An Apology: For several days the Old Fool has missed writing a blog to post on his website. Perhaps it is his ego that makes him think that his daily blogs might have been missed. But he and his mind have not been idle.
An Assignment: On the Sundays of May I am to teach a Sunday School class on how to study the Bible. My assumption is that a teacher does not really teach if students fail to gain new behaviors. A teacher can lecture her student about piano playing, but if the student doesn’t practice the result will be less than a piano player. So if I do not motivate members of the class to practice Bible study, none of them will become Bible students from my ineffective attempt to teach them. All of this has been on my mind.
Preparation for practice: My best friend is testing the study practices I am devising. I am learning from her. I like that.
A surprise visit: I was surprised by the visit of a friend from Sarasota. She had been a member of my Sunday School class in Sarasota, and was celebrating her twenty-third birthday by coming to Goshen to visit her friends here. I was among them. She is a student with the University of South Florida and is studying on line. She used “Rhoda’s” laptop to attend class. It is neat. She was pleased to pre-test the work book I am preparing with the help of best friend. Friends are an asset to living. She had studied for a year at Goshen College, so she knew a little about Indiana weather. She expected spring-like weather. Her first and last days in Indiana were what she expected, but she also learned that it can be cool in mid-April.
Sunday morning: My Sarasota friend went with me to my Sunday Morning group. A member reported that he had heard a sermon in which the preacher said that at funerals we should talk about and praise God, not about the deceased person. This sparked a long discussion about funeral plans. I had listened to an interview with Dr. Laurence Kraus who said as I remember it that science and religion have nothing to say to each other, and that life after death cannot be proven by religion and disproved by science.
A problem: Best friend and I have sat together in public on several occasions and I embarrass her; I sleep so soundly she can’t rouse me. I have an appointment with my Nurse Practitioner this afternoon and that will be a topic of our conversation. Not best friend’s embarrassment which is understandable, but my sleeping in public which is undesired by her or me.
Brother and cousins: Our cousin Marcus and his son recently visited my 93 year old brother in Port Charlotte. My brother was pleased. In the past 12 months, my brother has written a book about himself. He did it by speaking into his computer loaded with a software application that en-scribed it. To read his book is almost as though you were listening to him tell the story of his life.