Scholé Is Celebration

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I’ve read Joseph Pieper’s little book Leisure: The Basis of Culture a few times, and every time I find it worth the slog in the beginning to make it to the chapter 4. Chapter 4 confirmed to me that convivial was a word to latch onto and make my own – one way or another. What is education for? What is life for? It is not for work for work’s sake. The work must be for a purpose larger than … Read More

Seeking Leisure & Scholé

I am currently in the midst of the summer teacher class “Bringing Scholé to the Home & Homeschool,” taught by Dr. Christopher Perrin. He’s been assigning chapters from The Liberal Arts Tradition and Leisure, the Basis of Culture, and though I’ve read both books before, it’s been excellent to revisit Leisure (it’s been years since I last read it) with the opportunity to discuss it with others and to see how The Liberal Arts Tradition is putting legs on the … Read More

My Favorite Homeschooling Books

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As of 2014 Our full month of homeschooling lists is nearing an end. I can hardly believe it. I’m joining up with The Nester’s 31 Days series and sharing 31 homeschool lists with you! Everything from sanity strategies to book lists to managing life details: I’ve got a list and I’m sharing it. Homeschooling Lists Galore Index: Get Organized with Homeschool Lists Previous: Essential Pantry List for Simple Meals Next: Student Checklists Just as I decided to make the tough … Read More

Leisure, the Basis of Culture series

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In 2009 I participated in an online book club led by Cindy Rollins on Josef Pieper’s Leisure, the Basis of Culture. This book is the introduction to scholé, but it’s also a tough read. It’s short, but it’s dense and sometimes cumbersome, being a translation from German. Get the “Mystie’s notes” version here, with favorite quotes and discussion questions: What is scholé? Find out.

Leisure starts with a mindset | Leisure, the Basis of Culture, chapter 5

Ok, I’m a week late, but I still want to post on this chapter. It was the best chapter yet, and yet the connections that I knew were there were simply not sparking in my brain. I had no clue what to write. But, at the church women’s retreat I attended this weekend, I was able to take a little time alone (several little times, actually) and recharge my introvert self. :) Rereading the chapter in that setting, suddenly my … Read More

Man is not an economic being | Leisure, the Basis of Culture, chapter 4

I have mentioned before that I am weak in modern history. I am also weak on modern economic theory. I do my best to keep away from talk of “Marxism” and “Communism” and such primarily because I don’t have a firm enough grasp on the history and real meanings behind the words. Now here is a chapter where I really feel this to be a lack. I know I would be able to pull a lot more out of this … Read More

Leisure as a State of Soul | Leisure, the Basis of Culture, chapter 3

Chapter 3 is the pay-off chapter. I barely comprehended chapter 2, but chapter 3 was excellent and clarifying. In reading it, bits and pieces I’d picked up here and there were brought together and tied together with a beautiful bow. Even if you aren’t following along, chapter 3 is worth reading as a stand-alone essay. However, I must say that as I read more, I become more and more annoyed with the translator’s use of punctuation. Leisure as a state … Read More

Living a Liberal Life of Contemplation | Leisure, the Basis of Culture, chapter 2

Was some of this chapter still German? Are you sure this is in English? I was totally lost and had really no idea what half this chapter was talking about. I picked up this book last year and started, and after chapter 2 never picked it up again until now. And now I remember why. I’ll keep going now that I have group motivation, but only if he becomes more intelligible to me. It’s no fun slogging through a book … Read More

Leisure is the Goal of Labor | Leisure, the Basis of Culture, chapter 1

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The good of book groups is not only the accountability of actually reading, but also the accountability of actually thinking about what you’re reading. And so, I’m reading Leisure: The Basis Of Culture along with Cindy and friends. I already owned the book, having found it while browsing the shelves at Exodus Books last year with store credit on my account. And, the reason I picked it up is because I remembered Cindy mentioning it; so, if Cindy’s going to … Read More