Starting the Discussion
My mind is preoccupied with preparations for CM West :: Conference in the Redwoods, starting later this week. I haven't had much time for anything "extra" in my days -- for a few weeks it has felt like I'm only getting the bare minimum accomplished. Thankfully, my "bare minimum" includes my weekly keeping habits. I have found those to be so essential to my days that I cannot leave them out! These busy times are when I'm especially grateful to have them there on my weekly checklist, staring at me and reminding me to engage and rest in leisure. When I am busiest, most likely to give them up, is when I need them most.
I came across this quote from John Muir in one of our Term 3 biographies that struck me as exactly what I was seeing in my own life for the past couple weeks:
He's talking about the busy-ness of city life, but I think the same can apply to busy-ness in our everyday schedule, wherever we live and however good the project is we're working on.
So I have been working on my commonplace, my history keeping, and my nature journaling this past week. In fact, on Saturday, when I "should have" been working on my woefully-unfinished talk, I spent an hour nature journaling a fungusy, licheny (totally words!) log:
From Last Month
Lovely thoughts shared in last month's collection to kick off our new year...
My Peace in the Puzzle has a wonderful idea for fitting in pre-reading AND personal devotions by combining the two. For those of you who read my pre-reading post and are pondering how to "fit it in," consider whether her suggestion would help. And we get a nice cozy peek into her commonplace book as well!
I am in awe over Melissa's chapter-by-chapter written narrations of Oliver Twist! Head over to see her thoughts on the book as well as her children's. She also treats us to an idea-packed passage from The Golden Days of Greece.
Carol's family are noticing garden spiders and eggplant in their nature journals this month.
It's beginning to look a lot like spring over on Instagram!
accidentalstars - adventureadaycm - sproutnchic
freelylearned - aolander - mariasugiyopranoto
sarahjokim - theycallmemommy618 - h5manriquez
|MORE NATURE JOURNALING INSPIRATION...|
lylyfreshty - raisinglittleshoots - all.saints.academy- tribecham
5mindailydrawingchallenge - ruthjtd - teriannm13 - convincedofwonders
athena_amidstthereeds - viajoy.baboopri.2- hudson2975squids7 - windymorning_3
jeffsjessie - amy_crossingthebrandywine - theycallmemommy618
thanks33 - magistramama - kaypelham
angelaboord - learninghowtolivecm - laurke2
|AND SOME HISTORY AND ART KEEPING!|
mariasugiyopranoto - littledrops5 - frannieruth19
A few more special shares I want to highlight:
Dawn has been writing about her pre-reading and planning, and I just love the little keeping checklist she's adding to her kids' daily task sheets (over on the right). She uses a list for her own pre-reading as well. And she and her kids share their personal keeping with each other at their weekly meetings together, just like we do!
Mariah has a couple unique items to share this month, including her daughter's start to an Enquire Within notebook (a less-popular notebook kept in CM's schools)...
...and the reading notes sheet she made for her children. My kids keep these kinds of notes on the back of their weekly checklist, but I love how she formatted this and think it would be particularly helpful for kids that have a hard time focusing or kids that are just getting started with managing their own weekly keeping habits.
And last but not least: how about some keeping not on paper, but in wood? Lucy's son is starting a carved bird! Sounds like 3-D nature journaling. :)
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