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the use of our hands

Pin ItThe Damsel recently came across this website: Neeman Tools. She loves everything about this, and especially its philosophy: “It is a tragedy of the first magnitude that millions of people have ceased to use their hands as hands. Nature has bestowed upon us this great gift which is our hands. If the craze for […]

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field trip–what’s a karat?

Pin ItToday at the Old School we’re going on a field trip, to learn a little something interesting about sparkly stuff. Back in the olden days (and by that the Damsel means WAY long ago), people used to weigh gems to determine their value, just like we do nowadays. But of course there was no […]

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Pin ItCome along with the Damsel while she goes on an old-fashioned adventure, full of fresh air, hard work, and earwigs. The Damsel’s neighbor owns two beautiful Arabians that need feeding. She found a terrific price on some oat hay, and asked the Damsel to help her load it. First we drove out Into The […]

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do things faster–field trip

Pin ItSprog #3 sent the Damsel this link, and she can’t stop giggling. Sorry for the poor video quality, but think how many old-fashioned things you’ll have time to do if you follow these hints? (The Damsel has in fact tried the shirt folding trick. Pretty cool.) See more funny videos and Technology at Todays […]

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the old fashioned poll

Pin ItThe Damsel has a little community/forum thingy for people to ask and answer questions about self-reliance. She’s created a poll there and would appreciate your participation. An extra recess for those who do! In order to see the poll, please scroll down and look for the yellow box that says “The Damsel and Friends.” […]

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field trip–the deliberate choice

Pin ItToday’s class  is a little different. Today we’ll go on a field trip to meet an amazing young woman. You could search the world and perhaps never find a more inspiring person–someone who has made the deliberate choice to accept God’s will for her, even though this means that nearly everything she assumed about […]

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Pin ItToday at the Old School we’re going on a field trip. Happy 200th Birthday, Fryderyk Chopin, old school piano genius.  (painting by Eugene Delacroix, a close friend) You were the Damsel’s first love. Yes, even before Brett Richards, who lived in town and had beautiful brown eyes and hair that waved down over his […]

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field trip: the magic of enough

Pin ItSelf-reliance is the main course of study at the Old School. And, being self-reliant and pursuing simplicity go hand in hand in the Damsel’s eyes. She’s always wishing she could take it down a level. Let’s just say some days go better than others when it comes to avoiding the crazy. Yesterday at church, […]

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field trip: old-school pens

Pin ItThe Damsel was asked to teach a class about pens. She admits she was surprised about the topic, but once she read a little about it, she found out it’s actually pretty interesting. The most old-school kind of pen is a feather or quill pen, used for a thousand years with practically no change. […]

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Pin ItToday we’re going on an Old School field trip. Occasionally the class will do this to learn about some fascinating thingy that makes old skills easier. So, today’s class is on the invention of the sewing machine. From the time people were running around in loincloths, there’s been such a thing as sewing. But […]

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