A Radically Beneficial World: Automation, Technology and Creating Jobs for All

For a few months now I’ve been reading “Of Two Minds” by Charles Hugh Smith. He seems to have good ideas about what is going on with the economy, politics, and the culture in general. Not only that, but he has ideas about solutions. In the last week or so I read his book “A Radically Beneficial World: Automation, Technology and Creating Jobs for All: The Future Belongs to Work That Is Meaningful“. I don’t agree with everything, but I think he has some very good, practical ideas that can be implemented in a variety of ways in families, schools, workplaces, and new organizations. It is exciting to have a plan to work towards that really might make things better for people, the size and scale remaining to be seen.

The Solid Rock

Edward Mote, 1834

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

His oath, His covenant, His blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

Timeless Truths – The Solid Rock

To God Be the Glory

Frances J. Crosby, 1865

To God be the glory, great things He hath done,
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that all may go in.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice!
Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He hath done.

Oh, perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice!
Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He hath done.

Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice!
Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He hath done.

Timeless Truths – To God Be the Glory

Back to Eden

We first watched “Back to Eden” by Paul Gautschi three years ago. It really resonated with us! Paul encourages a no-till, organic, non-GMO garden, with a covering of mushroom manure compost and wood chips. We were already doing most of those things, but the last two were new to us. We gave it a try, and realized immediately the benefits he describes. The weeds became easy to pull because the soil was loose. Our plants grew really well and produced fruits and vegetables abundantly. We didn’t have to water as often because the wood chips held moisture.

Naturally, it takes time to build a great garden, and after three years, we have realized a few things. Paul mentions digging up thistles, and we should have done that, as well as the dandelions and wild grasses. No amount of paper or wood chips stopped those weeds, and even if we didn’t pull everything, we should have been more diligent than we were to prepare the area. The plants that grew the best were already started in pots of good soil, or perennials, and we did have to apply fertilizer to help them get established. Paul notes in the video that that is to be expected at first. A lot of seeds have not germinated, even though I’ve tried not to plant them in the wood chips. We still water quite a bit compared to the implication in the video, but I assume that is to be expected for now as well.

Overall, however, the benefits are greater than the difficulties. We will continue adding mushroom manure and wood chips, and learning how to make our garden better each year. It is amazing how much food we are able to grow in a small space with minimal time and effort. I encourage you to watch the video, and I hope you enjoy it too!

12 Weeks Old

Our precious little N made his arrival April 4th. It was more difficult than I had anticipated, but beautiful nevertheless. The last few months have also been difficult, however not because of lack of sleep. N has been sleeping the longest uninterrupted stretches of time I’ve ever experienced from a baby! The addition of an unpredictable baby naturally makes it difficult to do all the other things that need to be done, and it has been the hardest on the little kids, T, L, and C. We’ve done a lot of field trips though (which have been so fun!), finished Grade 4 and preschool, sorted through our home, and put in as much as we could for our garden, plus the regular day to day things. We are exhausted and happy at the same time, and truly thankful.

Christ the Lord Is Risen Today

Charles Wesley, 1793

Christ the Lord is ris’n today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heav’ns, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!
Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ hath led, Alleluia!
Foll’wing our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to Thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail the Resurrection, thou, Alleluia!

King of glory, Soul of bliss, Alleluia!
Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
Thee to know, Thy pow’r to prove, Alleluia!
Thus to sing, and thus to love, Alleluia!

Timeless Truths – Christ the Lord is Risen Today

Spring Break – 2017

It’s such a blessing to begin a new season! Spring always seems like such a joy to me with it’s brighter and warmer days, after winter’s darkness and coldness. We are happy to officially begin spring and Spring Break today. This season holds another treasure for us as a family: we await the birth of a new baby any day now. Everything is as ready as possible, and any extra events or tasks of our schedule are paused. Basic household chores naturally continue, as do stories, games, park days, and visits with family and friends.

May you also have a happy Spring Break, full of joy as a new season of life begins!

Beginning of Grade 4 and Preschool, Term #3

Monday February 20th marks the first day of our 3rd term for grade 4 and preschool. Every term, we review where we’re at in our learning standards and curriculum books, and what we need to accomplish during the rest of the year. I’ve updated our daily home routine, and K-3 and 4-5 schedule to reflect the new routines and abilities of our students – H, age 9; T, age 4; L, age 4, and C, age 2. We are at a really nice point in our homeschool journey since everyone can participate, help out, follow a routine, and enjoy what’s going on. In about a month we will have a new baby, so it will be interesting to see how much our general schedule helps maintain order for the older kids, or how long we take a baby vacation!

My goals are as follows:

  1. Make a peaceful home where learning happens.
  2. Read books, do experiments and workbooks, take field trips.
  3. Learn how to find information and how to fit it together.
  4. I write about what we’re learning, then I write and the students copy it, then the students write it themselves.
  5. Little kids may come to work at the table or play freely as they wish.
  6. Review all work once a month.