Tuesday, May 3, 2016

year is winding up

I have been delighted to have 36 students this year. 
17 are high schooler and the rest in two middle school classes.
I have 3 totebags. It was tricky at my old age to remember to 
move a book to the other totebag. All classes did Plutarch: Poplicola ( firstRoman consul after the wicked King Tarquin is exiled ) The study guide is here
Two of the classes who meet more often did Philopoemen who lived in the last days of Ancient Greece while Rome was flourishing.
The study guide is here.

Two classes did THE TAMING OF THE SHREW.
Two classes are winding up JULIUS CAESAR.

Middle School Classes did dictations from OURSELVES, vol 4. We learned 
the Lords in Waiting of Love. 

My high school class is English Composition, Literature, Picture Study, and this 
year I added Plutarch and Architecture Notebooks. We used this book for 
Architecture which is out of print and shown images from the internet or Kahn Academy of the places. We also used Hallliburton's :

Architecture Shown to the Children by Gladys Wynne

I have witnessed many of Charlotte Mason's principles to be true.
I have had one "chatty" class of middle schoolers that made me 
reach into wisdom from Scripture more deeply. I do realize they 
are young but need to learn to respect others. Raising hands is a new 
concept for them. Middle School moms need assurance also. 

Principle #8: 
8. In saying that "education is a life," the need of intellectual and moral as well as of physical sustenance is implied. The mind feeds on ideas, and therefore children should have a generous curriculum.

8. "Education is a life" means that education should apply to body, soul and spirit. The mind needs ideas of all kinds, so the child's curriculum should be varied and generous with many subjects included.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

reading this tonight

The Love Of God and Affliction by Simone Weil

which I got from here by Tim Keller.

You know how that goes and then you are somewhere else from 
where you began. Good reading. 

Trying to understand. 


by namolio via Flickr
from the murmuring cottage

Sunday, April 24, 2016


My daughter's roommates this year: 

Next year on the left:

Saturday, April 23, 2016

the weekend

The weekend arrived with stellar weather.

 I started off friday night  with a cello & piano recital of one of my students. 

Then met with a mom of a Middle School student this morning.

Then read an essay of my daughters: editor. 

Worked cleaning out part of the garage and throwing out stuff.

You know about stuff. ( I hope I am not the only one with stuff)

Got much done by finding a list of character traits in Latin for my class.

Relieved  to have found the list. 

Read some chapters in "Till We Have Faces" by Lewis which I am teaching now. 

Hoping I have caught up on this reading.

Daughter going to the school dance tonight. 

I wish I had a picture of the dress she is wearing which we got on sale on New Year's Day. 

The Sabbath tomorrow--- Rest. Retreat. Worship.

from the murmuring cottage

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

emily dickinson-

PINK, small, and punctual.
Aromatic, low,
Covert in April,
Candid in May,
Dear to the moss,        5
Known by the knoll,
Next to the robin
In every human soul.
Bold little beauty,
Bedecked with thee,        10
Nature forswears

(With the first Arbutus.)

Monday, April 11, 2016

and then there is Lewis on writing

“Always try to use the language so as to make quite clear what you mean, and make sure your sentence couldn’t mean anything else.”

“Always prefer the plain direct word to the long, vague one. Don’t say implement promises, but keep them.”

Never use abstract nouns when concrete ones will do. If you mean ‘more people died,’ don’t say ‘mortality rose.’

“Don’t use adjectives which merely tell us how you want us to feel about the thing you are describing.” Under this heading, Lewis goes on to say that the writing should delight readers, not just label an event delightful; or it should make them feel terror, not just to learn that an event was terrifying. He says that emotional labeling is really just a way of asking readers, ‘Please, will you do my job for me?’

“Don’t use words that are too big for the subject.” Lewis illustrates this point by saying if you use infinitely as an intensifier instead of the simple word very, you won’t have any word left when you need to describe something that is truly infinite.

CS Lewis

there and back again

Back from the UK and a conference about Charlotte Mason ( still absorbing all the people's conversations and sessions and the place where I do believe people get to live... you know those picturesque places do have inhabitants...you know... where beauty expands the sky every day and the landscape pulls you outside.. people actually get to live there!) and 
meeting relatives in Scotland and seeing where my grandfather lived before leaving on the first ship in Glasgow to go out and it turned out to be to America. Seeing Cambridge and a walking tour with Christian Heritage at the Round Church which is the second oldest church which means St. Columba. Seeing lambs rambling behind their mamas was a sight I am sure I have never seen. So I am back and trying to get into the saddle before the horse takes off!

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Cambridge, is an Anglican church in the city of Cambridge, England, and is known locally as The Round Church.The church was built around 1130, its shape being inspired by the rotunda in the church of the Holy SepulchreJerusalem