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    "There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live."
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    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.

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

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Darwin 200: Many happy returns

Here’s a list of all of the Farm School (FCD) Charlie Darwin posts, up here as a sticky for the month of February:

Funny, you don’t look a day over 198, my 2008 highly subjective, not at all comprehensive Charles Darwin bibliography and list of resources for the entire family, with serious and lighthearted offerings

Readers and scientists celebrating Darwin, new books for children

Just a theory, celebrations at Cambridge University

Radio Darwin, radio and television celebrations at the BBC

“Part of nature”, Desmond Morris salutes Charles Darwin as a “Hero for our age”

Science resources for The Coalition On The Public Understanding of Science‘s Year of Science 2009. Guess what’s up for February?

Celebrating Christmas with Colin Purrington’s Axis of Evo project

Banned Books Week 2008

The new anti-intellectualism plus scientific illiteracy equals the perfect storm over evolution

Arabella Buckley and Darwin

Lincoln and Darwin together again (2008)

Charles Darwin and Sir David Attenborough, in cold blood

And, last but not least, I typed this all by myself with my opposable thumbs, for the creation museum carnival in 2007
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Much more comprehensive than anything I’ve tried to do is Michael D. Barton’s blog, The Dispersal of Darwin. Be off, and celebrate!

And if you feel so inclined, there’s a Blog for Darwin blog swarm February 12-15, 2009


10 Responses

  1. Thanks, Becky! (Though I do wish Mother Darwin and Mother Lincoln had taken us potentially overwhelmed readers into consideration and spaced things out by a week or two…)

  2. Thanks, Becky, for the post and the plug! But my blog is now at this address:



  3. This should be fun!

  4. Chris, even an extra week or two aren’t enough. There’s so much stuff we could study Darwin for the next two years and still not cover it all.

    Michael, fixed, sorry about that. I cut and pasted from my previous post, so I’ll update that as well.

    Casey, woohoo!

  5. Last year I gave Richard a Valentine’s card (I think I got the link from your post) that had a sketch of Darwin on the front, with a “I select you, naturally” on it. Made us laugh for at least a week, whenever we looked at it.

    I’ve been listening to those IOT podcasts about Darwin all week, when the kids are at swim lessons. Amazing how much information they have about him.

  6. Sheila, oh what a pair of lovebirds! (Finches?). Say, were you able to get those podcasts downloaded because I haven’t been able to do it, which means we’re tethered to the computer in the kitchen, not always practical. I’m wondering if my computer is having some sort of glitch…

  7. Sheila, I don’t think I had the links to the cards, but I’ve found the science Valentine’s here, for anyone interested,


  8. I’ve got the mp3 of all 4 of the In Our Time Darwin podcasts, I can email them to anyone if need be…

  9. Michael, I’d be delighted to take you up on this (I’ll even send you a Darwin valentine in thanks!). I was going to spend part of tomorrow — today is an endless round of music lessons followed by a never-ending 4H meeting) — seeing if a different browser and such would help. When of course we could be doing something much more interesting, such as reading all about the primitive whales giving birth on land…

    My email is farmschool at hmsinet dot ca

    and just in case I’ll drop you a note, if you’re too busy posting updates to check back here.

    Many, many thanks!

  10. Oh, I’m late to this, but I did get them podcasted onto my iPod. I don’t know how to email them to you, but if Michael doesn’t do it LMK and I’ll figure it out. Doubt it’ll be difficult. These little Macs are brilliant at things like this.

    They’re very chatty, I have to say.

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