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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Random Thoughts and Quotes

From one of the slips of paper on the table at the tea this past Saturday:

"The formative period for building character for eternity is in the nursery. The mother is queen of that realm and sways a sceptor more potent than that of kings or priests.
~Author Unknown

and on a funny lighter note:

Sweater: noun; garment worn by a child when its mother is feeling chilly.
~Ambrose Bierce

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For those of you that go to the beautiful site of Christine Miller, how do you best utilitze it? I know there is much I can glean from this site, but everytime I go there I think, what do I do now that I am here? I suppose it helps to have a specific question when I go, but I don't - sometimes I am just looking for that something that I cannot quite place my finger on. Any thoughts?
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I discovered a few really beautiful products this week and thought I would share them with my homeschooling friends:

1. Birdcage Press has some of the loveliest games I have seen in a long time. These are not your normal games, but educational games: art, music, history, etc. I just get excited to see this kind of product and think it is worth mentioning!

2. Nexus Books is the other company that has gorgeous magazine-like products on various subjects. As they call it, "literature based integrated curriculum" - which really means nothing to me, but they are gorgeous and cover some fascinating topics. :-)

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I am reading an interesting book - just beginning it really - so I have no official opinion on it yet. Just wait though, and I will. :-)

It is called The Daisy Chain, by Charlotte Mary Yonge, and you can read about it here:

Charlotte Mary Yonge's Victorian bestseller is a domestic story, a novel of female education, and a detailed survey of the controversies and practices of High Church Anglicanism in the 19th century. Its portrayal of the bookish, awkward heroine, Ethel May, paved the way for stories of literary heroines like Jo March and Anne Shirley, and its emphasis on the domestic life of the May family illuminates the Victorian doctrine of separate spheres, the seemingly contradictory gender politics of the Woman Question, and the relationship between religion and the rights of women in the 19th century. Absorbing, moving, and intricately plotted, The Daisy Chain is Yonge's best-known novel; this edition will provide the 21st century reader with a comprehensive education in Victorian culture, not to mention a tremendously satisfying reading experience.

This is taken from the Beautiful Feet website as they are the ones who sell it! I look forward to getting further into it, but already it is intriguing and the family dynamic is lovely.

What are you reading?

Kate

2 comments:

The Crib Chick said...

I'm reading 'Castro's Daughter', an autobiography of, well, Castro's Daughter. ;o)

I'm almost done, and whew! What a story! The sad thing is, it's *much* better than the majority of things suffered by many Cubans, who didn't have personal access to 'El Commandante'...and it's still sad.

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