Author Archives: Headmistress

North Korea

During our recent vacation I finished reading The Orphan Master’s Son, a haunting tale of life and mostly death in North Korea, and also winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.  Not escapist reading, obviously, being set in North Korea, but a useful glimpse into a totalitarian state the likes of which we cannot really […]

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We Went To Malaybalay

This is long.  You have been warned. Malaybalay: ‘ay’ is always pronounced like ‘eye’.  The accent is more often than not on the second to last syllable or not on any syllable, hardly ever on the first in a 3 or more syllable word. Bukidnon- Boo-kid-known, accent on the second syllable, and the known sound […]

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Spring Break

Last week we were gone for a week. We took a 5-7 hour bus ride up into the mountains and stayed for several gloriously peaceful days in a dorm we essentially had entirely to ourselves at a friend of a friend’s small private seminary/college. I planned a few posts in advance, but I haven’t been […]

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Charlotte Mason Reading

CM’s methods are knit together.  The work done in spelling, picture study, and copywork contributes toward building the skills of attention and retention needed for reading longer and longer passages in a single sitting while grasping the essentials and being able to narrate them immediately, then days later, and then weeks later.  HEre’s a great […]

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Don’t Dumb Down Shakespeare

I’m sharing a link to and excerpt from an article I found interesting, amusing, thought-provoking, and intelligent. I was going to preface this excerpt by acknowledging that it’s a bit old, but still relevant. Then I caught myself with some horror- ‘old.’ Old? It’s 11 years old. If we were putting this on a timeline […]

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