Here Is Bigger Than You Can Imagine

Today is Bruce Cockburn’s birthday!  Really, for me in the last 20 years, there has been no more formative influence than Bruce.IMG_0527{mixed media art with Bruce lyrics inspired by A Year of Art Journaling}

Today Number 5 is marking the occasion with a link to a wonderful live version of “World of Wonders” and a beauty of a song called “Messenger Wind.”  And if that’s not enough Bruce for your day, here are a few places I written about the man:

Bruce and Pregnancy

Bruce Singing with Lou Reed

Bruce and Hard Work

Plans at the End of May

In our town, the public schools take a Spring break at the end of March that isn’t tied to the timing of Easter.  For our family that means we get a nice long break together without the added business that holidays can bring.  It also means that there’s a looong stretch from April till the end of May without a break.  Usually I’m limping along, holding my breath until Memorial Day.


But this year the end of May sort of snuck up on me!  Part of that is my business–my time is spoken for, organized, and planned.  I’ve got things to do!  But I know another part of it is that we’ve settled into a peaceful homeschool rhythm.  More often than not, Joseph the Worker has started joining us as we sit at the table and do our morning time work.  He writes and colors and puts his hand on his forehead and mutters, “Ummm…”

We’ve also started reading Four Old Greeks by Jennie Hall.  Yes, the Jennie Hall of Viking Tales fame.  This book written over 100 years ago has an amazing freshness to it.  It’s an absolutely delightful read aloud.  If your studies take you to Ancient Greece, make sure you read this book.  I purchased a lovely old hardcover edition for not much more than shipping charges.

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But Summer is a coming!  For us here Summer is for Shakespeare…and ICAD.  In the coming days I’ll be updating all of the Shakespeare links.  And I may try to post *something* artful everyday during June. This (low-quality audio) podcast from CiRCE has me thinking about academics during Summer, what counts (hint: it ALL counts!), and how to structure our days together.


Bringing Easter to Memory WorkEven though the season of Easter is ending, I can think of no better way to celebrate Pentecost than to keep on keeping Easter.  Well, wearing red on Sunday and eating strawberry shortcake might be better!

If you haven’t subscribed and received the beautiful printable version of Celebrating the 50 Days of Easter, do it fast.  You can just enter your email, and I’ll send you a copy within a day or so.  I’ve got plans for a new subscriber freebie in the works–ideas for sharing Shakespeare with kids and an annotated booklist!

It’s also time for a new edition of Flourish, Sarah Mackenzie’s e-magazine.  It’s full of really good articles and resources and it’s free!  Perfect for lingering over with a cup of coffee and a sweet treat.  Call it teacher development!  I am so happy to work as editor of Flourish.  I get to really dig in to the writing and ideas and be a happy part of this good work.

And finally a totally unrelated video by Muk, everyone’s favorite Mormon-Khmer band.  At the end they do a great bit about how exactly to say subscribe in Khmer!

My Well-Trained Mind

Optimized-blueintuitiveOk. I am not a Classical Christian educator.  You know this about me, right?  I am way more about the intuitive homeschool and wearing shoes that fit.  But Susan Wise Bauer has got something good planned for this summer.  She’s hosting The Well-Trained Mind Online Conference–all the goodness of exposing yourself to new ideas with none of the bother of travel or childcare.

Sarah Mackenzie will be presenting three lectures on Meaningful Reading in the Homeschool (June 25th-July 9) and Julie Bogart will be doing 2 different 3-part series–one on Your Fantasy Homeschool (July 16-30) and one on Being the Best writing Coach and Ally  (July 14-28) How will I ever choose?

The best part?  There are also free sessions!  And they start this week!  I’ve signed up for Pam Barnhill’s Three Steps in Homeschool Planning on May 20th (that’s tomorrow!) and Mystie Winckler’s Organization in the Midst of the Muddle on June 10th.

Are you signed up for any other sessions?  I’d love to hear your recommendations in the comments!