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Educating Mother

Posted by Jeanne

educating ourselves while educating our children



Hello Friends!

I'm posting today over at educating mother. I'd love it if you'd pop over there and have a read.

Do leave us a comment or two so that we know you've been, won't you?

Happy New Year everyone. See you in 2011!

7 comments:

Amy said...

Hi Jeanne,

Thanks for the introduction to educating mother. Loved your post too. I'll be back there on a regular basis! :)

Happy New Year. xo

Steffi said...

Hello from Wales! Just found you accidentally when researching New Norcia on the net. Yours is the first blog that has mesmerised me - a lovely experience this christmastime. It is the first blog I have responded to. When I came across your article about Water Witching I wrote you my first two comments. My son said you probably wouldn't see it so going with his advice I am reproducing my comment here.

Water twitching is a physical event. As both a scientist and a christian I had my doubts at first, which changed to queries as the possible science began to reveal itself. One day about 6 years ago, while my knowledge in this area of quantum physics was still in its infancy, something mundane happened that shocked me into realising that this is all kosher plain 'ol creation. I was taking my young son and friends for a trip into the countryside just outside London where we were living at the time. We found ourselves at a huge artificial water reservoir lake managed by a big water company. They had a little modern visitors centre with a small museum with lots of educational interactions for kids et al. One of them was a bunch of metal water twitchers in a stand, looking like straightened coat-hangers. Written instructions were given on how to hold the twitcher and have a go at divining the path of an underground stream that ran under the centre. There was not a New Age nuance in sight. This was just educating straight science. Everyone had a go and everyone found the stream quite easily - all identical. Soon as you hit the stream the metal twitched!
Once I'd cleared my head of the idea water twitching was superstitious or demonic in some way, the practicality and the science began to become clearer. No its not appropriate to define this is terms of magnetism, but vaguely in terms of subatomic ionic action. By the way, my son was learning about this chemistry recently in his online studies with a Christian school. We oldies and the general public need to get educated fast so that we can stop making christianity look foolish when we talk of things like water twitching as superstitious or demonic! So .. I am inspired to up the pace with the quantum physics workshops I take into schools and the community. And give the wonderful creativity and sensibility of water twitching back to our wonderful Creator!
But there's the other side of water twitching. Christians are not the only ones fooled into thinking water twitching is not of God's creation and instead belongs to mysterious forces etc. I have a lovely New Age friend who used water twitching one winter to divine a water tap that was lost in the grass. For some time she has been travelling miles and spending a small fortune on classes for learning water twitching! She has clearly been led to believe that water twitching is a mysterious event with an esoteric and spiritual element. She kindly offered me to have a go and I had no problems finding the buried water pipes with her. No, I did not preach to her to correct her wrong thinking. That would be unkind at this stage. Better that she comes into a personal relationship with God and then she can appreciate the skill she has as God's creativity.
I cannot put the science down here. But I am inspired by your blog to create something similar to Jan Ormoronds beautiful book. Hope this means you can enjoy her book even more. So good to know there is another arty scientist mum out there with a passion for children's books too. Do you also write them? And illustrate? When can you bring the family to Wales? What is your area of science? How do I get the info re evolution etc to you? I also hate rhetoric and just love the physical facts. Maybe I should make a blog! Haven't the foggiest about what to do but son will sort me out no doubt. Cheers in Jesus.

Steffi said...

Hello from Wales! Just found you accidentally when researching New Norcia on the net. Yours is the first blog that has mesmerized me - a lovely experience this christmastime. It is the first blog I have responded to. When I came across your article about Water Witching I wrote you my first two comments. My son said you probably wouldn't see it so going with his advice I am reproducing my comment here.

As the Url thingy says error -too large, I am going to send my comment in small bits. Just as well I copied into Word!

Steffi said...

Water twitching is a physical event. As both a scientist and a christian I had my doubts at first, which changed to queries as the possible science began to reveal itself. One day about 6 years ago, while my knowledge in this area of quantum physics was still in its infancy, something mundane happened that shocked me into realising that this is all kosher plain 'ol creation. I was taking my young son and friends for a trip into the countryside just outside London where we were living at the time. We found ourselves at a huge artificial water reservoir lake managed by a big water company. They had a little modern visitors centre with a small museum with lots of educational interactions for kids et al. One of them was a bunch of metal water twitchers in a stand, looking like straightened coat-hangers. Written instructions were given on how to hold the twitcher and have a go at divining the path of an underground stream that ran under the centre. There was not a New Age nuance in sight. This was just educating straight science. Everyone had a go and everyone found the stream quite easily - all identical. Soon as you hit the stream the metal twitched!

Steffi said...

Once I'd cleared my head of the idea water twitching was superstitious or demonic in some way, the practicality and the science began to become clearer. No its not appropriate to define this is terms of magnetism, but vaguely in terms of subatomic ionic action. By the way, my son was learning about this chemistry recently in his online studies with a Christian school. We oldies and the general public need to get educated fast so that we can stop making christianity look foolish when we talk of things like water twitching as superstitious or demonic! So .. I am inspired to up the pace with the quantum physics workshops I take into schools and the community. And give the wonderful creativity and sensibility of water twitching back to our wonderful Creator!
But there's the other side of water twitching. Christians are not the only ones fooled into thinking water twitching is not of God's creation and instead belongs to mysterious forces etc. I have a lovely New Age friend who used water twitching one winter to divine a water tap that was lost in the grass. For some time she has been travelling miles and spending a small fortune on classes for learning water twitching! She has clearly been led to believe that water twitching is a mysterious event with an esoteric and spiritual element. She kindly offered me to have a go and I had no problems finding the buried water pipes with her. No, I did not preach to her to correct her wrong thinking. That would be unkind at this stage. Better that she comes into a personal relationship with God and then she can appreciate the skill she has as God's creativity.

Anonymous said...

I cannot put the science down here. But I am inspired by your blog to create something similar to Jan Ormoronds beautiful book. Hope this means you can enjoy her book even more. So good to know there is another arty scientist mum out there with a passion for children's books too. Do you also write them? And illustrate? When can you bring the family to Wales? What is your area of science? How do I get the info re evolution etc to you? I also hate rhetoric and just love the physical facts. Maybe I should make a blog! Haven't the foggiest about what to do but son will sort me out no doubt. Cheers in Jesus.

Gae said...

I enjoyed your other post on new beginnings.
Yes,as a fellow Aussie the new year is a start of Schooling as well.
Our older children are keen to start by Jan 10th as they tend to get bored with out a schedule.
I actually love that they prefer it this way too.
Looking forward to visiting again
Blessings
Gae

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