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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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    William Morris, from his lecture "The Beauty of Life"

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    English architect CFA Voysey (1857-1941)

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    "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"

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    Walter Wriston

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    Ginger Rogers to Frances Mercer in "Vivacious Lady" (1938)

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    Booker T. Washington

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    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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Cybils 2008

I’ve been so distracted by elections north and south and the Great Depression looming that I’ve neglected the arrival for the third year of the wonderful Cybils kidlitosphere book awards. On October 1, next Wednesday, nominations open for the 2008 Cybil Awards, so start thinking of your favorite new books of the year.

The Cybils have a nifty new logo this year and also at least one new category, Easy Readers.

Since I now have a sixth grader, fourth grader, and third grader to teach at home; I’ve taken on some extra volunteer responsibilities with the local music festival; the kids will all start junior curling which means another evening out of the house; and I’ll have two kids in two 4H clubs this year, up from one kid in two clubs, I’m looking forward to sitting out this Cybils season, discovering new-to-me 2008 titles from others’ nominations, and reading all the wonderful reviews in the kidlitosphere blogs. Let the fun begin!

3 Responses

  1. Oh dear! I got distracted too! I started a post about the Cybils either earlier this week or last week, I’m not sure which, and I never did get back to finish it and post it. I’d never heard of the awards before. Very cool idea! Must try to finish that post soon. Thanks for the reminder. :)

  2. Jacqueline, the Cybils are a wonderful way of catching up on the year’s new books in so many categories — very, very worthwhile, and for the panelists, also oodles of work. I’ll have to keep an eye out for your post!

  3. […] time for Cybils! I actually heard about this from Farm School but when I read her post I was instantly excited! I read a TON of children’s literature each […]

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