The weekly “little of this, little of that” feature here at Like Mother, Like Daughter!
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It’s a rare sunny day — no time to chat! I need to get out in the garden!
Also, ever hear of Buckeye chickens? Their eggs are brown, so I’d have to get some layers of white eggs as well for Deirdre’s pysanky, but suddenly I feel the need to have Buckeye chickens (there is someone who sells chicks not far from me).
This is my make-shift greenhouse. I will try to tell more soon and make a better video than this one (well, it has the virtue of being wicked short).
So far so good! Next year I am getting a solar-powered battery because colored water in jugs didn’t heat anything up in an unsurprising development of practice over theory.
Plant all the things! Get all the chicks!
Happy Mother’s Day!
On to our links:
- Alice von Hildebrand: Wrong Approaches to Art. This is a long piece and something to ponder. Von Hildebrand makes many valid points that will spark conscience (since beauty is the radiance of truth, we ought to be conscientious about it). Failure to recognize beauty can be a defect in the person, and in our culture we almost insist on ugliness. We see how far we are from being able to see beauty with proposals for rebuilding the Notre Dame cathedral, and our anxiety level rises higher with each wrongheaded idea. I disagree with her overall association of art and beauty only with high culture — to me, this attitude reflects an unconscious enlightenment bias, demonstrated by her acknowledgement that a man can return from viewing the most exalted forms of art to find comfort in his home, yet attributing that to “homeliness” or comfort rather than art. Yet, the medievals saw art as simply “that which is made,” as opposed to nature; or rather, not opposed, but perfecting the raw materials around them by bringing order, through reason, to them. Looked at this way, the home can have a simple, humble kind of true art, the beauty of pattern and order that brings harmony to life, and doesn’t have to descend to the kitsch or sentimentality she rightly deplores. I wonder what you make of the essay?
- Two articles about daycare: Does Daycare Harm Rich Kids? and Harvard Study Shows Danger of Early Childhood Education.
- From above and within, how fire hit Notre Dame — the heart of Paris — amazing panoramic view. Note as you scroll down the jarringly ugly modern ambo and altar, now both demolished.
- “… Children’s books have become increasingly squeamish when it comes to addressing genuine human problems, let alone the idea that vice must be painfully overcome through virtue.” I’m not sure I would go all-in on Frog and Toad, but the critique of today’s children’s books (and shows, I would add), is spot on.
- Who is your doctor? Would you be surprised to find out that it’s a hospital administrator?
- The New York Times had an op-ed by Helen Andrews (linked within this post): Here are some reasons why we don’t have a Phyllis Schlafly now. I’d add that she was unique and the times were still living on the capital of traditional family life, however much things were about to come crashing down. Before anyone starts rolling their eyes at nostalgia for the 50s, just consider: Marriage rates are staggeringly low compared to the 60s; among blacks, a devastating trend of unwed motherhood obtains.
- I have recommended Leila Miller’s book Primal Loss, about the real effects of divorce on children, here before. Not only should you read it, you should give a copy to your pastor! Leila has generously offered a PDF of the book for free and you can get it here.
- Mr. Mehan’s Mildly Amusing Mythical Mammals, illustrated by our own John Folley (Deirdre’s husband), was included in the National Catholic Register’s Top 5 Children’s Book picks!
- Finding the tomb of St. Peter. “Having actual material evidence of the death of Peter in the way in which tradition told us is extremely important. Likewise, the inscriptions boldly codify in stone the very same beliefs that we have today. They stand as a rebuttal for those who claim that Christianity was an evolving cult or seek to introduce false doctrines.”
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