I heard from a bird…

…that this blog will be moving soon.

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Come visit at kortneygarrison.com!

I’ll be requesting a site redirect, so *hopefully* you won’t notice any interruption.

I plan on posting on Sunday–the first Sunday of St Joseph–and Monday.  So if you don’t get redirected via your subscription or feed reader, you might have to come looking for me.

Do come looking won’t you?

Sabbath Rest

Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD under Eli. The word of the LORD was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.  At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was.  Then the LORD called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and ran to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down.

The LORD called again, “Samuel!” Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.”

Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, and the word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.

The LORD called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the LORD was calling the boy.  Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.'” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

Now the LORD came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

–Reading for the second Sunday after Epiphany from I Samuel

Just in Time for Lent: A New Blog!

I am horrible with secrets.  It’s not that I can’t keep them.  It’s that I can’t really think about anything else but keeping them.  And I’ve been keeping a secret from you, dear reader.  I’ve been working on setting up a new blog.

Actually, there are bigger changes afoot.  I am beginning work as a virtual assistant–helping bloggers and other creatives with day-to-day tasks so that they can concentrate on other things.  I’ve been very happy with my home here at WP.com.  But as I launch this new venture, I need a blog home that looks a touch more professional.

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At the beginning of the year, I entered a contest hosted by Tanya from Blogelina for a new blog design…and won!  The new design should be up by the beginning of February.  I wanted to tell you about it now though so I can think about something other than *not* telling you!  As I work on set-up, I am learning new things every day.  There is really nothing that I like more than learning.  It’s amazing all the little things that WP.com took care of behind the scenes.  I’ve been working to get the words and images here set up over there.  (Don’t you love my highly technical language?!)  I was happily surprised that I could also move my original blogger site there too.  So now my archives go all the way back to November 2007!

There won’t really be much of a change for you as a reader.  Things will look different, but I’ll still be writing about all the same things: books + homeschooling + the church year.  After the new site launches, I’d love to hear your impressions…things that are hard to find or things that you miss.  I have a feeling I’ll be tweaking things for a while.

And be in touch if you need a virtual assistant!

Poetry Friday :: Beans with Garlic

I turned on the crock pot this morning and filled it with beans I soaked last night.  As I heaped in the garlic and turned the crock on, Bukowski’s lines came singing back to me: “Ah, as many loves as beans/yes, count them now.”  And that’s the gift of poems tucked into memory.  They redeem the most prosaic moments with tenderness and beauty.  This is important enough.

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“Beans with Garlic” by Charles Bukowski

this is important enough:
to get your feelings down,
it is better than shaving
or cooking beans with garlic.
it is the little we can do
this small bravery of knowledge
and there is of course
madness and terror too
in knowing
that some part of you
wound up like a clock
can never be wound again
once it stops.
but now
there’s a ticking under your shirt
and you whirl the beans with a spoon,
one love dead, one love departed
another love…
ah! as many loves as beans
yes, count them now
sad, sad
your feelings boiling over flame,
get this down.

From the wonderful anthology collected by Steve Kowit called The Maverick Poets.

More poems at Tabitha’s place, The Opposite of Indifference.

More Drawing Resources

A few years ago I wrote about my favorite resources for illustrated journals.  I really can’t believe that post is 3 years old!  It’s more than time for an update.  Especially considering my fellow in-house arts have grown and learned so much!

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I recently mentioned Syllabus by Lynda Barry.  I had been reading a library copy, but my sweetie came home from a movie downtown with an anniversary present.  He got me my very own copy.  The children immediately took it to the table and started drawing.  I wouldn’t say that this is primarily a drawing book.  It’s really a book about how learning happens, what conditions make learning possible.  It’s quickly becoming an essential homeschooling text.  Lynda Barry keeps a tumblr account where she posts class projects and prompts.  Inspiration!

Melissa also recently mentioned the Illustration School series by Sachiko Umoto.  Well, she didn’t actually mention it.  She just posted a picture of the books.  It doesn’t take much!  We have one book, and the others are waiting at the library.  They are delightful.  These characters are quickly becoming players in comics in everyone’s sketchbooks!  Highly recommended.  (By the way, Lissa–I really think you’d like Cathy Johnson’s work.  She does the sort of place-based nature journaling I’ve seen glimpses of in your journals.)

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I also am realizing that I haven’t done much project based homeschool journaling around our drawing.  Maybe because it’s become such a natural part of our days, or maybe because at the beginning it seemed like a foundational habit for pbh itself.  I want to start keeping track of where we are and what catches our eye.  We are each on our own learning path, and I know we would be well served if I took note of the roads we are walking.

The Festival of Carols on the Golden Nights

This morning dawned bright, clear, and WARM!  It’s a Christmas miracle.  Tomorrow is set to be even warmer.  Perfect weather for raking up the last of the leaves, cleaning out gutters, and getting the outside of the house ready for the rest of Winter.

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Today AP of my heart took the big kids downtown to the art supply store.  They didn’t have any big lists, they went to look around, see what’s there, soak up a little Downtown culture at Christmas time.  That left Joseph with me!

We promptly turned on the radio and started wrapping presents.  Our local classical station broadcasts on the internet, so *you* could be listening along with us!  Through Christmas they are playing a Festival of Carols.  It’s lovely music to accompany your present wrapping or hot chocolate next to the tree.  On Christmas Eve they’ll play Lessons + Carols live (live!) from Cambridge.  It plays at 7 am here on the West Coast.  It’s a singular treat.

One More Advent Resource

I began blogging because our little family moved away from my family, and I wanted to keep a record of our days to share with them.  But one of the best surprises of blogging has been *meeting* new people, the readers here at One Deep Drawer!

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Sarah, one such lovely reader, sent along the link to a set of Nativity printables made by Gertrud Mueller Nelson.  I absolutely love them!  We’ll be working on them tomorrow.  Print out a set and join us!

You might also poke around the Good Ground Press site.  The online retreats look fascinating.  They might be the perfect way to say goodby to 2014 or to begin your new year.

Our friends at Pray as You Go will be praying the O Antiphons.

I’m also pleased to announce that Lisa from Through the Mind to the Heart won the drawing for a copy of The Liberal Arts Tradition!

If you are still curious about Classical education, there’s no better place to start than with the series Schole Everyday: Incorporating Restful Learning into Your Day

A Little Christmas Reading?

I’d love to send you a copy of The Liberal Arts Tradition by Kevin Clark and Ravi Jain.  Maybe you’ve been wanting to read it, maybe you know someone who is interested in Classical Christian education.

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Here’s a very enthusiastic review...though for the most part the book didn’t resonate with me.  I much prefer The Living Page or Beauty in the Word.  Just leave a comment, and I’ll draw a winner on Monday night.  Then I’ll put it right in the post!