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What’s wrong with the water?

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Read here below some excerpts from an ancient piece of literature titled On Water. Something is definitely not right. Can you guess what that is? Frontinus (Sextus Julius Frontinus) C. A.D. 40-103 Frontinus was a Roman soldier and author. He served as governor of Britain and later as superintendent of the aqueducts at Rome. EXTANT […]

Special Offer from Yesterday’s Classics and Homeschool Freebie of the Day

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

From Jim Erskine at Homeschool Freebie of the Day: Our friends at Yesterday’s Classics have put together an amazing package of 225 classic living books for your kindle, nook, or other e-reader device at a stunning price for one week only. You can see it here. (BE SURE TO Scroll down the page to see […]

Art With Matching Poetry —The Happy Field

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Ye sons of earth prepare the plough by William Cowper (1731-1800) Ye sons of earth prepare the plough, Break up your fallow ground! The Sower is gone forth to sow, And scatter blessings round. The seed that finds a stony soil Shoots forth a hasty blade; But ill repays the sower’s toil, Soon withered, scorched, […]

You Should Try John Buchan

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

One big problem with reading this book. You will be driven to find all of John Buchan’s works, and most are out of print.

Art With Matching Poetry — Bed in Summer

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Bed in Summer by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) In winter I get up at night And dress by yellow candle-light. In summer quite the other way, I have to go to bed by day. I have to go to bed and see The birds still hopping on the tree, Or hear the grown-up people’s feet […]

Art With Matching Poetry — The Hare

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Epitaph on a Hare by William Cowper, 1783 Here lies, whom hound did ne’er pursue, Nor swifter greyhound follow, Whose foot ne’er tainted morning dew, Nor ear heard huntsman’s Hallo’, Old Tiney, surliest of his kind, Who, nurs’d with tender care, And to domestic bounds confin’d, Was still a wild Jack-hare. Though duly from my […]

Art With Matching Poetry — The Sea

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Sonnet On The Sea by John Keats (1795 – 1821) It keeps eternal whisperings around Desolate shores, and with its mighty swell Gluts twice ten thousand caverns, till the spell Of Hecate leaves them their old shadowy sound. Often ’tis in such gentle temper found That scarcely will the very smallest shell Be mov’d for […]

Art With Matching Poetry — Lily Rose

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Ye Shepherds Tell Me, song composed and arranged by Joseph Mazzinghi (1765-1844) Ye Shepherds tell me, tell me have you seen, have you seen my Flora pass this way? In shape and feature beauty’s queen. In pastoral, in pastoral array. Shepherds tell me, tell me have you seen, have you seen my Flora pass this […]

Equivocation — A Logical Fallacy

Monday, September 17th, 2012

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.” “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.” “The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master – that’s […]

Art With Matching Poetry — Abraham Lincoln

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman, 1865 O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done; The ship has weathered every rack, the prize we sought is won; The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting, While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring: But O heart! […]


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