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    "There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live."
    James Adams, from his essay "To 'Be' or to 'Do': A Note on American Education", 1929

    We're a Canadian family of five, farming and home schooling. I'm nowhere near as regular a blogger as I used to be.

    The kids are 17/Grade 12, 15/Grade 10, and 13/Grade 9.

    Contact me at becky.farmschool@gmail.com

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    "If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
    William Morris, from his lecture "The Beauty of Life"

    "The world of books is the most remarkable creation of man. Nothing else that he builds ever lasts. Monuments fall, nations perish, civilizations grow old and die out; and, after an era of darkness, new races build others. But in the world of books are volumes that have seen this happen again and again, and yet live on, still young, still as fresh as the day they were written, still telling men’s hearts of the hearts of men centuries dead."
    Clarence Day

    "Anyone who has a library and a garden wants for nothing."
    Cicero

    "Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtile; natural philosophy, deep; moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend."
    Sir Francis Bacon, "Essays"

    "The chief aim of education is to show you, after you make a livelihood, how to enjoy living; and you can live longest and best and most rewardingly by attaining and preserving the happiness of learning."
    Gilbert Highet, "The Immortal Profession: The Joys of Teaching and Learning"

    "Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment."
    Walter Wriston

    "I'd like to give you a piece of my mind."
    "Oh, I couldn't take the last piece."
    Ginger Rogers to Frances Mercer in "Vivacious Lady" (1938)

    "No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem."
    Booker T. Washington

    "Please accept my resignation. I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member."
    Attributed to Groucho Marx in "The Groucho Letters" by Arthur Sheekman

    "If you can't say something good about someone, sit right here by me."
    Alice Roosevelt Longworth

    "If we bring a little joy into your humdrum lives, we feel all our hard work ain't been in vain for nothin'."
    Jean Hagen as "Lina Lamont" in "Singin' in the Rain" (1952)
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Merry Christmas

from our (farm) house to yours.

'Bringing Back the Tree' by Angela Harding

“Bringing Back the Tree” by Angela Harding, a greeting card reproduced from a lithograph; also available directly from the artist, and available as a tea towel, too

(For the first time in years, we didn’t head north to cut down a tree. I thought we’d save some time, with busy weekends and daylight so brief, by buying a tree. I found a lovely one in a store lot on the day we took the chickens and turkeys to be butchered, and the kids loaded it up for me.)

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4 Responses

  1. Merry Christmas to you and your family too Becky. Based on that image I’d say our Christmases will be very different though. I’m now feeling nostalgic for a White Christmas.

  2. Merry Christmas, Sandra, and a happy and healthy new year to you and your family.

    I’m sure our Christmases will be VERY different! Despite the calendar, we’ve had winter, snow, and cold for more than a month. It’s -35 this evening, though isupposedly will warm to -16 overnight and -6 tomorrow, which would be positively balmy! Wish I could send you some snow…

  3. We used to make a big deal out of getting trees, then we started getting them at a gas station 2 years ago – best trees ever. Sometimes it’s good to learn to let go… I’m sure we’ll head back to the woods someday, but it’s been nice to not have that “to-do” to do.

    I know. I’m a grinch. Alas.

    Merry Christmas anyway! :)

  4. Merry Christmas, Penny!

    Actually, going into the woods for us is easier most times. There’s no place in the nearby town that sells trees — the Boy Scouts used to, at a tire shop, but we haven’t had a Boy Scout troop for years — and the town where we take the chickens is an hour and a half away. It just worked out that way this year : ) . The nice thing about the farmed tree this year is how nice and full it is — so there are advantages each way!

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