• 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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Butterflies in December

Both hornblower at HMS Indefatigable, another erratic blogger, and Lynn at bore me to tears have welcomed me back with a Butterfly Award for “the coolest blog I know”.  Many thanks, hornblower and Lynn.

Here’s the award as it appears at HMS Indefatigable, edited and grammatically correct (!),


and here are the rules:

Link to the person who gave it to you

Post the (updated) graphic

Pass it on to 10 other bloggers (hornblower selected only five and she’s still standing, so if you’re not up to selecting 10, don’t fret)

Here are my 10, provided — as I mentioned to hornblower — I can remember how to get into my Bloglines account.

In alphabetical order:

Susan at Chicken Spaghetti, one of the best children’s book bloggers and urban chicken wranglers going.  Susan also loves, loves, loves compiling very helpful lists.

A twofer: Kathy Ceceri’s Home Biology and Home Chemistry blogs (don’t miss Kathy’s recent post about MAKE Magazine’s Chemistry Gift Guide)

Adrienne at Homeschooling and Libraries, the librarian all home schoolers dream about

Jen Robinson’s Book Page, another one of the best children’s book bloggers going

My pal Frankie at Kitchen-Table Learners

Ed Darrell at Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub

Kris Bordessa at Paradise Found, and not because she recently singled me out as one of her Faithful Five (Kris, you’re the faithful one sticking with Farm School…).  By the way, check out the list of her family’s favorite Christmas books on her sidebar on the right side.

Fiddler at Rockhound Place, who is running a special series of posts on Holiday Music

The peripatetic L. at Schola

JoVE at Tricotomania and more — knitting, home schooling, politics, and more.  Cool and Canadian.

I still have so many more favorite blogs, as you can see from the sidebar at right, but that’s 10. So I’ll plead jet lag and a long list of things to do.

Oh, and one final thank you, to Dale McGowan at the Meming of Life blog and guest poster JJ Ross of Cocking a Snook! for including Farm School in the recent post featuring “a grab bag of 15 smartly secular homeschooling blogs”.  You warmed the cockles of my little secular heart!

8 Responses

  1. Thanks so much, Becky! What a lovely surprise. And it’s great to have you back blogging in general. Have a wonderful weekend.

  2. Thanks for the Butterfly, and welcome back, Becky! As always, your engrossing posts both entertain me and give me food for thought.

  3. Thanks from me as well! I only stop by from time to time (I haven’t figured out blogreaders yet) but it’s always nice to see you give me a mention.

    As a special holiday thanks, I’d like to offer Farm School fans $5 off my book “Around the World Crafts.” Go to https://www.createspace.com/3349559 and type in the discount code A6HDVH92.

  4. Thank you, I am most honored. =)

  5. Hi Becky,

    I can’t wait to check out your list!

    And, I just wanted to mention that I played around a bit with the graphic, also.


  6. Oh, thank you! That just made my day. :)

  7. […] and Becky have both seen fit to award me with […]

  8. You’re very welcome, everyone, and thanks, Kathy, for the special offer! I’ve moved it up for its own post…

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