Establishing Household Habits: Duty & Self-Discipline

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Reposted from Novemeber 2009       “A Christian finds fulfillment not in the particular kind of work he does, but in the way in which he does it. Work done for Christ all the time must be “full-time Christian work.” […] Every one of us has a line of duty marked out for us by God. […] But the nature of the work changes when we see that it is God who marks out this line of duty for … Read More

Establishing Household Habits: The Nitty-Gritty

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Reposted from Novemeber 2009       So here we are, starting Week Two. As always, the first couple days were great, then I slacked off at the end of the week. So, here we are again, and I’m talking myself into this all once more. However, the routines I began to work on did work on the days I worked at them, so I know I have something workable here. My biggest changes: One load of laundry every day … Read More

Establishing Household Habits: Why Make My Bed?

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Reposted from June 2010       I have difficulty doing something just because. Ambiguous “should be done” reasoning is simply not compelling. My mind wants to know why and if I can give it no good reason, the internal shoulder-shrug is signaled and I decide I won’t if I don’t have to. Making one’s bed is the classic example. Why make your bed if you’re only going to get back into it at night and undo it? I have … Read More

Establishing Household Habits: Inertia

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reposted from January 2011 Finding the Motivation to Do the Right Thing When Energy Ebbs In the whole GTD set-up, one of the issues that crops up for me is saying that energy is a criterion for choosing tasks. I have to be careful not to let that become an excuse for slipping into sloth. For me, it is sloth that is a key chaos-generator and system-wrecker. What is sloth, really? Well, the best definitions I could find came from … Read More

Summer Term 2011 — A Typical Day

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The typical day this last term started with the alarm ringing at 5am, and a hand reaching over, turning it off, and cozying back under the pillow. If we’re going to cover the average and the typical rather than the planned or ideal or best day, that’s where we must begin. The typical day opened with my reluctant rising at 6:50-7:10, dressing, addressing and dressing children, pulling out breakfast, starting my own eggs and coffee, and doing my best to … Read More

First Week of School 2011-2012

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Monday I got my housecleaning day in, and we made a venture out to a quiet in-town “naturalized” area for our first nature walk of the school year. Tuesday First day of school. We started the day with our typical yogurt-and-granola fare. I learned my lesson last year and did not start the day off with sugar. We actually got started only ten minutes after scheduled, even though I was still a bit scattered when it came to the organization. … Read More

2011-2012 School Year: Circle Time or Morning Gathering

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What is Circle Time? Cindy of Ordo Amoris: “What is Morning Time?” & “Explanating Morning Time” Kendra of Preschoolers and Peace: “Circle Time” & “Circle Time Questions” & “When Circle Time Isn’t Working” & more Circle Time questions Kendra even wrote an ebook on Circle Time that walks you through setting up and planning a Circle Time that meets your own family’s needs. And Brandy of Afterthoughts has a post titled “I Love Circle Time” Circle Time — or maybe … Read More

Poetic Knowledge Book Club: Chapter 2, part 1 The Philosophical Foundations – Simply Convivial

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For information and previous posts, see the page for this Poetic Knowledge Book Club This week we are covering pages 11-27 and next week we will finish chapter two with pages 27-58. Chapter 2, part 1: The Philosophical Foundations of Poetic Knowledge Poetic Knowledge was first displayed, described, and commended by Homer, Socrates, and Aristotle. Poetic Knowledge sees poetic, transcendent significance of reality; its opposite, in this case, is materialism. embraces contemplation, meditation, and leisure rather than effort, work, labor, … Read More

Poetic Knowledge: Connections

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This is my own rabbit trail post for the Poetic Knowledge Book Club. The Power of Thinking without Thinking Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell On page 56, Taylor says that empirical psychology has ignored the intuition and poetic knowledge, but there were several instances in this chapter that reminded me of Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, which I listened to and reviewed last year. Indeed, if you want a totally different approach and … Read More

Poetic Knowledge: Education and Emotion – Simply Convivial

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This is my own rabbit trail post for thePoetic Knowledge Book Club. Education and Emotion The second-to-last paragraph of chapter 1 struck me more than anything else in this chapter: Given that the scientific idea of education is a mechanical model that manifests itself in some form of the “drill and kill” system, and given, in contrast, that the human being is not a machine and has not, for centuries, responded to learning by such methods, the conflict produced by … Read More

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