Thursday, August 15, 2013

Summer Issue at the Printer at Last!

Our summer issue is getting to the printer just in time for the last throes of summer. Sorry for the delay - we've had a crazy summer!! Here is our line-up for this issue:

Cover:  Real Love Holds Fast to All That is Good: Raising Kids Catholic by Maria Rioux
Feature 1: Theology of the Body Resources by Jennifer Fitz
Feature 2: Talking to Kids About Love by Suchi Myjak
Feature 3: Charitable Giving by Ana Braga-Henebry

Homeschool Culture: Summertime Rant by Sally Thomas
Literature Chat: A Review of Rapunzel Let Down and a Chat with Regina Doman by Margot Davidson 
Liturgical Year: August Feast Days by Lara Pennell
Spiritual Reflection: Who is She by Mother St Paul (A meditation on the Assumption)
The Parting Glass: Departure, a poem by Sally Thomas

I realize that you may have to save this issue and read it next summer when you can enjoy the August pieces!!

Our Fall issue will sadly be our last. Thank you for all your support over the years. It has been an incredibly creative and life-giving experience for me.

That issue will focus on humility and Christmas.

THEN, sometime in the new year, we will be publishing a book with highlights from the six years of this publication.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Website temporarily down

Our website is currently unavailable due to a computer server problem. We'll be back up and running soon!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Winter issue hitting mailboxes now!

Many people have been reporting having received the winter issue of the magazine. Please be sure to let us know what you think!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Winter Issue Ready to Print!

Our winter issue is all about sports and activities. It will be mailed to subscribers next week. Here's what's included:

Cover: Keeping Sport Healthy for Kids and Families by Matt Davidson, PhD
Feature 1: The Sporting Life by Mary Ellen Barrett
Feature 2: Let Them Play: Everybody Wins in the Fields of Homeschooling by Ana Braga-Henebry and MacBeth Derham
Feature 3: As Asian Road to Catholic Virtues (Karate) by Michelle Rioux

Literature Chat: Evangelizing, Manga Style by Mary Gildersleeve
Liturgical Year: Baking Through Lent by Lara Pennell
Spiritual Reflection: Building Character Through Discernment and Planning of Service and Activities by Belinda Mooney
Parting Glass: Rose in Winter, a poem by Lisa Salinas

I have wanted to do a feature on sports and homeschooling for some time. And I have long mulled over a quote from my brother-in-law (who writes the cover story): Studies have shown that sports only serve as character building situations when character building is the intention of the sports program. Love this quote from Pope Pius XII:

“Sport, properly directed, develops character, makes a man courageous, a generous loser, and gracious victor; it refines the senses, gives intellectual penetration, and steels the will to endurance. It is not merely a physical development then. Sport, rightly understood, is an occupation of the whole man, and while perfecting the body as an instrument of the mind, it also makes the mind itself a more refined instrument for the search and communication of truth and helps man to achieve that end to which all others must be subservient, the service and praise of his Creator." ” (Pope Pius XII Sport at the Service of the Spirit, July 1945)

Our Spring issue will focus on poetry and is shaping up nicely.

Be sure to renew and ask your friends to subscribe so we can stay in print!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fall Issue Ready to Print !

Gratitude is the theme of our fall issue! Here is the line up:

Cover piece: Chesterton's Spirituality of Gratitude and Praise by Stratford Caldecott
Feature 1: Grateful for New Beginnings by Maria Rioux
Feature 2: Our Thomas Leaves for College: A Tale of Gratitude by Ana-Braga Henebry

Homeschool Culture: A Letter to Young Homeschooling Mother by Caroline Haydu
Liturgical Year: Las Posadas by Lara Pennell and Margot Davidson
Handcrafts: Gratitude: Saying Thanks with Style by Mary Gildersleeve
Student Corner: Two poems on Gratitude
Spiritual Reflection: Giving Thanks by Belinda Mooney
Parting Glass: Song of the Artist in Autumn

Unit Study: Contemplating Our Lady in Advent by Maria Rioux

I'll post again when it ships.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Summer Issue mater et magistra: BEAUTY

After much ado, the summer issue was mailed last week. I have heard that some people have been receiving it (the mail seems to be taking longer these days . . .). I haven't received mine yet : (

We'd love to hear what you think of it! Please share your thoughts and comments about it with us.

 We would also appreciate knowing what interests you so that we can make decisions for the topics in 2013. (The fall 2012 issue is underway with the theme of "gratitude.") You write to me at my email address or visit the website and use the contact form there.
Best wishes as you begin your new school year,

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Botticelli, Madonna of the Book
OK - so I am on a beauty rampage. I realize those two words don't really belong together . . . but I seem to be meeting thoughts on beauty every where I go and never getting enough of it.

So our entire next issue of the magazine is devoted to beauty. It's fitting that this is our return-to-print issue and that it's all about beauty. Much as the Internet has improved many lives and the digital age has made access to hard-to-find information easier, it is not intrinsically beautiful. You can't hold it in your hands and admire the craftsmanship, you can't smell it, you can't give it as gift to someone.

So I am very glad to have made the decision to get back to beauty for the beauty issue.

Here is the line up:
Cover: How to Talk About Art to Children by Carol Long
The Beauty of Holiness by Caroline Haydu
Shakespeare Hates Gum by Linda Milliken

Homeschool Culture: Toward Beauty: The Homeschool Effort by Ana Braga-Henebry
Handcrafts: Beauty in the Doing: Books and Crafts by Mary Gildersleeve
Literature Chat: Three Books About Beauty by Margot Davidson
Nature Study: Learn to Arrange Flowers by James A Partridge

Art in Story: Teaching Art History to Elementary School Children by Marianne Saccardi
Discovering Music by Dr. Carol Reynolds

Artist Workshop Series By Penny King and Clare Roundhill
Classical Catholic Memory by Donna Freidenfeld