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Wanting It

One of my end-of-the-year activities was finishing up my original commonplace book.  A commonplace book is a blank notebook into which a reader copies favorite passages.  I require my ninth grade students to keep one and I check it every … Continue reading

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A Shameless Plug for a Fantastic Summer Read

This summer has been tremendously busy.  Our house,  our hearts, and our schedule have all been full.  Still, I always make time for reading in my life.  By this ripe old age of almost fifty-eight, I have learned that I … Continue reading

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Aslan: The Cure for Burnout

This week I finished my first reading project for 2014: I read straight through the Chronicles of Narnia from start to finish.  By the way, when I say start to finish I mean that I began with the first one … Continue reading

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End-of-Summer Thoughts

In May, I made my first summer entry in my Commonplace Book.  It’s from The Great Gatsby, and I could not believe how perfectly it described my feelings at the time: “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of … Continue reading

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The Good Life

It’s the end of the school year and everyone is tired.  We’ve come down to the last days of class before exams begin and teachers are trying to fit in last-minute projects and tests.  Sometimes we all get cranky.  Today, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on eReading

I just finished my second electronic book.  It was Murder Must Advertise, by Dorothy Sayers and it was wonderful.  I love Sayers’ work.  I discovered her because she wrote the essay that started the Classical Christian School movement. (“The Lost … Continue reading

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A Quote to Live By

One of the reasons I love doing the commonplace assignment with my students is that I enjoy seeing the quotes they choose and reading the papers they write in response to their favorites.  Over the course of the year I’ve … Continue reading

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Perelandra: A Review (sort of)

I spent the leisure hours of my last three days of spring break reading Perelandra, the second book in the science fiction trilogy by C.S. Lewis.  Though I read the book years ago, and have frequently re-read That Hideous Strength, … Continue reading

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Blank Books and Potential

I love blank books!  They give me the same feeling that I get on Friday evening or on the first day of summer vacation:  a sense of overwhelming potential.  Blank books were not such an easy thing to find when … Continue reading

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