High Tide

When I homeschooled the girls, this author and homeschooling mom, Melissa Wiley, wrote about her homeschool being tidal. I believe my reading life to be tidal as well. This means there’s moments of high energy and activity, followed by other times where for some reason, I’m not as engaged, and I may feel a bit…

Joys of July

Just can’t believe that July is almost over! The girls start school on August 12th and 14th, dates which coincide with their ages, -though that soon will change, since they are having birthdays this fall-. Frankly, I want school to start. Not for the girls, who are holding to their vacation time as fast as…

Love, love, love

I had no clear direction for this post today. I want to write, and at the same time I’m not very inspired. I decided to take pictures instead, and let them guide me through this summer rumblings about love, and that which I love. I never got those who love Jane Austen, or cats. It…

It’s the small things

This week started with some small surprises that have made it magical. Reading your blogs, I saw that Cleo and others are discussing C.S. Lewis’s The Four Loves. Long, long ago, I borrowed this book from the library. But it’s a title worth revisiting. Yesterday, Sunday, at one of our ongoing Bible studies, the topic…

Confused Review

I turned the last page of Return to Region today. Book by Juan Benet. I can’t, however, stop thinking about this book. Do you see these two pictures? They were taken in 2008. The sepia one was at Pedraza, Madrid. I’m facing the camera, one of my daughters in the stroller. My husband is the…

Reconsidering

A bit earlier in the year, I had lots of fun choosing books for a few challenges, for the book club, and to read along with some friends in real life and online. But now in March, I find myself at a halt, trying to decide how to proceed with my readings. So far, this…

Ordering the Affections

I vented here, I talked to you about my concerns, questions, doubts and what not. It’s only fair I share something else about us. Life is tidal. Seasonal. And rough. But there’s also moments when you see new growth, appreciation, beauty. When words and actions around you seem to tell you that all this you…

Unresolved Questions

A break in my most common ramblings about books. This blog used to be much more about education, and Charlotte Mason, than about books. But as my years as a homeschooling mom kept changing, the book posts became more frequent, and posts about homeschooling more scarce. I blame it to a need for privacy and…

We, 21st Century Readers

Let’s talk about, instead of books, readers. I’m thinking lately about who we are as readers, why we read (or don’t read). Reading Frenzen’s Essays has prompted me to think about why we read. He asks himself why he writes. And for writers, reading is a symbiotic process. They are also readers, and they aspire…

Maybe

Maybe I have found the reason why I can’t read most modern and postmodern literature. As I read Frenzen’s interesting essays in How to Be Alone, I am impressed by how much I enjoy his writing. His essays are about contemporary topics: The first essay, My Father’s Brain, was about his father’s Alzheimer. His perspective…

Book Club Experience

Those violet creams you see in that picture, are the chocolates mentioned in Jane Austen’s novel Emma. Our book club hostesses gave them to us, along with some beautiful reading theme cards and a magnet. Every time we met and someone had traveled, they also brought bookmarks for all of us. Last year was my…

The mathematical and the intuitive mind

I am reading  Pascal’s Thoughts and Minor Works, and asking myself why I did not read this before. His first thought in the book is about the difference between intuitive thinking and mathematical thinking. Intuitive thinking is also that which I believe it’s called Poetic Knowledge. I very much believe that many of us may…

From my heart

I’ve always thought much about our homeschool, for many years I chose joy as the word for that school year, yet joy always eluded me. I’ve always thought about different philosophies of education, or ways to homeschool. Take one, for example, unschooling. Unschooling is jeered at and scorned by many, (I have jeered and scorned…