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Episode 39: The Literary Life of Karen Glass

On today’s episode of The Literary Life, Angelina and Cindy interview Karen Glass. Karen is part of the Advisory of AmblesideOnline. She has four children, ages 13 to 27, who have been homeschooled using Charlotte Mason’s methods from beginning to end. She has been studying and writing about Charlotte Mason and Classical Education for over twenty years, and has written Consider This to share the most important things she has discovered about the connection between them. We are giving away a copy of her newest book, In Vital Harmony, to 2 lucky listeners who share about this podcast episode on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #invitalharmony.

After sharing their commonplace quotes, our hosts dive into this conversation with Karen about how she became a lover of books. She talks about her voracious reading as a child and teen. Karen also recounts how her mediocre education did not discourage her reading life but just gave her more time and reason to read. This leads into a meaty discussion among Karen, Cindy and Angelina about self-education, homeschooling and lifelong learning.

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Commonplace Quotes:

Let us consider an apple. If we approach it synthetically, we take it as we find it–in its state of wholeness and completeness–and we eat it. Once eaten, it is digested, absorbed, and becomes a part of us. If we approach it analytically, we take it apart–not in a natural way, which is merely a smaller portion (here is half an apple!), but rather, here is the fiber, here are the vitamins, here is a bit of water, and some sugar. Suppose we ingest each bit–a spoonful of fiber, a vitamin pill, a swallow of sugar-and-water. On paper, we have consumed the same thing in both cases–equal portions of nutrition–but there is a very, very large difference. Only one of those meals tasted good and created an appetite for more.

Karen Glass

However difficult it may be to characterize correctly the medieval class system, it is even more difficult to grasp medieval thinking, which was broadly metaphorical and analogical, rather than merely logical and rational.

Thomas Cahill

Remember that the uttermost penalty was reserved for him who could say to his brother “Thou fool!” because contempt was the most un-godlike quality which man could display. Beware above all things lest a little knowledge only reinforce conceit and lead you into a false world where self is enthroned, far away from the true world which is illuminated by the love of God, manifested in the Person of the Incarnate Word.

Mandell Creighton

A Poison Tree

by William Blake

I was angry with my friend; 
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe: 
I told it not, my wrath did grow. 

And I water’d it in fears,
Night and morning with my tears:
And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles. 

And it grew both day and night. 
Till it bore an apple bright. 
And my foe beheld it shine,
And he knew that it was mine. 

And into my garden stole, 
When the night had veil’d the pole;
In the morning glad I see; 
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.

Book List:

Consider This by Karen Glass

Mind to Mind by Karen Glass

Know and Tell by Karen Glass

In Vital Harmony by Karen Glass

Mysteries of the Middle Ages by Thomas Cahill

Thoughts on Education by Mandell Creighton

Bedtime for Frances by Russel Hoban

Petunia by Roger Duvoisin

Dorrie’s Magic by Patricia Coombs

Watership Down by Richard Adams

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkein

The Family Nobody Wanted by Helen Doss

Lovey by Mary MacCracken

A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz

The Philosophy of Christian School Education

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Thomas Lynley Mysteries by Elizabeth George

Jan Karon’s Mitford Series

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