Thursday, September 27, 2007


Was the first Bible Study I decided to start for the freshman girls. We need the encouragement. Praying for others helps me not become self-absorbed. You can walk in a classroom and see the looks on peoples faces. They're tired, stressed, and the fire hydrant has filled their Dixie cups long ago but still wants to shoot water. They need to be reminded, I know I do, that the learning and opportunity and environment are all blessings given to us. Bear it with a smile and good attitude and not an overwhelming burden.

The sun was shining in my window

Which meant I should have already gotten up! It was almost 8 and I had wanted to get much more done before starting the day, but alas, alack, and anon... I didn't nor did I get my coffee this morn. But it became my friend later in the day when studying rhetoric with the girls, which is how I passed the test (I hope). That test made me happy. I actually enjoyed taking it. I hope I'm still smiling when I get it back with the grade in red ink.

Lydia is up late once again...

With one final behind her! Two more written, and then oral finals next week. Daunting but exciting at the same time. Let's see... Mr. Appel gets peanut butter chocolate brownies, hum maybe Mr. Griffith would appreciate baklava, and Nate stout beer, a good wine perhaps? Ok, maybe bribery is not in the forecast, but I'm sure snow is.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

It's a revolution! A few coffee facts

Coffee notes from Mr. Appel’s Disputatio lecture 8/24/07
Coffee originated in Ethiopia. Grows in red cherries, and the seed of these cherries is the coffee bean. The Ethiopians use the dry processing method of harvesting which allows the fruit overtones to be infused in the coffee. Coffea Arabica cannot grow just anywhere and it is hard to get a full crop. Cofea Robusta is fertile, but tastes terrible.
The discovery of the coffee bean is most likely contributed to a goatherder named Kali. He went to look for his goats one afternoon and discovered them under a tree jumping around and butting each other. He wasn’t quite sure what had gotten into them, thought they might possibly die, but when they were fine the next day, they went right back to the same tree and began to eat the berries and leaves. Kali became curious and tried some as well, and the rest is history.
“Black as Hell, sweet as I love, and strong as death.” ~Arabic Proverb
Their was a time in Arabia when wives could divorce their husbands if they were not given their daily coffee ration.
“He who sleeps away half his life, lives only half his life.” ~Khair Beg
Pope Clement VIII after trying this delectable beverage, called Satan’s brew at the time, decided that the pagans needn’t enjoy it all by themselves and thus baptized it.
For more on this you can browse through a book by William H. Ukers entitled All About Coffee
Kolschitsky the Poland opened The Blue Bottle CafĂ©, Europe’s first coffee house in Vienna in 1652, and by 1700 there were 2000 coffee houses.
Another name to google would be JE Jacobs.
Walter Rumsey prescribed coffee as a cure for drunkenness
“The Tattler” was the first magazine, and came about because of coffee house chats.
Stewart Allen dubbed it the “Devil’s Brew” but still continued to be the Puritan’s drink of choice.
Women began petitioning against coffeehouses because they never saw their husbands, as a result King Charles II banned coffee houses, but this did not last long.
Coffee as a national habit in England died. They did not own land condusive to growing coffee, but tea was prominent. By 1690, the Dutch smuggled coffee beans from Mocha and planted them in Java.
Louis XIV of France got coffee and de Clieu was determined to take coffee to the New World. He nurtured a small Cofea Arabica plant all the way across the ocean. Even when rations were low he would drink some water and give the rest to his plant. He was very determined!
By 1876 the US imported 340 million pounds of coffee per year, this means 1/3 of the world’s exports was coffee coming to the US.
Italy has drunk coffee for the longest of any nation.

Saturday, September 8, 2007


A few seniors presented a summary on their theses. Kelly Johnson on TV dinners' effect on the housewife and such. Davey Hendricks on modernity and effect thereof. Modernity seeks to protect reason from faith and the world from the church. Brian Schlect on Flood's dealing with the reserve rule in baseball. Jennie Jo discussing girl brides in Muslim countries vs. Christian, and how the Muslims lack the fundamental bride category in religion and life. And then we had Anna Fields up to bat, about Rune Arlidge's influence on sports tv. Oversimplified I know. we'll just have to wait until they R done.

Rodeo Trivia

In honor of some folks going to the rodeo tonight, Mr. Schlect decided to shake things up a bit at Disputatio tonight and see who knew more on the subject, Montana or Texas, so here's some fun trivia. You can post your answers via 'comment' if you like.
1. The action of a bronco turning while bucking is called what?
2. An animal that runs around the ring without bucking is called what?
3. In calf roping how many legs of the calf are tied?
4. What is considered a complete ride on a bull?
5. What is an expression of encouragement in cowboy terms?
6. What piece of equipment does the saddle-bronk hold onto?

Friday, September 7, 2007


I finally finished the last 400 pages in City of God, and tomorrow I get to see how much of it I remember. :)