Establishing Household Habits: Inertia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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