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Romping through mathematics

Following excerpted from an oop book, Romping through Mathematics: AS Easy as One, Two, Three ARITHMETIC ARITHMETIC is the science of numbers just as botany is the science of plants and astronomy the science of the stars. Even in the very early days of recorded history men knew something about numbers. They had to. They […]

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Valentine Story

from: History Tales for Primary Grades by John Walter Wayland, published in 1919, and intended for teachers to use in the lower grades. He explains in the intro: “A studious effort has been made to simplify and unify these stories by leaving out those details and circumstances that would only distract the child, and to […]

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Final Exam Panic

“Bertie and Billy were sophomores. They had been alive for twenty years, and were young. Their tutor was also a sophomore. He too had been alive for twenty years, but never yet had become young. …the tutor’s name was Oscar Maironi, and he was charging his pupils five dollars an hour each for his instruction. […]

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A Book is an open door, part two

Matthew Arnold defined culture as a knowledge of the best that has been done and said by man—but the one who opens that door must have more than that knowledge. It is not enough to cram away facts in the corners of your brain. These facts must have a direct bearing upon your life. To […]

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Books, Fiction & Otherwise, from 2015

I tried mightily to write a neatly-organized list of the top 5 or 10 fiction books from 2015 and failed. I don’t know if this is because of perpetual exhaustion (mother of 4 children aged 5 and under, with two still nursing at night) or because I’m just that disorganized (a survey of my living […]

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Book Review: Ellen by E.M. Almedingen

This was my living room floor a year ago today. The library at the school where the HM worked was purging their collection and these books were fated for the dumpster. Dad rescued them and I sorted them. I sold a few, sent a ton (almost literally, it felt like) to Goodwill, and kept several […]

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A few freebies for Kindle

A Woman Tenderfoot– vintage, light reading Be Comforted (Isaiah) (The BE Series Commentary) by Warren Wiersbe (love his series) My First Book: the experiences of Walter Besant, James Payn, W. Clark Russell, Grant Allen, Hall Caine, George R. Sims, Rudyard Kipling, A. Conan Doyle, … with an introduction by Jerome K. Jerome. When Ghost Meets Ghost […]

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Responsibility in the Selection of Books

In her essay ‘Books That Have Hindered Me,’ Miss Agnes Repplier says, “So many grateful and impetuous spirits have recently come forward to tell to an approving world how they have been benefited by their early reading, and by their wisely chosen favorites in literature, that the trustful listener begins to think, against his rueful […]

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Two Christmas Books

According to The Bookman, mid 1890s edition, “…In “Beasley’s Christmas Party,” Tarkington wrote another Christmas carol as lovely as McCutcheon’s Mr Bingle.”  Naturally, I had to look these both up.  I was alternately charmed and horrified by Mr. and Mrs. Bingle.  Here’s a charming bit: Mr. Bingle “The Bingles were singularly nephewless, nieceless, cousinless. There […]

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Christmas Reading

The Rose and the Ring The classic Christmas story The Rose and the Ring was written by Thackeray in Rome for the little daughter of the American sculptor William Story. The Blue Bird: a Fairy Play in Six Acts by Maeterlinck The Blue Bird for Children The Wonderful Adventures of Tyltyl and Mytyl in Search […]

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