After the exhilaration of starting out, there often comes a lull. The voice of the critic starts to creep back in once your initial voice of inspiration has quieted down a little: “You might be doing creative things,” it whispers, “But so what! It isn’t like you’re actually any good, is it? Look at those […]More
Welcome to the Holiday edition of Rhythm of the Home
As the cooler weather is upon us, and the holidays are fast approaching, we hope that you will find joy in the pages of this edition of Rhythm of the Home. The holiday season is one of magic, on so many levels, and a true opportunity to bring our families, our friends, and our communities together. This edition is filled with many reflections, crafts, and recipes that we hope will become holiday traditions and seasonal joy in all of your households for years to come. As always, our contributors poured their hearts into this edition, and we are blessed to have so many amazing writers, artists, creators and parents joining us once again.
This edition is our 16th, and it is one we cherish so very much, for it is also our last. The holidays are where we began, and so we felt that it would be a fitting season to end. Saying goodbye is never easy, but this goodbye feels particularly hard. Rhythm of the Home has been so much a part of our lives these last four years, and we have loved every minute. We hope that you will take the time to read our farewell letter, as we put into words just how much this incredible community means to us. .
From our family to yours. Thank you, Happy Holidays, and Many Blessings.
A slouchy hat, inspired by one of our favorite fairy tale creatures. Size Preschool, Child, Teen, Adult To Fit Head Circumference 20”, 21”, 22”, 23” Gauge With Size 8 needle (or size needle needed to obtain gauge): 18 stitches = 4 inches 24 rows = 4 inches Materials 2 skeins of Cascade 220 – […]
“Create beauty not to excite the senses but to give sustenance to the soul.” -Gabriela Mistral While moving’s not the most relaxing experience one could hope for it does offer the perfect opportunity to purge and redesign our environment of excess stuff. Even without a move in one’s foreseen future, by simplifying your immediate surroundings […]
“Play is the mechanism by which children learn— how they experience their world, practice new skills, and internalize new ideas— and is therefore the essential “work of children”. – Dr. Vivian Paley from her book, “A Child’s Work: The Importance of Fantasy Play” “Through play, children learn about the world and engage in activities […]More
Summer slips into autumn so quickly. Days stay warm but nights get longer and suddenly the pool and the lake are not quite as warm anymore. Spending the day splashing around shifts to only running in to cool off; time at the beach becomes less about seeing how far we can swim and more about […]
Wintertime has always been a time of drawing inward for me. Emotionally and physically. I grew up in a beach town and spent most of my days outside except during the winter. The shift was a drastic one for me each year and I found myself slowing down and resting. Winter is a time of […]
“How does it feel to be …?” is the question I ask my children on their birthdays. Their response is almost always the same. Despite being children who are articulate about their feelings, they tell me: “It doesn’t feel any different.” But when my eldest child turned 13 this year, I knew it was different. […]More
Celebrating the season’s festivals is one of the most beautiful aspects to Waldorf education, and a favorite with children as well. Here is our collection of the many of the season’s festivals (for 2011), and a few resources to help make each a cherished tradition for years to come. :::::::::::: Autumn Halloween :: October […]
We talk a lot about separation anxiety in regards to children, but what about the same for parents? When our son was a toddler and showing signs that he was ready to move from our bed into a little space of his own, I found the change rather difficult. We see a lot of literature […]
Lucy, tell us a bit about yourself and your creative life. I have always, since as far back as I can remember, loved being creative – reading, writing, painting, drawing, crafting, singing and dancing. And I have never, ever been able to specialise. Since my early teens I have always been racing full speed […]More
There’s a picture book I loved as a child that seems to capture the feeling of melancholy that can come from transitioning from one season to the next. Four collie puppies greet each changing season with trepidation, wanting the previous one to last a little longer. As fall sets in and cool winds begin to […]
Because our culture and media typically portray love as two dimensional, the first months of romance or the fervent struggle to re-gain lost love, we are left with a hazy picture of how a healthy long-term relationship can look. We also may not always have had the best examples from relatives or friends. Handling […]