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Technology and the holidays, understood

Apple’s new “misunderstood” ad is beautiful. If you catch yourself wondering why the teenager is preoccupying himself with his iPhone instead of building deeper relationships with family, then just wait for the ending: Here’s the video featured in the ad: … Continue reading

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Favorite movies

I knew I was among family a week ago when I responded to a comment about how large the insects are growing this summer by saying something about tsetse flies carrying off babies, when those around the room erupted with … Continue reading

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Arwen’s vigil

Susanna now has her own YouTube channel! Her first movie is “Arwen’s vigil,” a Lord of the Rings fan video. Watch it and see if you agree with me that it offers a very moving account of Arwen’s story: The … Continue reading

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Comfy at home tonight

We’re gathered together watching the weather news, being “weather aware,” as we say in Oklahoma. Since the girls were young we’ve enjoyed Gary England and News9. The storm tracking radars in central Oklahoma have amazing precision, and the human storm … Continue reading

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Our Passover

Tonight we’re grateful to celebrate Passover with some new friends, many of whom have not experienced it before. Passover, 2013 Since before our eldest daughter was old enough to remember, we have celebrated Passover together as a family. The tradition … Continue reading

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I NÚMENNA, discovered by Rachel Folmar

Previous posts: | Lindë Elenion, Song of the Stars | Middle Earth astronomy | One evening years ago, near bedtime, Candace and I were surprised when Rachel came down from her room where she had been hard at work on … Continue reading

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Middle Earth astronomy, by Rachel Folmar

Previous post: | Lindë Elenion, Song of the Stars |This post: | Commentary | Summary | Resources | Note || Next post: Into the West | Read the full, uninterrupted text of the poem in the previous post. Commentary follows … Continue reading

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Lindë Elenion, by Rachel Folmar

Lindë Elenion, Song of the Stars Even-time is drawing nigh And in the fastly dimming sky Bright Anor sinks her flaming head And silver Ithil, round and fair, Ascends once more the starry road Of night, and mighty figures high. … Continue reading

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Happy anniversary, Mother and Dad!

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Happy 80th birthday, Mother!

In her blog this morning, Laura writes: Today is my Mama’s 80th birthday. I am in awe of her. She is a remarkable woman of strength and courage. She is brilliant, vibrant, full of heart and truly a treasure in … Continue reading

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