vol. 10, num. 6 :: 2011.03.25 — 2011.04.07
Snow melts and the leaves that piled up in the corners reveal themselves. Eagerness for summer boils over into a closet cleansing. Is a clean house a prerequisite for or an impediment to hospitality? To peace of mind? On the ways in which cleaning leaves us weary or satisfied, annoyed or at ease.
When does cleaning become more than a healthy habit?
On scrubbing consumerism's stain out of our cleaning rituals.
A beginner's guide from the shopkeeper of Love Your Mother earth-friendly goods.
Attempting to invoke patience one closet at a time.
Of sanity and hospitality in a home that's dirty enough to be happy.
Within the folds of clean clothes, a mother discovers something about her own mother.
On finding God in the dish water, vacuum cleaner and toilet.
What is the sound of one hand washing again and again and again?
Caroline Langston on keeping the house mindfully.
Learning versus playing. That dichotomy seems natural to people…. Learning, according to that almost automatic view, is what children do in school and, maybe, in other adult-directed activities. Playing is, at best, a refreshing break from learning. From that view, summer vacation is just a long recess, perhaps longer than necessary. But here’s an alternative view, which should be obvious but apparently is not: playing is learning. At play, children learn the most important of life’s lessons, the ones that cannot be taught in school. To learn these lessons well, children need lots of play — lots and lots of it, without interference from adults.
“The play deficit” in Aeon Magazine
Sign up on our free e-mail list to receive the daily asterisk by e-mail every weekday.
Please visit this issue's sponsor (What's this?)
Find articles and issues by category: