• About Farm School

    "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, home schooling, and building our own house. I'm nowhere near as regular a blogger as I used to be.

    The kids are 18/Grade 12, 16/Grade 11, and 14/Grade 10.

    Contact me at becky(dot)farmschool(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Notable Quotables

    "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"

    "‘Never look at an ugly thing twice. It is fatally easy to get accustomed to corrupting influences."
    English architect CFA Voysey (1857-1941)

    "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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More Canada Day fun and festivities

(If you happen to be in Toronto, get down to Harbourfront ASAP since Mike is playing a free concert there today at 3 pm)

Sir John A. (You’re O.K.)
Words and music by Mike Ford from his album “Canada Needs You, Volume 1”

In the mid-1800’s the political situation in B.N.A. [British North America] was straining…
Annexationist favour was gaining, and in the South,
a horrible bloodbath known as the Civil War was raining
Would this insatiable appetite turn north towards the separate colonies?
Some began speaking of a new option called Confederation
And although not initially a cheerleader of the plan,
One man emerged as its central architect architect architect

SIR JOHN A. … YOU’RE O.K. …TELL ME WHAT WOULD YOU SAY
IF YOU WERE HERE TODAY

In Charlettown and Quebec City the leaders debated the new plan
Political deadlock between Canada East & West would be broken
Reciprocity between the colonies would be awoken
And the sharing between have and have-not provinces would be much more than just a token

SIR JOHN A. … YOU’RE O.K. … TELL ME WHAT WOULD YOU SAY
IF YOU WERE HERE TODAY

While civil war blood continued to spill, some feared loss of influence, loss of local power,
loss of culture, loss of ties to England
One man alone knew we needed a strong central government,
with residual powers residual powers residual powers

SIR JOHN A. … YOU’RE O.K. … TELL ME WHAT WOULD YOU SAY
IF YOU WERE HERE TODAY

OH OH OH OLD TOMORROW OH OH OH CAN I BORROW OLD TOMORROW
JUST AN OUNCE OF YOUR GREAT STAMINA AND SKILL…That would be a thrill

The delegation went to London England to finalize the preparations…
All went well except for one minor crisis… Sir John A, always fond of a tipple or six,
took to bed with a book, a bottle and a candle — he nodded off…
FATE INTERVENED as he awoke to the the smell of fire!
The curtains were on fire! The bed was on fire! Even his hair was on fire fire fire

SIR JOHN A. … YOU’RE O.K. … TELL ME WHAT WOULD YOU SAY
IF YOU WERE HERE TODAY

Back home on July 1st, 1867, a new nation celebrates its birth
Sir John A. rolls up his sleeves — there’s much work to be done
There were regions to appease, budgets to squeeze, factions to please,
And a prairie to seize but most of all…The railroad!
Work of the iron road took more than 15 years of backbreaking, sometimes fatal labour…
And in the corridors of power, it took
WHEELING, DEALING, BESEECHING, PREACHING, PRAYING, DELAYING
And scandal scandal scandal scandal
One man had the wherewithall to ride the wild rollercoaster to its completion
SIR JOHN A. …YOU’RE O.K. … TELL ME WHAT WOULD YOU SAY
IF YOU WERE HERE TODAY

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