Into literature

We get into little crazes, or rabbit trails, or passions, in our unschooling home.

One person’s passion inspires another’s.

When the boys were little, it was dress ups…and war..and Star Wars ( it is still Star Wars; we are Star Wars nerds) .. and Lego..and TMNT with rosary beads…sparkly, shiny rosary beads.

Or the big kids invented games of Kings, with casinos and constitutions and government and building cubbies, and our very-close -friends joined in..and the toddlers and preschoolers clamoured to be included, as army guys or slaves or servants..and they were!

This week we are Into Literature.

It all started with watching the DVD of the TV series Cranford, a gift from a friend.

And discussion about The Giver by Lois Lowry and discussion of pro life issues.

Our Homeschool logging blog, St Anthony Academy, tells some of the story.


Near the candles and the flowers

Near the candles and the flowers, on our dining table, sits a book, a saint’s biography on St Thomas Aquinas.

For the teens. For tomorrow.

I thought we might pray these prayers…after the orthodontist and before Maths and Latin and before the myriad of things that make up our daily lists.

A Student’s Prayer by St. Thomas Aquinas

Creator of all things, true source of light and wisdom, origin of all being, graciously penetrate the darkness of my understanding. Take from me the double darkness in which I have been born, an obscurity of sin and ignorance. Give me a keen understanding, a retentive memory, and the ability to grasp things correctly and fundamentally. Grant me the talent of being exact in my explanations and the ability to express myself with thoroughness and charm. Point out the beginning, direct the progress, and help in the completion. I ask this through Christ our Lord.

Prayer for Purity by St. Thomas Aquinas

Dearest Jesus! I know well that every perfect gift, and above all others that of chastity, depends upon the most powerful assistance of Your Providence, and that without Thee a creature can do nothing. Therefore, I pray Thee to defend, with Thy grace, chastity and purity in my soul as well as in my body. And if I have ever received through my senses any impression that could stain my chastity and purity, do Thou, Who are the Supreme Lord of all my powers, take it from me, that I may with an immaculate heart advance in Thy love and service, offering myself chaste all the days of my life on the most pure altar of Thy Divinity.


Sharing From Facebook

Keeping up with technologies and social networking and writing and life and everything else….

My Facebook status tonight is a True Confession.

Today, I broke one of the rules a girl is taught… a rule from the movie “He’s Just Not That Into You”…Never Try To Trim Your Own Bangs. In a fit of I “hate my hair and everything else”, I grabbed the scissors, cut my fringe ( bangs) and cut about 6 cm off the end of my hair. Now, according to the movie, I will never Find My Happy Ending.

Oh, well, says the cynic in me.
Could be worse.
I could still believe in Happy Endings.And in the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus, too.

The results of my five minutes of grabbing scissors and cutting in a malcontent mood?
Well ~ I took a photo of The Hair with my phone in the car…no, I wasn’t driving at the time!


Peanuts Wisdom

Yesterday I was a dog. Today I’m a dog. Tomorrow I’ll probably still be a dog. Sigh! There’s so little hope for advancement….Peanuts……Snoopy

In twenty years time, I will probably still be working on the same faults, confessing the same sins!

Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, “Where have I gone wrong?” Then a voice says to me, “This is going to take more than one night.”….Peanuts….Charlie Brown


Sometimes when I get up in the morning, I feel very peculiar. I feel like I’ve just got to bite a cat! I feel like if I don’t bite a cat before sundown, I’ll go crazy! But then I just take a deep breath and forget about it. That’s what is known as real maturityPeanuts…Snoopy

Real maturity is going to Mass, praying, sharing song lyrics and Snoopy quotes, not thinking about things and then getting on with the (busy) day.

No problem is so big or so complicated that it can’t be run away from!..Peanuts…Linus Van Pelt


Wouldn’t it be nice if our lives were like VCRS (video recorders), and we could ‘fast forward’ through the crummy times?…Peanuts

Except that the good and bad make it all good, make it life. We don’t want to have a Click moment.

Or maybe we do, just once or twice.

To take back what we said, what we said in a moment of un-thinking, of lack of self control. Of tiredness.

But you can’t.

You have to live with it, face the consequences.

Today is…

Remember those old Snoopy and Charlie Brown comics?

Love is…Happiness is..

Life is like an ice cream cone…you have to learn to lick it.

I thought about today. And today is…

..eating Toblerone, Swiss chocolate, in honour of St Francis de Sales, once Bishop of Geneva and remembered for many wise sayings..and many other wise sayings which have been (falsely!) attributed to him.
…my family delivering four junk mail rounds without me, so I only have to help with an extra two delivery rounds and thus have time for coffee at Borders with some friends.
….a thinking homily this morning, on our life in the Church, as part of the body of Christ’s Church, on Love, quoting both St Teresa of Avila and St Therese of Lisieux.
…smiling at the wit and wisdom of St Teresa of Avila during my reading time..About the injunction of the Apostle Paul that women should keep silent in church? Don’t go by one text only.
…remembering to emphasize the homey, comfy, relaxed part of the homeschooling equation. You’re at home. Be homey. Support, nurture, be gentle. Bravewriter blog
….reading Dies Domini by Pope John Paul II ( thanks for the link Fr Benedict). Being reminded to rediscover Sunday: Do not be afraid to give your time to Christ!
watching Predator with the kids, a B grade movie to laugh over, while doing work stuff -and blogging.Italic
..cooking dinner. Again.

Good grief! As Charlie Brown would say.