Madame How & Lady Why: Chapter 7 – The Chalk-Carts

Chalk-carts, like mice, and dead leaves, and most other matters in the universe are very curious and odd things in the eyes of wise and reasonable people.    The White Cliffs of Dover     I couldn't find a definition of 'chalk-carts' anywhere although it's obvious Kingsley was referring to the carts that carried chalk … Continue reading Madame How & Lady Why: Chapter 7 – The Chalk-Carts

Madame How & Lady Why – Chapter 6: The True Fairy Tale

  Chauvet Cave, France     You like to draw: but why you like it neither you nor any man can tell. It is one of the mysteries of human nature; and that poor savage clothed in skins, dirty it may be, and more ignorant than you (happily) can conceive, when he sat in the … Continue reading Madame How & Lady Why – Chapter 6: The True Fairy Tale

Madame How & Lady Why: Chapter 5 – The Ice-Plough

I must tell you that there are sometimes—not often, but sometimes—pages in Madam How's book in which one single letter tells you as much as a whole chapter; in which if you find one little fact, and know what it really means, it makes you certain that a thousand other great facts have happened... You … Continue reading Madame How & Lady Why: Chapter 5 – The Ice-Plough

Madame How & Lady Why: Chapter 4 – The Transformation of a Grain of Soil

'Why, you ask, are there such terrible things as volcanos? Of what use can they be?'   The Eruption of the Souffrier Mountains, in the Island of St Vincent, at Midnight, on the 30th of April, 1812, from a Sketch Taken at the Time by Hugh P. Keane, Esqre by Joseph Mallord William Turner   … Continue reading Madame How & Lady Why: Chapter 4 – The Transformation of a Grain of Soil

Madame How & Lady Why – Part 2: Earthquakes

Earthquakes - Chapter 2 80% of the world's earthquakes occur along the rim of the Pacific Ring of Fire and much of what we've used to supplement MHLW in this chapter is related to this part of the world.Australia sits in the middle of  the Indo-Australian tectonic plate, and the unpredictable earthquake activity we have … Continue reading Madame How & Lady Why – Part 2: Earthquakes

Madame How & Lady Why by Charles Kingsley – Part 1: The Glen

". . . it is by watching the common natural things around you, and considering the lilies of the field, how they grow, that you will begin at least to learn that far Diviner mystery, that you have a Father in Heaven."   Charles Kingsley (1819-1875)     Madame How & Lady Why (MHLW) is … Continue reading Madame How & Lady Why by Charles Kingsley – Part 1: The Glen