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Happy Birthday, Emily Carr

One of my favorite Canadian artists, Emily Carr, would have been 142 today, and there are some celebrations: The Vancouver Art Gallery is hosting an exhibition of 40 of her exhilarating forest paintings this winter.  I won’t be able to see it, but maybe some of you will.  Instead, I can take a virtual field trip […]

The Rijksmuseum Collection in Amsterdam

When we lived in The Netherlands, my three little ones and I would often head to Amsterdam.  Since our railway pass gave us free admission to museums, we liked to visit a museum in the morning and then, of course, the zoo in the afternoon. We did not go to the Rijksmuseum frequently, but often […]

Review: How Should We Then Live? by Francis Schaeffer

There are many good books and a few great books but only a handful that should be reread at least once a decade. How Should We Then Live? by Francis Schaeffer is one of them. Beginning with the Romans, Schaeffer traces the history of Western thought right up to the present.  Yes, even though he […]

Exploring Augustine College

Yesterday Miss 15 and I were students for a day at Augustine College in Ottawa, Canada, a Christian college that reminds me of both classical and Charlotte Mason education. Our visit was inspiring as well as mind-expanding.  In fact, I’d love to take a year ‘off’ to study at Augustine if yesterday’s lectures were representative. First we, […]

Review: Art and the Bible by Francis Schaeffer

It is relatively easy to teach our children how to draw, make music, write poetry, or engage in any other creative venture.  There are many wonderful curricula, many great teachers, and an incredible wealth of examples. But it’s also important to teach them why we Christians make art and how to evaluate the art we […]

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