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  • This is a review of the book Poetic Knowledge by James Taylor. Poetic knowledge is a term that our rational, scientific society doesn't think about too much.  When we hear the word poetic, we automatically think of poetry, or maybe a good bit of prose that is heavy with beautiful, figurative language.  We might go as far as identifying an experience as poetic...meaning that it was the type of experience that poems are written about.  This last example is getting close to poetic knowled... more »
  • Can you tell I love reading to my kids?  I have posted a couple times about the history reading we have done together.  We usually read these books around the dinner table (my kids are slow eaters and they are good listeners when their mouths are full ;-)).  But we also read many nights at bedtime, and I try to reserve this time for stories.  And by stories, I mean stories, and if you are a lover of stories and sharing them with people, you know what I mean.  Bedtime is for stories that mak... more »
  • From February - August of this year at home, we immersed ourselves in the Middle Ages.  My then first grader read quite a few books independently, and I also chose several titles for family read-alouds.  We enjoyed all of them, with many standing out as favorites, and I learned a lot (which is slightly embarrassing, considering that these are all children's books).  I have bolded the titles that we enjoyed the most (RA=read aloud, IR=independently read by my 7 year old): 1.  Leif the Luck... more »
  • Mesopotamian literature is an interesting beast.  I'm not completely sure how to describe it.  It's the opposite of hopeful and uplifting, but at the same time it's too outlandish to take at face value so it ends up being kind of humorous in a depressing sort of way.    Even the gods (the heroes, if you can call them that) come across as whiny, immoral, and at times just....dense.  Only Ea, the god of wisdom, seems to have much sense at all, and he is mostly painted as a sneaky guy who is a... more »
  • For those of you living in Southern or Central California who are interested in sustainable farming and organic foods, I have a great resource for you.  It is a food co-op called Abundant Harvest Organics (AHO) and I honestly don't know how my family would eat without these guys.  :D If you are unfamiliar with how a food co-op works, let me give you a brief summary.  AHO commits to purchasing a certain amount of produce from various family farms in the central valley of California.  Every... more »
  • I recently came across this very helpful resource and wanted to pass it along.  It is a report titled Maintaining the Integrity of Organic Milk, and was published by the Cornucopia Institute, an organization that supports small scale family farms.  The report rates many suppliers of organic dairy products.  You may be surprised to find that many organic dairies are basically just disguised factory farms trying to make profits in the organic dairy industry. I was happy to see that our raw m... more »
  • I have been doing a lot of research on the food industry and our food supply over the last couple years.  It started around the time Food, Inc. and a couple other books/documentaries came out that brought the unethical (and government supported) methodologies of these industries to the public eye in a big way.  Since that time, my family has been seeking out food that comes from farms that use sustainable practices, and raise animals in traditional ways rather than to maximize profit at the ex... more »
  • You will notice as you read this blog that I do a lot of research.  One of the things about being a virtual pilgrim is that your mind is always running off, following trails, and jumping into rabbit holes.  I like to journey to the heart of things and I don't feel satisfied until I have explored a subject thoroughly.  Usually, by the time I feel ready to write about something, I have thought about it a lot.  And then thought about it some more.  Sometimes I am tired of thinking about it.  ... more »
  • This book is simply fantastic. If you were to buy one book on Greek mythology to read to your children, this should be it. The stories are clearly and poetically written. The mythology covered includes the origins of the world, the Titans, and some background on each of the Greek gods. Also included are many stories about the gods' interactions with humanity, stories of their many half-mortal children and their adventures (for good or bad), as well as the stories of the Greek heroes,... more »
  • I'm sure that many of you have heard by now of the infamous Tiger Mom, Amy Chua.  She recently published a book titled Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, which the Wall Street Journal published excerpts of in this article (all the most controversial parts, most likely).  The article created quite a stir, with many parents accusing Mrs. Chua of child abuse.  I read this original article and, while I think that some of Mrs. Chua's parenting tactics are extreme and unhealthy (especially calling yo... more »
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