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  • Actual happiness looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn’t nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand. - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
  • Education
    "Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the stars and the mountains above. Let them look at the waters and the trees and flowers on Earth. Then they will begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education." -David Polis
  • "Above all, do not lose your desire to walk: every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness; I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it... but by sitting still, and the more one sits still, the closer one becomes to feeling ill... Thus if one just keeps walking, everything will be all right." -Soren Kierckgaard
  • Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. - Albert Camus
  • How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. Annie Dillard

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October 09, 2009


alison Shutty

dude...this is awesome...this is how everyone should learn...I see a future plant or animal scientist


Rich and Ellen Maringione of Mad Science live in my neighborhood.. Their kids go to school with Erik. It's great that Silas attended their class..


Michelle! I am happy to see that you documented your first days as official homeschoolers!! It is a remarkable period of time for your family!! You have been feeling like a homeschooler for years and NOW YOU ARE REALLY DOING IT!! Congratulations to all of you!

BTW I LOVE Silas's drawing of the wood frog! You can tell he is a real artist.

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