Author Archives: Kay Pelham

On Joy, Heritage, and Community: Folk Songs

Folk songs are an important aspect of a Charlotte Mason education, but often, like music in any school, it gets pushed aside, considered just extra stuff, or forgotten altogether. Wendi Capehart, a member of the AmblesideOnline Advisory, who passed away … Continue reading

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Trained to See

We all have need to be trained to see, and to have our eyes opened before we can take in the joy that is meant for us in this beautiful life. Charlotte Mason, “Ourselves”, p. 43 I spend these days … Continue reading

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To Edna Joyce Ritter Davis on her 90th Birthday

Ethereal is how you must have looked with that snow-white hair as you criedDaddy, please don’t leave me. And your young widowed father took you by the handNever to send you off to live with another family again.And so from … Continue reading

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On “Education is an Atmosphere”

I’ve been taking a Saturday morning class with Karen Glass on In Vital Harmony, a book about Charlotte Mason and her 20 Principles, and which Karen authored. I really need to blog through each chapter of In Vital Harmony, but … Continue reading

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The Next Chapter of My Life and How You Can Help

After four decades of teaching piano and two decades as mom and home education facilitator, an exceptional opportunity has come my way! I have been offered a place in the House of Humane Letters Fellowship Program. In short, this new … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Talent on a Sunday Drive

This morning my husband, son, and I drove about 30 minutes to eat breakfast at one of our favorite little cafes. The interior is very log-cabiny, and more than the food (breakfast is my favorite meal to eat out), it … Continue reading

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The Literary Life of Kay Pelham

I had the joy of spending 105 minutes chatting with two of the most brilliant, honest, humble, and kind women on this planet. As things go, and especially when you’re dealing with 60 years on this planet, we barely scratched … Continue reading

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Charlotte Mason: Way Beyond Tip-Toeing Through the Tulips

There is the Courage of our opinions. By opinions I do not mean the loosely taken up catchwords of the moment, those things which ‘everybody says,’ and with which it is rather agreeable than otherwise to startle our less advanced … Continue reading

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Stay in your lane (Part 2)

I’m going to do some more barely scratching the surface as I attempt to give a glimpse of pre-Modern ideas of the cosmos, particularly the Heavens (or as we moderns call it, Space), and how that gave them a sense … Continue reading

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Stay in your lane (Part 1)

Let me say at the beginning that I will only be ‘scratching the surface’ of the ideas that I want to discuss, especially because I’m only on the surface of contemplating and having a real understanding of them myself. Just … Continue reading

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