• 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."

    "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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Some links for Remembrance Day 2008:

I’m at least two days late in writing about Vigil 1914-1918, which began this past Tuesday. Vigil 1914-1918 is a project from noted Canadian actor and director R.H. Thompson and lighting designer Martin Conboy to mark the 90th anniversary of the armistice.  From November 4 through November 11, the names of the 68,000 World War I dead will be projected at night onto the National War Memorial in Ottawa, buildings in other regions of Canada and onto the side of Canada House in Trafalgar Square in London, England.  Here’s the link to a CBC article with a photograph of names on Ottawa’s National War Memorial.

The BBC’s film production of My Boy Jack, the story of Rudyard Kipling’s son who was lost in action at the age of 18, after only two days at the front, is now available on DVD. I wrote about the poem and a bit of Kipling’s family history in this post last year at this time.

The current issue of Smithsonian Magazine has an article, “One Man’s Korean War”, featuring reporter John Rich’s color photographs, seen for the first time in more than 50 years.

Fallen Canadians in Afghanistan, at the Department of Defence website

Faces of the Fallen, American soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, at The Washington Post

4 Responses

  1. Thanks for the links on Vigil 1914-1918. Perfect timing as we started Rilla of Ingleside last night as part of our WWI studies.

  2. darn. Zip doesn’t have My Boy Jack…

    Thanks for the links. I’ve just arranged a group of folks to go see a play of Timothy Findlay’s The Wars at The War Museum on Monday.

  3. Jennifer, I’ll have to check in to see if you write anything about Rilla. Oh how I love that book!

    JoVE, try the library. My kids are green that you live near the War Museum…

  4. Stick them on a plane sometime. I’ll find somewhere for them to sleep and take them over there.

    I’m now 119th on the list for the DVD from the library.

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