Monday, July 27, 2009

Great article in the latest Memoria Press Catalog

In the summer issue of The Classical Teacher, Susan Wise Bauer is encouraging homeschooling moms to "Stop Cleaning the Kitchen and Read a Book."

It's great advice, but, well, errr ... I find that I have the opposite problem and I need the opposite advice.

I usually need to get out of my book and go clean something.



Beck said...

I'm trying to imagine - wistfully - what it would be like to be someone who needed to be exhorted to stop cleaning and read . The mind BOGGLES.

Hey, we're homeschooling now!

The Bookworm said...

I'm with Beck. I can't imagine.

Karen E. said...

I'd like to have you both over so that we could avoid cleaning together.

Beck ... homeschooling! Woo-hoo!

Liz said...

I never ever, ever in my life have been exhorted to stop cleaning and read a book. I'm sure there are lots of times that my family would have wished I stopped reading a book and started cleaning. After months of reading books on lactation I returned home from the exam to the realization that I really and truly must start cleaning, even though I'd rather just read a non-lactation related book... SIGH. But that's for tomorrow, after all tomorrow is another day.

Roxane B. Salonen said...


Love your thoughts here. So true, and I think most of us writers probably fall into the camp of needing to be peeled away from our books to get to the domestic stuff that bores us, but needs to be done nonetheless.

Glad to know I'm not the only one!


House of Brungardt said...

I used to get in trouble all the time when I was a kid because I was always reading instead of doing what I was supposed to do. So yeah, I think I'm a member of this club. Can I come avoid cleaning too?

Margaret Mary Myers said...

I'm behind on reading blog posts, but just wanted to say "Amen" to that...your comment, that is, Karen. I know there are people who need Susan's advice, but they probably aren't here, reading blogs. :)

My gracious family doesn't tell me to stop reading and clean, but they might like to, and my husband does sometimes politely ask what we are having for dinner. :)

Barb, sfo said...

I'm not one of those people who gets told to stop cleaning and go read. Fortunately my family is tolerant of my reading habit, and the resulting messes.