'A gauntlet with a gift in 't.'

  ‘God answers sharp and sudden on some prayers,  And thrusts the thing we have prayed for in our face,  A gauntlet with a gift in 't.’       Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)     I think we’d all agree that we are in challenging times. I remembered this poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning the … Continue reading 'A gauntlet with a gift in 't.'

Home Ed Highlights From the Month of June

  'I sincerely believe that for the child, and for the parent seeking to guide him, it is not half so important to know as to feel. If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds … Continue reading Home Ed Highlights From the Month of June

Review of The Art of Poetry: Classical Academic Press

    My daughter turned 14 years of age earlier this year and as with many students in the high school years, her days are very full. Besides her lessons at home, she is studying the cello at a level which requires about 6 hours of practice per week and she swims in a competition … Continue reading Review of The Art of Poetry: Classical Academic Press

Between Midnight and Dawn: A Literary Guide to Prayer for Lent, Holy Week, and Eastertide

Between Midnight and Dawn: A Literary Guide to Prayer for Lent, Holy Week, and Eastertide is a rich and beautiful resource compiled by Sarah Arthur and published by Paraclete Press in 2016. This exceptional anthology includes selections from classic and contemporary literature by writers as diverse as Fyodor Dostoevsky, Charles Dickens, G.K. Chesterton, George Eliot, … Continue reading Between Midnight and Dawn: A Literary Guide to Prayer for Lent, Holy Week, and Eastertide

Picture Books for Art & Book Lovers

These are some of our favourite picture books because they are either beautiful and/or unique. I only realised as I was putting this post together that three of these books have some connection with France. Poetry for Kids: Emily Dickinson - Illustrated by Christine Davenier; edited by Susan Snively     Emily Dickinson is a … Continue reading Picture Books for Art & Book Lovers

Nature Poetry: Poetry Month Celebration

The author of the beloved children's book, Charlotte's Web, was not surprisingly, also a poet. I love this poem which he wrote for his wife in 1929...    Natural History   The spider, dropping down from twig  Unwinds a thread of her devising:  A thin, premeditated rig  To use in rising.   And all the … Continue reading Nature Poetry: Poetry Month Celebration

Poetry as a Means of Intellectual Culture – Furnishing the Mind

  'Poetry takes first rank as a means of intellectual culture. Goethe tells us that we ought to see a good picture, hear good music, and read some good poetry every day.   ...fine poetry need not be understood to be enjoyed. ...the youth who carries about with him such melodious cadences will not readily … Continue reading Poetry as a Means of Intellectual Culture – Furnishing the Mind

Poetry Selections for Memory work, Appreciation, Inspiration & Fun

A well-worn list of poems we've enjoyed over many years. Some have been memorized, some can be recalled with a bit of prompting and some have been the opening of a door for a holy moment. Some of the links are to the the words of the poems others are to versions set to music … Continue reading Poetry Selections for Memory work, Appreciation, Inspiration & Fun