It’s far easier to wax eloquent about the goals of a classical education than to put those ideas into practice. I find this to be especially true when it comes to art education for children. While idyllic scenes of young children sitting quietly around great masterpieces of art and somehow magically absorbing an appreciation for all things creative sounds wonderful to me, I doubt it’s … Continue reading Fine Art for Children
What is a Home? Today is the day. This afternoon, my wife, three kids, and I, close on our first house. We are so excited, we are thankful for God’s provision and the generosity of so many friends, and we are also grateful to be beyond all the paperwork. Not that paperwork ever ceases in adult life, but we are praying it will be less. … Continue reading What is a Home?
Thank God I still read because I want to read. I’m sure it’s the best kind of pressure—the pressure to read, that is. But if ‘positive’ peer pressure had its way, I fear I would drown in leadership books about how to accomplish more by doing less (or some such). My own ideas for books on leadership 14 school-years later are closer to: Launching a … Continue reading My Top Five Books of 2019 (Nathan Carr)
A few months ago, I reviewed a book by Philip and Carol Zaleski entitled The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings1, which details the lives of four members of the famous group. While numerous aspects of the book make it an interesting read, I was most struck by the Zaleskis’ attention to the depth of friendship that contributed to the creative and intellectual productivity … Continue reading Walking and Talking: A Resolution
Merry Christmas from The Classical Thistle! We pray that you will enjoy this season with your family and friends and remember that God has become flesh and that our Savior will come again. I wanted to share with you a Christmas poem that I performed for our church’s Christmas Eve services. The goal of the poem is to put the Christmas story in a whole … Continue reading The Promised King Has Come
Two large bookstores with rooms and levels sprawling upwards and outwards pulled us in like magnets to metal on a recent trip to Oxford. I’d like to say it was just my children begging for purchases, but my husband and I were equally enchanted. My eyes and fingertips skimmed the covers of countless classics. After all, we were walking the streets of literary history; Narnia, … Continue reading Literature and Life: Wise Words from Mole
By Christine Norvell This time of year seems to both sadden me and lighten my heart. In the school year, I grow sad because I realize that my time of influence with my students is even shorter. Only months remain, not an entire school year. Yet I’m grateful for a two-week reprieve. Not seeing each other for a time does help us appreciate each other … Continue reading Halfway: Moments That Sadden and Gladden