The Psalms are the most read of all the books of the Bible. These songs and poems are rooted in Jewish history, but are relevant in our lives today. They speak both individually and communally in times of sadness and joy, giving us words of wisdom, trust, forgiveness, praise and thanksgiving to God.
Among my small collection of jewellery are two lockets. One of these is a special keepsake that holds many happy memories.
A search through my handkerchief treasure box reveals many happy memories and interesting information about the development of the kerchief.
I had the opportunity to participate in a research study that examined the effect of brisk walking on memory. I found the study to be a very positive experience.
The word 'missionary' is comparatively new. It usually denotes 'sending out', but Christians who stay at home can also be missioners, encouraging others to show their love for God and their neighbour.
It's not the photos in this album that grabbed my attention, but the illustrations that were done long ago of many Australian towns, buildings and monuments. How so many have changed!
An unusual, tasty luncheon dish that ticks all the boxes for those on Gluten Free, FODMAP and Diabetic diets.
I discovered that no one else seemed to use some of the words our family used. Thinking that they must be related to my ancestors I wondered if this might happen to other people, too.
Growing your own vegetables is such fun and it can be done in a small garden in a container. Then you know that they are truly organically grown and they're so fresh and such healthy food, too.
This Gluten Free Banana cake can be made so quickly, and by using Lactose Free milk it is also suitable for those on a FODMAP diet.
Our photographs may become heirlooms and along with those we have inherited that are already heirlooms they deserve preservation. This useful article suggests a number of ways of doing this.
Tichicus is mentioned five times in the New Testament, yet he seems to be small and unimportant. We never read of anything he said or did, except his willingness to be helpful to Paul.
How important it is to praise God! There are so many everyday events in our lives where His love shines through and it's a great privilege to be able to praise Him for these blessings.
We often have good intentions, but then comes indecision and inaction and nothing gets done. Sometimes we just need that impetus to get us going on the right road.
Making an elastic band harp can be fun and a great activity for a rainy day. It's also educational and you will have most of the materials already at hand.
The Wave of Prayer is one of the annual activities of the world-wide Mothers' Union. This article describes what may happen in the service in one of the MU groups in Melbourne, Australia.
Collecting dolls can teach us many things about dolls in history. Some of us collect them on purpose, and some collections, like mine, just happen.
Arrangements of dried grasses are easy to prepare, cost nothing, and help to cheer the house with natural reminders of Spring.
This moist cake can be also used as a dessert and is great for all the family, whether they require a gluten free diet or not.
These delicious melt-in-the-mouth treats have few ingredients and are easy and quick to make.
Our names become part of us and expansions such as pet names, nicknames and diminutives often become part of us, too.
The Australian Princess parrot is beautiful in the wild, but it can also make a delightful pet.
Unable to find ideas for an ESL final lesson in any of the resources, this is what I devised and hopefully it may be useful for other ESL teachers.
Happy holidays need planning ahead. Making lists and ticking off items is essential if you want to have a worry free holiday and make great memories!
Almost everyone enjoys doodling sometimes, but doodles can become an interesting art form as well.
This is a very useful and tasty gluten free recipe. Some variations are included.
This is the final article on linguistics and the changes that have come about between descriptive and prescriptive ways of looking at grammar.
Fans, their age-old history and their uses. From royal courts, to dancing, to church liturgy, they have found a place in many cultures.
Fans make useful gifts or party or wedding favours. They are inexpensive to purchase and can be decorated by adults or used for kid's craft.
The orchid is known as the Spring Gentleman and is rich in symbolism. The article includes information about orchids and instructions for painting them.
Although there have been substantial changes in Chomsky's system for a transformational-generative grammar over the years since it was first proposed, his contribution is seen as important in the discipline of linguistics and Chomsky himself is seen as an important system-builder.
Structuralists and Descriptivists had different approaches to the study of grammar and this can be especially seen in the work of Bloomfield and Chomsky.
A cosy rug can be a useful project for any time of the year. It will help to use up those odd balls of wool and can be a welcome gift - made with love.
Discusses the limitations of a prescriptive grammar and the development of a more liberal approach that resulted in a variety of descriptive grammars as linguistics developed into a separate discipline.
The human quality of honesty is important, but this article is mostly about the popular cottage garden plant known as Honesty.
Instructions are given for making bookends for a children's bedroom using materials found around the home using greeting cards. Creative suggestions are also provided for other materials that could be utilised.
Many cathedrals and churches in Britain have memorial brasses that were set in the stone floors to mark burial places in medieval times. Since Victorian times it has been a popular pastime to make rubbings of these brasses and it can be fun and educational at the same time.
An easy recipe for jellied beetroot is preceded by a brief history of the of this ancient vegetable, followed by its uses, nutrition and other methods of cooking through the ages.
The Helmet seashell is a member of the Superorder of Caenogastropoda, as is a smaller member of the Helmet family, the Bonnet seashell. Because of their size and appearance, they have been attractive to tourists and collectors and some species are now protected.
This recipe takes very little cooking and can be made right up until the day before Christmas. Even children could follow the simple instructions although if you want it to look good as well as taste great, an adult hand would be useful for the decorating.
The writings of John Calvin greatly influenced the Reformation and continues to influence the Protestant Church today. A study of his work reveals several flaws in his thinking but also highlights the lasting significance of his contribution to Biblical hermeneutics.
St. Augustine, an African priest who was made a bishop just before the beginning of the fifth century, wrote many works that are considered seminal in the area of Biblical Hermeneutics. However, he was also responsible for promoting some views that were more influenced by Cicero and Plato than by...
The main elements of a formal report or a dissertation contain certain rules and there may be requirements in different institutions and disciplines. The basics are shown here and could be useful in helping to construct a variety of report papers.
Cowries are a species of marine molluscs and have been utilised by man for over nine thousand years. Some species, although beautiful, are very common while others are extremely rare. This article concentrates mainly on cowries from the Pacific area, but they come from the warmer seas in many parts...
The life of the paper nautilus and its delicate egg-case is discussed, concluding with a warning that global warming may contribute to its extinction.
This versatile recipe may be served as a main luncheon dish or as a side dish. It does not take long to prepare, is a healthy alternative to a pie, and is sure to be welcomed by the whole family.
Many people have vintage and even antique apparel hidden away, and a fundraiser is a good opportunity to show them off. But, even a small show needs to be planned carefully if it is to be successful.
A brief look at language study and grammar, including traditional types of grammars and universal grammar as seen by grammarians and linguists.
Learning how to paint bamboo is one of the first lessons when exploring Chinese watercolour techniques. The materials needed are set out and the steps to master for the painting are explained along with some interesting information about bamboo and Chinese symbolism linked with bamboo.
Paper crafts are a great way to improve kids' fine motor skills. The equipment is inexpensive and they can have lots of fun paper tearing, folding, cutting, glueing and weaving paper.
Suggestions for making handmade greeting cards include the use of photographs, purchased stickers and scrap-booking materials, quilling, calligraphy, sketching, drawing and painting your own. You can even make matching gift tags. See the article for more ideas.
This article discusses the need for good planning before commencing such a project. Learn how to choose decorative plants for growing indoors and outdoors and how to care for them, including information on nutrition and dealing with disease.
This article on flute breathing exercises discusses how we breathe, types of breathing and which is best for the flautist and also for the player's general health. Some breathing exercises that help with the control of breath are explained with diagrams along with an emphasis on the importance of...
A brief verse, for the Poem a Day challenge for April, and also a look at some types of insects and how they affect our daily lives.
A number of entries in an autograph album, 1910-11, follow particular themes, such as Christian and Moral, Friendship and Funny. The album includes illustrations in some entries, a number of signatures and addresses from people living in the Daylesford and Chewton areas of Victoria and also in...
A poem that uses all the letters of the alphabet, four times for each letter. It is inspired by Lamentations 3, which does the same thing with the Hebrew alphabet. While recognizing the difficulty of such a construction, it aims to praise God for His great love in sending His Son, Jesus, so that...
As we age our bodies grow older but often our minds remain fresh. We should learn from the past and use the wisdom gained from our experiences to look forward to the future and with God's help complete our projects while we are still able to do so.
The Fourth Commandment tells us to take a day of rest, but we rarely seem to find time to do this. Rest is as important for our spiritual and physical well-being as rests are in music as they contribute to the harmony.
Two attempts at using rictameter to write about a sunset.
A surprising number of vegetable can be planted in pots and tubs in a small garden. Even when the space is restricted a small Worm Farm can be very beneficial. Discusses how to care for the worms.
When we are not so busy, holiday time is a good opportunity to plan special Sunday School activities relating to the Church Year. There are suggested ideas for activities Lent, Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Day, including a Sunday School Camp.