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Name:
Cathi

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Dreaming of the mountains...


Who is Granny?

I'm the incredibly blessed mother of 9, "Granny" to 16, and wife of "The Papa," the knight-in-shining-armor whose loving support has made it possible for me to stay home and give my life to mothering, homemaking, and 26 years of homeschooling. Life at Granny's House is full of laughter, friendship, books, music, lively debate, writing, and good things to eat. My days are made even more meaningful by coming alongside other moms, giving them the support and encouragement that I lacked as a young mother and helping them to network with each other in ways that strengthen homes and families. A few times a year I board a plane to visit my "away" kids, to attend the birth of a grandchild, or to enjoy some lazy days with my best friend, but I always love coming back to...Granny's House.

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  • August 15 - SAC Day begins
  • August 16 - Sam is 7!
  • August 20 - Kristen's birthday
  • August 30 - THE WELTYS ARRIVE!
  • Sept 3 - FAMILY PICTURES
  • Sept 3 - Chris' birthday
  • Sept 5 - Henry is 9!
  • Sept 7 - Isaac is 10!
  • Sept 17 - The Papa's birthday
  • Sept 23-30 - Granny and Papa go to Hawaii
  • Sept 26 - PawPop is 88!
  • Sept 29 - Tim is 15!
  • Oct 2 - Cheyenne's birthday
  • Oct 4 - Liam is 5!
  • Oct 7 - John Caleb is 17!
  • Oct 18 - Tony's birthday



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  • Thursday, November 06, 2008
    Thursday edition of Words on Wednesday


    Well, Kristen jumped in there first with one of her pet peeves:

    "referring TO yourself as "myself". double ARGH!!!

    W.O.W. to the rescue!

    Kristen is not really clear here, and some of you might be scratching your heads as to what she means. But she's right, there's a real misunderstanding of the use of "myself" and other reflexive pronouns. Observe:

    "For more information, see Jim or myself after the meeting."

    "We decided that the points of contact would be Sarah and myself."

    "Tim, this morning Jeff announced that the emails will be handled by Barb and yourself."

    Right, Kristen, double ARGH!

    Before I explain the nuts and bolts here, let me demonstrate why the above uses grate on the ears. What if Jim were not at the meeting? Would I look around and then say, "Okay never mind, just see myself after the meeting"? Of course not...I'd say "See ME after the meeting." Or how about if Sarah backs out and I say, "We decided that the point of contact would be myself"? Well, I might say that, but I'd be wrong. And if Barb were not available, would the emails be handled by yourself? NO, they would be handled by you.

    Not every language has reflexive pronouns, but if you're a speaker or writer of English, they're your birthright and you must learn to respect their unique function. A reflexive pronoun (myself, yourself, herself, himself, itself, ourselves, yourselves, themselves, oneself) can only be used when the action of the sentence is reflected back on the subject...in other words, when the subject and the object of the sentence are the same entity. You can dress yourself; I cannot dress yourself. I can wash myself; you cannot wash myself. Only I can drive myself; only you can drive yourself.

    So, dear readers, there is no way you can see myself after the meeting, whether Jim is there or not. (And he should be--that guy is always missing meetings.) You can see me...you can see Jim...but only *I* can see myself.

    Similarly, we decide that I will be the point of contact, or that the point of contact will be me. Not myself. Just plain ol' me. And the emails will be handled by you and Barb, or perhaps by Barb and you, but please note that Jeff can't insist the emails be handled by yourself. The emails can perhaps handle themselves, but then that's done on an OS that hasn't been invented yet. We're eagerly awaiting that one, yes Lyric?

    This, by the way, is an error that happens most often when the reflexive pronoun is used with another person's name. When in doubt, remove the other person's name and see how it sounds with just the "myself."

    And I will go into this further on another W.O.W., but please don't exchange one problem for another by saying, "If you have questions after the meeting, please see Jim or I." You'll be jumping out of the frying pan into the fire. You will hurt yourself.

    There are a couple of other uses for reflexive/intensive pronouns in English, but their uses are fairly intuitive and not often abused so I won't treat them here.

    And just as a related freebie for those of you taking notes: there are no such words as hisself, theirself, themself, or ourself. And there's no such word as myselves unless you have been officially diagnosed with Multiple Personality Disorder by a board-certified psychiatrist. Then you may help yourselves. All of them.

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    Granny's Mission Statement
    "...Tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done....that the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, that they may arise and tell them to their children."
    ~Psalm 78:4-6

    My Focal Passage for 2011...
    Philippians 2:5-11

    5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,

    6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,

    7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.

    8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

    9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,

    10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

    11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

    ~Philippians 2:5-11 (ESV)


    Oxymoronica...

    "The vanity of being known to be trusted with a secret is generally one of the chief motives to disclose it."

    ~Samuel Johnson


    [Oxymoronica, n., A compilation of self-contradictory terms, phrases, or quotations; examples of oxymoronica appear illogical or nonsensical at first, but upon reflection, make a good deal of sense and are often profoundly true.]


    Books on the iPhone, the Kindle, or on the nightstand...


  • The Good Husband of Zebra Drive, Alexander Mccall Smith
  • The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions, Arthur G. Bennett, editor



  • Books finished in 2011...

  • Oxymoronica, Mardy Grothe
  • Some Sing, Some Cry, Ntozake Shange, Ifa Bayeza
  • English Society in the Eighteenth Century, Roy Porter
  • One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, Ann Voskamp
  • His Word in My Heart, Janet Pope
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
  • Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi
  • Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God, John Piper
  • Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, Joshua Foer
  • Blue Shoes and Happiness, Alexander McCall Smith
  • The Red Queen, Philippa Gregory
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, Eric Metaxas
  • The Confessions of Saint Augustine, St. Augustine
  • Complete Poems and Selected Letters of John Keats, John Keats
  • Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell
  • Words That Work, Frank Luntz
  • NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
  • Poke the Box, Seth Godin
  • Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It, Gary Taubes
  • A Patriot's History of the United States, Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen
  • Song of Saigon: One Woman's Journey to Freedom, Anh Vu Sawyer
  • The Artistic Mother: A Practical Guide for Fitting Creativity into Your Life, Shona Cole
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature, Elizabeth Kantor
  • The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, David McCullough


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    "Were the whole realm of nature mine
    That were a present far too small...
    Love so amazing, so divine
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