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Summer is the Sabbath of the Seasons


Girl in a Hammock, Winslow Homer, 1873

It should be - a rest, that is.  It is a change from the normal school routine.  We sleep later, stay up later, read and play much more.  While I've been refreshed and enjoyed things unique to summer, it hasn't been very slow.  A graduation and then this upcoming wedding, not to mention the typical activities of 4 littles, have not given me much chance to slow down.  Alas, a change is a good as a rest.  Did I mention the LER?

I hope to visit Carl Sandburg's home during our upcoming travels. I'll let you know if we make it.   I like to "hear" his unique voice in my head as I read this poem -

Summer Stars by Carl Sandburg

Bend low again, night of summer stars.
So near you are, sky of summer stars,
So near, a long arm man can pick off stars,
Pick off what he wants in the sky bowl,
So near you are, summer stars,
So near, strumming, strumming,
So lazy and hum-strumming.

I hope you are enjoying your summer and that it is a Sabbath of sorts for you.  I need to look into getting a hammock, I think.   Meanwhile, please enjoy these pictures by Amy Fieldler taken at the 2012 CLUSA conference at Gardner-Webb University this past June.
Here they are, explaining to the crowd about how they got engaged at the Eve Anderson  Tea.
Immersion group.  This had something to do with the Blarney Stone.
Immersion group ladies dramatizing a scene from Much Ado About Nothing.
Mason Paradigm presentation
Participants enjoying the Shakespeare.
Amy from Peru!  
Dr. Carroll  Smith, Makoto Fujimura, and Bonnie B.!


From joy to joy,
Nancy

15 comments:

  1. Those pictures just make me want to join you all!!

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    1. And you will someday, Lanaya. All in God's timing!

      From joy to joy,
      Nancy

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  2. I heartily recommend a hammock. I was pleased to read this post; I am writing in a similar vein on my blog. The Sandburg poem is perfect.

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    1. Thank you, Ellen! I also want a daybed for our porch...maybe someday.

      From joy to joy,
      Nancy

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  3. I love your picture with Amy, the poem, the painting, your words! Thanks for your post, inspiring as always.

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  4. I somehow misplaced my hammock!!! How does one misplace a hammock, I wonder?! ;) I love that painting and that poem...I'm going to add it to my nature journal I think. :) My summers are always busier than I like, but it is a good busy and a fun busy with stops in between...

    When do you start up the 'ole "learning shop" again? ;)

    Amy

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    1. Dear Amy,
      We will start up with lessons in September this year. That's later than I like, but we have a few big events in August!

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Nancy

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  5. Summer is a different kind of busy and I do rejoice in it : D Thanks for the reminder. Oh, I can't wait for a June that I can join all that wonderful CM experience and knowledge! And your LER, one of my favorite topics too!!

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    1. Thanks, Jenny! Yes, boy-oh-boy would there be a happy group of ladies if you make it to the LER some year...

      From joy to joy,
      Nancy

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  6. Wishing you rest in between exciting events. Just a breathing in and out! This slowing down does wonders for the soul, and connects us back to the stride of Christ. Summer sabbath--love your title.

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    1. Just breathe...great advice as I sit here typing and getting ready 25 hours in the car!

      Hugs to you, Pam! I'll wave as we pass MI!

      Nancy

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  7. I spent many summers down the road from Carl's house at Bonclarken (my childhood church retreat center). It's a lovely place with an old, charming hotel. If you see it, pull in, roll down the windows and you can smell my childhood. :) There is also a yummy donut place around there!

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    1. Thanks for the tip, Stephanie. I'm always up for donuts AND the smell of childhood! I do hope we get to the Sandburg house - I'm sure I'll write about it if we do!

      From joy to joy,
      Nancy

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  8. Enjoy this coming week and wedding next Saturday! Will be praying for every detail and joy to abound as those two becomes one!

    You will write about Carl Sandburg's home ~~ it is quite lovely!
    Hope you post wedding photos!

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