• 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

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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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One of my favorite lines from the terrific independent Canadian movie Wilby Wonderful (2004), which I watched again the other day,

“Well, you can like the backwards way, but the backwards way can’t be better because the backwards way is wrong.”

A beautiful little ensemble piece (not a comedy, as some reviews mention, but incredibly funny and also moving) starring Canadian gems Paul Gross, Maury Chaykin, Rebecca Jenkins, Sandra Oh, Callum Keith Rennie, Ellen Page, and James Allodi. Written and directed by Daniel MacIvor, who makes the most of his role as the mayor’s bumbling brother-in-law.

(Not for kids, by the way, at least not for mine, no matter how much they adore Benton Fraser and New Burbage…)


7 Responses

  1. I’ve put it on the Ziplist. And am encouraged by the amount of green in the availability bar. Well, encouraged for me though discouraged that no one wants to rent what you say is a wonderful film.

  2. Hi :) I awarded your blog an award. Stop by and pick it up when you have a chance!

    “This award acknowledges the values that every blogger shows
    in his/her effort to transmit cultural, ethical,
    literary and personal values every day.”

    Your site is a treasure trove for any who stop by. Thanks so much for blogging :)


  3. JoVE, I’m going to be optimistic and assume that those folks not using Zip are able to get wonderful Canadian indie flicks through the library…

  4. Dear MamaB, many thanks for the award, and especially for paying more attention to my little blog than I do! Though if I had really started this blog “to transmit cultural, ethical, literary and personal values every day”, I’d have folded up shop long ago. This is just my own little selfish corner of the world, on public display…

  5. Wilby Wonderful is available on Hulu for those in the US…http://www.hulu.com/videos/search?query=Wilby+Wonderful

  6. AC, for those who prefer not to watch movies on the computer, WW is also available at Netflix, libraries, and Amazon.com and other booksellers.

  7. I’m always happy to add one of your recommendations to my list, Becky — thanks!

    (And while I’m here, the URLs have changed a little on my site — my U.S. history reading recommendations are now at http://chrisbarton.info/blog/labels/us_history_reading)

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