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Quick, easy recipe that I love.
Serves 4+ Prep time:  10 minutes  Cook:  12 minutes

1 lb. dried whole wheat spagetti or linguini
3 T. extra virgin olive oil
3+ lg. cloves of garlic, minced
1t. dried basil or 4 T. fresh chopped
1/4 t. salt
1/2 c. toasted walnuts, chopped

Cook pasta.  Saute’ garlic and basil in olive oil over low heat for three minutes.  Do not brown the garlic.  Add salt and turn off heat.  Set aside while pasta cooks and the walnuts toast in toaster oven or in a dry skillet.  Drain pasta, chop walnuts, and toss with olive oil and garlic.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

The Classical Education You (Probably) Never Had

The college education that I barely started and probably will never complete is sometimes a true regret for me.  Although I love to learn I am usually randomly pursuing practical information I can use in daily life.  This is useful, but I still have the desire to expand my horizons and experience much more of the classical education several of my children have been blessed with.  I had purchased the book The Well-Educated Mind~A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had by Susan Wise Bauer a number of years ago.  The basic premise of the book is introduced here and here. I chose Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes as my first true literary endeavor and made it halfway through.  Feeling like a failure I loaned my WEM book to my daughter and put my Great Books goals on the shelf until recently.  I am reinspired to begin my education and am hoping some will choose to join me so we can discuss, in person or via blog comments, what we are reading.

If you are interested in reading and discussing a book at a fairly slow pace, the next step would be to decide on a genre-fiction, autobiography, history, drama, or poetry and then a book within the genre.  Such as-Jane Eyre, Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life, The Prince, Oedipus the King, or Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.  Let me know if you are interested, otherwise I will proceed alone with Susan Wise Bauer as my guide.

Outside in Kansas City~Beautiful, sunny day, flowers blooming and trees going from buds to leaves.My beautiful Black Locust tree is full of white clusters of flowers.  Temperature is a pleasant 71 degrees.

I am thinking~That the just home from the weekend three-year-old is going to take a while to calm down tonight. 

I am thankful for~The opportunity to go worship at Faith Community Church this morning, hear a great sermon from Pat Abendroth about the centrality of the gospel and then a great Biblical Counseling class on “Feelings.” 

In my kitchen~Had a wonderful dinner of Tilapia grilled by my husband along with grilled broccoli and wonderful red potatoes with fresh chives and sour cream.

I am wearing~Turquoise t-shirt, capri jeans, and no shoes.

Last creative endeavor~ Gardening!

I am going~To get Taylor’s graduation announcements done asap (hold me accountable, please),

Can’t wait for~ Long summer days of sunshine.

Family News~Nicholas will be home from school on Friday!  Taylor has definitely decided on Mercer.  There is more big family  news that I am not at liberty to share yet 😦  anyone care to comment?

Current Read~Still Reading Why Christians Can’t Trust Psychology by Ed Bulkley, Ph.d and The Christian’s Guide to Psychological Terms by Marshall and Mary Asher.  The first book is really good, I haven’t finished it yet but I think every christian should read it. Good free article here on THE BIBLE, PSYCHOLOGY–AND YOU ( which I did not go over with a fine tooth comb so use discernment, as usual).

I am hearing~A lawn mower, a chattering three-year-old.

I am hoping~To get some groceries into the house so I can feed the family.  Hopefully tonight!

Around the house~Decided to buy some flooring for the kitchen, hallway, entries.  Hopefully we will get it installed next weekend…ammended~looks like we are starting tonight.

Simple pleasure~Tuna melts for lunch, how did I miss out on these for the first 45 years?

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