Reading list

Avoiding Pre-Packaged Fast-Food Schooling

December 30, 2009
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We have been busily preparing our year end goals and accomplishments for a celebration party the last day of the year.  In preparation, the children (and adults) have been filling in our reading lists for the year as a guideline to keep us on track.   In some of my reading in my preparation for guiding the…

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I told you so….

July 9, 2009
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If you are new to our blog, you can read about some of our snake encounters here, here and here.  Not that we particularly like snakes…I detest them…but in the country…snakes are just a part of country life… much more than I would like!   My husband and boys, however, have a fascination and respect for the…

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Joel Salatin Would Be Proud

January 31, 2008
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Joel Salatin Would Be Proud

After supper the boys get in a little light reading by the fire on a very blistery cold winter’s night…. These Salatin books win hands down in the minds of these farm boys:  Salad Bar Beef and Pastured Poultry Profits. Tonight, we heard Salatin wisdom in the form of  two boys excited about the books they were…

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Discussions with Robert Lewis Dabney, 1892 State Education

September 1, 2007
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“Every experienced teacher knows that pupils educate each other more than he educates them.  The thousand nameless influences — literary, social, moral, — not only on the play ground but of the school room, the whispered conversation, the clandestine note, the sly grimace, the sly pinch, the good or bad recitation, mould the plastic character…

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Agrarian Resources

August 10, 2007
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First, we had some good friends respond to the recent articles with some great resources I wanted to pass along.  Keith mentioned, in his response to the Shop Local post, a great book which I am reading now entitled, “The Corporation Problem“, written in 1893 by William W. Cook.  He is dealing, at least in the first…

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Is Walmart Evil? – Part V The Fruit of True Capitalism

October 11, 2006
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The departure from true capitalism took place a long time ago. The effects of that departure were not as blatant then as they are now. It would be hard to consider Rockefeller hiring a sodomite consulting firm to help him through the “image crisis” he faced with Standard Oil in Texas. However, the root of…

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Is Walmart Evil? – Part IV The Fruit of Industrial Capitalism

September 30, 2006
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The Fruit of Industrial Capitalism Perhaps industrial capitalism is more easily seen in the fruit of it’s labor. One could quickly point to the recent Walmart debacle and a dozen others like it. But if we look back to the beginning we see from the inception the same patterns. Think quickly of three of the…

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Is Walmart Evil? – Part 1 Corporations

September 5, 2006
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I have been on the outs with Walmart for a while now for many reasons. So when I began to receive numerous e-mail forwards about how we should boycott Walmart because they are supporting the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, I didn’t think twice about joining them. In fact our family is ahead…

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Prayers For Boys – Thanks for Home

May 16, 2006
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Heavenly Father, I praise Thee for Thy mercy in giving me a good home. When I was a helpless little child my parents cared for me, and by their love all my needs have been supplied. May I never forget the hands that have toiled for me. When I am tempted to be impatient of…

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Chronicles of Narnia Follow Up

January 20, 2006
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I appreciate the feedback I have received on the Narnia post. However, most of the comments on this site and others missed the purpose of the post. I was not attempting to judge CS Lewis or to “pick his bones” as it was put in one comment. Neither was I attempting to rate his literary…

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Carry a Big Stick – Dr. George Grant

November 28, 2005
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Carry a Big Stick – Dr. George Grant

In my post Theodore Roosevelt – Larger Than Life I completely underestimated the complexity of one of the greatest occupants of the American white house. Truly, I don’t think there could be a more complex person to write about. The oddest part of it all is that Teddy Roosevelt did not consider himself anything beyond…

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Theodore Roosevelt – Larger Than Life

November 15, 2005
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Theodore Roosevelt – Larger Than Life

Theodore Roosevelt – Larger Than Life Author – Matt Donnelly Publisher – Linnet Books North Haven, Connecticut Over all a disappointing read, I’m not sure if it’s because I had high expectations of the author or Teddy Roosevelt. Many folks I know hold him in high esteem and there is much about him to admire,…

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