Author Archives: Headmistress

Narration: Don’t Do This

The following is an illustration of a style of questioning in school work not altogether uncommon : “In those days came John the Baptist preaching,” etc. Teacher: What times were they of which the text speaks? Students: Those days. Teacher: Ah, yes, those days, those days. Those days.  Well, what person is  spoken of in […]

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Housekeeping and the way to live well and be well

Another excerpt from The Good Housekeeper, Or the Way to Live Well, and to be Well While We Live: Containing Directions for Choosing and Preparing Food, in Regard to Health, Economy, and Taste… Sarah Josepha Buell Hale Weeks, Jordan and Company, 1839 (previously posted one here) One of the first duties of woman in domestic […]

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Minimum Wage in the PHilippines

One of our young Filipino friends came over for dinner a couple nights ago.  He told us the minimum wage here is just 320 pesos a day- 6.40 cents, roughly (a few cents less).  I asked if people were really able to live on that, and he said yes, and if they can get a […]

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Intelligent Housewifery

The Good Housekeeper, Or the Way to Live Well, and to be Well While We Live: Containing Directions for Choosing and Preparing Food, in Regard to Health, Economy, and Taste… Sarah Josepha Buell Hale Weeks, Jordan and Company, 1839 I love vintage era housekeeping books.  I have loved them since I was quite young and […]

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What is Success?

It is a good thing for young folks to get it straight in their minds what success in. If they think it’s money, they’ll probably be “dead failures.” Real success does not mean wealth. Whoever thinks of George Washington because he made money ? Yet the father of his country was considered a rich man […]

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