Author Archive | Melanie Bettinelli

Learning Notes Week of March 20

Monday March 20 Everyone was sluggish today, including me. Sophie did math, copywork, and read Geography to me. No French. Bella did math, copywork, picked out a dictation sentence, wrote a paragraph about General Henry Knox. No Latin or reading aloud to me. She did read to Lucy. Ben did math, letters, copywork. No reading […]

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Seaweed

Bella chose this poem to read aloud to me last week. I’d never read it before and I was very much taken with it. How lovely to be introduced to a new poem by my daughter. SEAWEED by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. When descends on the Atlantic The gigantic Storm-wind of the equinox, Landward in his […]

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An Army of Bears

I’ve been having fun recently poking around on a Facebook page, Discarding Image, that shares pictures from medieval manuscripts. I’ve been especially fond of the various illustrations that picture more or less anthropomorphic animals acting like people. Rabbits besieging a castle, a boar monk on camel back, and an army of bears with swords and […]

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The stone the builders rejected

The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. By the LORD has this been done; it is wonderful in our eyes.
—Psalm 118: 22-23 This Friday’s Gospel was Matthew 21:33-43.45-46, the parable of the tenants in the vineyard. At the end of the story Jesus quotes Psalm 118: “Did you never read in the scriptures: […]

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The Best Secret Garden

“Might I,” quavered Mary, “might I have a bit of earth?” Recently while browsing through pages of art from children’s books, I stumbled upon a Russian blog that had posted pictures from the most beautiful illustrated copy of The Secret Garden. Dozens of pictures. Beautiful, detailed, lavish pictures that cunningly captured the magic of the […]

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The Bible: A Way of Thinking

“The Bible, like the philosophy of Aristotle, for example, contains more than a sum of doctrines; it represents *a way of thinking*, a specific context in which general concepts possess a particular significance, a standard of evaluation, a form of orientation; not only a mental fabric but also a certain disposition or manner of interweaving […]

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a certain slant of light

A Certain Slant of Light

There’s a certain Slant of light, Winter Afternoons – That oppresses, like the Heft Of Cathedral Tunes – Heavenly Hurt, it gives us – We can find no scar, But internal difference – Where the Meanings, are – None may teach it – Any – ‘Tis the seal Despair – An imperial affliction Sent us […]

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