Some delightful Middle Eastern cookbooks and food blogs

We've gone out to eat at Lebanese restaurants in Jacksonville so often recently and enjoyed it so much that I ordered several cookbooks in an attempt to replicate the experience. I love the history of all of the civilizations surrounding the Mediterranean, and their food is a living history of sorts. It has also been … Continue reading Some delightful Middle Eastern cookbooks and food blogs

What I am reading these days (a lot of history!)

I asked for a bunch of history books for Christmas (in addition to the world's coolest garden hose) and received quite a haul. My favorite periods of history are the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. I already had the Landmark Thucydides, but wanted the entire collection. So my husband gave me the Landmark Herodotus, Landmark … Continue reading What I am reading these days (a lot of history!)

Hegel, Michael Pollen, and gardening with children – what it means to feel at home

The German philosopher Hegel wrote about Heimatlichkeit, the sense of being at home, as a way of knowing. Europeans had taken this concept from the Greeks, who also believed that knowledge was a sort of feeling comfortable with one's situation. It was the goal of parenting and citizenship in the ancient world to raise children … Continue reading Hegel, Michael Pollen, and gardening with children – what it means to feel at home

Latin – the language of a thousand small victories

I've mentioned before that Latin is our daughter's favorite subject. I even catch her playing her Latin songs for fun when she's alone. I'm not sure how this happened, except that she is already mature enough to understand the concept of word play. I took for granted how much studying Latin helps children piece their … Continue reading Latin – the language of a thousand small victories