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The Commonplace Book

In volume 5 of Charlotte Mason’s six volume series,  on page 260 Miss Mason is talking about what to do with young women just home from finishing school, Miss Mason notes that they have only just laid the foundations of their education, that it is to continue the rest of their lives, so they should […]

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Snowfall Poetry and Copywork

Snow-Flakes Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Out of the bosom of the Air Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken, Over the woodlands brown and bare, Over the harvest-fields forsaken, Silent, and soft, and slow Descends the snow. Even as our cloudy fancies take Suddenly shape in some divine expression, Even as the troubled heart doth […]

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Colette

A pair of novels I read in my teen years still come back to haunt my thoughts, in a graceful, pleasant ways, from time to time. This happens so much that I finally gave in and ordered a copy from Paperback swap. “It’s so curious: one can resist tears and ‘behave’ very well in the […]

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Senators as Malvolio

Henry Adams, speaking of moving to D.C. and attempting to find a politician from whom he might learn, writes in The Education of Henry Adams: No man, however strong, can serve ten years as schoolmaster, priest, or Senator, and remain fit for anything else. All the dogmatic stations in life have the effect of fixing […]

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Barzun on Culture

In the book of cultural commentary titled Darwin, Marx, Wagner by Jacques Barzun, Barzun explains that he is critiquing a culture, a heiritage, not so much the specific works of the three figures he believes most strongly influenced 20th century culture.  As he explains, a culture is influenced not just by its great thinkers, movers, […]

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