Monday, January 31, 2011

::Why I will never win Trivial Pursuit & Sebetu Rolls::

::Week 16::
A few words about fallibility. It is ever among us. Just yesterday I was pointed to a glaring error in one of my posts. I must admit, though I tend to laugh at my mistakes, I felt an embarrassed flush creep up my cheeks. I am very good at making rapid-fire connections, where, in fact, there are none. That, combined with some poor cyber-sleuthing, and a self-admitted void in my geo-knowledge often contributes to my oblivious propagation of false information.

Have patience with me. Know that I do not make things up, though my assertions can be so off base that it reads like I am spinning a fantasy. Also know that I stand corrected. The women of Benin were nicknamed after women from Greek mythology. Their name has nothing to do with a river from Central America.
Dictation: Very remarkable Words: diapers, people, concert, colourful, dinner, really, edge, ruined

I've grown up a lot in the past 8 years. When I was a baby, I pretended to talk on the phone, but now, I really talk on the phone. When I was a baby, I pretended to read, but now, I really read. When I was a baby, I wore diapers, but now I don’t. I miss being a baby.
~Cae's Comparison Paragraph~

As you can see, my daughter loves using commas as much as I do!

"[A painter] of vivid perceptiveness . . . it is as if painting were a simple matter of feeling . . . Already the young painter could mesh a broad painting style with a compelling drama of light and shade. . ."
~"Interpreting Sargent"~

Remember, latitude rhymes with FLATitude.

::The Fur Trade::

As we have seen, one of the reasons men were sent from far across the sea to settle in Canada was to tap into the riches fur trade.

::Niger & Nigeria::

I read a fascinating account of princess Sarah Forbes Bonnetta. She was an West African princess whose tribe was conquered and killed by the Dahomeys. At five, Sarah was prepared to be sacrificed it a tribal ritual when an Englishman, visiting West Africa in hopes of putting on end to the slave trade, asked for her to be spared. Once Sarah's story reached Queen Victoria, her life took the most unlikely turn. She became the Queen's ward, almost like a grand-daughter.

::The Life-Giving Nile::

Egypt was settled along the Nile because that was where life could be sustained in the midst of the harsh Sahara desert.

The Egyptians based their calendar around the ebbs and flows of the Nile. We made our own Egyptian calendar using numbers instead of confusing hieroglyphs.

::GENESIS::Chapter 38, 39, 40, 41
We made Mesopotamian Sebetu Rolls (a.k.a herb scones).

"Goblin Market in "Goblin Market and Other Poems" by Christina Rossetti
I found this poem very haunting. Is it about two girls resisting temptation? Or is it about innocent being ripped away by force? Thankfully, Caelah accepted the words of whimsy on a superficial level. I, however, felt at times that I should not be reading aloud the things I was. . .

Cae's favourite lines:
Curious Laura chose to linger
Wondering at each merchant man.
One had a cat's face,
One whisked a tail,
One tramped at a rat's pace,
One crawled like a snail,
One like a wombat prowled obtuse and furry,
One like a ratel tumbled hurry-scurry.

My favourite lines:
Golden head by golden head,
Like two pigeons in one nest
Folded in each other's wings,
They lay down, in their curtained bed:
Like two blossoms on one stem,
Like two flakes of new-fallen snow,
Like two wands of ivory
Tipped with gold for awful kings.
Moon and stars beamed in at them,
Wind sang to them lullaby,
Lumbering owls forbore to fly,
Not a bat flapped to and fro
Round their rest:
Cheek to cheek and breast to breast
Locked together in one nest::Dams::

::Week 16::

The Play! Read and rewrite Act 2 Scene 2.