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Category: Creativity and Soul Care

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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The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564)

Know Thyself: Are Personality Tests Useful?

If thou knowest thyself, it will follow thou wilt not puff thyself up like the frog that strove to make himself as large as the ox. Miguel de Cervantes Online personality tests seem to multiply like rabbits. Look around social media,...

Art soothes the soul and provides a pleasant transition to the contemplative season.

Slipping into a Seasonal Business Routine

My business year has two primary seasons: the convention season and the contemplative season. The end of July saw the end of business travel until next February, unless something unforeseen crops up, and I have to admit I’m delighted to be...

Children at the beach on summer break. Attributed to James Pyne.

Why You (Probably) Need a Summer Break

If your student is behind in a school subject and you are thinking of homeschooling through the summer break, please stop a moment. I’d like to share a few thoughts on homeschoolers doing summer school. Schooling through the summer may...

By Claire Gregory (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Grow a Sustainable Diet by Cindy Conner, A Review

I’ve been enjoying Cindy Conner’s new book on growing a sustainable diet. She actually makes it sound doable! She begins by identifying why you might want to grow a sustainable diet, then walks through the process of garden planning with...

Play is a child's work; based on Winslow Homer's "Snap the Whip"

Play is a Child’s Work

Deep meaning lies often in childish play. -Johann Friedrich von Schiller The outdoors used to be a place where children could run, play, build, create, and do the mildly hazardous things children love to do. I remember walking the 5′...

Read not the Times, but read the eternities. (Thoreau)

A Year Without the News Media

In 2013, I quit. I’ve never been a heavy consumer of news and pop culture, but for over 30 years, I faithfully read the daily newspaper and usually listened to radio news once or twice a week. I don’t watch television...

Gratefulness and Thanksgiving

Enjoy a poem (Gratefulnesse by George Herbert); a recipe (cranberry-orange relish), and a Thanksgiving sale, aka Homeschool Black Friday).

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