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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Humble King: Advent Week 2

Humble King: Advent Week 2

Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion knew exactly what they needed:  a trip home, a brain, a heart, and courage, respectively.  They were also very certain of how they would receive the necessary gifts; after following the Yellow Brick Road, they would find a Wizard who could give them what they lacked.  If you are familiar with The Wizard of Oz, then you know that these four travelers all received what they needed, but they didn’t receive what they expected. 

The same statement can be said of the nation of Israel.

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Simple Joy Saturday #46

Simple Joy Saturday #46

On Saturdays, I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or change as time passes.  Please feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments section!

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1. Finally finding that song about rain!

After spending entirely too much time searching the internet for the song that I mentioned last week, I emailed the radio station.  The song I had heard (and forgotten) was “Rain On” by Brother’s Keeper.

2. A surprise visit from my brother.

On Monday afternoon, a typical PIU student in a hoodie and sweatpants wandered past my office.  I assumed the student was looking for the English offices, but, to my surprise, the “student” was actually my brother! He qas on a roadtrip with friends, and they stopped by PIU to say hi.  He made my day!

3. Carving Pumpkins

I always think that I can carve a pumpkin without drawing on it, and I always carve an ugly pumpkin (It was supposed to be a flower).

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Simple Joy Saturday #45

Simple Joy Saturday #45

On Saturdays, I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or change as time passes.  Please feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments section!

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Sorry that I’m posting later today than normal. I could make excuses, but they are the same excuses we all make when we are late 🙂

October 20-26

1. Laughing uncontrollably with college friends.

Last Saturday, I attended the wedding of two college friends.  At the reception, I sat between two girls who lived on my hall when I was an RA.  I am sure that anyone sitting across the room from us was annoyed by our obnoxious laughter and my weird expressions, but we had fun.

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