Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Raven's 82

Today I face another Raven's Challenge.

The words for this week's ten word challenge were: Tibetan sky, symbols, won’t you come home Bill Baily, shadow figures, brain cortex, practice makes perfect, life, start of school, lavender, chow down And for the mini: mental hospital, falling leaves, apple cider, packing crates, clues

Ten Words:

The Tibetan sky began to emerge from behind the brush as stroke after stroke was put on the canvas. Lester Frost did not work quietly, he sang "won't you come home Bill Baily" while he painted. A moon was in the sky and shadow figures of lavender. Where did the images come from? Lester did not know, or did he care if they came from the brain cortex. Painting was his life. Practice makes perfect he heard, but he did not consider his works of art practice, although he spent many hours working on the canvas. Practice is what you had to do with the math symbols. The start of school was soon and he would have to chow down and practice. Maybe he pondered he would have an art class this year.
15 words:

Mary Beth felt the sadness as she put Lester's belongings into packing crates. The paints of many hues even lavender would not go with him. He would not be able to finish the painting of a Tibetan sky. Mary Beth studied the shadow figures trying to find a clue in them of Lester's illness.
What in Lester's brain cortex pulled him from the world, where it was the start of school. He should be walking through falling leaves, chowing down on cookies, and drinking apple cider. Lester's life had taken a new turn from the working on symbols, practicing to make perfect what he learned, to a life in the mental hospital. Now silent not singing "won't you come home Bill Baily." That careless driver had ruined many lives that day.

5 words:
Seated by the mesh covered window of the mental hospital Lester watched the falling leaves. He sipped the apple cider he was just served. He then turned to observing those in the large lounge. He grew bored and returned to his room.
The room was sparse but he noticed the packing crates in the corner. He wondered if they would give him some clues to why he was not at home. He found framed pictures of Mary Beth, his sister, and of his parents , who he knew passed away. He placed them on the small table next to the single bed. That was all there was, the rest were cloths used as packing material. Then one of the cloths jarred his memory. The cloth was covered with blobs of different colored paint.
"My painting," he exclaimed.
By speaking those words he drew the caretakers to his room. He had not spoken a word while he was in the hospital. He had grown silent after witnessing a hit and run driver killing two of his classmates while they were on their way to school, the first day.
Mary Beth was excited. There was a breakthrough. Lester was speaking and interacting. She rushed to the hospital.

Sunday, September 13, 2009


I was so blessed by the confirmation service. The students each made a statement about their faith as part of the service. All presentations were different using their different talents. One using her art ability used the word faith drawing pictures explaining her faith. One wrote a story of a child's faith as he faced death from cancer. My granddaughter did a PowerPoint presentation using a song that expressed her faith and growth. She included pictures from her baptism. There were very few dry eyes when it finished. I think the name of the song was " I thought I knew" but I am not sure, I will have to check. The others spoke about their faith.
I am not sure yet if I am back to blogging. I was away for many reasons, caring for Pennie, VBS and planing for Sunday School. Pennie is one of two leaders. I am teaching crafts or art with another teacher., This Sunday began the Sunday School year, and St Marks begins with something called a cluster. the classes all meet together parents included. We were not going to be able to be there. This rotation is on prayer, and we have only five classes, music, art, science, games, bible learning, so cooking was decided to be used this week for the cluster. Cooking was making pretzels, one the child takes home a name to pray for with a pretzel and the child gives someone in the congregation a name and a pretzel to pray for. There would not be enough time to do the actual cooking so we decided to bake them at home. We also volunteered to do two bulletin boards. Pennie does not have a key to the church and all week she was getting home late from work. Last night was an all nighter. We made over a hundred pretzels and had two bulletin boards ready to put up, before we had to go up north.
Adding to my problem of blogging, my monitor went, and I could not get on the net if Dr. John or Pennie were on. The printing on the monitor was very blury and the letters small. I thought it was my eyes but others saw the blury letters. I could not read any blogs I tried very had but I had to give up. We moved Dr John's monitor from the old computer to the office for me to use. So maybe I will be back.