Outdoor Work

Outdoor Work

The nightmarish task of preparing our income taxes is nearly complete. Though it is ‘tongue-in-cheek,’ perhaps the form we received via e-mail would be the simplest. This IRS form asks first, “How much money did you make?” Then, “Send it to us.” We used those warm days to get a lot of outdoor work done. Dallas and I dismantled the old eggmobile and will soon start a new design. Allen bounced over 200 acres in old ‘brownie’ (a 1984 Ford Ranger which has definitely seen better days) overseeding red clover. A bit of snow to settle that in would be lovely. I fired up the tiller to work down those areas bumped up by trenching in the water line to the house from the wood stove and will throw a bit of grass seed on those areas. The kids and I castrated our male cats with little more fanfare than Nathan being ‘sprayed’ by one of them. Garden seed, potatoes, garlic, and baby chicks are all ordered. We are often asked why we homeschool and these statements illustrate one reason quite clearly. At the World Congress of Secular Humanism, an interviewer asks Dr Richard Dawkins1, avowed atheist and ardent evolutionist, this question: “The idea of evolution and natural selection makes some people feel that everything is meaningless – people’s individual lives and life in general.” Answer: “If it’s true that it causes people to feel despair, that’s tough. It’s still true… If it’s true, it’s true, and you’d better live with it.”2 Dr Dawkins’ comment strikes at the very heart of the meaning of a belief in Darwinian Evolution. His religious fervor is clear by his outspokenness in promoting his belief of ‘fish to philosopher’ evolution as he seeks converts to his doctrine of death. If we (humans) are nothing more than evolved pond scum, then we are nothing more than animals and ‘survival of the fittest’ becomes the law of the land. This is the antithesis of ‘loving your neighbor as yourself.’ History demonstrates that without Christ, societies become more self-centred and narcissistic with each passing year. Thankfully, instead of the above scenario, there is hope, forgiveness, and Salvation through Jesus Christ. Humanists are right! Education works. This is why we choose to build our children’s educational foundation on the Word of God rather than humanist thinking.   Lasagna * 1 lb ground beef 1 medium onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 24 oz tomato sauce 2 tblsp snipped parsley 1 tsp sugar ½ tsp salt ½ tsp dried basil leaves ½ tsp dried oregano leaves ¼ tsp pepper 1-8 oz pkg lasagna noodles 15 ounces cottage cheese 2 cups shredded mozzarella ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese   Brown ground beef with onion and garlic in 10-inch skillet; drain. Stir in tomato sauce, parsley, sugar, salt, basil, oregano, and pepper. Cover and simmer 20 minutes. Cook noodles as directed on package; drain. Spread about 1 cup meat sauce in bottom of ungreased oblong baking dish, 13 ½ x 9 x2 inches. Layer ½ each of the noodles, remaining meat sauce, cottage cheese, and mozzarella cheese on meat sauce; repeat. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Cook uncovered in 350° oven until hot and bubbly, about 45 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting. Serve with a dollop of sour cream if desired. Offer a dark green lettuce salad on the side. Using locally raised products when possible and certified organic when necessary; per serving costs are $1.73 (8 servings) to $1.39 (10 servings). Flavours for this dish really snap by using grass-finished meat and dairy, whole-wheat noodles, and fresh herbs. Remember to double the amount when using fresh vs. dried herbs. *modified from Betty Crocker’s International Cookbook.   Tauna Powell lives with her family near Laclede, Missouri. Contact her at www.mastersranch.com or atpowell@mcmsys.com. Write to her at The Master’s Ranch, 19554 Fort Road, Laclede, MO 64651 1 Richard Dawkins is the Charles Simonyi Professor of Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. An evolutionary biologist and prolific author and lecturer, his most recent book is Unweaving the Rainbow. 2 “The Problem with God: Interview with Richard Dawkins” www.beliefnet.com/story/178/story_17889.html (interview conducted October 2005)

Posted: 2006-03-13


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