My special moment today is reading the blog of GretchenJoanna about her reading-challenge of Japanese literature. I learned about Makoto Fujimura, artist and writer.Link to her blog:literature
Fujimura wrote a book, Silence and Beauty, based on the writings of Shusaku Endo especially his book, Silence.
I have read Endo’s Silence many years ago and saw the movie adaptation, Silence by Martin Sorcese, recently. I have to thank you for bringing Makato Fujimura and his works. I watched the 7 videos by Fujimura talking about his book, Silence and Beauty. Here is the link:silence
note: The day is sunny, cool, and pleasant with blue skies. I started the day joining the other volunteers to pick up trash on the bike trail and along the railroad tracks of the Wine Train to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. About 2 hours later after I got home I walked to the river.
Today I went for my walk before I had my breakfast. It was 53F and the sun was trying to peek behind the clouds. A light brown, tall poodle lumbered out from a door and ran ahead of me. I heard a young woman called out, “Mozart, Mozart, come back.” The woman and I exchanged pleasantries. I remarked that she has a beautiful dog. I met a walker with his dog, a smaller one thanMozart. We greeted each other, Good morning. They were walking on opposite direction.
I continued my walk to the river. A few fishermen were socializing among themselves. Their lines resting on the riverbank.
Two towering palm trees across each other on the sidewalk greeted passerby’s. They remind me of a warmer place somewhere. The yucca plants did not give me a similar memory.
Perhaps because of a rain for the last 2 days the street was fairly clean. The birds sang joyfully.
By the time I turned around to walk back home the sun has burst out. The top of the hills has risen above the clouds. The breeze 55F grazed my face like a whisper.
It’s New Year. How do you spend your day? I was asked.
I spend my day like a homeschooler.
Why is that?
Being at home (I’m retired) I’m like a homeschooler. Home is freedom from school, from work.
13 years ago I accidentally logged on a blog of Melissa Wiley, a homeschooler mother. She teaches her children at home. She “borrowed” a Rule of 5 by Charlotte Mason of what to teach children every day. Melissa added one more activity and made it a Rule of 6. Here is a link: Rule of 6 to her original post.
Here is the First Five:
• Imaginative play
• Encounters with beauty (through art, music, and the natural world—this includes our nature walks)
• Ideas to ponder and discuss (there’s Miss Mason’s “something to think about”)
Melissa Wiley added: Meaningful work to make it her Rule of 6.
For my part I added one more activity: Writing to make it my own Rule of 6 plus One.
I don’t know how I stumbled on her blog/website. Since that time I used her homeschooling plan of “Tidal Learning”for my daily activities.
As a way of my modification or explanation:
The Good books can lead to Great Books.
The Imaginative play can include Physical Exercise, Tai Chi and Yoga.
Encounters with beauty can also involve Dramatic Art, Poetry and Dance.
Ideas to ponder and discuss include Creativity and Innovation, “things we think about”
Prayer also can mean Silence and Solitude
Meaningful work includes philanthropy of time and work.
Writing ranges from doodling to writing novels.
My Rule of 6 plus One
Encounters with beauty
Ideas to ponder and discuss
I hope you and I can live a simple and harmonious life every day.