A Medley of Late News

The Old Fool's Owl

The Old Fool’s Owl

An Apology:  For several days the Old Fool has missed writing a blog to post on his website.  Perhaps it is his ego that makes him think that his daily blogs might have been missed.  But he and his mind have not been idle.

An Assignment: On the Sundays of May I am to teach a Sunday School class on how to study the Bible.  My assumption is that a teacher does not really teach if students fail to gain new behaviors.  A teacher can lecture her student about piano playing, but if the student doesn’t practice the result will  be less than a piano player.  So if I do not motivate members of the class to practice Bible study, none of them will become Bible students from my ineffective attempt to teach them. All of this has been on my mind.

Preparation for practice:  My best friend is testing the study practices I am devising.  I am learning from her.  I like that.

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Sarasota friend trying to keep warm in Goshen

A surprise visit:  I was surprised by the visit of a friend from Sarasota.  She had been a member of my Sunday School class in Sarasota, and was celebrating her twenty-third birthday by coming to Goshen to visit her friends here.  I was among them. She is a student with the University of South Florida and is studying on line.  She used “Rhoda’s” laptop to attend class.  It is neat.  She was pleased to pre-test the work book I am preparing with the help of best friend.  Friends are an asset to living.  She had studied for a year at Goshen College, so she knew a little about Indiana weather. She expected spring-like weather.  Her first and last days in Indiana were what she expected, but she also learned that it can be cool in mid-April.

Sunday morning:  My Sarasota friend went with me to my Sunday Morning group.  A member reported that he had heard a sermon in which the preacher said that at funerals we should talk about and praise God, not about the deceased person.  This sparked a long discussion about funeral plans. I had listened to an interview with Dr. Laurence Kraus who said as I remember it that science and religion have nothing to say to each other, and that life after death cannot be proven by religion and disproved by science.

A problem:  Best friend and I have sat together in public on several occasions and I embarrass her; I sleep so soundly she can’t rouse me.  I have an appointment with my Nurse Practitioner this afternoon and that will be a topic of our conversation.  Not best friend’s  embarrassment which is understandable, but my sleeping in public which is undesired by her or me.

John Lehman, 93rd birthday

John Lehman, 93rd birthday

Brother and cousins:  Our cousin Marcus and his son recently visited my 93 year old brother in Port Charlotte.  My brother was pleased.  In the past 12 months, my brother has written a book about himself. He did it by speaking into his computer loaded with a software application that en-scribed it.  To read his book  is almost as though you were listening to him tell the story of his life.

 

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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4 Responses to A Medley of Late News

  1. Alta Landis says:

    HI Martin,
    I do enjoy your blogs. I hope the sleeping problem is remedied for you and for the benefit of your best friend.

    Any chance of getting one of John’s books? Tell me where and how.

    Alta Landis

  2. Nate Lehman says:

    Martin, I really want one of John’s books. I hope to visit him soon.
    I recently visited a Toastmasters Group in Hagerstown, Maryland that Kathy and I started in 1989 and was delighted to find Noel Lehman serving as President. She is the daughter of a cousin of ours, John Lehman, son of our uncle (I think Ruben). I am not totally sure about her grandfather but hope to meet her father soon and find out more.

  3. Nate Lehman says:

    Martin, I really want one of John’s books. I hope to visit him soon. Maybe winter of 13-14. I recently visited a Toastmasters Group in Hagerstown, Maryland that Kathy and I started in 1989 and was delighted to find Noel Lehman serving as President. She is the daughter of a cousin of ours, John Lehman, son of our uncle (I think Ruben). I am not totally sure about her grandfather but hope to meet her father soon and find out more.
    Does John have email?
    Peace, Nate

    • Sorry, John doesn’t have access to email. Uncle Walter had a son John, the brother of Marcus who has recently visited my brother. I’ll be interested in follow up information when you contact Noel’s father. Peace, Martin

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