* Learning German with Duolingo.com
*Audubon Field Guide apps on the Kindles
*Crockpot brown rice cereal: 2 cups long-grain brown rice, 4 cups water, some frozen fruit, vanilla. Cook overnight in crockpot. Makes a supply that will last as long as a week, depending on how many people you have to feed, and how many of them will actually eat hot brown-rice cereal. Enjoy with coconut milk, plus honey if desired. You could make it with milk and it would taste even better, but we're on an elimination diet right now on behalf of a child with persistent stomachaches, so things are rather bland around here . . .
*Art of Problem-Solving Geometry -- the 10th-grader is doing the actual online class, which is pricey but seems worth it, so far, in terms of the challenge it presents. He's done Saxon Algebra 1/2, Algebra I, and Algebra II, and my hope is that the creative-mathematical-thinking bent of AoPS will be a good brain-stretch. He seems to think it's pretty hard, anyway, and that's something.
*Writing for a new, soon-to-be-unveiled Catholic Charlotte Mason group blog. I've written one essay on the Thomist bent of Charlotte Mason's philosophy -- not that I am a Thomist in any formal, credentialed, credible way, you understand; I'm as accidental a Thomist as Charlotte Mason herself might have been -- and there's more to come, as well as contributions by Michele Quigley, Mary Ellen Barrett, and MacBeth Derham. Stay tuned for more details!
*Life of Fred: Ice Cream
*The dog's new cooler-weather bursts of energy, which make him, at intervals, hit us up to play the stomping game. We stomp on the floor; he levitates and comes down on his elbows, snorting, and then freight-trains it around the house several times. This game tends to leave the rugs all cattywhompus, and the floors are something worse for the wear, but it's funny to watch. To siphon off some of that energy, Aelred and I took him for a long walk late Saturday afternoon: down the rail trail to the baseball field and back up to Main Street and the square, where we stopped for a sidewalk-table beer at Osama's. They brought the dog a bowl of water, too. Add that experience to my list of September favorites -- possibly it's one that could extend into October as well.
*Mary Poppins, even if she is so unpleasant that it's hard to see just why Jane and Michael adore her so much.
*Mother Dolores Hart, and Benedictines in general. A friend just lent me Mother Dolores's book, The Ear of the Heart, which means that I can stop rereading In This House of Brede for a little while.
*Otherwise I'm reading Nabokov's King, Queen, Knave. As far as I can tell, I've vanquished all the Agatha Christie in the house.
*Fiction writing. I'm at a bit of an impasse with The Gift Girl -- Maris stuck in tower, how will she get down, where are the good guys all this time? -- so am working on some short fiction as an exercise in going against my own grain.
*The Litany of Humility. Always.