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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! […]

Art With Matching Poetry — Cherry Tree

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Loveliest of Trees by A. E. Housman (1859–1936) Loveliest of trees, the cherry now Is hung with bloom along the bough, And stands about the woodland ride Wearing white for Eastertide. Now, of my threescore years and ten, Twenty will not come again, And take from seventy springs a score, It only leaves me fifty […]

Son Did Not Like to Read

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

The following is a response from one of our readers to Kelly — concerning her son not liking to read. Hello Kelly, I thought I might post this to give you some encouragement. My oldest son, now a 21-year-old college student, sounds just like your son. We homeschooled him all the way through high school […]

Martin Luther

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Could you recommend a good read-aloud about the life of Martin Luther? Someone gave us a book about him, but it is more like a textbook, which doesn’t make for interesting read-aloud sessions — for any of us! L.J. Here’s my favorite Martin Luther historical fiction — From Dark to Dawn: A Tale of Martin […]

Classical Homeschooling Peer Pressure

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

I am searching to know why I ought to teach my children Greek and Roman mythology — including memorizing the names of the Greek and Roman gods, reading literature such as the Iliad and Odyssey, as well as many other works written by the Roman Empire writers, including Plutarch. If anyone had asked me prior […]

William Clark Russell Research from John Addy

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Update on William Clark Russell research from John Addy — # 3, Dec, 2011 1. Clark Russell’s 3-vol ‘The Hunchback’s Charge’ sold for £12,500 at Sotheby’s 2010. In The Book Collector for Autumn 1965, Robert Lee Wolff said this book was ‘issued in a very small edition, of which Clark Russell later bought up and […]

Reading the Odyssey?

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Some people suggest reading Dante, Chaucer, and Beowulf in the second grade. I didn’t read these until high school. What do you recommend? C.S. I have your book Teaching the Trivium but I do not seem to be able to find any mention of your position on reading the Iliad/Odyssey. If you would recommend it, […]

A Literary Nightmare — A Short Story by Mark Twain

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Will the reader please to cast his eye over the following lines, and see if he can discover anything harmful in them? Conductor, when you receive a fare, Punch in the presence of the passenjare! A blue trip slip for an eight-cent fare, A buff trip slip for a six-cent fare, A pink trip slip […]

The Black Arrow and Kidnapped

Monday, March 16th, 2009

We are currently trying to read through Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Black Arrow. We are reading about knights and history, etc. during the Wars of the Roses and my boys, 9 and 11, are very interested in this particular text. Unfortunately, I am having a terrible time with the dialogue. Between arcane terms that don’t […]


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