Author Archives: Lydia

Fling Everything Wide

“Ivan Ilych saw that he was dying, and was in continual despair […] And to save himself from this, Ivan Ilych sought amusements, other screens, and these screens he found, and for a little while they did seem to save him; but soon again they were not so much broken down as let the light […]

In Between: A Poem

Betweenhead and heartnot yet and nowdead and alivefear and hopetomb and stone A day. Yesterday: it is finishedTomorrow:just as he said,why seek the livingamong the dead?

There’s Something to Living Dangerously

Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?Tell me, what is it you plan to dowith your one wild and precious life? Mary Oliver We are living in uncertain times. As I posited in my last post, I believe we have always been living in uncertain times, but the mask of our false hopes has […]

Consider the Flowers

My kids and I have been studying Vincent Van Gogh this term. I was looking at the copies of his paintings I have hanging in our kitchen today, and simply captivated by their beauty. Somehow he captured the paradox of beauty and sorrow with brush strokes, with color and and shadows his paintings tells us […]

Don’t Lie To Yourself (On Home Education Part 3)

“Modern education has been plagued by utilitarianism for a very long time, and both teachers and students have come to think that school should teach only what will be useful in the pursuit of a career”Karen Glass I am grateful to my parents for a multitude of reasons: their sacrifices in providing my education–like living, […]