Mary Daly is the mother of five wonderful children, educated mostly at home; she provides ongoing science support for St. Margaret’s Fellowship by teaching weekly classes. She is now writing various books that she wished she’d had when she started out with her own little ones. Most of her writings are on science, but some cover history, poetry, English, and other things. Homeschool Moms do it all. Go to hedgeschool.com to see more.
Mary’s degree, a BA from New College in Sarasota Florida, is in math; her work in the sciences and other fields flows from her family background, her extensive reading, and the support of her amazing friends.
Besides writing, Mary enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking, reading, and intense conversation, each in its good time.
The knitting is from childhood, restarted after a long hiatus, with a book called Knitting Circles around Socks — doing two at a time, which is the only possible way, at her level of procrastination, to finish with two socks that match.
Cooking is also from childhood, especially breadmaking, now including artisan breads of various kinds.
Gardening is not from childhood, but is a perpetual dream, never realized but ambitious and undying, as it was for her mother.
Mary always felt she was a slow reader until she moved out of her family circle where reading can be absolutely voracious. Compared to several siblings, she is a slow and meditative reader. Everyone has a different perspective, and in the wide world, she reads fast enough, but anyway, she reads on many subjects and is always delighted with new insights about how the world works and especially how different fields of knowledge intereact and strengthen each other.
On a Mission:
Mary has been invited to speak at homeschool conferences, particularly on the subject of science and faith, and particularly on the topics of creation, evolution, and geology (partly because that’s an important creation/evolution topic.) She is on a mission to make sure that Catholic and other home educators are aware of:
- How interesting the world is.
- How free we are to accept scientific evidence without anxiety or fudging.
- What is the actual meaning of the doctrine of creation.
- What is the actual evidence that makes certain creationist ideas look hilarious to the scientific community.
- What is the nature of the educational effort.
- How rational and how beautiful it is to know that our Creator is our loving Father.
Here’s the homepage for Mary’s website if you want to read non-blog essays or buy something.
The outline page is the best navigation point.