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 Celebrating Birthdays in July      

       Summit BW.jpgAmong our activities in these last few weeks, we have celebrated three July holidays – the signing of the Declaration of Independence and two birthdays, with the birthday events being particularly inspiring and fulfilling. One of those birthdays was my own.  On July 5th, I turned 65. And I celebrated by climbing Mt. Bierstadt, one of Colorado’s famed 14ers. Indeed, the photo on the left shows me joyfully breathing the rarified air at the summit at 14,065 feet. But I’ll tell you more about that adventure in a moment.  Let’s first take a look at the second birthday event.

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The Narnia Party

Aslan attacking Bree.jpgThere were several charming moments from the dinner party we hosted last night as part of our Summer Reading Project, “Aslan Is On The Move” which, as you can guess, has us deeply involved with the C.S. Lewis books, The Chronicles of Narnia. And out of the 15 present at our party, 7 of them were “visiting” Narnia for the very first time! How cool is that? It certainly helps us believe this project was a success. What a delight to hear their excitement and wonder, to relish their laughter and appreciation, and to benefit from the life lessons they were learning from the books. 

Before the book discussion, we enjoyed a picnic meal out on the deck with burgers and hot dogs right off the grill as well as potato salad, veggies, chips, mixed fruits, and Narnia cake! We had a wonderful time getting to know one another.

Then it was time to enter Narnia. Our conversation covered the first four books of the series (using the modern method of numbering them) and involved readers from age 70 to age 9. Indeed, the highlight of the evening may have been 9-year old Rebecca explaining how effectively Lewis communicated important spiritual truths to kids in these books.

That leaves for our next party/discussion the last three books in the series: 5) The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, 6) The Silver Chair, and 7) The Last Battle. Some of have already dived into #5. Later on this evening, I'll post here some review and discussion questions for Dawn Treader, as I did for the four earlier books. But we haven't set that date yet. It will probably be late August sometime. We will let you know and, of course, we would love to have you all join in! 

Thanks again to everyone who has been a part, including 4 adults who are reading the books but couldn't make it to the party.