I said, “If anything can save us, it’s philosophy,” as a joke yesterday, but I am starting to think that’s probably true.
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT HOME/SCHOOL/LIFE
One of my favorite things in life is finding philosophy at the movies. (With bonus Heidegger!)
Shelli’s reviews of the Birchbark House series will make you want to read the whole thing. When you’re studying U.S history, and you wonder where is the Native American Little House — here you go.
one year ago: 5 Things to Try When Your Child Can Read, but Doesn’t
three years ago: In the Autumn of Unschooling: Shifting Gears for High School
four years ago: Tracy’s kids are launched now, but her wisdom about homeschooling high school still inspires me
THE LINKS I LIKED
I saw so many posts expressing frustration about people who didn’t evacuate for Florence, and I’m always annoyed by that, too, when I see people in dangerous situations on the news. But this piece did a great job explaining why leaving isn’t always an option, and why being able to evacuate is a kind of privilege that — like most kinds of privilege — we don’t even know we have.
This is awesome: A comic book to help you get comfortable with correct pronouns. (I am all for using people’s proper pronouns, but I find that my good grammar habit and ingrained Southern manners sometimes pop up out of nowhere and throw me off. It is humbling, and I am committed to doing better.)
WHAT I’M READING AND WATCHING
You know how sometimes you want to read a warm-and-fuzzy book about a nice family with lots of kids who live in a New York City brownstone and end up planting a secret garden in the vacant lot next door? Next time that reading urge strikes you, I can heartily recommend The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden (the sequel to equally warm-and-fuzzy The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street). We enjoyed it as a readaloud.
THINGS MAKING ME HAPPY
I got this candle for my birthday, and I can’t stop smiling about it.
I cheated on my beloved Moleskine with a new notebook, and I don’t regret it at all.
This end-of-summer salad