You may have concluded at some point that I'm not exactly a style guru. If so, you are correct. Just ask the friend who does my hair—she's thrilled if I agree to something other than a blunt trim straight across. I often forget to wear makeup, even though my face would certainly benefit from daily attention and improvements. And then of … [Read more...]
What are Your Five Fat Files?
Janel Messenger published a post entitled "The Anti-Boredom Life," in which she talked about modeling a life of curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, turning off the TV and assigning chores. After reading her post, I was ready to take the kids on a breezy bike ride, run in the woods or veg out in a hammock watching clouds. She also included some practical suggestions for … [Read more...]
Creative Ways to Refresh Your Mind
Students, writers, entrepreneurs, home educators—anyone whose work requires sustained mental attention—will benefit from a mind that's undistracted, rested, fresh and alert. Whether you're called on to be creative, think on your feet, or to take good notes and recall them later for work or for a test, you'll perform better if you refresh your mind. But how? This post … [Read more...]
The Joy of Lifelong Learning…For Free!
My friend S. (she's a little shy, so I'll just use her first initial) and I talk a lot about our love of learning. We dream of taking classes, working toward a master's degree or something (see Autodidact Ann, where someone struggles with these desires). "How would I ever choose just one thing?" S. has moaned several times. "I'm interested in so many things!" Me, … [Read more...]
Until I stumbled across Mental Multivitamin's blog ("Read. Think. Learn." Oh, how I love that tagline), I never really used the word "autodidact." Given how many books I've read over the years, I must have seen the word several times. It felt familiar. I'd sounded it out at some point in my literary life. But I'd never used the word or even thought about what it means. I'd … [Read more...]
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