Learning How to Grow
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I had the honor and privilege of being a guest over at Afterthoughts yesterday as a part of Brandy’s amazing series on “Learning How to Live.” Growing and learning as persons ourselves needs to be an important aspect of our lives. Before we are wives or mothers or teachers, we are persons, created in God’s image and made to serve and love Him and grow in our reflection of Him. Even if your entire family and life work was taken … Read More

Poetic Housekeeping: Internalized Housekeeping
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Awhile back our online book club read Poetic Knowledge: The Recovery of Education by James Taylor. First, Taylor lays out the three levels of poetic knowledge: first intuitive, then intentional, and finally that grows and matures and blossoms into “connatural” or internalized. Applied to homemaking and housekeeping, the final stage of internalized knowledge is a dance; we dance the dance of our routines because it makes us happy and satisfied. We simply couldn’t leave the dishes undone at night or … Read More

Poetic Housekeeping: Intentional Homemaking
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Awhile back our online book club read Poetic Knowledge: The Recovery of Education by James Taylor. First, Taylor lays out the three levels of poetic knowledge: first intuitive, then intentional, and finally that grows and matures and blossoms into “connatural” or internalized. Applied to homemaking and housekeeping, the final stage of internalized knowledge is a dance; we dance the dance of our routines because it makes us happy and satisfied. We simply couldn’t leave the dishes undone at night or … Read More

Poetic Housekeeping: Intuitive Homemaking
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Intuition is, according to the dictionary, “direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process; immediate apprehension” or “a keen and quick insight.” It is a vision, an internal image that directs and guides, even unconsciously or subconsciously. Almost every housekeeping book I have read addresses wrong thinking as a frequent root cause of poor housekeeping. Often the point is made with pop psychobabble or self-esteem jargon, but I think there is something to that point nonetheless. In … Read More

Poetic Housekeeping: Housekeeping in the Poetic Mode
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Awhile back our online book club read Poetic Knowledge: The Recovery of Education by James Taylor. In it, he posited a three-stage development of and three-prong aspect of poetic – that is, not logically deduced – knowledge. He called the final stage “connatural,” which was a difficult term to grasp, but to make it simpler and parallel, I will use the word “internalized.” So, the three stages and aspects of non-rationally-attained knowledge are intuitive, intentional, and internalized. Applied to homemaking … Read More

Poetic Knowledge Book Club Series
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In 2011, I was able to host an online book club discussing James Taylor’s Poetic Knowledge. Below are my posts for the series, and within them are the links to the other participants’ posts. Chapter 1 The Validity of Poetic Knowledge Education and Emotion Chapter 2 The Philosophical Foundations, part 1 The Philosophical Foundations, part 2 Connections Cultivation Chapter 3 Connatural, Intentional, and Intuitive Knowledge, part 1 Connatural, Intentional, and Intuitive Knowledge, part 2 Statements on Rest Chapter 4 Descartes … Read More

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