Fairy Tales, Culture, and Us

Fairy tales and fables are fundamental to our character. Nearly every parent on the planet reads or tells fables to their children. It is these stories that we use to impart our culture and moral code to the next generation. As we homeschool our children using a classical model, my …

Togetherness

Today I sat with my two, half-grown, children in the sunny dining room. And we painted, we cut, and we sang “The Devil Went Down To Georgia”. Together. I have done art and craft projects every chance I can get with my children ever since they were toddlers. Once we …

Dawn to Decadence

The kids and I sit down each Thursday morning to read a chapter of “From Dawn To Decadence” by Jacques Barzun. This is a unique book. Mr. Barzun’s writing style reflects his native language and so is interesting for my kids to hear, his word choice stretches my kids’ (and …

Advice From a Dead Composer

“Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into it’s secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the Divine.” – Ludwig van Beethoven Beethoven’s words really touch my soul. Perhaps it is no surprise that my children love music. I live to be creative, especially with music. …

Keeping It Positive

Today is one of those days. I need to find something positive to focus on. And so my kids and I will spend the morning watching ocean documentaries. You may think that a documentary about the ocean is really a science and nature topic, but you would be wrong. It …

A huge free resource

I just ran into a web site called DocuWatch that provides free access to a treasure trove of top documentaries. If only I had known about it when my kids were studying art history earlier this year and we were submitting inter-library loan requests to get our hands on Sister …