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Bloggers Christy and Haley have caffeine-fueled chats about faith, books, culture and whatever strikes their fancy. Join them for conversations with great women as they share about family, vocation, tv, and laundry. So pour a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy some time with friends.

The Fountains of Carrots Podcast Christy Isinger and Haley Stewart

    • Christianity
    • 4.7 • 7 Ratings

Bloggers Christy and Haley have caffeine-fueled chats about faith, books, culture and whatever strikes their fancy. Join them for conversations with great women as they share about family, vocation, tv, and laundry. So pour a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy some time with friends.

    FoC 143: We Change Your Mind About Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park with Joy Clarkson

    FoC 143: We Change Your Mind About Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park with Joy Clarkson

    Well, friends, we’ve been delighted by conversations with the lovely Sarah Clarkson and the lovely Sally Clarkson and today, at long last, we’re chatting with the youngest Clarkson gal, Joy Clarkson!







    Joy is a PhD candidate in theology at St. Andrews University and we’re so glad that she finished writing her dissertation and is back on Twitter because she’s one of our all-time favorite follows. She is also the voice behind a beautiful podcast called Speaking with Joy.







    When we heard that Joy had just read one of our favorite books, Mansfield Park, for the first time, we knew we had to have her on the podcast to share all of her thoughts! In this episode, we defend our girl, Fanny Price, from the haters. We also talk about the themes of charm and respectability vs. authentic virtue. And we judge Sir Thomas and Lady Bertram’s parenting. By the end of the episode, we hope that you will be inspired to read Mansfield Park for the first time or pick it up for a re-read if you’re already familiar!







    So grab a cup of tea and enjoy!







    Things we talked about today:







    (Links to Amazon.com are affiliate links)







    Mansfield Park















    To find Joy:







    * her podcast: Speaking with Joy* her website: JoyClarkson.com* Instagram* Twitter







    Today’s episode is sponsored by HomeschoolConnections.com















    HomeschoolConnections.com is an authentically Catholic resource for home educating families. Their mission is educating the heart, mind, and soul in the Catholic tradition with online classes for 3rd grade and above. They offer live interactive classes as well as unlimited access to recorded courses that are available 24/7/365 with top quality teachers.







    If you’re a brand new homeschooler or a seasoned homeschooler, head over to HomeschoolConnections.com to see the great resource they can be for your student!







    Patreon!







    Do you love FoC and want to help us keep doing what we’re doing (and more!)? Well, we have just the thing for you!







    Head on over to support the podcast as a patron and get access to special episodes available exclusively to patrons as well as to the FoC Slack community! You’ll also have access to our patron book clubs and receive a cute sticker in the mail from us.







    Come hang out with us!







    Haven’t joined in on the fun with 4,800+ other FoC listeners in our facebook group? It’s your direct line to some fantastic folks who also care about faith, culture, books, and whatever our current masterpiece theatre craze might be! Join in with the link below.







    * The Fountains of Carrots Raspberry Cordial Social Club on Facebook (our Facebook group)* Connect with Haley on Facebook, Twitter,a href="http://www.instagram.

    • 57 min
    FoC 142: Expanding the Catholic Literary Imagination with Sergio Bermudez

    FoC 142: Expanding the Catholic Literary Imagination with Sergio Bermudez

    If you’ve been listening to the podcast for awhile, you know how much we love to talk about literature and the Catholic imagination. However, we find that we’re often coming back to the same handful of Catholic novelists and we wanted to talk to our friend Sergio Bermudez about expanding the Catholic literary canon and thinking about other writers who are influenced by the Catholic imagination.







    Sergio is a proud uncle and writer from California who loves Latin American literature. In this episode we talk about how writers influenced by a sacramental worldview end up participating in the Catholic imagination even when they are no longer practicing Catholics, what Latin American magical realism and medieval literature have in common, and how storytelling can wrestle with faith and communicate something that’s ultimately hopeful. We also talk about fighting against the tendency to canonize our favorite writers instead of being willing to wrestle with their art.







    We talk about a lot of writers and artists in this episode so grab a pencil so you can add to your reading list and enjoy the episode!







    J.R.R. Tolkien







    Graham Greene







    Flannery O’Connor







    Evelyn Waugh







    Franz Kafka







    Bruno Shulz







    Romulo Gallegos







    Gabriel Garciz Marquez







    Guillermo del Toro







    Ernest Hemingway







    Shusaku Endo







    Mike Mignola







    Juan Rulfo















    To find Sergio:







    * Twitter







    Today’s episode is sponsored by Catholic Homeschool Conference‘s Life After High School















    Homeschooling parents often need a little help and direction in preparing children for life after high school. With this in mind the same team that put together the Catholic Homeschool Conference this past June with over 9000 Catholic families, and folks from 20+ countries have put together a FREE 3 DAY LIVE event on October 15-17th!







    Topics include:







    * College Prep* Career exploration* Military and Skilled Trade Programs* Vocation Discernment * And Gap Year options.







    With 30+ Catholic speakers, dozens of colleges, ministries and Catholic resources you and your teens will find direction, be inspired, and get the support you desire. And Haley will be sharing a talk for teens about how to become a writer so don’t miss it!







    Visit catholichomeschoolconference.com today for details!







    Patreon!







    Do you love FoC and want to help us keep doing what we’re doing (and more!)? Well, we have just the thing for you!







    Head on over to support the podcast as a patron and get access to special episodes available exclusively to patrons as well as to the FoC Slack community! You’ll also have access to our patron book clubs (new one starting up in mid-September reading Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon!) and receive a cute sticker in the mail from us.







    Come hang out with us!







    Haven’t joined in on the fun with 4,800+ other FoC listeners in our facebook group?

    • 46 min
    FoC 141: Why the Idols in Your Life Might Surprise You with Elizabeth Scalia

    FoC 141: Why the Idols in Your Life Might Surprise You with Elizabeth Scalia

    How do you know when you’ve made an idol of something? Why are we prone to creating idols and how do they interfere with our relationship with God? That’s what we’re talking about today with the wonderful Elizabeth Scalia!







    Elizabeth has been one of our favorite Catholic writers for over a decade. She’s a Benedictine Oblate and the author of Strange Gods and Little Sins Mean a Lot. She’s the Editor at Large over at the Word on Fire blog and you can find her at her site The Anchoress.







    Idols are certainly a timely topic as we watch politics become an idol to so many during this election year. But there are other things we can turn into idols. In fact, humans are great at turning anything into an idol–even good things!







    We’re diving in to some of these pitfalls and what to do when we recognize idols in our lives, so grab a cup of something seasonally appropriate for the fall weather and enjoy the episode!







    (Links to Amazon.com are affiliate links)







    Elizabeth’s books







    Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday LIfe







    Little Sins Mean a Lot: Kicking Our Bad Habits Before They Kick Us







    To find Elizabeth:







    * her blog* Twitter







    Today’s episode is sponsored by Annunciation Designs















    Annunciation Designs is a Catholic shop focusing on ethically made practical products including apparel, gifts, kitchen goods, and more. Their goal is helping your family call to mind the Sacred in the midst of the ordinary.















    Head over to www.annunciationdesigns.com/foc for special coupon codes exclusive to FoC listeners! And be sure to check out the kids activity options like their reusable water brush reveal book (is your toddler obsessed with water brush books? Haley’s is!)







    Patreon!







    Do you love FoC and want to help us keep doing what we’re doing (and more!)? Well, we have just the thing for you!







    Head on over to support the podcast as a patron and get access to special episodes available exclusively to patrons as well as to the FoC Slack community! You’ll also have access to our patron book clubs (new one starting up in mid-September reading Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon!) and receive a cute sticker in the mail from us.







    Come hang out with us!







    Haven’t joined in on the fun with 4,800+ other FoC listeners in our facebook group? It’s your direct line to some fantastic folks who also care about faith, culture, books, and whatever our current masterpiece theatre craze might be! Join in with the link below.







    * The Fountains of Carrots Raspberry Cordial Social Club on Facebook (our Facebook group)* Connect with Haley on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and a href="http://www.carrotsformichaelmas.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    FoC 140: Diving Into Catholic Social Teaching with the Female Saints Part 2 with Karianna Frey

    FoC 140: Diving Into Catholic Social Teaching with the Female Saints Part 2 with Karianna Frey

    The Church has a wonderful gift to offer in her Catholic Social Teaching. We’re talking a little bit about how much we miss when we ignore CST and why we should care about it with the fabulous Karianna Frey in this episode.







    Karianna is a mom, a classical educator, a speaker, and the author of Serviam Non Serviam: A Daily Examination of Conscience Journal. And lucky you because she’s sharing her gift of teaching to teach us all about the different themes of Catholic Social Teaching! In fact, we got so wrapped up in all the great thoughts and insights into these Church teachings that we had to make this episode a two-parter (this is part 2 so be sure to listen to part 1 first!)







    We’re diving into what the different themes of Catholic Social Teaching are and what the Biblical basis for each is. Karianna also chose a different Catholic woman (saint or figure) that exemplifies each theme so we can understand each theme in action. You will learn so much (and likely get to know a few friends in heaven as she shares about these holy women.)







    So grab a cup of iced tea while it’s still summer and enjoy!







    Things we talked about today:







    (Links to Amazon.com are affiliate links)







    Karianna’s books







    Serviam Non Serviam







    The Virtuous Path







    To find Karianna:







    * her website* Instagram







    Today’s episode is sponsored by Zelie Beans Coffee















    Zelie Beans Coffee is a small family-owned business committed to sourcing high quality, ethically sourced coffee beans. They ensure that growers receive fair prices so they can reinvest in their farms and families. And they provide delicious coffee mailed straight to your doorstep. (And it’s GOOD. Ask Haley. She’s been ordering from them for almost a year!)







    With a minimum purchase of 2 bags of great coffee, use the discount code CARROTS to get 15% off any coffee order (subscriptions excluded). Head over to Zelie Beans Coffee to order!







    Patreon!







    Do you love FoC and want to help us keep doing what we’re doing (and more!)? Well, we have just the thing for you!







    Head on over to support the podcast as a patron and get access to special episodes available exclusively to patrons as well as to the FoC Slack community! You’ll also have access to our patron book clubs (new one starting up in mid-September reading Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon!) and receive a cute sticker in the mail from us.







    Come hang out with us!







    Haven’t joined in on the fun with 4,800+ other FoC listeners in our facebook group? It’s your direct line to some fantastic folks who also care about faith, culture, books, and whatever our current masterpiece theatre craze might be! Join in with the link below.







    * The Fountains of Carrots Raspberry Cordial Social Club on Facebook (our Facebook...

    • 1 hr 22 min
    FoC 139: Diving Into Catholic Social Teaching with the Female Saints with Karianna Frey

    FoC 139: Diving Into Catholic Social Teaching with the Female Saints with Karianna Frey

    The Church has a wonderful gift to offer in her Catholic Social Teaching. We’re talking a little bit about how much we miss when we ignore CST and why we should care about it with the fabulous Karianna Frey in this episode.







    Karianna is a mom, a classical educator, a speaker, and the author of Serviam Non Serviam: A Daily Examination of Conscience Journal. And lucky you because she’s sharing her gift of teaching to teach us all about the different themes of Catholic Social Teaching! In fact, we got so wrapped up in all the great thoughts and insights into these Church teachings that we had to make this episode a two-parter (so tune in next week for part two).







    We’re diving into what the different themes of Catholic Social Teaching are and what the Biblical basis for each is. Karianna also chose a different Catholic woman (saint or figure) that exemplifies each theme so we can understand each theme in action. You will learn so much (and likely get to know a few friends in heaven as she shares about these holy women.)







    So grab a cup of iced tea while it’s still summer and enjoy!







    Things we talked about today:







    (Links to Amazon.com are affiliate links)







    Karianna’s books















    Serviam Non Serviam















    The Virtuous Path







    To find Karianna:







    * her website* Instagram







    Today’s episode is sponsored by Zelie Beans Coffee















    Zelie Beans Coffee is a small family-owned business committed to sourcing high quality, ethically sourced coffee beans. They ensure that growers receive fair prices so they can reinvest in their farms and families. And they provide delicious coffee mailed straight to your doorstep. (And it’s GOOD. Ask Haley. She’s been ordering from them for almost a year!)







    With a minimum purchase of 2 bags of great coffee, use the discount code CARROTS to get 15% off any coffee order (subscriptions excluded). Head over to Zelie Beans Coffee to order!







    Patreon!







    Do you love FoC and want to help us keep doing what we’re doing (and more!)? Well, we have just the thing for you!







    Head on over to support the podcast as a patron and get access to special episodes available exclusively to patrons as well as to the FoC Slack community! You’ll also have access to our patron book clubs (new one starting up in mid-September reading Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon!

    • 1 hr 1 min
    FoC 138: Encouragement for Educating Your Children with Grace and Love with Sally Clarkson

    FoC 138: Encouragement for Educating Your Children with Grace and Love with Sally Clarkson

    We’re back from our summer break and excited to kick off the new season of the podcast with none other than the fabulous Sally Clarkson!







    If you don’t already know and love Sally, you will after you listen to this episode. Sally is the author of many bestselling books on parenting, Christian living, and education. She is a podcaster, speaker, wife, and mama to four grown children. One of her daughters has even joined us on the podcast before to talk about books!







    Sally’s books and podcast have been sources of inspiration, encouragement, and wisdom to us in our parenting and homeschooling journeys, so it was an absolute treat to get to chat with her this week. (We tried our best not to fangirl the whole time but…well…you be the judge of whether we succeeded or not.)







    We’ve both been homeschooling our crews for awhile, but we know that many of our dear listeners are unexpectedly being pushed into homeschooling for the first time (thanks, a lot, pandemic!). Whatever your schooling situation is this year, it’s probably highly irregular, and we ALL need some encouragement and vision right now. And Sally just released a new book, Awaking Wonder: Opening Your Child’s Heart to the Beauty of Learning, that is sure to be just what you need.







    In this episode, Sally is sharing from her experience and wisdom about lighting the fire of curiosity, wonder, and love for learning in our children and her insights will apply whether you’re homeschooling, virtual schooling, or sending your kids to a brick and mortar this year. We talk about how so much of our children’s education isn’t merely academic. It’s all intertwined with parenting and cultivating our children’s little souls and equipping them with what they need. And when we do this well, the academic stuff flows naturally! We also chat a little bit about educating out-of-the-box kids (Sally and Haley have some of those and maybe you do, too!) and being the mentors and models that our children need to thrive during this crazy year.







    We know that in this very difficult season, you will benefit so much from the grace that Sally has to offer in this episode! So grab a cup of tea and a scone (really, Sally would want you to!) and enjoy her wisdom.







    Things we talked about today:







    (Links to Amazon.com are affiliate links)







    Sally’s new book















    Awaking Wonder: Opening Your Child’s Heart to the Beauty of Learning







    The Awaking Wonder At Home Conference (register now! It’s available at no cost!)







    To find Sally:







    * her podcast: At Home with Sally* her website: SallyClarkson.com* Instagram* Facebook







    Today’s episode is sponsored by a href="https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.

    • 1 hr

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