Author Archives: Kay Pelham

It really is all about the Caring

Recently, while doing a crossword puzzle, of all things, I thought again about the big picture of why we studied geography in our homeschool, and how that really applies to all the studies. Here’s what I shared with one of … Continue reading

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And Grace Will Lead Us Home

On Thursday I watched the funeral for my friend Lynn Bruce, and today I watched her graveside service. On this day 17 years ago, also a Saturday, we had the graveside service and burial of our daughter Virginia Grace, who … Continue reading

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Remembrance and Liturgy ….and (Surprise!) Refinement

Every year I remember our daughter Virginia Grace Pelham (February 3 ~ 24, 2006) on her birthday through social media posts and sometimes a blog post here, and most every year I think that it should be the last time … Continue reading

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Goodreads Review: How the Irish Saved Civilization

How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe¬† by Thomas Cahill My rating: 5 of 5 stars An excellent telling and explanation of the Celts … Continue reading

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2023 Word of the Year: FRIEND

This makes me mightily nervous, but there it is. It is an idea I’ve had on my heart for years and years, and after pondering for the last few days about a word for the year, and going back and … Continue reading

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Review of “Evening in the Palace of Reason: Bach Meets Frederick the Great in The Age of Enlightenment”

Evening in the Palace of Reason by James R. Gaines My rating: 5 of 5 stars The book begins with the event referenced in the title, an invitation from Frederick the Great (1712-1786) to old Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) to … Continue reading

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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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