“The second Dæmon of Imagination is Sin. Have you ever heard people say, ‘There seems to be quite an epidemic of burglaries’ or ‘of murders’? They are quite right. There is an epidemic of these things. They are catching in a curious way. People read of a crime in the newspapers, they allow their Imagination to dwell upon all the details; the whole thing becomes … Continue reading April 25, 2020. Epidemic, Catching in a Curious Way
“One thing more: it is good, doubtless, to be cosmopolitan in our tastes, liberal and unprejudiced in our judgments; but he who would love all the world must begin with the brother whom he has seen, and enlightened sympathy with other nations can coexist only with profound and instructed patriotism.” – Charlotte Mason Formation of Character Volume 5 p. 132 Continue reading October 5, 2019. To Love the World.
“…there is no part of a child’s education more important than that he should lay, by his own observation, a wide basis of facts towards scientific knowledge in the future. He must live hours daily in the open air, and, as far as possible, in the country; must look and touch and listen; must be quick to note, consciously, every peculiarity of habit or structure, … Continue reading No part of Ed more Important Than This
GREATLY begin! though thou have time But for a line, be that sublime— Not Failure, but low aim, is crime! . . We are not poorer that we wept and yearned; Though earth swing wide from GOD’S intent, And though no man nor nation Will move with full consent In heavenly gravitation,— Yet by one Sun is every orbit bent! -Lowell in The Cloud of … Continue reading July 22, 2019. Time, but for a line
“Such is the story of Sir Gawaine, and from it I draw this significance: as that poor ugly beldame appeared unto the eyes of Sir Gawaine, so doth a man’s duty sometimes appear to him to be ugly and exceedingly-ill-favored unto his desires. But when he shall have wedded himself unto that duty so that he hath made it one with him as a bridegroom … Continue reading June 26, 2019. Ugly duty.
“The Habit of Finishing.— What is worth beginning is worth finishing, and what is worth doing is worth doing well. Do not let yourself begin to make a dozen things, all of them tumbling about unfinished in your box. Of course there are fifty reasons for doing the new thing; but here is another case where we must curb that filly, Inclination. It is worth … Continue reading June 8, 2019. Finish it, Whole & Complete.
“At the foundry I started…by laying the sand in the molds. I was taught that in laying the sand I must never make a mistake. There was never any pressure for me to hurry, but I must never make a mistake. In those days a craftsman took a real pride in his work. – George E. Johnson in The Nebraskan by George E. Johnson II … Continue reading May 15, 2019. No hurry, no mistakes.