Saturday, September 28, 2013

A Mouse House

A follow up from the mice and cookies post...

I decided to live and let live.  I do have resident mice in my garden.  Who wouldn't decide to stay when there are seeds aplenty at each bird feeding station in the garden?

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Possibilities for good or evil

"The consequence of truth is great, therefore the judgment of it must not be negligent" (Whichcote).

1. Children are born persons.
2. They are not born either good or bad, but with possibilities for good and for evil.
3. The principles of authority on the one hand, and of obedience on the other, are natural, necessary and fundamental; 
from "A Short Synopsis" by Charlotte Mason (Vol. 6, p. xxix)
The wording of Principle #2 in Charlotte Mason's philosophy of education can be misinterpreted without a clearer picture of the context.  Here are some thoughts for today...

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Summer Sabatical to School Day Schedules

Whirlwinds and Hurricanes

The summer seems to have passed with a whirlwind.  The beginning of the school year brings schedules and routine that for some are difficult to embrace.  For others of us, the dust settles a bit and our days become more steady.

Do whirlwinds have centers like hurricanes?

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Quote for the Day

A Marred Wasteland and a Deliberate Choice of Quality...
The good news is that just like the lousy books of the past, the lousy books of the present will blow away like chaff. The bad news is that they will leave their mark. As in so many aspects of culture, the damage they do can’t easily be measured. It is more a thing to be felt—a coarseness, an emptiness, a sorrow.  Read Meghan Cox Curdon's remarks in Hillsdale's Imprimis (July/August 2013).
“Beauty is vanishing from our world because we live as if it does not matter.” Roger Scruton (English philosopher)