Saturday, December 5, 2009

Saturday, November 14, 2009

DIY Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Latte (Just Like Starbucks!) | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn

DIY Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Latte (Just Like Starbucks!) | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn

You can change the sugar and fat content of this recipe quite easily.

Pumpkin Spice Latte
makes 1-2 servings
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin OR 1 teaspoon of Torani Pumpkin Spice Syrup (your choice)
2 tablespoons sugar or sugar substitute - you can halve this amount
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1-2 shots espresso (about 1/4 cup of espresso or 1/2 cup of strong brewed coffee if you don't have an espresso machine.)
In a saucepan combine milk, pumpkin and sugar and cook on medium heat, stirring, until steaming. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and spice, transfer to a blender and process for 15 seconds until foamy. If you don't have a blender, don't worry about it - just whisk the mixture really well with a wire whisk.
Pour into a large mug or two mugs. Add the espresso on top.

Optional: Top with whipped cream and sprinkle pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, or cinnamon on top.

I know some people who will be very happy with this. (*v*)

Update: Finally got the chance to try this & it turned out great! I use stevia for the sugar. Luscious, yummy goodness!

Zheng He's Voyages of Discovery, UCLA International Institute

Way before Columbus or Magellan, there was Zheng He.

Zheng He's Voyages of Discovery, UCLA International Institute

Friday, November 13, 2009

Perpetuum Jazzile - Africa (live, HQ)

I want to be in this choir! This is a very cool presentation of Toto's "Africa" by Perpetuum Jazzile. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Cute project--Candy Sushi

This makes a great party activity, a fun project with the kids, or even an adorable gift for the sushi lover in your life (me!).

Candy Sushi - A Great Birthday Party Activity & Treat - More DIY How To Projects

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

If You School Classically...

... you may be interested in the Classical Literacy Exam. It is designed for grades 3 through 12 with four levels of difficulty. It only costs 50¢ per student. Syllabi and practice tests are available. I know we'll be checking this out!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Meet "Ardi"

News to Note, October 3, 2009 - Answers in Genesis

"... the first bones were found in the early 1990s in Ethiopia. The delay in publishing an analysis was in part due to the poor state of the remains."

I never get excited about these things. The researchers always wind up changing their conclusions later anyway. All this excitement over bones that were found over several years & had been badly crushed, eroded, fragile! Nice write up from AIG.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Narrow Scope of Flu Vaccine Usefulness

Very good article about vaccinations in the elderly & children. Please read & pass along.

Byron J. Richards -- The Narrow Scope of Flu Vaccine Usefulness

The public health system in the U.S. and around the world requires blind faith and herd mentality in order to achieve the limited “success” of any vaccination program. Public health measures are never in the best interests of any one person. The logic is always about the greater good for all, based on the rather flimsy assumption that a vaccine that matches the invader is always for the greater good.

Monday, September 7, 2009

President Obama’s Bad History Lesson

President Obama’s Bad History Lesson: Blog: "Of all the ridiculous things in President Obama’s prepared remarks for America’s schoolchildren, this is the funniest and saddest:

The story of America isn’t about people who quit when things got tough. It’s about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best. It’s the story of students who sat where you sit 250 years ago, and went on to wage a revolution and found this nation."

Just a short post from Lew Rockwell.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Beggar Banks and Telephone Ladies

Mark Earley writes about one way to help poor people who are willing to work but who are unable to pull themselves out of poverty. I am always interested in practical ways that truly benefit those in need. Follow the link to read about how one man figured out one way to help.

Beggar Banks and Telephone Ladies

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A Peek into Fetal Memory

Babies remember in utero experiences!

A Peek into Fetal Memory

Huge Giveaways In White House Deal With Big Pharma

Huge Giveaways In White House Deal With Big Pharma

"A memo reveals that the White House and the pharmaceutical lobby secretly agreed to precisely the sort of wide-ranging deal that both parties have been denying. The memo lists precisely what the White House gave up, and what it got in return."

If you've been watching the White House, & if you've been watching Big Pharma, this won't be any surprise to you, but proof is good.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Surviving Secular College - Answers in Genesis

Some good guidance on college for Christian students, bearing in mind that many are already lost by the end of high school if they are not taught how Christianity bears on all of life before they graduate.

Surviving Secular College - Answers in Genesis

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Thank Calvin for great Scots minds | Tom Devine - Times Online

Nice article by Tom Devine:

Thank Calvin for great Scots minds | Tom Devine - Times Online:

"We only hear the downside of the Reformation. Its rigid disciplines led to a cultural flowering."

"This summer, 450 years ago, Scotland was in the grip of a revolution. With riots in Perth, and the sacking of churches in St Andrews and Dundee, the Reformation, led by John Knox, had begun to change the face of the nation."

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Hope... or Socialism?

Photos at the Mises Economics Blog: Hope... or Socialism? Someone isn't pleased with the program. :-)

(Originally seen at Tammy Bruce.)

Walking Therein: Stressed-out Momma! I Need A Break!

Jacque Dixon posted this at the end of April, but for those of you mommies who haven't seen it, here's the link. It's definitely a keeper!

Walking Therein: Stressed-out Momma! I Need A Break!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Fetuses found to have memories - Washington Times

Oh, please protect the unborn--they are so precious!

Fetuses found to have memories - Washington Times

"They weigh less than 3 pounds, usually, and are perhaps 15 inches long. But they can remember.

The unborn have memories, according to medical researchers who used sound and vibration stimulation, combined with sonography, to reveal that the human fetus displays short-term memory from at least 30 weeks gestation - or about two months before they are born."

Friday, July 17, 2009

No Teaching Certificate? No Problem

Here's an insightful & encouraging article from Barbara Frank at

Home Educator's Family Times

"Dr. Brian Ray, in the most in-depth nationwide study on home education across the United States, collected data on 5,402 students from 1,657 families. Homeschool students' academic achievement, on average, was significantly above that of public-school students. In addition, the home educated did well even if their parents were not certified teachers and if the state did not highly regulate homeschooling."

Thanks to Jube Dankworth for the link.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

TV Causes Learning Lag in Infants | LiveScience

I knew that baby "learning" channel was just wrong. You probably did, too. Check out this article at Live Science:

TV Causes Learning Lag in Infants | LiveScience

"Even infants zone out in front of the television, and it turns out this translates into less time interacting with parents and possible lags in language development, a new study finds."

Friday, July 10, 2009

Its Not Just That Global Warming Is Fake. What Matters Is Why This Fakery Is Being Promoted.

Its Not Just That Global Warming Is Fake. What Matters Is Why This Fakery Is Being Promoted.

"Global warming is based 100% on junk science. The most vocal promoters are not interested in the details of physical science. They are interested in two things: political control over the general public and the establishment of international socialism."

We knew there was an agenda other than saving the earth that the global warming crowd was promoting--namely, socialism (I know, such a shocking revelation). In this article by Gary North, he shows us where one of the bigwig socialists admitted to it. Follow the linked title for the full article.

Professor discovers part of lost C. S. Lewis book manuscript | San Marcos Mercury

Professor discovers part of lost C. S. Lewis book manuscript | San Marcos Mercury

: "What if two of the most famous and widely read 20th Century authors who have each individually sold millions of copies of their books had written a book together?

C. S. Lewis, author of the Narnia Chronicles and Screwtape Letters, and J. R. R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, had planned in the 1940s to write a book together about language. According to a letter written by Tolkien in 1944 to his son Christopher, the collaborative book was to be called Language and Human Nature. A news release from their publisher announced that the book was scheduled for publication in 1950. It was, however, never published. Scholars have thought, until now, that it was never started."

Follow the linked title for the full article.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Real Reason Why Breast Cancer is Plummeting

The Real Reason Why Breast Cancer is Plummeting:

"The death rate due to cancer has declined in the United States in recent years. In fact, 650,000 lives were spared from cancer between 1990 and 2005.

A decrease in deaths from breast cancer accounted for 37 percent of the reduction in the death rate among women during the 15-year period. This is largely due to a decreased use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which has been shown to increase a woman's risk of developing breast cancer."

Follow the linked title to read more of Dr. Mercola's insightful commentary.

Monday, June 29, 2009

CNN Covers Unlawful Detention Of Steve Bierfeldt Of Campaign For Liberty

Aha, see, the blog is not dead!

A few months ago Steve Bierfeldt went through a harrowing ordeal at the St. Louis Airport.

He was unconstitutionally searched, held against his rights, verbally harassed -- and he recorded the whole thing on his cellular phone.

Steve’s bravery in defense of his rights made him a cult celebrity in liberty circles. He has filed a lawsuit against the TSA, and CNN recently picked up the story.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

My Wishlist

My Amazon Wishlist only has 205 items on it. I'm sure I could add so many more books to it if I just spent a little time at it. How does yours compare?

My Wish List

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

chaos and order

chaos and order, originally uploaded by Joyous!.

Hope you enjoy this pic.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Charlotte Higgins: By academia or tweet, the classics for all |

Charlotte Higgins: By academia or tweet, the classics for all

"Classics no longer unlocks a world of privilege, but it does give us the keys to an intellectual playground of breathtaking beauty, wonder, and rigour; it gives us the tools to help us understand who we are."

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Tear Drop 9/11 Monument

I just received a forwarded email on this. I, too, had never heard of it. It is truly touching, & I don't understand why there wasn't more coverage of the gift from Russia. Follow the link for more info & photos.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Response on Healer's Geste

Over at Healer's Geste, Mystie wonders if she'll stick to her plans, making sure her children receive the education she envisions for them. Here's the answer I left in the comments. Perhaps you have more to offer & would like to share with Mystie, too.

"It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted here, but I wanted to give you some reassurance. I’ve been home schooling for 19 years, & no two years have ever been the same. Even in the classical-style home education can be organic enough to meet the needs of the family. It doesn’t have to be super-structured. In fact, that sort of thing can lead to great frustration. Yes, you need to know where you’re going in order to meet your goals & schedules certainly help keep you on track. But you must also be flexible to meet the demands of family life. Babies are born, people get sick, sometimes seriously so, other things happen that make us adapt to the situation. It will be alright. Really. If God has called you to home school your children, He’ll have to give you the wisdom & wherewithal to do that anyway. You might as well trust Him all the way.

There is very little flexibility in a structured school for children who deviate from the “norm.” Some children do fine with that, but others would not. My youngest would not receive a classical education if I were not home schooling him. He would not handle a structured classroom well at all. But because I spend my days educating him in a way he can assimilate the information, he can be well-educated & not feel stupid because other children can spell or learn Latin much faster than he can. I see myself as working hard on something much bigger than myself, even when I am totally frustrated. Blessedly, children manage to learn regardless of our shortcomings. If God wants you teaching your children, He’ll just have to provide, won’t He? There have been many times when I thought I was failing my children & it turned out that God had everything under control–to my surprise!

Don’t forget, this journey is for you, too. This parenthood thing isn’t just you & hubby training your children. It’s changing you as well, often in profound ways."

Legion of the Damned: Did Boudicca's curse cause 6,000 of Rome's fiercest warriors to vanish without trace? | Mail Online

Fascinating article about the Romans in Britain.

Legion of the Damned: Did Boudicca's curse cause 6,000 of Rome's fiercest warriors to vanish without trace? | Mail Online:

"We look at Hadrian's Wall today as a splendid monument of Roman power and confidence.

But really it was an admission of defeat - and of fear.

An entire legion had been eradicated as if at some sorcerer's command. Not a single survivor had stumbled back into camp to tell the tale."

Sunday, April 26, 2009

100 days in office, Obama coronated Messiah

100 days in office, Obama coronated Messiah

On his 100th day in office, President Obama will be "crowned" in messianic imagery at New York City's Union Square.

"The Truth" by Michael D'Antuono

Nah, we don't have anything to be afraid about...

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Day Care Deception: What the Child Care Establishment Isn't Telling Us: Brian C. Robertson: Books Day Care Deception: What the Child Care Establishment Isn't Telling Us: Brian C. Robertson: Books: "Product Description
The central issue of daycare is often framed in a way that pits working moms against stay-at-home moms, and feminists against traditional families. But the real conflict, Brian C. Robertson shows in this carefully researched book, is between all parents and the burgeoning day care establishment itself-a multimillion dollar lobby with a vested interest in the expansion of subsidized day care services. Robertson shows how this establishment works to expand its power and silence its critics."

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Post from Americans for Tax Reform

Americans for Tax Reform:

Tax Day Tea Parties: A Good Sign for America

"Today, I will join hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country to express anger over Congress’s irresponsible and reckless spending habits. Taxpayers are not deceived by the notion that the American economy can be revived by government simply spending its way out of a recession. They are a sophisticated people who recognize that continued overspending runs up massive deficits that ultimately lead to higher taxes and less freedom for all Americans."

I cannot go because of some health & logistics problems, but I hope you go. Get a picture of yourself for your grandchildren! What a wonderful thing to be able to participate in a truly grassroots movement--this is only the beginning!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

The Myth of 90 Percent: Only a Small Fraction of Guns in Mexico Come From U.S. - Presidential Politics | Political News -

Imagine: Hillary lied.

The Myth of 90 Percent: Only a Small Fraction of Guns in Mexico Come From U.S. - Presidential Politics | Political News -

"There's just one problem with the 90 percent 'statistic' and it's a big one:

It's just not true.

In fact, it's not even close. The fact is, only 17 percent of guns found at Mexican crime scenes have been traced to the U.S."

Monday, March 30, 2009

Harvard Research Proves the Pope (and God) Right

I am not Catholic, but the Pope bravely laid the truth on the line with his words & was scoffed at by people who don't accept God's rules for safety and happiness. And, lookie, lookie, those who agree with God's Word are right, those who disagree are wrong.

Harvard Research Proves the Pope (and God) Right:

"If they want to stop AIDS, then they’ll have to stop encouraging promiscuity and adultery and teach abstinence and monogamy."

How to Use Your Children to Annoy a Liberal

Selwyn Duke -- How to Use Your Children to Annoy a Liberal

Lastly, if a liberal asks you why you have so many kids, you can just explain how survival of the fittest ensures that the right members of a species breed and inherit the Earth. And be sure to follow up with, “Besides, every time I have another child, there’s one more person in this world to pray for you.”

Enjoy Mr. Duke's very tongue-in-cheek article at the link above.

I'm still snickering to myself.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Lewis and Tolkien: Scholars and Friends

Professor Christopher Mitchell of Wheaton College opens the door to insights and events publicly observed in the lives of writers C. S. Lewis and J.R. R. Tolkien and their fascinating relationships with members of the literary elite. Series: Let There Be Light [8/2003] [Humanities] [Show ID: 7694]

Friday, March 27, 2009


For this and other reasons long lost, I decided to teach Moby Dick to my eighth-grade classes. Including the dumb ones. I discovered right away the white whale was just too big for forty-five-minute bell breaks; I couldn’t divide it comfortably to fit the schedule. Melville’s book is too vast to say just what the right way to teach it really is. It speaks to every reader privately. To grapple with it demanded elastic time, not the fixed bell breaks of junior high. Indeed, it offered so many choices of purpose—some aesthetic, some historical, some social, some philosophical, some theological, some dramatic, some economic—that compelling the attention of a room full of young people to any one aspect seemed willful and arbitrary.

Soon after I began teaching Moby Dick I realized the school edition wasn’t a real book but a kind of disguised indoctrination providing all the questions, a scientific addition to the original text designed to make the book teacher-proof and student-proof. If you even read those questions (let alone answered them) there would be no chance ever again for a private exchange between you and Melville; the invisible editor would have preempted it.

The school text of Moby Dick had been subtly denatured; worse than useless, it was actually dangerous. So I pitched it out and bought a set of undoctored books with my own money. The school edition of Moby Dick asked all the right questions, so I had to throw it away. Real books don’t do that. Real books demand people actively participate by asking their own questions. Books that show you the best questions to ask aren’t just stupid, they hurt the mind under the guise of helping it—exactly the way standardized tests do. Real books, unlike schoolbooks, can’t be standardized. They are eccentric; no book fits everyone.

From Eyeless in Gaza, which is Chapter Three of The Underground History of American Education

I think John Taylor Gatto would agree with Charlotte Mason's approach to literature. In fact, while we may want guidance as home school teachers because of our own paltry educations, great literature must be approached as a conversation with the author and not as a formula to be memorized. So we keep learning ourselves.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

21st Century Tea Party

21st Century Tea Party:
"The 21st Century Tea Party
A Digital March on Washington
Friday March 27th 2009
We must try to stop the bleeding. We must demand that congress stop spending NOW! Whether you’re right, left or center you will agree that Washington spending is out of control and bankrupting our nation. We can’t begin to heal our wounds if we don’t stop the bleeding. Please join me in a march on the information super highway; straight to Congress and the mass Media. If we can unite as one nation with one voice and shout “STOP SPENDING”, we can get their attention. This will also make our upcoming Tea Parties much more effective.

All day this coming Friday - call, fax and email.
Tell them to STOP spending now.
The faxes and emails can be pictures of the original Tea Party that read “STOP SPENDING”.
Go to their websites all day to look for responses.

Spread the word, tell every one you know, send out their contact information,which can be found on this site under archived blogs.

I suggest we concentrate on all members of the House and Senate Budget Committees, Majority and Minority Leaders in the House and Senate, and the media outlets listed under media.

Imagine the response if they received MILLIONS of communications in one day!"

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Purging the Memory of Our Christian Roots

Berit Kjos has written a great article pulling together many cogent points. I read Schaeffer many years ago, & my kids study him in their Worldviews of the Western World high school curriculum, but I had forgotten just how much he foresaw. She also references the popular book, The Giver, showing how it's used to prep kids for a "benevolent" Orwellian future. This is not an emotional appeal to panic. She lays it out straight.

Purging the Memory of Our Christian Roots:

"'At that point the words left or right will make no difference. They are only two roads to the same end. There is no difference between an authoritarian government from the right or the left: the results are the same. An elite, an authoritarianism as such, will gradually force [a totalitarian] form on society so that it will not go on to chaos.... And most people will accept it... That is just what Rome did....'"

However, The Wide, Wide World she refers to as British was actually American (see the Wiki. If you want to read the books, there are links to both volumes at the bottom of the Wiki page.

I Can't Hear it Either!

Bonnet to the the DHM at The Common Room. My 17yo DD & 12yo DS both jerked off the earphones. Said it was very loud and irritating. The boy likened it to something from The Transformers movie. I heard nada, nilo, nothing.

Train Horns

Created by Train Horns

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Aim of Public Education

That erroneous assumption is to the effect that the aim of public education is to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence, and so make them fit to discharge the duties of citizenship in an enlightened and independent manner. Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States, whatever the pretensions of politicians, pedagogues and other such mountebanks, and that is its aim everywhere else.
—H. L. Menken in American Mercury Magazine, April 1924

Friday, March 13, 2009


Music is a strange and useless thing.
It doesn't offer cover from the storm.
It doesn't (really) ease the sting
of living; nor nourish us, nor keep us warm.
And men expend their lives in search of sound,
learning how to juggle bits of noise,
and by their swift illusions to confound
the heart with fleeting and evasive joys.
Yet I am full of quaking gratitude
that this exalted folly still exists,
that in an age of cold computer mood,
a piper still can whistle in the mists.
His notes are pebbles falling into time.
How sweetly mad it is, and how divine.

Gene Lees

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

How to Acquire an Elite College Education for Less Than $7000 by Joe O'Donnell

File this one under College at Home:

How to Acquire an Elite College Education for Less Than $7000 by Joe O'Donnell:

"After attending college in the late 80’s I became skeptical of the 'received wisdom' approach to education I encountered there. I strongly believed that real truth and understanding could only be found through a Socratic Dialogue of systematic doubt. Instead each course was taught as if the facts presented were truths handed down by God to be memorized."

Do you agree with Mr. O'Donnell's choices? What books would you choose? Do you think this beats a regular college education of today?

I think I would have a great deal of trouble with Structure & Interpretation of Computer Programs and Feynman. And as for Russell, well I definitely prefer Schaeffer for the history of western philosophy.

And there are so many more books...

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Okay, This is Just Weird

In Google Blog Alerts, it's not unusual to see bogus blogs, set up just for the ad traffic, I guess. After the page loads, you realize that it has nothing to do with anything with which you are remotely interested. But this lead in to a blog post in one of the alerts is just plain weird.

"Homeschooling - Hiring Tutors?
By admin
Amar Mahallati asked: Homeschooling is a very positive educational decision; however, some parents are not equipped to educate others. While they want to give. ... While more structured in its approach, the Classical method is shapely after religious education and is quite popular. The students are presented with a set of demanding challenges that debase their minds. These tutors are highly wanted after because they are very knowledgeable and have stabbing minds. ..."

The URL is dot de, so it seems safe to say that the writer is not a native English speaker, but this is bad. I've had online contact with people from that area of Europe & find their English very good.

But it does make me think... my youngest is 12, so maybe one day I'll be knowledgeable enough to be wanted after. My 12 year old would probably say that I already have a stabbing mind.

I could use some of that shapeliness, too.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Tipnut’s Picks: 43 Free Baby Patterns & Projects :

Everyone will find a project for Baby here!

Tipnut’s Picks: 43 Free Baby Patterns and Projects :

A Post You've Got to Read

Wonderful post about Lincoln by Jasmine Baucham at Joyfully Home. If you hate big government, you need to face the truth about Lincoln, because it started with him. Dump the mythology. You don't home school just so you can keep up the party line. Read on!

Joyfully Home: The Great Emancipator

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Biblical Fantasy Book Giveaway

Young Ladies Christian Fellowship: Biblical Fantasy Book Giveaway

Natalie has one copy of Chuck Black's Sir Bentley to give away. Visit her and comment to be entered. Winner will be chosen on Monday, so get on over there!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Be Fruitful - Prison Fellowship

Be Fruitful - Prison Fellowship:

"A new book by Steve and Candice Watters, the creators of Focus on the Family’s Boundless webzine, broaches a subject that makes some blush. The title says it clearly enough: Start Your Family.

With the average marrying age increasing, and adults devoting more energy in their 20s and 30s to their careers, some couples are, as the Watters say, “pushing snooze on the biological clock.”

The result, they warn, is that “by the time the average couple tries to have kids... they are often surprised to find they are already moving past the peak of their fertile years.” In fact, a U.S. Census Bureau study found that the proportion of 40-something women who were childless and unlikely ever to have children doubled between 1976 and 2000."

I'm so glad this book was written! Please finish the short review at the linked title above.

Saving Yourself for Marriage

Sadly, you'll notice the singles who comment think this is extreme. I can't make it through registration to comment, but I'd like to ask them if this is Christ's attitude toward the Church, that it's okay to flirt around with idols while telling yourself that you'll be loyal when your actually married at some point in the future? After all, being too committed to Christ makes you look extreme!

Saving Yourself for Marriage:

"You may think I'm only talking about sex or physical purity. But I'm not. There's a lot more you can save for your spouse, if that's what you choose.

I used to struggle with the idea of saving sex for my spouse. I knew it was the right thing to do, but I couldn't help but think I was missing out. I was, but it would have been only a temporary sacrifice that would have turned into a priceless investment."

Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Chalcedon Foundation - Faith for All of Life

Good wee word study on meekness.

The Chalcedon Foundation - Faith for All of Life:

"In today’s world, the stereotype of a good Christian is someone who is reserved, unassuming, and would not hurt a fly. This “meekness” is very different from how Jesus uses the term in Matthew 5:5.

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth."

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Giveaway at Joyfully Home

Jasmine at Joyfully Home is hosting a giveaway of Vision Forum's True Beauty series. To enter, just leave your name in the comment section of her giveaway post, and to get your name entered twice in the drawing, post about the giveaway and link back to Jamine's post on your own blog and let her know. That's it!

Keynes Knew It

"Lenin is said to have declared that the best way to destroy the capitalist system was to debauch the currency. By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. By this method they not only confiscate, but they confiscate arbitrarily; and, while the process impoverishes many, it actually enriches some… Lenin was certainly right. There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose."

The Economic Consequences of the Peace, John Maynard Keynes, 1919

Monday, February 16, 2009

The Dark Underside of Abortion

The Dark Underside of Abortion
Probe Ministries

"Crisis pregnancy counselor Dr. Julie Parton says that almost as often, the pressure comes from parents, especially Christian parents."

The risks associated with abortion are not reported in the news, In fact, the media denies or ignores them. This article lists them.

"Death – Women who abort are approximately four times more likely to die in the following year than women who carry their pregnancies to term."

Former astronaut speaks out on global warming -

Former astronaut speaks out on global warming -

"'They’ve seen too many of their colleagues lose grant funding when they haven’t gone along with the so-called political consensus that we’re in a human-caused global warming,' Schmitt said."


Schmitt resigned after the group blamed global warming on human activity. In his resignation letter, the 74-year-old geologist argued that the "global warming scare is being used as a political tool to increase government control over American lives, incomes and decision making."

Interesting, interesting.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Psychology Today Blog: Ban Having Children for 5 Years

From LAF:

Psychology Today Blog: Ban Having Children for 5 Years

"The current global economic crisis has nothing to do with too many people; it has everything to do with a lack of young people."

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Humility and Glory

Humility and Glory at Quiddity:

"So we don’t want our students to become proud, but the solution is not ignorance. In fact, I want to suggest that I, at least, have misunderstood pride and humility all my life."

Something to really think about when you see haughtiness in your children.

Monday, February 2, 2009

A Pondering Heart: Winter Bundle 2008-2009

I'm late on this but there's still some great prizes left, since Miss Jocelyn has a very generous giveaway going on. Check out the link & follow the directions in the post for lots of chances to win.

A Pondering Heart: Winter Bundle 2008-2009

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Another Observation on Latin

"Four years of high-school Latin would dramatically arrest the decline in American education. In particular, such instruction would do more for minority youths than all the ‘role model’ diversity sermons on Harriet Tubman, Malcolm X, Montezuma, and Caesar Chavez put together. Nothing so enriches the vocabulary, so instructs about English grammar and syntax, so creates a discipline of the mind, an elegance of expression, and serves as a gateway to the thinking and values of Western civilization as mastery of a page of Virgil or Livy (except perhaps Sophocles’s Antigone in Greek or Thucydides’ dialogue at Melos). After some 20 years of teaching mostly minority youth Greek, Latin, and ancient history and literature in translation (1984-2004), I came to the unfortunate conclusion that ethnic studies, women studies—indeed, anything “studies”— were perhaps the fruits of some evil plot dreamed up by illiberal white separatists to ensure that poor minority students in the public schools and universities were offered only a third-rate education."

Victor Davis Hanson

Bonnet tip to Libertas Academy.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Chuck Baldwin -- Ramos And Compean Are Going Home

I'm so grateful that these innocent men are to be released, but they should have been pardoned. It is so disappointing that Bush allowed such a travesty to happen to these men & their families. Ramos & Compean have been in danger for their lives every day in prison. And just this month, the Ramos family home was burgled while they were out of town visiting Ramos in prison. The gas was left on, & it's miracle they weren't blown up when they returned.

I'm praying that these men will be royally compensated by someone with power to give them the perfect jobs.

Chuck Baldwin -- Ramos And Compean Are Going Home:

"If anyone has lost their reputation, it is Johnny Sutton and George W. Bush, his act of clemency notwithstanding.

Secondly, if the trial and conviction of Ramos and Compean is an example of a 'fair trial,' everyone in the country better pray they never have to go to trial. The truth is, if there ever was an example of a Kangaroo Court in these United States, it was the trial of Ramos and Compean."

Hopefully, they'll be out well before the bluebonnets bloom.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

White slaves-- Muslim masters

Something for your history studies from 1530 to 1780: - White slaves. Muslim masters.:

"A new study suggests that a million or more European Christians were enslaved by Muslims in North Africa between 1530 and 1780 a far greater number than had ever been estimated before."

"'One of the things that both the public and many scholars have tended to take as given is that slavery was always racial in nature that only blacks have been slaves. But that is not true, Davis said. 'We cannot think of slavery as something that only white people did to black people.'

During the time period Davis studied, it was religion and ethnicity, as much as race, that determined who became slaves."

Monday, January 12, 2009

Less Than 2 Days To Modest! Day Two- What Is Modesty? Oh, And A GIVEAWAY!!!

Like a warm cup of coffee: 10 Days To Modest! Day Two- What Is Modesty? Oh, And A GIVEAWAY!!!:

"So much excitement I can hardly stand it! First up is the You Don't Have To Be Frumpy To Be Modest blog fashion show (otherwise known as Y.D.H.T.B.F.T.B.M)! On January 15th we (yes we) are going to show the blogosphere that it is possible to be modest and super stylin' cute at the same time! Get your favorite modest outfit (or outfits) together and be prepared to share a picture of you sporting it for your blog. Are you with me?! If so, grab the above button and put it in your sidebar with a link to this post so we can get as many people as possible. I can't wait to see what cute outfits you all have! This fashion show so works for me!"


"A giveaway! Not just any giveaway, but a Christa-Taylor $25 gift certificate giveaway (donated by the gracious Christa herself)! What? You're not familiar with this designer? Well, let me just say that you are MISSING OUT! She is an amazing designer who creates beautiful and modern clothing that is MODEST! See, I told you you don't have to be frumpy to be modest!"

Get over there and get the details--and have a fashion shoot at your house & participate! I'll be taking pics of my 17yo DD. She's much more photogenic than I am, lol.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Some Great Answers

Leigh Bortins came up with some good answers to people who want to know why we homeschool. I especially like #2.

One Smart Mama: Why Should I Home School?:

"2. We want our children civilized, not socialized."


Movie Gallery Gift Certificate Giveaway

Connie, of Smockityfrocks, is giving away a $10 gift certificate for the Movie Gallery to someone who posts her favorite movies in the comments section. Check it out.