Monday, July 20, 2009

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I have lots and lots of things going on and most of what is in my head is not post worthy or dealing with my Assessment and Diagnosis class, which is really a fancy way of saying Abnormal Psych, what it is and how to diagnose it.

I have been teaching the 15-16 year old Sunday School class and am loving it. Yesterday we were talking about the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood. I had a special lesson planned and could not get the class to settle down. I have a feeling that the adversary was really trying to keep me from teaching something. We finally got through it and the last 10 minutes of class it finally happened. I had asked 4 of the boys to tell us a bit about their feelings as they: prepared the sacrament, passed the sacrament, blessed the sacrament and took the sacrament to shutins. As these young men spoke, the spirit was so strong and the rest of the class so attentive, it was just amazing. That right there is what I was hoping for with this lesson.

Book reviews coming for: Agent in Old Lace- by Tristi Pinkston, English Trifle- by Josi Kilpack, Home- by Marilynne Robinson, Table For Five- by Susan Wiggs (which moved me in a way I have not been moved for a very long time).

League play for soccer begins this Saturday. I hope it is not as hot as it has been the last couple of days, but then it is July, right? At least it is not raining like it did for most of June's soccer.

Where in the World?

Last time we were in Italy. David tells me I was not clear on the fact that I was asking only for the country and not a particular city. Sorry. I'll try to be less like mud this time.

This description is lifted right from the webpage and pasted here with the country name taken out

_____ is one of the smallest European countries, located in the most oriental point of Europe, in the Mediterranean Sea, between Italy and Turkey. Despite its size, it is considered one of the top vacation destinations by the Europeans and the other nationalities due to its enormous natural beauty and the careless life style that it shows.

Whether for winter or summer vacation, ______ offers many options to its visitors. One of its strong advantages is the calm Mediterranean weather that allows traveling at ease and is ideal for perfect tanning in summer! On the sandy beaches of the _____ islands you will fall in love with the unique blue color of the Aegean or the Ionian Sea.

For those who are fond of sports, many kinds are provided on the hot tourist destinations all over the country. The more adventurous can choose from windsurfing, kitesurfing, rafting, hiking, rock climbing, kayaking offered by quite many places. For those who seek a more relaxed version of ______ active vacation, may choose from horse riding, golf, biking or even from a kind of the special ______ vacation packages, including gastronomy, archaeological, medical, religious holidays that will give you an insight to particular aspects of this magnificent country and will bring you in actual touch with its deep roots and culture.

However, ______ is not only a summer-land. For those who love snow sports or romantic vacations relaxing at the fireplace, then you only have to choose between the popular winter destinations such as Kalavryta, Zagoria, Arachova and many others.

In ______ you will find every type of accommodation, from luxurious villas and hotels to rooms to let and camping sites. Whether you want a cheap vacation or a luxury one, this is the ideal place.

The rich culture and the numerous traditions is another reason why ______ vacation has seen that popularity. The archaeological miracles from the “Golden Era” and even earlier are a major tourist attraction, including tours on the Acropolis of Athens, Ancient Olympia, Delphi, Vergina. On the other hand the Byzantine era has left its indelible stamp, as seen on the countless churches and monasteries spread all over _____. Religious and other festivals are taking place every year on every spot of the country, while the different traditions, cuisine and local products vary from place to place.

Although its heavy history and the many wars ______ has undergone, it would be wrong to imagine it as a deep thought country dipped in philosophy. The Mediterranean temperament does not leave much space for that, as you will easily realize on your vacation to ______. The famous _____ night seems never to end, with the most vivid one being the capital city, Athens. Characterized by many as “a city that never sleeps”, it boasts for a more than vivid nightlife, with hundreds of clubs, bars, cafes, restaurants and taverns. Theatres and music scenes with every kind of music, including the _____ music as well, are filling the city with melodies and a constant movement till early in the morning. The islands of Mykonos, Rhodes, Corfu, Ios follow the same entertainment style, more or less; no matter where, it is guaranteed that you will not get bored

We used to have a neighbor from here. I was den leader when his son was in cub scouts. I had the father come and speak to us about his home country and he brought us a treat from there, baklava. Mmmmm. I was in heaven with that. If you have never tried it, you should.

So, where in the world are we?

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