Establishing Household Habits: Established by Repetition – Simply Convivial

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Reposted from Novemeber 2009 Let these things become as a natural law to the household. Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says … Read More

Establishing Household Habits: Duty & Self-Discipline – Simply Convivial

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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 us. It … Read More

Establishing Household Habits: The Nitty-Gritty – Simply Convivial

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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 (the times … Read More

Establishing Household Habits: Why Make My Bed? – Simply Convivial

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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 been using … Read More

Establishing Household Habits: Inertia – Simply Convivial

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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 … 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

Poetic Knowledge Entry: Being in Story – Simply Convivial

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My entry for the Poetic Knowledge book club: I’m working slowly (more because of lack of time spent reading than anything else) through The Bible and the Task of Teaching, and yesterday at breakfast I couldn’t decide if I should reskim the section of Poetic Knowledge or pick up Task of Teaching or start one of the three fiction books I have waiting. It was not a good morning for story-grip, so I picked up the book that would be … Read More

Poetic Knowledge Book Club: Voices for Poetic Knowledge after Descartes – 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 Chapter 5: Voices for Poetic Knowledge after Descartes. Next week we will be reading Chapter 6, part 1: Poetic Knowledge and the Integrated Humanities Program (pages 145-163). Summary My eyes went over the second half of the chapter, but I didn’t really take anything in. So I need to go back through the chapter. In this chapter, Taylor gives a couple … Read More

Poetic Knowledge Entry: Self-Discipline – Simply Convivial

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My entry for the Poetic Knowledge book club. Finally. I’ve not had a “brain in gear” week, unfortunately. Perhaps my post will prove that. I decided to limit myself to one thought to ensure I stay coherent. Plus, I want to leave myself enough time to make the rounds to everyone else’s posts. :) I was most stung by the quote Taylor included by the Headmaster of a school founded on the principles of poetic knowledge to his “head boys”: … Read More

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