Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Studying Spanish and reading Matthew 16

Today was my weekly "conversational Spanish" practice lesson. My teacher, "Teresa Paz," thinks that I am learning at a good pace. She suggested daily practice in reading out loud. It would build my confidence and pronunciation.

She thinks that I have good understanding to build on. I have a couple of books in Spanish on my Kindle, they will work well. I understand about 80% of what I'm reading without looking anything up. At least I think I do. There were a couple of places where I understood individual words, but had to ask what the entire concept within a phrase or sentence was. The book I'm reading is "Cristo, mi Salvador" by Herman W Gockel. It is challenging, but I'm enjoying it.

After she left, I ran across this cartoon that made me laugh. It is too true to be funny, but there you have it.

 From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life? “For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

Saturday, August 23, 2014


Yeah, it's kind of interesting… Music is an excellent tool for various needs.

  • The rhythm and melody make an excellent mnemonic device. (THE ALPHABET SONG comes to mind…)
  • Hymnody has been used as a catechetical tool like this  
  • Part of my "Spanish-learning" includes learning songs like 

Monday, August 18, 2014

More tools to help me study Spanish

Here are some more tools that I have discovered:

The last one set off a brainstorm. If I find books that I am familiar with and interested in, I might pick up something. Maybe. I hope.

Kathy S says that I spend way more time talking and thinking about theology than anyone else she knows. I don't know, maybe it is true. At the very least, it is an interest.

That is why I got these books.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Learning… Spanish… AGAIN!

Once upon a time, there may have been a woman that I will call Teresa Paz. (I generated that name at <>.)

Anyhow, Teresa may be a real person. She may be a friend that I met through Mother. She may, on the other hand, be an alter ego for myself while I learn Spanish.

Anyhow, I have set some goals for myself in re-learning the Spanish that I took in high school and college, only learning it to be able to speak it. I MIGHT try to find someone to talk to. I probably ought to also try to reconnect with some of my classmates from high school… Or not. Irregardless, I have, as Teresa Paz set some goals for myself for the next two weeks:

  • And another romantic one <>
  • Saturday, August 9, 2014

    It WASN'T a tutorial on training your voice recognition devices!

    I get it! Sometimes my prejudices about books and movies gets in my way. Even though all of my nieces and nephews said that I would enjoy, "How to Train Your Dragon," I just had this mental blockage against it.

    Every time I hear the words "training" and "Dragon" in the same sentence, I envisioned the myriad of ways voice recognition software has gone awry for me.

    … Like "the Wheelchair from Hell." It really wanted to kill me! I would say, "stop," and it sometimes stopped. Or sped up. Or turned left. Or turned right. It would listen to horns honking & dash into traffic. It tried to throw me into water fountains.


    … Or the time that I was using an early version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking. (Back when Dragon Systems made the software and they had the coolest logo…)

    But… I'm not going to tell that story. It makes my face turned red, STILL.


    "How to Train Your Dragon" is a cute movie that I will probably watch again.

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014


    :-) I'm surprised that I know so many of these folks! :-)

    Wish I was one of them…

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    Tentative schedule for reading CHRIST HAVE MERCY

    Tentative Schedule
    Date                                         Chapter to Discuss
    8/9/2014           Week 01           Introducing Ourselves; Reading the Preface and Forward; Finding the                                                           Study Questions        
    8/16/2014         Week 02           1. Lord, Have Mercy;Christ, Have Mercy; Lord,Have Mercy
    8/23/2014         Week 03           2. Father, Son, and Spirit
    8/30/2014         Week 04           3. Mercy Incarnate      
    9/6/2014           Week 05           4. The Heart of Mercy's             Heart   
    9/13/2014         Week 06           5. Baptized for This  Moment    
    9/20/2014         Week 07           6. Spoken Free and Living Mercifully                 
    9/27/2014         Week 08           7. Christ's Body and Blood
    10/4/2014         Week 09           8. Christ Cares for the Needy, Body and Soul           
    10/11/2014       Week 10           9 . The Church: Holy and Whole
    10/18/2014       Week 11           10. God against God
    10/25/2014       Week 12           11. Mercy, Money, and Missing the Stewardship Boat         
    11/1/2014         Week 13           12. Mercy and the Church's Confession 
    11/8/2014         Week 14           13. Mercy and Office    
    11/15/2014       Week 15           14. What is Lutheran Leadership?                     
    11/22/2014       Week 16           15. Mercy in the City
    11/29/2014       Week 17           16. Repentance, Word, Vocation, and the Courage to Be Lutheran  and Merciful   
    12/6/2014         Week 18           Conclusion: It's Time to Dare Something for Mercy's Sake