Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

Film: "The Cult of Domesticity"

Film: "The Cult of Domesticity"

I don't see a problem... even the film admits woman still want to make a home and protect and nurture their families.

"The Victorian Reward: Simple Love, and Marriage with God"

"The Victorian Reward — Simple Love, and Marriage with God, for a Christian Life of Toil" by William R. Terpening

The Pickwick Papers, Jane Eyre, and North and South, each conclude with a wedding, or a pledge of love, which contains the promise of a tranquil experience for the remainder of the protagonist's lives. The theme communicated by this example is that, after a life of testing through hardship and trial, people who led "Christian" lives-- lives marked by good, charitable, and industrious behavior-- would be rewarded by enjoying later years in which they were surrounded by friends and peace. The context for this idealistic view grew out of nineteenth-century Evangelical Christian ideals...

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Charlotte Mason

Charlotte Maria Shaw Mason

Charlotte Maria Shaw Mason (1842–1923) was a British educator. Her thoughts and ideas have been developed into methods which are commonly used in homeschooling curriculum.

Charlotte Mason on her education:
“My mother was delicate and required sea air, so it happened I was born in Bangor and that my earliest recollections are associated with the sea. My father, J. H. Mason, was a Liverpool merchant, a ‘dry-salter’...a refined and simple man, very fond of books....I had no brothers and sisters, and both parents were also only children...My parents, who were glad of the occupation educated me (with some lessons from outside), my father taking some subjects, my mother others, at first through the medium of Butter’s Spelling Book, with its long lists and hard spellings, its Aesop’s Fables and Lord Chesterfield’s Letters to his Son.”

Ambleside Online: An Introduction to Charlotte Mason

Old Style Swedish Paint

Old Style Swedish Paint

I found this while doing some research, looks interesting, a classic nature mineral pigment and linseed oil paint.
Falun Red Paint from Sweden

Classic exterior paint used for centuries in Scandinavia for under $20.00/gallon. Never scrape this paint - and it never peels. It lasts for decades.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Kindergarten 1898

Kindergarten 1898

Click on image to get a better view.

"Bright Star"

"Bright Star" - Official Trailer
Film about poet John Keats, 1795-1821

Lawrence Auster’s Review of Bright Star

Friday, November 13, 2009

Video: "Life in a Victorian Home"

"Life in a Victorian Home"

A good video, it does not have the silliness and Victorian bashing one often finds. But by the 1890 electric lights, electric fans, modern bathrooms, and central heat were available so in the late Victorian period people would more often have had running water, water closets, central heat, closets, and other modern house fittings, but many people lived without many of these thing far more recently than many people realize. I would not quite agree with all of the material in this film but a very good film overall. I like that it points out nothing was wasted and that crafts and work were a normal part of everyday life.

"Home Living" a great blog

A great blog:

Home Living by LadyLydiaSpeaks

Her most recent post is a list of some her best articles: Most Requested Posts