Linnea says this is the best. (She's blowing kisses)
How to tickle a medium sized child.
In March 1603 Queen Elizabeth was clearly unwell and seemed depressed. She retired to one of her favourite homes - Richmond Palace. Stubborn as ever she refused to allow her doctors to examine her. She also refused to rest in bed - she stood for hours on end, occasionally just sitting in a chair. Her condition became worse and her ladies-in-waiting spread cushions across the floor. Queen Elizabeth eventually lay down on the cushions. She lay on the floor for nearly four days - mostly in complete silence. She eventually grew so weak that when her servants insisted on making her more comfortable in her bed she was unable to argue with them. The end was clearly near for the great old Queen. Her Councillors gathered around her. Soft music was played to soothe her. She had still not named James as her successor but she made a sign to Robert Cecil and it was interpreted that this was her wish.
1. Turn off all music, TV, and radio noise while cutting out a pettern—that is when you need to concentrate.Yeah, okay. I really do get it. But I really don't do it. Occasionally when I was cutting something expensive, I would get a witness to just be there, as I talked through my plans and thoughts, to tell me if I was forgetting something, or to see if they saw a better way to lay it out to get the most of that fabric or avoid a directional disaster.
What other little gifts of romance could we strew?I had been criticized on that list (not by everyone, by one strident het-up individual) for leaving links to my site. I don't have a tagline or sigline as many people do with a link to my site. It would be particular pages, for more information or examples on a particular topic.
And recommending "strewing" anything, while still badmouthing my site?One person looked it up and reported this:
The word strew is in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, since, well before unschooling was placed in it. Dates before the 12th century, apparently! Who knew?This made me half amused and half frustrated, which put me at balance, I suppose and I wrote:Main Entry: strew
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): strewed; strewed or strewn \ˈstrün\; strew·ing
Etymology: Middle English strewen, strowen, from Old English strewian,
strēowian; akin to Old High German strewen to strew, Latin struere to heap
up, sternere to spread out, Greek stornynai
Date: before 12th century
1 : to spread by scattering
2 : to cover by or as if by scattering something (strewing the highways with litter)
3 : to become dispersed over as if scattered
4 : to spread abroad : disseminate
-=-Dates before the 12th century, apparently! Who knew? -=-
I did! That's why I used it. Long years of medieval studies for fun.
-=-Also, you didn't invent the word "strewing" and as far as unschooling goes, that concept is kind of in the public domain at this point.-=-A few times over the years someone has thought it was a word I made up. I tell them no, it's a really old word, but I brought it to describe leaving things in cool places where kids will find them. I never pretended it wasn't a real word, and I've known it since I was little, because it's in the Bible, in the parable of the talents (and maybe in Song of Solomon). It's in stories about castles. It has to do with throwing flowers or scented herbs around the floor of a room, or of broadcasting seed, or throwing coins into a crowd.
It's pretty useful, isn't it? You're welcome. No one else used it before I did, so people who are working hard to discredit me might at least like to know that their public domain concepts came from me once in a while before they assure others that I have no good effect on unschooling.
Strewing: literally, scattering something out, like rose petals or herbs or straw on a medieval floor. Figuratively, leaving interesting things out where they will be discovered.No doubt my semi-public berating will continue a while. I guess I'm the most exciting thing in some people's lives. Poor people. I mean if it's someone in my family that's cool. If it's a stranger who never met me who's obsessed with me, that's a little bit creepy, but still I'll continue to do what I do with and for other unschoolers.
Take a break and rest.
Read a book or magazine.
Come back to it later.
Change your work area.
Take out your pencil.
Get inspiration from others. (not online, though... seriously)
Listen to music.
Do something totally different.
Build up confidence.
Write down lists like this.