Open thread Sunday + Monday

Published by Lori Pickert on December 21, 2008 at 02:21 PM

We are a bit caught up in holiday preparations and a sick great-grandmother, so I didn’t manage to start an open thread yesterday. I am imagining everyone home baking and cleaning and making presents and wrapping...

In case you are around, however, here is an open thread to come say hello and happy holidays!

And we’ll have a good quote about work, too:

What work I have done I have done because it has been play. If it had been work I shouldn’t have done it. Who was it who said, “Blessed is the man who has found his work”? Whoever it was he had the right idea in his mind. Mark you, he says his work — not somebody else’s work. The work that is really a man’s own work is play and not work at all. Cursed is the man who has found some other man’s work and cannot lose it. When we talk about the great workers of the world we really mean the great players of the world. The fellows who groan and sweat under the weary load of toil that they bear never can hope to do anything great. How can they when their souls are in a ferment of revolt against the employment of their hands and brains? The product of slavery, intellectual or physical, can never be great. — Mark Twain

32 comments

Comment by Mary on December 21, 2008 at 02:40 PM

Love your blog! I blogged about it and included links, this morning.
Happy Holidays!

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 21, 2008 at 03:53 PM

thank you, mary! :^) i hope you & your family have a wonderful holiday, too!

Comment by mary on December 21, 2008 at 04:03 PM

Wishing you a joyful and peaceful holiday.

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 21, 2008 at 05:01 PM

thank you, mary, and you and yours as well!

Comment by gonzomama on December 21, 2008 at 09:00 PM

yes much busyness around here.

i love that quote. i think mark twain is the best and only wish i had discovered him earlier in my life. he's genius.

hope you great grandmother gets to feeling better soon.

happy holidays!

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 21, 2008 at 10:59 PM

thank you, gonzomama ;^) and you guys have a great holiday, too. we are baking and making and having fun. the weather is crazy!

Comment by Dawn on December 22, 2008 at 01:09 AM

Happy Holidays! Lori wishing your grandmother the best too!

Thank you for the quote. I am also a big fan of Mark Twain.

I am looking forward to joining in the conversation here more in the future. We are starting our home learning adventure this new year... really it has already begun! My daughter (5 years) is so elated to be finished with school I can't stop her enthusiasum for the projects she wants to do! It is really exciting but I am also trying to organize things to make them available for her and keep on top of all of her requests already... all in the middle of Christmas fun too! Let the adventure begin!

Thanks Lori for all of the resources you have available here. I am going to be catching up on the reading over the holiday while Dad is around more!

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 22, 2008 at 01:58 AM

thank you, dawn, and happy holidays to you & your family!

check out the latest posts in the forum -- there is some good stuff going on!

http://www.whiteoakschool.com/project-based-homeschooling/post/615523

http://www.whiteoakschool.com/project-based-homeschooling/post/610308

thank you for your kind words re: the blog, and i’m glad you’ll be joining the community!

Comment by Deirdre on December 22, 2008 at 02:16 AM

Ah, such a good quote! I'm going to be posting that one in our study/craft room.

Merry Christmas to you and your family, Lori. So grateful to have found this treasure of inspiration and resources you call Camp Creek:-)

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 22, 2008 at 02:54 AM

deirdre, merry christmas to you & yours. :^) thank you!

Comment by Barb-Harmony Art Mom on December 22, 2008 at 03:06 AM

Just letting you know that as a new reader of your blog I am absorbed and fascinated by what I am finding here. I wanted to say thanks for all the great stuff.

I will be hanging around on my break reading through your posts.

Thanks again,
Barb-Harmony Art Mom

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 22, 2008 at 04:00 AM

barb, thank you so much. have a wonderful holiday!

Comment by Theresa on December 22, 2008 at 07:34 AM

Love that quote!
This part..."The product of slavery, intellectual or physical, can never be great," really says volumes, doesn't it? We can do some good things when we are doing what we have to, but great things? Those are the result of doing what we choose to, what our passions dictate.
I have to be reminded of this every once in a while, thick-headed as I am. When I start requiring work of my children and get only mediocre results, it only serves to form a stark contrast to what I get when I let them lead.

Comment by Ellie - Petalplum on December 22, 2008 at 12:13 PM

What a good, real and true quote - thank you for bringing it to my attention. I do love the tiredness of having worked a solid, but happy day of my work, as opposed to an easy (or hard) day of someone else's work.
Take care and enjoy your Christmas. I hope you have some lovely family time, and with your Great-Grandmother too.
Thank you for your inspiration, advice, sharing, kind words and thoughtful wisdom. I enjoy visiting here for your warmth and your knowledge - and your ability to put things back into perspective. (Can you read my mind? You seem always to remind me exactly of what I have been battling that day with myself or my children! You are so very perceptive).

Merry Christmas Lori.
-Ellie xxx

Comment by Aimee on December 22, 2008 at 01:03 PM

I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!
Aimee

Comment by Michelle on December 22, 2008 at 02:13 PM

Merry Christmas!

I've got several question for ya mulling around in my head right now but I think I may just post them in the forum when I get a chance to organize my thoughts a bit more. As always, thanks for the inspiration. Have a wonderful Christmas.

Comment by shaun on December 22, 2008 at 02:17 PM

What a great quotation! And so true.

Your photo promises some beautiful holiday craft yet to be -- lovely.

Comment by Jill on December 22, 2008 at 02:41 PM

This is one of my fav quotes about work. I'm sure you already know it, Lori. "Work is not man's punishment! It is his reward and his strength, his glory and his pleasure." George Sand

Love the Mark Twain one! Thanks

Sorry about your great-grandma. Hope she mends soon!

Comment by MoM on December 22, 2008 at 03:29 PM

I hope your great-grandmother is well soon. :-)

Comment by Barbara on December 22, 2008 at 06:38 PM

hello there! my daughter just turned two. When's a good age to start documenting her activities and interests on a daily basis? Right now I'm pretty informal about it all, just playing it by ear, really. She is just starting to talk in sentences, so thinking this may be a good time to start doing a bit more consistently. But, I don't know if she's ready for any full blown projects yet. Your thoughts?

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happy holidays!

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 23, 2008 at 01:13 AM

“When I start requiring work of my children and get only mediocre results, it only serves to form a stark contrast to what I get when I let them lead.”

Beautiful, Theresa!

Merry Christmas to you & your family! xoxoxo

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 23, 2008 at 01:29 AM

ellie, thank you so much, that is so kind and you brought a tear to my eye!

i agree re: working hard for myself vs. working not-so-hard for someone else .. being self-employed, i’ve explained to family and friends that even though i worked more hours, it was better than working a regular job for someone else any day of the week!

have a wonderful christmas with your family!

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 23, 2008 at 01:32 AM

thank you, aimee -- i hope you & your family have a wonderful holiday, too! :^D)

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 23, 2008 at 01:41 AM

thank you, michelle and shaun, and merry christmas to both of you & your families! :^)

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 23, 2008 at 01:48 AM

i love that quote, jill!

it’s actually my grandmother and the boys’ great-grandmother. she is hanging in there for now.

i hope you & yours have a wonderful christmas -- and you're not *completely* covered in snow! ;^) we have the thinnest sprinkling of snow but it’s covered with ice to preserve it for christmas!

happy holidays & xoxoxo

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 23, 2008 at 01:50 AM

thank you, MoM, and happy holidays! :^)

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 23, 2008 at 01:55 AM

barbara, it’s hard to say, since all children are different, but i have done project work with older two’s. i wrote a bit the other day about toddlers and how you can start setting the stage for project work by creating an environment that lets them access their toys and put them away independently, letting them do open-ended art, etc.

getting into the habit of paying attention to your child’s interests and how they play, what they say, etc. .. that can only benefit you as they get old enough to begin doing project work .. and you will really be aware of where they are skill- and interest-wise, since you’ve been paying attention. :^)

i promise to write more about toddlers in the upcoming year!

happy holidays to you & your family! :^)

Comment by Thimbleina on December 23, 2008 at 08:38 AM

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and New Year

Comment by steph on December 23, 2008 at 08:56 AM

Hi Lori & family! We wish you a merry christmas, as well! I'm sorry to hear that your grandmother isn't any better. She's in my thoughts, as you are, and I wish you all a peaceful, uneventful holidays (to me, that would be a blessing). Take care,
*steph

Comment by Barbara on December 23, 2008 at 10:21 AM

thanks, lori! Look forward to reading more about the little ones on here. Great photo up there, too!

Comment by Mon on December 23, 2008 at 10:43 AM

Enjoying your blog. Love the Twain quote. Work should always be play.

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 25, 2008 at 03:51 AM

merry christmas, friends! sorry about my tardy response but we have been marooned without internet and sometimes without power due to ice storms. it is making for a very quiet little house on the prairie-style holiday! :^)

my best wishes to you all for a wonderful holiday with your families!

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