Other Thoughts

Thoughtworthy (I Bought Books, New Podcast Episode & MORE!)

April 3, 2020 by Brandy Vencel

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Is it just me, or does quarantine mean I work more rather than less? Wow, I feel like it’s been a lot lately!

Obviously, the solution is to order books from Amazon. My sense of urgency doubled when I realized books aren’t “essential” (proving government bureaucrats are Ignorant About Things) and take longer to ship! Here’s what I ordered:

The Well-Educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer

I sent an email to Susan Wise Bauer just this week asking her to be on the Scholé Sisters podcast in the fall. Start praying she says yes!

How to Think by Alan Jacobs

Also for a fall episode of Scholé Sisters, this book was one Abby recommended to me during a recent recording.

What are you reading right now?

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Speaking of Scholé Sisters, we’ve got a new episode up for you today! ♥

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Here are a couple quotes from Ourselves on courage for you to chew on this weekend:

Fear, with his kin, Panic and Anxiety, is on the watch for those moments when Courage sleeps, lulled by security.

p. 113

No one escapes the call for Fortitude, if it be only in the dentist’s chair. It is well to be sure of ourselves, to know for certain that we have Courage for everything that may come, not because we are more plucky than others, but because all persons are born with this Lord and Captain of the Heart. Assured of our Courage, we must not let this courage sleep and allow ourselves to be betrayed into panic by a carriage accident or a wasp or a rat. It is unseemly, unbecoming, for any of us, even the youngest, to lose our presence of mind when we are hurt or in danger. We not only lose the chance of being of use to others, but we make ourselves a burden and a spectacle.

pp. 113-114

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This month in 2018:

It can be discouraging when children act like they don’t like a book you chose (for their schooling, as a read aloud — doesn’t matter). This is why I don’t worry about it.

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Podcast episode of the week:

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This week’s links collection:

  • Deaths Delayed from First Things
    • “As Philip Rieff once commented, in past times people did not go to church to be made happy; they went to have their misery explained to them.”
  • The Long Lent and the History of Quarantine from A Clerk of Oxford (HT: Kelly Cumbee)
    • This was FASCINATING.
    • “Some of the earliest appearances of the word quarantine refer to legal customs which stipulated a fixed forty-day period within which a particular thing had to be done. For instance, there was a law that a woman whose husband had just died was allowed a quarantine: she had the right to continue living in her late husband’s house for forty days, unmolested, while her share of the estate was decided. This right to a ‘widow’s quarantine’ was included in Magna Carta.”
  • WaPo Op-Ed: ‘Homeschooling’ During Coronavirus Crisis ‘Damaging’ to Children from Breitbart
    • A rebuttal to summer slide I never thought of before: “‘Real learning cannot be so easily lost,’ she observed.” So all those fears about “lost learning” are perhaps evidence real learning hasn’t taken place?
    • I’ll keep my kids unfactsinated, thanks.
Books & Reading, Educational Philosophy, Other Thoughts

Little House in the Big Pandemic

April 1, 2020 by Caitlin Beauchamp

In Which I Write You a Letter on Day Twelve of Quarantine Hello, friend — It feels simultaneously redundant, obvious, and deeply necessary to begin this note by saying: what strange times we’re living in. I have A Lot of Thoughts. I’ll spare you most of them, but there is one thing on my mind to tell you about. A few days ago, I was scanning headlines when I saw an article about pregnancy during coronavirus. I am pregnant, as Continue Reading…

Educational Philosophy, Home Education

Welcome to Homeschooling

March 20, 2020 by Brandy Vencel

This week, my church asked me to put together an emergency curriculum and sample schedule for those in our congregation who are unexpectedly homeschooling during this Coronavirus crisis. I used a lot of AmblesideOnline (including the amazing HELP — Helping Hand Emergency Learning Plan) to come up with something that I thought was simple, easy to understand, inexpensive (practically free), and a good fit for the people I love. Parents needed to know what to do on Wednesday, when the Continue Reading…

Other Thoughts

Thoughtworthy (Wuhan Virus of Course, Plus Anxiety Solutions & More!)

March 13, 2020 by Brandy Vencel

:: 1 :: So let’s talk about what EVERYONE is talking about: the dreaded Wuhan Virus aka Coronavirus. I am not panicked, but of course it’s easy for me to be cool about it because as far as I know we have zero cases in our county (and our county is bigger than some states, folks). The closest cases are over the mountains to the south or many hours to the north. With that said, I told my children a Continue Reading…