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


Amazon.com: 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 - FOXNews.com

Imagine: Hillary lied.

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

"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."