Friday, September 29, 2006

Friday Vocabulary - Fissiparous

Hello! It's been a bit since I last posted. I've been trying to keep up in school. Here is my post for today.

I was reading The Pilgrim's Regress By C. S. Lewis last night in a chapter entitled "The Black Hole" where the main character asks the guide why the Landlord made the black hole if he was so good. I came upon this paragraph:
'The Landlord does not make the blackness. The blackness is there already wherever the taste of mountain-apple has created the vermiculate will. What do you mean by a hole? Something that ends. A black hole is blackness enclosed, limited. And in that sense the Landlord has made the black hole. He has put into the world a Worst Thing. But evil of itself would never reach a worst: for evil is fissiparous and could never in a thousand eternities find any way to arrest its own reproduction. If it could, it would be no longer evil: for Form and Limit belong to the good. The walls of the black hole are the tourniquet on the wound through which the lost soul else would bleed to a death she never reached. It is the Landlord's last service to those who will let him do nothing better for them.'

The Pilgrim's Regress: Book Ten: Chapter 4

When I got to the word fissiparous, I thought "I wonder what that means?" So I thought I would look it up and use it for Friday Vocabulary.

Fissiparous means to reproduce by fission. Fission is something that various simple plants and animals do in which the parent divides in two or more parts and each part becomes an independent individual. It also means to break up into parts or to split apart.

Well that is all for today. See you on Monday!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

The Quote of Wednesday

I promised Jo that I would post the quotes of Wednesday again. Next week I've got exams so I'll be giving the quote to Jo to post.
I was going to post something from St. Augustin, but I went to a physics colloquium at four today and my brain is still running on that.
Maybe though, you all might like to hear about symmetry? Mario Livio, a physicist and writer, wrote a book about symmetry. He spoke about it today as a guest lecturer. It was an excellent lecture. Maybe I'll change my major from engineering to physics.
But this isn't a proper quote for Wednesday. I do not have one for today. So instead, I suggest you to go listen to John Piper's sermon on expository preaching. I am not sure where to find it, but I will ask my dad (who downloaded it on his cell phone).

Meanwhile, you can ponder these words from John 1:1 to 5.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it."

Hmm, I wonder if there is any symmetry there...

Friday, September 08, 2006

Friday Vocabulary - Vicarious

Hello!! The word for today is vicarious.
Vicarious means to take the place of another thing or person. It can also mean to endure, suffer, or perform something in the place of another person.
It reminds me of Jesus' substitutionary death on the cross.
That's all for now!! See you on Monday!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Hello! It's been a bit since we last posted.
This summer we've been rather busy. Kirk is now a Freshman at a near by college. I don't know how often she will be able to post but she said she'll try posting a quote every Wednesday.
This year I'm a senior and am trying to pick up all Kirk's chores as well as help mum but I'm going to work posting into my schedule somehow. I'm going to start the Friday Vocabulary again and I'm also going to try posting something on Mondays. I'm not sure what the Monday posts will be about but I'm open to any suggestions our faithful readership might make.
I guess that's all for now. I'll see you all on Friday!