Category: Creativity and Soul Care

Cultivating wisdom, knowledge, and virtue.

Easter Wings by George Herbert is a beautiful poem for spring.

Easter Wings: A Poem for Spring

Springtime puts me into a poetic frame of mind, so by the time April arrives — it’s Poetry Month, you know — I have a stack of poetry by my chair and favorite lines running through my head. Most of the...

A leaf from the St. Florian Psalter.

The Book of Psalms in Music and Art

Psalms in Music The Psalms were the first poetry and prayer that I encountered as a child, and they still bring daily joy, peace, and comfort. I recently found this playlist of the entire book of Psalms in music, sung...

Penmanship Matters; Here's Why.

Penmanship Matters

  Is there any reason for an ordinary person to learn decent penmanship? I believe there is, even if handwriting seems difficult or unnecessary. Clear penmanship, especially a simple Italic hand, is an art form that virtually anyone can master. Because...

Indoor snowmen can be a sanity saver when it's cold outside.

Indoor Snowmen: Mom’s Sanity Saver

My granddaughter called this morning, and we talked about building snowmen. Since we are both living in a snow globe, it seemed a perfect topic. However, I did experience a pang of guilt upon hanging up. Remembering the years of...

You can make nature notebooks the easy way.

Nature Notebooks the Easy Way

Never be within doors when you can rightly be without.  Charlotte Mason I have always loved Charlotte Mason’s idea of keeping nature notebooks, and tried different ways of doing it with my boys. We were never able to make a habit of...

Aunt Edie made a commonplace book for quotes, poems, and paper memorabilia.

Aunt Edie’s Commonplace Book, 1917-1947

I was poking around in my mother’s bookshelf this past summer, and I found a treasure — our Aunt Edie’s handmade commonplace book. It’s not a very big book, and after many years of love, is a bit faded and...

Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose by John Singer Sargent,

Take your children outside! Here’s why.

Most of my favorite childhood moments took place outside. I remember hours of playing with neighborhood children — skating, riding bikes, playing hopscotch, and acting out stories around my swing set and playhouse. Other happy hours were spent with my grandfather...

How to memorize using classic methods.

How to Memorize

How (and why) to memorize using the first-letter method or the method of loci.

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