Tagged Pope John Paul II

It’s St. John Paul II’s Feast Day!!

my favorite pic of St. JPII, which i first saw in my hubby's carrel back when he was in grad school
my favorite pic of St. JPII, which i first saw in my hubby’s carrel back when he was in grad school

Our paper dolls came just in time! So we’ll be playing with those in the morning, hopefully while I read aloud Karol from Poland. “Hopefully” because we can’t find it right now, though Nino says it’s upstairs on his bookshelf.

We’ll start out in the morning with piernik (Polish honey cake), and if I’m feeling particularly energetic I’ll make pierogies for lunch. Luckily I picked up some kielbasa today at Paco’s request, so those will go nicely with anything and everything.

In the evening I’ll add barszcz (Polish borscht) since we still have some beets.

Wish we had gotten this book, but we’ll make do with the paper dolls, the bio, and this old favorite. I’ll also have the bigger kids read Evangelium Vitae, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, and I’ll resume my posts on Theology of the Body over at the FB page. I’ll also do some close rereading of my personal favorite, Love and Responsibility.

Oh, and I highly recommend this post from Jenn Miller. I just did a quick skim and will reread and ponder more deeply tomorrow. 🙂

Thinking About Thinking

It’s summer, so a particularly appropriate time to think about thinking. This is the season when I usually go through past curriculum, evaluate what worked for us and what didn’t, get rid of books taking up space in the shelves, buy books and materials that fit our philosophy and learning styles better (yeah! my favorite part). It’s also time to not only evaluate the what, but more importantly, the why. These are my favorite authors, whose works I come back to over and over… I have their books scattered in various parts of the house — my bedside table, my planning shelf, our living room, etc. They’re beneficial not only because they’re Catholic but because they’re the products of great thinkers… and I find myself wishing often that when I grow up, I want to become, think and write and like them.

Pope John Paul II

Peter Kreefthere’s his website

Mortimer Adler – I’ve only read part of his How to Read a Book and Paideia Program
but I want to read more. Here’s a website with his works.

Here’s a guy whose works I really need to delve into more [sigh]:

G. K. Chesterton

New to my wish list:


My oldest child is 18. She’s done with high school. We promised each other we’d have our own little book club — she “prescribes” a book for me and I prescribe one for her. Right now I’m reading Anne of Green Gables and she’s reading Bento Box in the Heartland: My Japanese Girlhood in Whitebread America and The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. While she’s not in college we’ll try to do this course on Logic that we planned on doing and didn’t. Oy. Something tells me she’ll have a family of her own and we won’t be done, as both our lists are extensive. I don’t think I’ll ever stop being a “homeschooler” even when my kids are grown. I love getting them to think, and I love when they make me think. The learning is endless.