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HONEST JOURNALS

A help to me in working things out has been to keep an honest – as honest as the human being can be – unpublishable journal. Granted, much of my non-fiction work is lifted directly from my journals, but what I use is only a small fraction of these numerous, bulky volumes. If I can write things out I can see them, and they are not trapped within my own subjectivity. I have been keeping these notebooks of thoughts and questions and sometimes just garbage (which needs to be dumped somewhere) since I was about nine, and they are, I think, my free psychiatrist’s couch.

Madeleine L’Engle – {Herself}
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A COURSE IN MIRACLES SONG OF PRAYER 2023 STUDY GUIDE

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2/11/20231. PRAYER Intro 1-4
2/18/2023  1. PRAYER 1. PRAYER I. True Prayer 1-7  
2/25/2023  1. PRAYER II. The Ladder of Prayer 1-8  
3/4/20231. PRAYER III. Praying for Others 1-6
3/11/2023  1. PRAYER IV. Praying with Others 1-4  
3/18/2023  1. PRAYER V. The Ladder Ends 1-4  
3/18/20232. FORGIVENESS Intro. 2. FORGIVENESS I. Forgiveness of Self 1-10
3/25/20232. FORGIVENESS II. Forgiveness-to-Destroy 1-8
4/1/20232. FORGIVENESS III. Forgiveness-for-Salvation 1-7
4/8/2023  3. HEALING Intro. I. The Cause of Sickness 1-4  
4/15/20233. HEALING II. False versus True Healing 1-6
4/22/20233. HEALING III. Separation versus Union 1-6
4/29/20233. HEALING IV. The Holiness of Healing 1-10
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On Writing

WE ARE REQUIRED TO SERVE THE GIFT

I listen to my stories; they are given to me, but they don’t come without a price. We do have to pay, with hours of work that ends up in the wastepaper basket, with intense loneliness, with a vulnerability that often causes us to be hurt. And I’m not sure that it’s a choice. If we’re given a gift—and the size of the gift, small or great, does not matter—then we are required to serve it, like it or not, ready or not. Most of us, that is, because I have seen people of great talent who have done nothing with their talent who mutter about “When there’s time…,” or who bury their talent because it’s too risky to use.

            Yes, it is risky. We may not heart the story well. We may be like faulty radios, transmitting only static and words out of context. But I believe that it is a risk we have to take. And it is worth it, because the story knows more than the artist knows.

Madeleine L’Engle
{Herself} – compiled by Carole F. Chase
Reflections on a Writing Life
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on writing

We should write because it is human nature to write. Writing claims our world. It makes it directly and specifically our own. We should write because humans are spiritual beings and writing is a powerful form of prayer and meditation, connecting us both to our own insights and to a higher level of inner guidance as well.

Julia Cameron, The RIGHT to WRITE

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Pumpkin Slump

Ingredients:

  • 1 quart processed pumpkin
  • 1 12-oz can evaporated milk (I used our own evaporated milk)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 T. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 5 eggs
  • 3/4 cup Bisquick (I used homemade baking mix)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Whip eggs in 2-quart or larger bowl before adding all other ingredients. Using immersion blender or a mixer, blend all ingredients and then pour into a buttered 9 x 9 inch baking dish.

Bake for 50 minutes. If the center is still wobbly, turn off the oven and let sit for an additional 5-10 minutes. I forgot to set the timer for this one and it really slumped! It may not be that pretty but the extra time in the oven certainly did not make it any less scrumptious.

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Air-Fried Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups clean, dry pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1.5 tsp. salt (I used jalapeno and salt powder)

I mixed the seeds, oil, and salt together and then air-fried the seeds at 380 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. Every so often, I would remove the frying pan and shake them up a bit.

The seeds are delicious to eat as a snack, especially as they are nice and crispy. However, we plan to use them mostly as a topping for soups, salads, and breads.

My grandmother roasted pumpkin seeds on the stove-top in an iron skillet. However, when my sister told me how easy it is to air-fry seeds, I had to try it. So tickled with the results.

James and I are going to try different flavors like curry powder, zaatar, and garlic next time we cut open a pumpkin. Getting down to the last of them!

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Perfect Pickled Cabbage

Perfect Pickled Cabbage

Ingredients:

1/4 head large cabbage, shredded

3 carrots, shredded

1/4 large onion, grated

1/2 jar bread and butter pickles, with two tablespoons brine

Salt, pepper, celery seeds, and sugar to taste.

Process vegetables and pickles, separately in food processor to desired consistency.  We like our slaw a little on the rough side,  as you can see from the photo.  Mix together in a bowl and try to stay out of it for at least an hour to meld and enhance the flavors!

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Spicy Pepper Cheddar Corn Bread

Spicy Pepper Cheddar Cheese Corn Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup diced hot peppers
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • 1 scant tsp salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1/2 stick butter, warmed to room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar

Putting this together is so fun, but give yourself plenty of time. You will need the following cookware and utensils:

  • Flat bottomed skillet, preferably an iron one which is at least 10-12 inches in diameter.
  • 2-cup Measuring cup
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • A wooden, rubber, or silicone spoon/spatula
  • Measuring tablespoon

First of all, preheat the oven to 400 degrees and put the rack in the center of the oven. Rub some grease on the bottom of a 12-inch or smaller skillet. I used bacon grease.  Don’t put too much.

As soon as the oven gets to temperature, spread the diced peppers over the bottom of the skillet and put them in the oven for five minutes. After five minutes, take them out and put them on a plate to cool and put the skillet back in the oven.

In the small bowl, mix the flour, cornmeal, salt and baking powder together with the whisk. When the mixture is uniform in color, put it aside.

Put the corn and the evaporated milk together in a 2-cup measuring cup. Put the corn in first and then add enough evaporated milk to reach the 1 1/2 cup mark. Put this aside next to the flour mixture.

In the medium bowl, crack the eggs and beat them together lightly. Add the corn/milk mixture and the cheddar cheese. Mix this together very well and put this aside.

Mix the butter and sugar together with the spoon or spatula of your choice in the large bowl. When the sugar and butter are smooth, add the egg mixture and mix well. Add the jalapenos and stir together. Put in the flour mixture and stir it together until the flour has just been incorporated.

Carefully remove the hot skillet from the oven and lightly grease the inside. Scrape the batter (it will be thick) into the hot skillet and spread it out evenly. Bake it for 25 minutes – it will be slightly browned on top and springy.

While the cornbread baked today, I washed up all the utensils and bowls and wiped off the counters.  The kitchen smelled so warm and fragrant.  I know James wanted to eat it right away, but it is best to let it cool for a good 20 minutes before cutting.

Enjoy!

For the original recipe, nutrition information, and specific cooking notes,  please visit:

http://www.seasonsandsupper.ca.

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2022 MANUAL FOR TEACHERS STUDY Part 29. As For The Rest…

2022 MFT Study Part 29
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2022 MANUAL FOR TEACHERS STUDY Part 28. What is the Resurrection? Module I

2022 MFT Study Part 28. Module I
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2022 MANUAL FOR TEACHERS STUDY Part 27. What is Death? Module I

2022 MFT Study 27. Module I
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2022 MANUAL FOR TEACHERS STUDY Part 26. Can God Be Reached Directly? Module I

2022 MFT Study 26. Module I
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2022 MANUAL FOR TEACHERS STUDY Part 25. Are “Psychic” Powers Desirable? Module I

2022 MFT Study Part 25. Module I
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2022 MANUAL FOR TEACHERS STUDY Part 24. Is Reincarnation So? Module I

2022 MFT Study Part 24 Module I
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2022 Manual for Teachers Study Part 21. What is the Role of Words in Healing? Module I 1-5

2022 MFT Study Part 21. Module I
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2022 Manual for Teachers Study Part 20. What is the Peace of God Module I

2022 MFT Study Part 20 Module I
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2022 Manual for Teachers Study Part 19. What is Justice? Module I

2022 MFT Study Part 19. Module I
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2022 MANUAL FOR TEACHERS STUDY Part 18. How is Correction Made Module I p. 1-4

2022 MFT Study Part 18 Module I
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2022 MANUAL FOR TEACHERS STUDY Part 17. How Do God’s Teachers Deal With Magic Thoughts? Module II p. 4-6

2022 MFT Study Part 17. Module II
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2022 Manual for Teachers Study Part 17. How Do God’s Teachers Deal With Magic Thoughts 1-3 Module I

2022 MFT 17. Module I
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2022 Manual for Teachers Study Part 16 Module II 6-8

2022 MFT Study Part 16 Module II
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2022 MANUAL FOR TEACHERS STUDY Part 16. How Should the Teacher of God Spend His Day? Module I

2022 Manual for Teachers Study Part 16 Module I
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2022 Manual for Teachers Part 15. Is Each One Judged in the End? Module I

2022 MFT Study Part 15 Module I
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2022 MANUAL FOR TEACHERS STUDY Part 14. How Will the World End?

2022 MFT Study Part 14 Module One
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The Real World — LOVE IS THE ONLY HEALER

This is one of the most beautifully written articles about the Real World that I have read. I republish it here with permission from the author. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did.–EF

“Therefore, seek not to change the world, but will to change your mind about the world.”   …A Course In Miracles It’s a somewhat difficult undertaking for any two people to agree on any one thing. Two people can get together and discuss a certain subject but they hardly ever come to the same overall […]

The Real World — LOVE IS THE ONLY HEALER
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2022 Manual for Teachers Study Part 13. What is the Real Meaning of Sacrifice? Module I

2022 MFT 13 Module 1
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2022 Manual for Teachers Study Part 12. How Many Teachers of God are Needed to Save the World? Module I

2022 MFT Study Part 12. Module I
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2022 MANUAL FOR TEACHERS STUDY PART 11 How is Peace Possible in This World Module One

2022 MFT STUDY 11 Module One
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2022 Manual for Teachers Study Part 10 How is Judgment Relinquished? Module I

2022 MFT Study Part 10 Module I
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2022 Manual for Teachers Study Part 9. Are Changes Required in the Life Situation of God’s Teachers Module One

2022 MFT Study Part 9 Module I
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Elijah the Fishbite by Agnes Sligh Turnbull

As a preacher’s kid, Elijah the Fishbite was one of my favorite elementary chapter books. My son Jared and daughter Manda loved the story as well. Cat-lovers, all, I have very fond memories of sitting on our old blue sectional all cuddled up cooing over the old fashioned illustrations and reading the story, one chapter at a time.

Discussing books with our grandniece Piper O. who loves a good story and is very fond of kittens, this book came back to my mind and I so wanted to share it with her. The book has been out of print for years. Our local libraries no longer have it on loan. However, I did find an elderly copy on amazon.com, which had belonged to Mrs. Zell Pope, from the Bollington Community Church, Route 3, Georgiana, Alabama circa April 4, 1956. I like to imagine that the book was a treasure to all the little kids who attended Bollington Community. And surely Mrs. Zell Pope was a lovely lady as she did share this delightful story with the Sunday School attendees at her church!

I hope that Piper loves the story as much as we did. And I hope that you enjoy listening to the chapters and The Manx Cat Song from the book, presented here.

Elijah the Fishbite Introduction and Chapter One – by Agnes Sligh Turnbull narrated by Eckie Friar
Elijah the Fishbite Chapter Two – by Agnes Sligh Turnbull narrated by Eckie Friar
The Manx Cat Song – http://www.musicladycarol.com (The song that Father sang referenced in chapter two.)

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2022 Manual for Teachers Study Part 8. How Can Perception of Order of Difficulty be Avoided? Module One

2022 MFT Study Part 8 Module I
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2022 MANUAL FOR TEACHERS STUDY Part 7. Module I – Should Healing Be Repeated?

2022 MFT STUDY PART 7. MODULE I
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2022 Manual for Teachers Study Part 6. Is Healing Certain Module I

2022 MFT Study Part 6 Module I
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2022 Manual for Teachers 5. How is Healing Accomplished? Module IV OVERVIEW

2022 MFT Study 5. Module IV Overview
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2022 Manual for Teachers Study Part 5. How is Healing Accomplished Module III. The Function of the Teacher of God

2022 MFT Study Part 5 Module III
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2022 Manual for Teachers Study Part 5. How is Healing Accomplished Module II The Shift in Perception

2022 MFT Part 5. Module II
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2022 Manual for Teachers Study Part 5. How is Healing Accomplished? I. The Perceived Purpose of Sickness

2022 MFT Study Part 5. Module I
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2022 Manual for Teachers Study Part 4. What are the Characteristics of God’s Teacher Module 12 -Review VI-X

2022 MFT Study 4. Module 12
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2022 Manual for Teacher Study Part 4. What are the Characteristics of God’s Teachers REVIEW I-V

2022 MFT 4. REVIEW I-V
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2022 Manual for Teachers Study Part 4. What are the Characteristics of God’s Teachers? X. Open-Mindedness

2022 Manual for Teachers Study Part 4. Module X
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