Thursday, May 21, 2015

Throw Back Thursday

Here's one for the books: sibs Annie, Jeni, and Matt, with my very young and pretty mom. I remember you all this way!  Anybody remember which house or what year this was?

Monday, May 18, 2015

An interruption for a shameless advertisement

What are worldviews and why are they important?  More importantly, should busy homeschooling parents consider adding this kind of study to the already-busy schedules of their students?  I recently did a "Great Idea Discussion" on this topic at the Harvey Center, where I will be offering my worldviews class online for the first time next fall.  If you are wondering about this topic, Gentle Reader, or if you would just like to think with me about this topic, you can listen to a recording of the discussion here.  You will need to sign in and download the app for your device from WizIQ here (for free).

And if your interest is piqued, Gentle Reader, come join me for the class: An introduction tot he philosophy of Just About Everything".  Find more info here.

This month's free webinar in the Great Ideas Discussions hosted by the Harvey Center on the last Friday of every month will feature my sweet eldest son, Ben, speaking about linguistics and meaning on Friday, May 28, at 2:00 PM ET.  To join us see more information here, or to register FREE, fill out the form at the bottom of the Harvey Center homepage here.

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming...

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Reality and utility...

This spring several op-ed pieces making the rounds have, almost apologetically, questioned the wisdom of abandoning liberal education in lieu of pursuing a STEM-centered one (see here and here for examples).

For those of us who pursue classical education as our vocation (and avocation), there is nothing new here.  But the problem goes, not surprisingly, much deeper than is possible in the pages of the Post.  As David Hicks put it:

"...When the analytical methods and denotative language of scientific rationalism are forced on human learning... behaviorism replac[es] humanism and a mood of professional disinterest supplant[s] the emotional atmosphere of the ancient classroom...the analytical method itself calls into question the utility and reality of such concepts as valor, while affirming that of the distributor cap..."
~David Hicks, Norms and Nobility, p.33

May we always, always, be emotionally attached to our students, and care for their souls.  And while it is important to describe and understand what is, may we never forget the importance of examining what ought to be.

Monday, May 11, 2015


There is something mesmerizing abut this delightful little song.  I had heard it on spotify, and then heard my sweet niece's lovely choir sing it (complete with hand jives) on Saturday. Had to find it this morning, and sing along a half-dozen times...

Winter White Hymnal (performed by Pentatonix)

Friday, May 08, 2015

FBF: A wedding, 2 brothers and 2 cousins

Ben and Tim (on either end) with cousins Myka and Nathan at their Aunt Gwen's wedding.  She or someone else will have to supply the year, because I can't remember it-- mid- '90s maybe?  Myka is adorable, and the boys are quite dapper, don't you think, Gentle Reader?

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

"Our Song"?

I joked recently on facebook that when I was prompted to ask Dave what "our song" was, he replied, "It is not Death to Die?"  After a good laugh, I figured he had called it about right. But then I started feeling like it sounded too spiritual, and like we didn't have any trace of romance.  That is not really true.  And besides, in my own mind, I have always lived in a musical.  I had to have a better answer! So I started thinking back.

The winter that we became engaged, Dave was in grad school in Maryland, and I was living at home and going to college in Iowa.  During the dark winter of separation, the following song was the one I would have called "our song."

And not so long ago, we heard this one, learned it, and sing it and dance to it all the time. So for the last few years, I would say this is "our song".

All this to say, a healthy relationship changes over time, and so does "our song".  So glad to be dancing through the minefields of this life with my best friend, no matter what song we're singing.