Author Archives: Headmistress, zookeeper

Ideas for building narration skills

“What do you see?” is a good question to ask while playing outside, going to a park, looking at a butterfly or a flower. Asking “I wonder…..” why it looks like this? does that? what it’s doing. how it does that. what will happen next. how it got here? Bite your tongue and count to […]

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Great Grandmother’s Journal, week 2 of April, 1951

Roger is the youngest of her four children. He was a bit of a caboose, and seems to have been most able, due to age and proximity, to be a prop to his mother when their father died. He died the year before she started this journal. Saturday, April 7: Roger and I went over […]

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five free reads

The Women Who Came in the Mayflower by Annie Russell Marble (Author) Sample: Spring and summer came to bless them for their endurance and unconscious heroism. Then they could appreciate the verdict of their leaders, who chose the site of Plymouth as a “hopeful place,” with running brooks, vines of sassafras and strawberry, fruit trees, […]

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Forgiveness and other Cultural Craziness

I’m reading, or skimming, Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis, once more. I am not sure how many times this makes. But I think it’s been quite a few years since the last time. One of the things that is striking me this time, and striking with pain, is how divorced our culture is from […]

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A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature, published in 1910- useful for research and reference. Sample: ATTERBURY, FRANCIS (1662 – 1732). Controversialist and preacher, was b. near Newport Pagnel, Bucks, and ed. at West minster School and Oxford. He became the leading protagonist on the High Church side in the ecclesiastical controversies of his time, […]

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