Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Gardenia Grace

The rose may be the queen of flowers but the gardenia gives her a run for her money. With a heavenly scent and pure white petals, not to mention its perfect timing for bridal season, it seems a shoo-in for one of the top flowers for a Mary garden--but to the best of my knowledge, there is no Marian association to this flower.

I am thinking up different possibilities for a Marian "nickname" for this delight. Hey, if you know of any lore connecting our Lady to the gardenia, Will you let me know?

Saturday, June 5, 2010

From My Bookmarks: Some Homeschool Links

I have an old blog, which I called Bookmark, that was meant to catch the wealth of my overflowing binder of inspiration printed from the Internet. Unfortunately, I mostly forgot about it in the aftermath of a new baby. It seems a little superfluous now, but I still want to keep the links (and I still have lots more to add!), so I'm bringing them over here. For the first installment, I'm sharing various articles that I found helpful as a homeschooling mother.

"The Beatrice Brigade" was the first entry in The Binder. Well, not really, if you count all the homeless print-outs that created the need in the first place. When I read this essay, though, and thought to myself, "I need my very own anthology to show to my ideological fellows, aspirants, doubters, detractors, and burnouts, and THIS needs to be in it." As Elizabeth Foss said, it's gratifying reading.

We don't use unschooling as our primary method of education, but this interview with Sandra Dodd is a back-to-basics tome that I reread every now and then to reacquaint myself with its virtues--usually right about now, to inspire me during the summer months.

What we do have is a sort of on-off (almost) rhythm to school that I used to feel uneasy about, until I read what Melissa Wiley said about something she has termed "tidal homeschooling." I think I first read about it here, and it sounded so much like what I do, minus the guilt and feelings of "doing it wrong." I was instantly and (almost) permanently reassured.

And when life gets crazy I go into guerilla homeschooling mode, and we get enough done to call it a day and look forward to another day's adventures.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Nice to Meet You

Hi, I'm Nicole. I'm new here and I'm glad to see you.

Over the next few days and weeks I'll be posting some things so that you can get to know me better. A few of them are what you might call dated because, well, I've been writing a blog in my head for about five years now--some of them actually got as far as drafts of a post--but for various reasons I never got around to publishing one. Hey, everybody's got a story.

Now that I've made the jump into the blogosphere, I'd like to build a little bit of community here. There are so many bloggers that have given me so much, and I'd like to start contributing to the conversation. I'll be an occasional poster while I work out my place in cyberworld, but I hope to hear from you. If you've just discovered this blog, let me know how you got here. If you're an old friend, come say hello! What caught your eye? What would you like to see? I'd love for you to visit again.


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