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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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May 21, 2010



Si's a doer and a reader, and Tiny too! I can't wait to read their books.


Coolest kids ever! LOVE Silas' book :)


This is so amazing! I am really wishing that I had been more patient with my oldest.... I have pushed him when he didn't want to be pushed and his natural desire to read is no longer there, he is now only motivated by my bribing and rewards. I am inspired by Silas and it really makes me feel like not pushing my son at all anymore. Wow! Way to go Silas and Way to Go Mom! Your confidence and patience are certainly paying off!


Michelle, I am really enjoying your blog. I am so glad that you found me through the small change project and it is great to find another blog about a family in Maine. :)

My oldest daughter is three and my husband and I have had many conversations about how we want to handle school once she hits kindergarten age... I am inspired by Silas's motivation to teach himself to read... I am somewhat intimidated by the idea of homeschooling but it gets more and more appealing as Laila gets older.



Thanks Laura!  I remember when Silas was your daughters age and Levi was just a little baby, I was totally intimidated by the idea of homeschooling too.  But, as time went on I read and learned more about it, it just seemed like the perfect fit for our family.  Now, we cant imagine doing anything different.  I am sure you will find the right fit for your family too.

Congratulations on the new baby, she is beautiful!

alison Shutty

take a look it's in a book..a reading rainbow!! woot! woot! go ahead Silas!


Aunt Ali,

Im not reading yet, but I probably will be soon.  Im figuring out a lot of sounds, like sun has an s.


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