So tired, brain hurts, but here are the big ideas I promised

I had a great weekend at the Cincinnati Homeschool Convention! I met Karen from living, unabridged and she is awesome! I could have talked with her a great deal more than we did and wish we lived closer. That’s saying a great deal for two introverts like us.

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I got to meet Sarah Mackenzie (Eek! Total fan girl moment! I called her the new Kevin Bacon) and talk with her for quite a while.  She is just a gracious and generous and bubbly as she is online.

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I got to meet … at the last moment … Colleen Kessler from Raising Lifelong Learners and she answered my questions for her and we had a nice, albeit quick chat.  She was lovely, but we didn’t take a picture.

I met a number of lovely moms while waiting between talks. I met Olivia another AmblesideOnline mom! I talked with some just starting out and some long in the trenches. I saw several of my friends from past conventions like Denise.  It was so much fun.

I got to listen to and talk with Andrew Kern, Christopher Perrin (and Sarah Mackenzie!), Martin Cothran, Andrew Pudewa, and Jan Bloom. And I got to shop a little … but bought almost no curriculum.  Books and art supplies were my big spends. Yay.

I got to drive to and from the conference each day with my wonderful mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and dear friend from my church.  We divide and conquer the conference and then share back insights and ideas we’ve gleaned. It is a great way to narrate the conference.

Heather, I got “my” parking spot each day in the preferred parking garage.

But all of this isn’t why you’re here.  I’m simply going to list my big Takeaway ideas from the weekend.  Without discussion, order, or comment.  Because, my brain hurts and I must sleep before I do any of that.  Suffice it to say that I love these ideas and will want to think more about them with you over the coming … year?

  • Discipline
  • Ought/Should
  • Taste
  • Refine
  • Humble
  • Mastery
  • Arouse Questions
  • Truth
  • Proportion
  • Illuminate
  • Aesthetic
  • Dance
  • Weaving
  • Rhythms
  • Liturgy
  • Integration
  • Harmonious
  • Perception
Kortney of made this awesome word cloud of my words. I would have never thought of it, but I love it.

[phew] Do you see why it was so great?

You can see many quotes on my twitter feed, most are marked #GHC2015.
And now, I say, good night.


  1. Thank you so much for sharing these notes, Dawn. I love your list. Good night! Rest deep, dear friend.

    1. I knew you would, Kortney. Each year the list becomes more and more artistic and less seemingly academic. So fun.

  2. Eeekkk! You met such awesome people! And THE parking spot totally rocks! Do you know if they are still selling the talks & which ones would you recommend? 🙂

    1. The paper said you could only order at the conference 🙁

      I always recommend Andrew Kern's A Contemplation of Nature which is currently free in the CiRCE Audio Library.

      But both Christopher Perrin & Sarah Mackenzie talks (they spoke together 2x) were my favorites (Multum non Multa and Schole) until Andrew Kern's "Christ Centered Curriculum" talk blew them out of the water. I might end up regretting not purchasing that one. It was amazing and I'm pretty sure I only followed a small portion in any realistic way.

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