Sunday, October 9, 2011

Joan of Arc or Jeanne d'Arc

To view an incredible array of paintings and other artwork depicting St. Joan's life, visit Maid of Pictures of Saint Joan of Arc

On the yahoo group, The History Place, someone asked for a book recommendation on St. Joan of Arc. Definitely throughout history there has been a fascination with Joan of Arc, also known as Jeanne d'Arc. Just type in Joan of Arc into the library catalog and a plethora of books comes up. I, myself, have 14 titles, but then again, I don't seem to have one book of anything. This list includes both books that I have read and not read. Some are rare. Some are certainly better than others. Amazon Associates is not working, so I don't have time to put this all together at once.

Picture Books

Hands down my all time favorite book of St. Joan of Arc is Joan of Arc by Maurice Boutet de Monvel. The artwork is spectacular, the story is moving and she is heroic, saintly, and real. Amazingly, it has been reprinted. Even though it is a picture book, it is not designed for young readers.

Another beautiful picture book is Joan of Arc by Josephine Poole, illus. by Angela Barret.

For Middle School:

Saint Joan of Arc, God's Soldier by Susan Helen Wallace, FSP, Encounter The Saints Series (Ages, 8-Up).

Saint Joan, The Girl Soldier by Louis de Wohl, Vision Books
Ages 10-Up

Thursday, October 6, 2011

New Face of Home Schooling: Education in the Digital Age

This past summer I spoke at the IHM Conference in VA. The topic was The New Face of Homeschooling: The Pros and Cons of Technology. Similar, but not exactly the same as the talk, is an article I wrote for Lay Witness, Sept./Oct 2011 issue, "The New Face of Home Schooling: Education in the Digital Age." Believe it or not I have not had a chance to sit down and read it. You may think that odd, but sometimes the editor, actually edits. If you are interested in finding out more about CUF or subscribing, you can find them here.

Where Have I Been

Too many book sales! Too little time! Well, that is only part of the story. I have been selling books on Cathswap to help pay for a house that is in constant disrepair. I had kitchen drawers with the faces falling off, a black tar-like floor, no insulation in the walls, and too many other lovely details you don't want to know about.

 Last summer, we stored bird seed on our back porch. We had, however, a squirrel, which was not deterred by the windows and shredded the screens.Therefore, my next goal is to pay for the new screens/windows. I think it will take me a while before I sell that many books.

In the meantime, we are all reading lots of books, but I haven't had a chance to post them.