- Calling all Medievalists! Apparently there is a riddle out there, within the margins of the pages of 13th and 14th century texts, which specialists have yet to solve: what’s with the knights dueling snails? Yes, you read that correctly. There are a few more images here.
- Forget everything you thought you knew about the coolest “busy book” or “quiet book,” because this one by Homemade By Mom is cooler. I tend to think that all the small pieces would not go over well in the safety-conscious US… but as Rosie points out, “forget the kids! I want to play with that!” Speaking of Rosie, you can find inspiration for similar crafts on her crafting Pinterest board.
- Does it ever strike you that, when discussing possible alternatives to college attendance, the general presupposition is that the options are either no college at all or an Ivy league education? And yet the truth is that, for most of us, more realistic goals are within the spectrum in between. That is why this perspective from Mike Rowe (of “Dirty Jobs” fame) is refreshing. Rowe talks a bit about the problem with touting college as the be-all-and-end-all, and discusses the virtue of labor.
- A photographer sets up still shots that appear intimate between complete strangers. Now, maybe this idea strikes you as just bizarre, but I have to say that a decent part of me finds it appealing — particularly because I’ve been thinking a bit this week about the value of human touch and personal contact (non-romantic as well as romantic). I started thinking about it when I came across the reflection on social dancing (a great love of mine!) in Death Doesn’t Care if You’re Sexy. And then I read that other article (too depressing and weird and disturbing – shan’t link to it here) about how physical contact appears to be in danger of extinction in Japan…
Anyway. Just interesting to consider how important it is not only to be with others, but in fact to have actual contact with them; whether it’s a handshake, a hug, or a hand-slap game among kids. (I linked to that last one for the benefit of homeschoolers… one potential disadvantage of homeschooling is the absence of recess-style opportunities to learn things like this. That is, if the kids in school still do such things these days.)
- Here’s a handy blog post from The Gardener’s Cottage with tips on how to make the most of estate-sale shopping in order effectively to score second-hand goods.
- From the archives:
Collective Memory: The Growth Panel
Chores: What Can Children Do? A Guide.
Dare to Repair: Shabby Beats None at All! And a Book Recommendation.
The feast of St. Jude is coming up – there’s still time to jump on the novena bandwagon!
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