Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Friday, April 25, 2008

And some more!

Music: Mar di Ilheu (Tito Paris)

Music: Sangue de Beirona (Cesária Evora)

Lots of wild flowers on this one.
Music: Alegria (Cartola)

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

While we were away

Home education: a class apart
"They are sparky, enthusiastic and imaginative, yet have never seen the inside of school. Meet the 'home-eds'."

They have no right to check
"Parents are at all times responsible for their child’s education, a duty which they can choose to discharge by sending the child to school or otherwise. There is no question of being “allowed” by the local authority to make a free choice between equally valid and legal options for the education of one’s child."

Job Juggling and the Home Educating Family
"As lifestyle challenges go, combining earning a living whilst at the same time home educating your children, has to be one of the toughest."

We're Back!

Had a great time, and here's some photos. More will follow soon!

Friday, April 11, 2008

We're off!

We're off to Alvor - see you all in a couple of weeks!

“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach - waiting for a gift from the sea.” - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Thursday, April 10, 2008

From Extreme to Mainstream

This paper establishes that "home schooling is a thriving educational movement both in Canada and the United States, [and] that the academic and socialization outcomes for the average home schooled child are superior to those experienced by the average public school student."

Sometime go outside and sit

Tsoknyi Rinpoche
[Guildhall, Bath - 30/04/08]

Sometime go outside and sit,
In the evening at sunset,
When there’s a slight breeze that touches your body,
And makes the leaves and the trees move gently.

You’re not trying to do anything, really.
You’re simply allowing yourself to be,
Very open from deep within,
Without holding onto anything whatsoever.

Don’t bring something back from the past, from a memory.
Don’t plan that something should happen.
Don’t hold onto anything in the present.
Nothing you perceive needs to be nailed down.

Simply let experience take place, very freely,
So that your empty, open heart
Is suffused with the tenderness of true compassion.

from Carefree Dignity

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Mass Education

"Today we are confronted with mass education - education designed to earn a livelihood, which means survival in a society comprised of ambition, pleasure and competitive pursuits. It expresses itself in the acquisition of wealth, power and social respectability. So survival no longer means understanding our own needs and living with sanity. Instead it means succumbing to all that the social world has created. This has left our educational system bereft not only of human values but even of simple human courtesies."

Satish Inamdar, in Dialogues on Universal Responsibility & Education

No voice

"If you haven't wept deeply, you haven't begun to meditate."
Ajhan Chah

Today's Link: Time Has Told Me - Nick Drake - Lyrics

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Monday, April 07, 2008

Home Ed on Teachers TV

"Some claim home education is the ultimate in personalised learning, providing children with individual attention that's impossible in a larger classroom. John Draper visits a home classroom in Kent and speaks to the parents and children about their experiences of education."

To watch, click here.

Weekend Photos

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Friday, April 04, 2008

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Another poem

I swear my dear son,
no one in the entire world
is as precious as you are.

Look at that mirror
Take a good look at yourself
Who else is there above and beyond you?

Now give yourself a kiss
and with sweet whispers
fill your ears to the brim.

Watch for all that beauty,
reflecting from you
and sing a love song to your existence.

You can never overdo
praising your own soul
You can never over-pamper your heart.

You are both
the father and the son,
the sugar and the sugar cane.

Who else but you,
please tell me who else
can ever take your place?

Now give yourself a smile;
What is the worth of a diamond
if it doesn't shine?

How can I ever put a price
on the diamond that you are?
You are the entire treasure of the house.

You and your shadow
are forever present in this world;
You are that glorious bird of paradise.


Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Rumi's Poem

I am neither Christian, nor Jew, nor Parsee, nor Moslem.
I am not of the East, nor of the West, nor of the land, nor of the sea;
I am not of earth, nor of water, nor of air, nor of fire;
I am not of the spheres, nor of the dust, nor of existence, nor of entity.
I am not of India, nor of China, nor of Bulgaria, nor of Arabia
I am not of the this world, nor of the next, nor of Paradise, nor of Hell
I am not of Adam, nor of Eve, nor of Eden and Gardens;
My place is the Placeless, my trace is the Traceless;
'Tis neither body nor soul, for I belong to the soul of the Beloved.


"We cannot find our enlightened minds while continuing to be estranged from our neurotic ones." - Mark Epstein, Thoughts Without a Thinker

Tuesday, April 01, 2008