I am posting a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month. Feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments!

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February 2019

Enjoyable Reads:

I kindly ask you to click the link above and review the flowchart at the beginning of the post.  It may change your life.

  • The Time Machine by H.G.Wells

I continued reading (or, more accurately, listening to) books on the 100 Books Bucket List.  Out of the 5 books I completed in February, The Time Machine is the only book that I can recommend.

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Forgive me for including two grammar-related resources, but if you consider yourself a snoot (syntax nudnik of our time), you will love Garner’s hefty handbook, which cheekily explains every grammar error you could ever encounter.

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Simple Joy Saturday #50

Simple Joy Saturday #50

Simple Joy Saturday will look a little different in 2019.  Instead of posting 3 “simple joys” every Saturday, I am going to post a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month.  My hope is that the content of these posts will be more substantial and that I will post more consistently.

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January 2019

Enjoyable Reads:

  • The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Cristie

My mom bought me a “100 Books Bucket List Scratch-Off Poster” for Christmas.  Since then, I have been listening to audiobooks like my life depended on it, and I have only listened to two books that were not on the poster:  The Year of Less by Cait Flanders and Shouldn’t You Be in School by Lemony Snicket.  In my opinion, those two books should have made the list, and a few other books should be removed from the poster.

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Joy: Advent Week 4

Joy: Advent Week 4

When I was little, I loved any song with the word joy, mostly because my middle name is Joye (pronounced joy), and I liked the idea that people were singing about me.

One of the most common Christmas carols with the word joy is “Joy to the World” by Isaac Watts.  Surprisingly, Watts’s inspiration was not Luke 2, the account of Jesus’ birth, but Psalm 98, a psalm that praises Christ for His imminent return.  That’s right: one of our favorite “Christmas” songs is actually about Christ’s second coming.

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Noel: Advent Week 3

Noel: Advent Week 3

Leave it to the grad student who is studying English to research the etymology of noel

Noel is a French word which means Christmas (go figure), but it is derived from the Latin word nātālis, meaning birthday.  As I thought about nātālis, I geekily marveled at the phonestheme: natalis, natal, nativity, native, nation, natural…

But I digress; I am not giving an English lesson today.  Instead, I want to talk about the first noel, the holy nativity.

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