Hey y'all, as usual I've hit the Crazy Time at the end of the school year, and haven't had the time or energy to post. Only two weeks left of school! Here's what's been going down:
My students, God love 'em, have been going crazy writing their end-of-year thesis papers. We use this curriculum, The Lost Tools of Writing, about which I was extremely skeptical at first. Having taught it for a year now, I've changed my tune -- it's terrific. I can't imagine a more valuable program for helping kids do every single part of a paper, from coming up with ideas to fine-tuning their sentences.
I've gotten a little obsessed with Australian Rules Football (which, fyi, is neither soccer nor rugby) in the last week. I got to see an old Tassie friend last weekend when he came up to play against the Louisville Aussie Rules team, and it was so much fun that I've been watching games on ESPN3 to try to pick a team to follow. My friend Kate (mum to Pablo) is a Carlton supporter but says I have the freedom in Christ to support any team except Collingwood. It's nice to be able to shut my brain off for a little bit while I'm watching the games!
I participated (briefly and with much eye-rolling) in a little dustup in the comments section of a post by well-known worship music writer Stephen Altrogge called How To Write An Awful Worship Song. As usual, a few humorless trolls came and took a tongue-in-cheek post and started making accusations and dropping big words like "judgmental."
I'm starting to get really, really, REALLY excited about going back to Australia in less than two months!! Yes, I'll be there in the dead of winter, but I'm super pumped to see everyone. I've been thinking about all the fun stuff I'll get to do... and "fun" in my universe is best defined by good food, good drink, good friends, and maybe some footy on the tv. What could be better on a cold winter night?