Friday May 31, 2013

Adding Where Garden Meets Wilderness to my library and TBR list, I thought my fellow book-clubbers might be interested in E. Calvin Beisner’s book as well.

Edith Schaeffer mentions ecology and environmental concerns in her sixth chapter of The Hidden Art of Homemaking.  

Ecology is a subject everyone is now discussing in a worried sort of frenzy. (1971) 

Mrs. Schaeffer presents perspective immediately by reminding us homemakers that our duty is first and foremost to our own plot of ground.

Nevertheless, we all know that we are bombarded with environmental data, challenged to re-cycle, and restricted by regulatory authorities.

That’s the reason for reading the analysis of a trusted writer who has researched the issues.  

Here’s a link to a 2006 informative interview of Beisner by Bill Moyers where you will get a glimpse into the debate.

While this title was originally published in 1997, Dr. Beisner continues to write about Christian stewardship of the environment at the Cornwall Alliance.

I rely on his insight and commend him to your attention.

A Christian, who realizes he has been made in the image of the Creator and is therefore meant to be creative on a finite level, should certainly have more understanding of his responsibility to treat God’s creation with sensitivity, and should develop his talents to do something to beautify his little spot on the world’s surface.
Edith Schaeffer


Read along with our book club by visiting Cindy Rollin’s blog, Ordo-Amoris.



Sunday May 12, 2013



Tuesday May 7, 2013

We sing to Him, whose wisdom form’d the ear,
our songs, let Him who gave us voices, hear;
we joy in God, who is the Spring of mirth,
who loves the harmony of Heav’n and Earth;
our humble sonnets shall that praise rehearse,
who is the music of the Universe.
And whilst we sing, we consecrate our art,
and offer up with ev’ry tongue a heart.

Henry Purcell
English Composer
1659 – 1695

Author of The Gift of Music:
Great Composers and Their Influence,
Jane Stuart Smith, is the *Jane* whom
Edith Schaeffer references in her book
The Hidden Art of Homemaking,
as well as L’Abri

I enjoyed listening to this interesting interview of her from 2008.

Join us online book clubbers as we read Hidden Art and learn to develop our talents.

Friday April 26, 2013

Meet Professor Clyde Kilby*.

I never had the opportunity, but this portrait painted by my college friend, Deborah Melvin Beisner, makes me feel like Professor Kilby is talking with me.

In fact, he came up in my Facebook feed this week.  Actually, it was a photo of this portrait.  It was linked to John Piper’s reference to some of Professor Kilby’s wisdom. Then while reading a friend’s blog (Soli Deo Gloria), lo and behold, Kilby surfaces again. 

Kilby’s challenge to help us all see clearly dovetails delightfully into the online book club discussion I am enjoying with Cindy Rollins at Ordo-Amoris and lots of virtual friends.   In honor of Edith Schaeffer’s recent death at age 98, we are reading and blogging through her treatise, The Hidden Art of Homemaking, an obvious favorite of mine since it is the inspiration and moniker for my two blogs.

One commenter wondered why we are saddled with so many preconceived notions of art.  I propose that the Biblical story of the Tower of Babel explains our confusion. Thankfully, Mrs. Schaeffer rightly defines art at the beginning of the book, establishing the LORD God as the First Artist.  Here’s a link to my synopsis of the first chapter.

Look and see what He has done.  Creation (the world) is right here in front of our noses.  Dont miss it.  

Join the group and be inspired to represent His Image faithfully.



*Dr. Clyde S. Kilby, oil, 1987, in the collection of The Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton College, 32″ x 35″


Wednesday April 24, 2013

Here’s an unedited picture of my backyard taken through the window screen.  I am sitting in the chair at one end of the kitchen table and gazing at our *garden of eden.*



On the far right is a 50-year-old flame-colored azalea that I hope to propagate, since it’s from the landscape where I grew up.  On the deck is a container with cora bells and a butterfly bush.  On the treads of the stairs leading up to the deck are pots of pansies that have given color all winter.  In the upper left-hand corner is a tell-tale sign of the magnolia we planted only 2 years ago.  Other hard woods on our half-acre are tulip poplars, oak, and blank.  Leaves should be raked up by the end of the month and the centipede grass will take off.


This post is related to online book club discussion of Edith Schaeffer’s Hidden Art of Homemaking.

Link to my review of Chapter 1: The First Artist.