Monthly Archives: June 2013

Wheel Of Fortune

Writing of the time leading up to 2008, Barnett writes, ‘ ”I have every single thing I’ve ever hoped for.” And then the recession hit.'(171) On Christmas morning, though for Barnett it’s a religious holiday ‘and we tend to focus … Continue reading

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Play And Church

‘Indulging the senses isn’t a luxury, but a necessity. We have to walk barefoot in the grass. We have to eat clean snow. We have to let warm sand run through our fingers. We have to lie on our backs … Continue reading

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Pyjama Day

To go to mainstream school, in kindergarten Jake had to wear his pyjamas to Pyjama Day. That’s weird, thinks literal-minded Jake. You wear pyjamas to bed at night. ‘He did have to get through the day,’ his Mom writes, ‘but … Continue reading

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Poundmaker’s–Days Of The Week

Tuesday Black Out Speak Out notes that one year ago, ‘Canada passed a far-reaching bill that repealed or weakened most of Canada’s foundational environmental laws. Among the most controversial elements of Bill C-38 was the decision to “take the guts … Continue reading

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Do What You Love, Love What You Do

Barnett ran a daycare for years. With the children, over and over she ‘noted how doing what they loved brought all of the children’s other skills up as well.'(71) Of course, when you do what you love, you’re totally engrossed and … Continue reading

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Learning And Naming From Grandfather

Speaking of her grandfather, Barnett says that ‘it was from his example that I’d learned the value of lifelong curiosity, the pleasure to be found in hard work, and the importance of family. I’d seen the sense of purpose he … Continue reading

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‘matters of consequence’

This chapter is about domestication’s affect on children. Livingston begins by recapitulating the problem presented in the first half of the book: a domesticate loses the multiple senses of self and loses connection to the wild. The domesticate thus fails … Continue reading

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Things Fall Together

This morning [2013-06-19] there was a story in the paper about a divorced couple who chose to live under one roof, with locked doors between them. The kids spent a week on one side with Dad, and the other week … Continue reading

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the spark: a mother’s story of nurturing genius by kristine barnett

2013 Things Fall Together Learning And Naming From Grandfather Do What You Love, Love What You Do Pyjama Day Play And Church Wheel Of Fortune Final Words

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We Don’t Share

Livingston has a problem with what he calls ‘zero-order humanism’. Sure, every individual struggles to live, and every group of one species or another refers to itself first, that’s only natural. But, though non-humans ‘are in the centre of their … Continue reading

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