September 11, 2021

Things to do When You’re Not on the Trail

I couldn’t think of an exciting topic to discuss this week, so I thought I’d put together a list of a few resources that I’ve been enjoying lately, some for homeschooling, some for personal growth. In no particular order, here they are. If you’ve ever wanted to read Dante’s Divine Comedy felt too intimidated, this […]

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September 4, 2021

Book Review: Fidelity

I’ve read a good bit of Wendell Berry’s writing in the past, but most of my focus was on his essays. The Unsettling of America, which I think I could still find blindfolded in the Jones Creek Library in Baton Rouge, formed the way I think about culture and the land. On the other hand, […]

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August 28, 2021

Bless the Lord

I came across this passage in one of Dorothy Day’s monthly columns for the Catholic Worker paper the other day, written when she was staying with her daughter before the birth of her third grandchild: “It has been a month of ‘ice, rains, snow and stormy winds,’ and every morning after the routine of fires, […]

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August 21, 2021

Stress Gardening

I’ve been doing some stress gardening lately. It’s a lot like stress cleaning, but with more dirt and sunshine. (And sweat, of course. It’s August.) It’s a practice that has felt natural and necessary as we endure another massive wave of Covid here in Louisiana, driven primarily by our low vaccination rates and high proportion […]

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August 14, 2021

Why We Work

We studied the Holocaust in our homeschool a little while back. It was hard in so many ways, (how do you explain so much evil to children?) but it was past time I came back to it myself, and definitely time my older girls started to learn about it. One of the things I had […]

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August 7, 2021

Obedience

Obedience is a word that feels a little outdated in our culture today. When “living your best life” so often means “going your own way” and trying to just “be you,” to whom could we possibly owe obedience?

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July 31, 2021

An Argument for Letting your Child Watch Horror Movies

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This happened at our dinner table this week. The twelve-year-old wandered off. (Usually not a cause for concern – usually she would be in search of more water, or a condiment, or the bathroom.) After a few minutes I said, “Where’s Samantha?” Not in the kitchen. No one was sure where she had gone. Shortly […]

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June 26, 2021

The Greatest Weapons in the World

I heard a homily recently centered around the idea of the “next right thing,” or “one small change.” When I got home and turned to the reflection book I’ve been praying with at night, I found this: “The solution proposed in the Gospels is that of voluntary poverty and the works of mercy. It is […]

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June 17, 2021

Going Broody

Baby Chicklin

There is a chick living under my husband’s desk. How it got there is a long story. Two things happened a few of months ago: my brother-in-law asked if we wanted his friend’s silkie chickens (which turned out not to be the COVID pets she had been hoping for) and Samantha started collecting abandoned duck […]

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June 10, 2021

Recital Week 2021

faceless trainer teaching girl while performing ballet exercise

Last week was recital week. Two of our daughters performed: one danced as a butterfly and a swan, the other portrayed water on the aerial silks. (“On the what?” you ask. It was something like this.) It was a long week – the girls were at the theater part or all of the day Tuesday […]

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