CiRCE Staff May 29, 2020

This week, CiRCE podcasts contemplated Schole’, Graham Green’s The End of the Affair, the nature of things and what usually happens, Shakespeare’s play As You Like It, and  life and death during Queen Victoria's reign. Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review, wherever you like to listen to podcasts!

Café Scholé 

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Elizabeth Do May 29, 2020

Frankly, I only listened to John Mays because I was painting a cabinet and had at least another coat ahead of me. The last day of access to the Greater Homeschool Convention recordings compelled me to listen as long as I held a paintbrush. 

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Renee Mathis May 28, 2020

In part one of this series we looked at relationship as a prerequisite to assessment. In his book Norms and Nobility, David Hicks says “Knowledge – the activity of learning – gives teacher and student a common ground for friendship – while accentuating their unequal status.” This friendship, whether between parent and child, teacher and student, or mentor and apprentice, can offer a rich environment for the cultivation of knowledge and skills, and ultimately wisdom and virtue. 

Part 2: Response - The Expectations During Assessment 

Joshua Gibbs May 27, 2020

I don’t normally show my children new movies, but earlier this week we watched Tomorrowland (2015) and five days later, I’m still sore about it. While I normally show them classic movies, 80s movies, or movies they’ve seen fifty times already, Tomorrowland looked promising. It was directed by Brad Bird and written by the usually-thoughtful Damon Lindelof, whose work on Lost and Prometheus I admire. And it stars George Clooney, who has a fairly reliable eye for a good script. I took these three names as an auspicious sign.  

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Jeremy Roderick May 27, 2020

I wish I could say that this quote was true for me as I grew up but it was not. I grew up in a five bedroom house with a TV in each bedroom, and two TVs in the living room, one for entertainment and another for video games. As a child I was surrounded by screens and books were difficult to find. As a matter of fact the only books I recall in my house could be found in the upstairs hall cupboard. Yes, in the dusty dark hallway, behind the closed cupboard doors lay a pile of disorganized books.

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Brian Phillips May 27, 2020

Note to the reader: This was written several years ago, so it is technically a “throwback” post, but it seemed a particularly appropriate time in our history to share it again.

“Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more
of everything ready-made. Be afraid
to know your neighbors and to die.”


- From “Manifesto: Mad Farmer Liberation Front” by Wendell Berry

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Lindsey Brigham Knott May 26, 2020

There come times when a thing you’ve known time out of memory suddenly opens before you, blossoms into beauty where you’d never known to seek it. These are times of transfiguration, and in their witness to both the humble hiddenness of beauty and the deep meaningfulness of reality, they refresh our faith in a world where “being indoors each one dwells” and in a Christ who “plays in ten thousand places,” as Hopkins exulted. 

The other day I read a passage that opened one of these times for me. It had to do with, of all things, parts of speech. Here it is:

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William Goodwin May 26, 2020

In the beginning, Yahweh established the Day of Rest as part of the rhythm of life. It is sometimes difficult for us to properly rest in our culture; it is perhaps equally true to say that it is easier than ever to rest in our modern world. All in all, we are bad stewards of time. We do not understand either Work or Rest: work has become “hustle” and rest has become “binge”. Yet the men and women we admire did not waste their time; we waste our time using their inventions. We are lost, wandering through the worldwide wilderness.

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CiRCE Staff May 22, 2020

This week, CiRCE podcasts contemplated Graham Green’s The End of the Affair, care and the modern man, Shakespeare’s play As You Like It, Schole', and,  life and death during Queen Victoria's reign. Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review, wherever you like to listen to podcasts!

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Amy Wardlow May 21, 2020

I am sometimes asked by my extended family members or friends, “so why are you doing this?” referring to the Apprenticeship program through the Circe Institute. As I approach my graduation from the three-year program, I thought I’d put down why I did join the Apprenticeship program, what I have gained from it. 

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