• activism,  meaning of life,  music,  religion

    Reflection on a Linnea Good Concert

    Last night I took my children to a Linnea Good concert. Linnea Good is a United Church singer, songwriter and storyteller. I took my very-atheist children to her concert because her music was a big part of my teenage years. This was my second time attending a concert of hers, and the first was way back when I was younger than my oldest is now. So, why was the music meaningful to me? I think the most amazing meaningful part was that Linnea was willing to show some of her own vulnerability. She talked about how after thirty years of performing she’s really good at being nice, but that she…

  • history,  homeschooling,  meaning of life,  music

    Sharing Beethoven with my children

    I find homeschooling easiest at the times when I am enthusiastically learning new things myself. So with that in mind, I picked up a copy of Harvey Sach’s The Ninth, about Beethoven’s symphony, and today while the kids are out with their dad, I was reading it and trying to envision how I can share it with the children. I have only read the first chapter so far but I am already thinking of how I could devise a game with the children, pretending that one of us is Beethoven. We have watched the movie Beethoven Lives Upstairs so they have some vague knowledge of who Beethoven is. In play,…