“The most extraordinary thing in the world is an ordinary man and an ordinary woman and their ordinary children." G K Chesterton

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Cottleston Pie

~Let's start with some good news. Call the Midwife has cast Queenie from Lark Rise to Candleford. Queenie was one of my all-time favorite TV characters.

On making bobbin lace Queenie said, "When I was young all I saw was the purpose of it. Now that it has no purpose all I see is the beauty of it."

~Sadly, I learned last week that Stratford Caldecott is dying.
"The Cross seems impossible, incredible. It seems foolish, crazy. But we must join fully, deeply, truly. And we must start as soon as possible." 
Only one life will soon be past, only what's done for Christ will last. I grew up with that saying but of course, it means more to me with each passing year. Sometimes life is hard but someday all things will be made new and Caldecott has given us a great gift in his writings.

Strat's daughter has done something fun for him.  Apparently, he is a huge Marvel Comic fan. Who knew?  The Avenger's franchise has responded with warmth to Caldecott's final days.

~I am not sure if you can access this article, I did from Facebook, but this is a commencement address which speaks to the immaturity of the current graduates. I am happy to see people speaking out against this ridiculous culture of coddling BUT we have a long haul before the pendulum reaches the apex.

"This is the bind you find yourselves in, Class of 2014: No society, not even one that cossets the young as much as ours does, can treat you as children forever. A central teaching of Genesis is that knowledge is purchased at the expense of innocence. A core teaching of the ancients is that personal dignity is obtained through habituation to virtue. And at least one basic teaching of true liberalism is that the essential right of free people is the right to offend, and an essential responsibility of free people is to learn how to cope with being offended."
~Brandy is having a cool contest to announce the publication on Monday of Sarah MacKenzie's Teaching from a State of Rest.  I am also excited about Sarah's book and hope you will use Brandy's affiliate link. I am an affiliate also but I am not confident enough in my tax status to enjoy making money online. As to Sarah's book, I am reading it and have listened to most of the audio files. The audio is worth the price of the book alone. I am even content with my own session with Sarah. I like it better than my Circe talks. Learning to speak in public is a slog for me but I enjoyed talking to Sarah and I think our conversation will be helpful to moms.

~What about Mom's Night Out?  Have you seen it? I have not but it looks like a winner and it really irks me that it is getting flack for being about stay-at-home moms.

~Finally, please forgive me if I don't answer your emails. So many of them are encouraging to me and I am gratified that you are kind enough to send them but my choices now are either to stop answering emails or quit blogging. Almost anything I could say is already on this blog and I hope you will be able to find help in the archives. It is a huge blessing to me that anyone reads this blog at all so please understand that I appreciate all the emails, only I do not have enough screen time to answer them.


  1. I always love your Cottleston Pie collections. I am so sad about Caldecott! I had no idea! It sounds like he is dying as he lived, which I suppose is a good thing, in its own way. Something about the idea of this life as a Long Goodbye has really struck me lately.

    Thank you for linking my contest. You did make me wonder, though: am I overly secure in my tax status?? :) I did have to pay taxes last year for the first time in 12 years (my husband pays them, of course, but I've had zero income for years) and it sort of freaked me out.

    Anyhow, that new transmission six weeks ago has forced my hand. ;)

  2. ps. I did see Mom's Night Out, which I think you already knew, and I laughed so hard. There were a bunch of homeschool moms there, and we all loved it. Like many Christian movies, it got a bit too preachy in a couple parts, but it was delightfully un-serious, which was a nice change from the other movies where the men are supposed to stand up and sign something about marriage or family life afterwards!

  3. I love your Cottleston Pie collections. That is sad about Stratford Caldecott; I am increasingly frustrated with the expectations that I spend my time on meaningless things rather than eternal things. How to find that balance is my biggest agenda item and prayer request these days.

    I'm struggling to find thinking (and hence writing) time these days for my blog. Less FB and email time would probably be a good start. Thanks for the lightbulb moment.

  4. Wow, I thought Call the Midwife was really over. It was incredibly fulfilling and it would have been okay if it was done, but I'm so happy to hear that there will be more.

    Also so sad to hear about Stratford Caldecott's illness. I had no idea.

  5. I'm also so glad to hear there will be more Call the Midwife, it's the highlight of my week when the season is airing.

    God bless Stratford Caldecott and his family during these next weeks. His books on education have certainly been a gift to me. Though they're a bit like "Norms and Nobility" that require me to read a few sentences over and over and return to them several times to understand the ideas clearly.

  6. Cheers for more Call the Midwife!
    I may have to buy Teaching from a State of Rest now that I know you're in it. We would never know from listening to you that speaking was a "slog" for you. Your "The Long Haul" talk is one of my favourite encouragements ever.

  7. These are always some of my favorite posts - the ones that let me imagine we're just chatting over a co-cola on the porch.
    I just bought Teaching from Rest and I splurged to get the audios as well because I know I'll enjoy hearing your thoughts. When I first found your blog again (at just the right moment), this idea of teaching from rest was life-changing for me so fleshing it out is so fun. That sounds so nerdy, but I stand by it:)

  8. Totally Off Topic.....
    Did you end up using the Royal Fireworks Press, MCT material this year as you had intended? I ask because I am thinking of trying it out, this coming year with my 8 year old. While he is young. Currently I use SWB's Language Arts. I am content with it, so the issue may be my own sense of trying something I think I may enjoy better. Is that a good idea? I know my kids are still very young, but they just don't give me any pushback on choices I have made. They are fairly easy to please if I respect them in not going overboard......Make Since?

    Sorry to piggyback, I have a conference this weekend, and I so appreciate your counsel.


    1. I did use it and I do love it BUT....I did not use it entirely as designed either for age or structure. Much of it I used in MT and some of it I assigned but paid little attention to levels. I just picked what I thought the student would enjoy or get the most out of.

  9. I stalked him for two years and he was at a nearby conference so I stalked him and the publisher Tom Kemnitz....
    To sit and listen to them speak of their labor of love, their baby, their curriculum is like listening to a woman retell a labor and delivery story.
    I was sold at the first lecture when Dr. Thompson read Shakespeare.
    I am going in hook line and sinker this year, it is very reminiscent of CM and a lot less SWB.

    Thanks for the guidance.