My new study schedule is working fine and I'm enjoying it. I hope to add to it soon, but I'll get to that in a minute. Seeing as I got started on a Wednesday, here at the end of the week, I'm only through chapter 3 of God and Government, Vol. 1 by Gary DeMar. He starts you out with the foundations of the whole notion of what government is and where and how individuals get the authority to govern anything--from themselves to the body politic.
Anyway, today while going over the discussion questions at the end of the chapter, I ran into this: "Compare what is going on in our nation today with the blessings and cursings of Leviticus 26..."
Lev. 26: 29
You shall eat the flesh of your sons, and you shall eat the flesh of your daughters.
In other news (study-wise), I am getting through about two Latin sentences a day (in the morning). The old adage, "if you don't use it, you lose it" is certainly true. However, I'm happy to say that I'm already starting to remember some of that stuff I forgot!
Of course, throughout the course of my mumbling, reading, writing, and thinking, there are those necessary interruptions to help Granddaddy with whatever it is he needs. If Daddy isn't around and he's not asleep, he does not seem to stay in the same place for more than ten minutes at a time. It drives me crazy the way he goes from the TV to the dining room table and back again. Particularly when I'm doing something and I hear "Carry me into that room..." or just "Carry me." He can actually peddle himself around with his own two feet in the wheelchair, so I'm starting to just kind of ignore him unless he asks for help. (By ignore, I mean visibly so--but even with my headphones on and music in my ears, I'm audibly-aware as well as watching him out of my peripheral vision.)
Now for the "other stuff" of the title and the elluded to addition in the first paragraph. This morning while I was doing something in the kitchen, Mama suggested that I "go ahead and start on the research for you Nathan Bedford Forrest movie." (Um, yes, y'all...in case you didn't know it, I have this dream to do movie about Gen. Forrest.) Well, I thought that was a fine idea, so this afternoon, I raided my bookshelf for anything that I thought might be useful. I created myself a second "bookshelf" out of a cardboard box to the left of my desk for my War Between the States books that I brought down as probable-helpfuls. One of them I have read before: Railroad War by Robert Dunnavant, Jr. If you have any interest in Bedford Forrest, I would recommend this book. (We actually bought it from the lady who runs a campground right on what used to be Sherman's supply line. The old rail-road is no longer there, but in it's place is a nice wide hiking/riding trail.)
I'm debating on whether to start with Sherman's memoirs (we found a copy this fall at a yard-sale, along with a bunch of other books on the WBtS) or Shelby Foote's The Civil War: A Narrative. I flipped through that and it appears to only cover 1861-62.
The reason I though Sherman's book would be helpful was because he and Forrest were arch nemesis--particularly during the '63-'64 campaign. Who was it who called N.B. Forrest, "That Devil Forrest"? W. T. Sherman (of all people!) (There is a book floating around someplace with that title...but I couldn't find it on the shelf. Perhaps it is in Florida...)
Anyway, I look forward to adding history into my current study plan. Next, I have to dig my way back into my music...