Friday, October 27, 2006

ChesterTeens Sweatshirt

I am planning to make my new sweatshirt into a ChesterTeens sweatshirt using iron-ons. And I was thinking it would be cool if the ChesterTeens each made one. I will post the design once I've made it but before that I need help designing it.

I was thinking "Proud to be a ChesterTeen" on the front and a quote on the back, but what quote? And should the front be different? Please comment what you think. I need help.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

"The Man Who Was Thursday" Discussion, Post 2

Finally we have our next topic to discussion. Thanks to Dr. Thursday for coming up with another topic.

How does TMWWT fit into the Tolkien view of subcreation?
Side question for speculation: Do the Two Trees of Valinor have their seed in this dialogue?

What do you think???? PLEASE comment.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Black and White, Yes and no....

Today I was reading a chapter of Sidelights by G.K.C. The chapter was "Magic and Fantasy in Fiction." (It's at the very end of volume XXI of the Collected works). The last paragraph seemed very interesting and worthy of discussion on this blog. So please comment with your thoughts. And while you're at it, any ideas for Man Who Was Thursday Discussion topic? Anyways here's the quote:

After all it is perhaps no matter of surprise that Bishop Barnes of
Birmingham should see a link between the Magician and the Mass. There is a sort of logical link between them; the logical link that connects Yes and No. In other words, they are exact contraries; like light and darkness, which are often classed together because they are often mentioned at once. They cross each other with the complete collision and contradiction that belongs to "The Two Magics." The Magician is the Man when he seeks to become God, and, being a usurper, can hardly fail to be a tyrant. Not being the maker, but only the distorter, he twists all things out of their intended shape, and imprisons natural things in unnatural forms. But the Mass is exactly the opposite of a Man seeking to be a God. It is a God seeking to be a Man; it is God giving His creative life to mankind as such, and restoring the original pattern of their manhood; making not gods, nor beasts, nor angels; but, by the original blast and miracle that makes
all things new, turning men into men.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Another Chesterword

Thanks to Cottage Blessings we have been making tons of puppets with little craft spoons. Anyone who knows me very well could probably guess that I would make one of Chesterton. My four-year old sister Kate made many, Bob, Bobby, Bob the builder and then Chesterton!
Last night, when she was trying to say Chesterton, a slip of the tounge caused her to say Chesterpin and so she coined the term for what you see on the side of this post.

Update I aded my own Chesterpin.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Astonishing yet obvious discovery

I'm doing a reaserch paper on Chaucer, and I've been reading Chesterton's biography of him , searching for facts to fill notecards. Needless to say, I've learned the hard way what reason must have pointed out, had I thought about it: paraphrasing Chesterton is the most tragic, painful thing I have ever tried to do. Also, full of truth as his books are, mining for just the solid, bland facts is basically impossible in a volume of Chesterton. I've been working a long time, and have only one fact, albeit a good one: Chaucer was Catholic.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Phantom Tollbooth Discussion

On friday night we had a wonderful discussion on the Phantom Tollbooth with, Gilbert Girl, Margaret, Rose, Mari, Cathy, their mom, D'Maire, my mom and Gus.
We started off with "the point of view" in which Milo, Tock and the Humbug become acquanted with Alec Bings. We discussed the way in which Alec Bings always looks at the future and not the present. And so he is always running into trees. We also talked about how much Milo's point of view differs from that of Alec Bings and which of them serves that person better. We decided that Milo's is probably more practical if nothing else, but that even aside from that it does serve him better. This led into the, as we named him, "the most ordinary man in the world". He is the one who pretends to be the giant, the midget, the thin man and the fat man. And after asking him the same question at all of his four doors, Milo says" I think you're all the same man" and the man explains:

... to tall men I'm a midget, and to short men I'm a giant;
to the skinny ones I'm a fat man and to the fat ones I'm a thin man. That
way I can hold four jobs at once. As you can see, though, I'm neither tall nor
short nor fat nor thin. In fact, I'm quite ordinary, but since there are so many
ordinary men that no one asks their opinion about anything.

So the forest of sight kept us busy for quite a while since we also discussed, if only briefly, Reality, Illusions and the 'Colorful Symphony'. Margaret explained why she liked the colorful symphony and what she said was really interesting but I can't remember what her remarks were, maybe she can help me?

So next stop was Dictionopolis (we weren't going in very good order) we talked about the banquet, the half- baked- idea pastries made an interesting topic, we talked about what they were and how we liked that they got sick after eating them. Then somebody asked why the two princesses were so important, then someone else said she was wondering why Princess Rhyme was so important, she could understand why Princess Reason was important but Princess Rhyme didn't make as much sense. So that made a VERY interesting topic as you may imagine. GilbertGirl and I, the most talkitive of our group, found it 'necessary' to cover each other's mouths so that the other girls would have to talk too (it was REALLY funny). And Rose, asked her neighbor "Do you understand Reason at all?" of course she ment Princess Reason but the way it came out didn't work so well. That sent us all into fits of laughter.

But it was interesting too. GilbertGirl pointed out that in a poem, rhyme is what keeps it all together (if you know what I mean) and so that was an important part to play. And I said that in the book they describe Rhyme as a more light-hearted princess so that might be an important part to play to keep reason from being to dull. It seems to me that we got into more than that but I can't remember, does anyone else? If so please post or comment.

Next stop, The Island of Conclusions. We didn't talk a whole lot about this but mainly the trip back, how it is possible to 'swim all day in the sea of knowledge and still come out completely dry'. Which many people had not noticed the significance of. You see when you are exposed to knowledge you can either learn it and get wet or be completely oblivious to it and stay completely dry, and that is what the Humbug, not surprisingly, experienced.

When it came to our notice that we were running short on time, we decided that we had to get to the demons. But I can't remember much of that, can someone else fill me in please?

Then we ended with our favorite parts. Not all of us (me included) had a single favorite part but here some people did and they included:

This was one that my mom (and I) found interesting (Describing the package Milo
found in his room) For while it was not quite square it was definitly not round, and for it's size it was larger than almost any other big package of smaller dimensions he'd ever seen.

Mari's favorite was: You must never feel badly for making mistakes, as long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For you often learn more from being wrong for the right reason then for being right for the wrong reasons.

So that concluded our discussion but I would gladly welcome any more thoughts on this book. Speaking of discussions, I am planning to do the next TMWWT discussion but I'm not having any bright ideas, does anyone else have suggestions?

Sunday, October 08, 2006


Whenever I listen to the Last Battle I am reminded not only fo how much I love it but of what an interesting character Emmeth is. For those of you who don't know Emmeth is a young man who comes from Calormen (which usually isn't a good thing) and so of course he believed in the Calormen god, Tash. Now it would be a very long story to tell he got there so I will just say he met Aslan while wandering in the 'Inner Narnia'. He was quite understandably terrified (although he was not sorry to have seen the lion), for he thought that since he had served Tash his whole life rather than this lion who was " Worthy of all honor", the lion would be angry with him. But he was wrong, Aslan kissed him and said,Son thou art welcome Emmeth replied Alas, Lord, I am no son of thine but a servant of Tash Aslan said that he took to him all the services that Emmeth had done to Tash for this reason. For he and I are of such different kinds that no service which is vile can be done to me and no service which is not vile can be done to him. Emmeth said that he had been seeking Tash all his days and so did not quite understand. Aslan said Beloved, unless thy desire had been for me thou wouldst not have sought so long and so truly. For all find what they truly seek.
So Emmeth concludes, And my joy is so great that it even weakens me like a wound. And this is the marvel of marvels, that he called me beloved, me who am but as a dog.

So what are your thoughts on that????? Please comment I'd love to hear what you think about it.