The Semester is Over

Our new bird feeders, and yes the deck railing is almost buried!

I drove to Waterloo yesterday, through some pretty snowy weather, to hand in the last paper of the semester.  Classes ended last week with a lot of papers due in the last class.  This one was supposed to be like that too, the prof had mercy and gave us into what they call “grace week” to get it in.  Initially, I thought I would try to get them all done at the time they were originally due, but now I am happy that I left this paper.

The paper was a reflective essay for my church education course.  It was to be the longest paper that had been assigned, 12 to 15 pages.  There was some initial confusion over the length.  The syllabus says 12 to 15 pages. In class, when discussing what she was looking for, the prof said 1500 words and then backed off that when informed that six pages is 1500 words.  In the end it took me 4300 words to do the job.

Reflective essay means that you should describe your own experiences with the material.  You get to use the word “I”.  It might not take as much research, but, the assignment was to reflect on the course readings and content.

I’m glad I took the time to work on it.  there were some themes that were good to explore, especially in the context of education and direction for our own church.  There is a lot more to church education than Sunday School and the concept of the people as the curriculum has got my attention.

Now I have most of a month off.  I’ll catch up on some consulting work, read some books, and enjoy the holiday season.

Next semester will be tougher.  I’ve been accepted into the EPMC (Ecclesiastical Pathway to Ministry Candidacy)  pilot program through Calvin Seminary and the CRCNA.  They require Greek and Hebrew which WLS did not.  I’ve been taking Reading the Bible Text and Context which is WLS’s answer to the language issue but now I have set up a directed study to learn Greek as well.  So, in the winter I will be taking more than a full course load.

I might try to get the Hebrew started next fall.

שלום

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Thanksgiving 2010

We had a great Thanksgiving weekend.

A month or so ago we decided to camp on Thanksgiving weekend with J’s brother and his family.  Normally, this would be a dumb idea.  Thanksgiving can be really cold and wet, and sometimes it even snows.  Dumb or not, we had a plan.

It turns out that this year was to be an exception.  The weather all weekend was warm and sunny.  Nights, while being cool, were clear and we were able to look up and see stars everywhere.

We walked through the woods, biked into the local small tourist town (which was shutting down for the season with 50% off everything!!!), drove to another small town, and spent some time on an artist’s tour.  We enjoyed each other’s company around the fire in the evenings and had a huge Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday.

God is good.

Longer Windy Ride

We went riding today after church.  The early season and the warm weather (25 degrees C) are really moving the season forward.  We went nearly 50 km with an average speed of 20.1 km/hr, but it seemed like 3 sides of our trip was against the wind.

The wind can slow down any time.  We went out Wednesday night against a bigger wind.  We had to turn around and come home because I just pushed against it too hard and couldn’t get my breath back.

Feels like before we tackle Lake Ontario, we are going to have to get into better shape.

A Beautiful Day

The Government of Canada is all excited about solar energy as a green source of electricity.  They are offering some really good pricing on long contracts for people to install systems that will put power on to the grid.  They won’t have much of a payback so far this year.

Today is the 9th of January and it is the first day this month that we have had significant levels of sun.  Rivikah had complaints about the lack of sun during her 2 week stay in Ontario.   It has been rather grim.  We got a lot of snow in a short time and the sky was overcast a lot.

It seems that the wind must have come from the same direction with a lot of the snow.  We now have this huge overhang coming from the roof of our sunroom.

It’s a bit like living under a snowdrift.