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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, 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

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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"

    "‘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."

    "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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Free clip art

I like older engravings, so I tend to be rather unsatisfied with a lot of the free clip art I run into.  But the free illustrations from the Clipart ETC website, an online service of Florida’s Educational Technology Clearinghouse (providing digital resources for the state’s schools), I like very much.  The index of the 38,000 or so available pictures is here.

Students and teachers may use up to 50 clip art illustrations “in any non-commercial, educational project (report, presentation, display, website, etc.) without special permission”.

5 Responses

  1. Pure luck that you posted the link on a day I needed clip art. Thank you, that is a great website.

  2. That is a great find, Becky. I had been searching for clip art like that for some time now. Thanks.

    Also, thanks for the iced coffee recipe. Here they make the coffee with milk, ice it, add syrupy flavorings, and then add a big blop of ice cream on top. I have been tampering with various homemade concoctions ever since we got here. Ahhhhhhhhh…

    I don’t remember seeing many of the wedding pics other than those where my brother and his new bride were the sole subjects, but it’s likely he did exactly as his big sister told him. The same brother and I were the godparents of their firstborn a few years later, and of all the voluminous photos taken (and prominently on display) none include either of us apparently less-attractive family members with the baby. They should offer teeth-whitening and botox to prospective godparents. Maybe a little lipo too! At least then I could have politely declined the position without feeling guilty.

  3. You’re both very welcome : ). We needed it for a project here, and I wasn’t happy with what I was finding. And the Dover clip art books I suspected I needed weren’t in our library system.

    You’re also welcome for the coffee recipe, L. I’ve been using it since I first read it in the Times last summer, and between early June-late August have a canning jar of “sludge” on the counter overnight. Much more satisfying that the overly sweet “ice capp” slushie concoctions at the convenience store.

    All I can say about your sil is oh my goodness…

  4. Mmmm, I love the geometry clip art there. Thanks for posting this link!

  5. You do the soaked coffee too? How funny, I just posted about it this week.

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