Tuesday, March 31, 2009
The old Prussian system lives on. It's the view that if Christians are allowed to homeschool then the Muslims will be allowed to do the same thing. The German gov is scared, because the rise of the EurAbia phenomenon. It is a real fear, they are losing their society to the Muslims due to thir own short sightedness (their own birth control) and they can't make exceptions for the Christians.
As the article stated, homeschooling (and in this case, Christianity) does create a parallel society. If a state sees this as a problem, it follows logically the persecution will shortly follow, if it isn't already here. Anti-semitism is also on the rise in Europe because of this problem. Jews are also seen as a parallel society and this, combined with latent Islamic anti-Semistism, encourages the marginal and impulsive to act out in reprehensible ways.
If America doesn't grant this family asylum is will show that we continue to be short sighted about what is happening globally; we will be betraying our own legacy.
100 days of an anti-life president.
Notre Dame has invited President Barak Obama, not only the most pro-abortion President in history, but a guy who tells us that his administration will “make scientific decisions based on facts and not ideology.”You can read more about the Notre Dame-Obama controversy here.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
|You Are Chirping Birds|
You are keyed in to the world and very peaceful. You believe that everyone is connected.
You remain focused and in the moment. You are not easily distracted.
You have a good memory, especially for things that you hear. You listen carefully.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
KB reads Cub science and they just read how in the 20's there was a movement to create federal parks of places like Yosemite. The problem was that people in the east didn't believe that such fantastical places could exist. Photography to the rescue; the national park system was born.
I read The Chosen and The Promise and am struck by the new ways of thinking and understanding that were being introduced, the cultural shifts that were happening: symbolic logic and historical criticism, psychoanalysis, World Wars, existentialism.
As I've been reading The Promise I am struck by the character that survives the holocaust, comes to America and becomes a fundamentalist, defending violently the "old ways" of thinking and believing. Historical Criticism is a threat to Truth, putting any kind of learning before the study of Talmud is a display of wrong priorities. The remnant must be protected, the truth salvaged, the struggle made sense of. The horror must be defined in terms of faith, blind trust in the Master of the Universe is the thread that anchors him to reality.
Heard yesterday of an adult talking with a graduating senior who could not identify the significance of the year 1776. The adult gave lots of clues but the graduating senior remained oblivious to the fact that in 1776 the Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, in order to form a new nation. A nation founded on liberty and justice. A world changing event. Complete ignorance.
Seems like we are in another time of huge cultural upheaval, with post modernism at the helm. If nothing is significant, or it's significance changes from moment to moment, if meaning is prescribed by whomever than the birth of nations founded on liberty and justice mean little. What, after all is justice and liberty? If cruelty is simply my understanding, rather than an understood event or behavior, than guns in school aren't a threat, unless I think of them as such; the annihilation of people groups is probably overstated. Strong adjectives and quality verbs become simply drama instead of adding depth and meaning. Photography, once the measure of reality has computer enhancement and photo shop at its disposal. Truth becomes....what I see, feel, believe now?
I'm tired of winter, tired of "stuff," tired of memory work, tired of the mice in the house. Same old same old. But Viking Man keeps going back to the Mission. We are raising our kids with love and logic, lots of hugs, a clear understanding of the value of adjectives and verbs, a cultural heritage that takes the Master of the Universe as One who loves us, calls us by name, has a plan, despite cruelty, blandness, bills and boredom. There is meaning beyond ourselves.
"TRUTH is not yours to invent or create. It is outside you. It is real and objective and firm. One day you will hear it. It comes to you, and sooner or later you will bow to it."
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Why is this important? It’s important because beer is a socially oriented beverage, and bottled water is a privately oriented one. . . . Read the rest at Front Porch Republic."
Monday, March 23, 2009
I always felt hindered by my lack of knowing how to learn. What I did learn, up until several years ago, I did by intuiting, and, perhaps I am naturally an intuitive learner. But, if one is not sure how one gains knowledge and understanding one can never be sure if they can learn a new thing. Learning is a gamble, not a certainty. As a result, there was always hesitancy and insecurity. And if one believes that knowledge, understanding and wisdom are all part of the process on a continuum than the hope of ever reaching wisdom becomes almost an impossibility.
Books like The Chosen and The Promise and The Long Winter offer hope that learning and true education are simply the result of hard work, discipline and vision. Something that we can all attain.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Yesterday we met some friends at the Science Center for the Ag Expo, ate a free lunch, spent hours at the Science Center and came home to almost 70 degree weather. Viking Man and Feche boy went on a walk and saw 2 beavers, 2 muskrats in the river and a wounded gull in the field. We ate a lovely meal, including strawberry salad! around the table, the house was clean, the doors open, the weather beautiful, everyone healthy. Loveliness. And then I read a book = ). Did I mention perfection?
My new fav author, Chaim Potok has me completely mesmerized by The Promise. I will be done with it soon and eager to share. As a Marriage & Family Therapist, it is fascinating to read about the advent of schizophrenic treatment, which is what the field of Marriage & Family Therapy is founded on. As a conservative Christian, it is fascinating to see how he describes the post War Jewish communities in American after 75% of the European Jews were slaughtered. It is rich. It is deep. It is timely. It expresses for me....I'll wait and write more of that later.
Friday, March 20, 2009
"The thirst for a higher set of ideals is highly respectable and to be greatly admired. It's confusing to find the source of ideals and value and their manifestation in people. I think that's part of what I loved about The Chosen. It's a community of deep faith pursuing the source of those ideals and creating confining situations as a result that others must then deal with and create something of value from. The value is found in what is pursued, not simply in the pursuit itself. We've all fallen short in living our ideals and in creating something better for others. It's the nature of human beings to be tragic, the choice in life is to either reconcile ourselves to that absurdity or to receive a higher reality. How quickly the political jumps to the theological."
Lots more this week but we are off to co-op. Was your week what you hoped for?
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
"Abortion is the number one killer of African-Americans in the US. Indeed, though African-Americans only make up about 13% of the U.S. population, over 37% of all babies killed by abortion are black. In the last 36 years over 17 million African-American babies have died by abortion alone." George Grant
Margaret Sanger's (founder of Planned Parenthood and racist) legacy and vision live on, this time supported and encouraged by an African American president. The power of legacy, vision and mission.
"Shall we allow these children to die, forgotten? Shall we allow the doctors, the writers, the painters, musicians, mothers, teachers, who never were, to fade into the history books as mere numbers?" Virginia Stringer from "Can You Hear Them Crying?" - the play on the Holocaust that I directed this past winter. The parallels between the thousands of dead by Nazi determination and the current Aborticide are uncanny.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOR1wUqvJS4 For some reason this video wouldn't load though I tried several times. It's worth a few minutes of your time.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
"Christians have often been suspicious of magic even when it appears in literature. This understandable attitude has its roots in Israel's law, which forbade any kind of witchcraft....what are we to make of this? As you've learned from reading stories like J.R.R. Tolkien's, Lord of the Rings, and C.S. Lewis's, Chronicles of Narnia, magic (understood a certain way) can be a rich inspiration for Christian literature. It expresses the key doctrine that the world is personal and poetic, not mechanical. After all, it is a world created out of nothing, only by a word. It is a world governed by a faithful covenant and upheld by God's power. It is a world where miracles happen: languages are mysteriously mixed up, oceans are parted, iron floats on water, a virgin gives birth, water is changed into wine and the dead are raised to life. Int this sense the Bible is full of magic."
It goes on and is so rich and deep and good I feel like crying...
"If God is the author, then even things that seem chaotic and harmful still glorify Him. The world can only go upside-down if it is possible to be right-side up to begin with. If everything is crazy, the "crazy" has no meaning. If magic makes no sense, there still must be such a thing as sense. The same assumption also makes comedy and laughter possible. We laugh at things that don't seem to match up-things we think are incongruous. When Groucho Marx said, "One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I'll never know," two different incongruities, or mismatches, are at work- an ambiguous meaning and a bizarre image. But this only works if there is such a thing as real meaning and ordinary images....a purely irrational and unpredictable world can't be funny - it would be boring randomness, like static on the radio. You could say that humor, just like our ability to perceive something "wrong" or fallen about the world, only holds up if it is supported by Eden on one side and heaven on the other. There has to be a right for us to that something is wrong."
(All quotes by Jared Miller, taken from Omnibus II, published by Veritas Press)
A great apologetic for all of those Christian brethren who don't "believe" in or read fiction-More's the pity and a great loss to them! A great apologetic for those post-modernists who don't believe in Truth or Order or Meaning.
This was one of those school days where we were all on the edge of our seats, filled with wonder at the wording and eager to jump in with our own thoughts. I kept trying to get the kids to stop interrupting but they were so FULL of the truth of what they were hearing they couldn't contain themselves. Finally, KB practically yelled, "This is rhetoric, Mom! Isn't this what we're supposed to be doing?" Yes, and yes. 3 cheers for Omnibus and 3 cheers for students that are bursting with learning and 3 cheers for the gift of homeschooling.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
~C. S. Lewis, from The Problem of Pain
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
I am torn in my thinking and trying to make sense of those who are earnestly being humble, seeking to follow and glorify Christ, and those who are "power brokers." Those who "make things happen," who justify the means by the end, who brush off the humble, cater to the wealthy and self promote. It seems like such a juxtaposition and my brain is having a difficult time wrapping itself around the concept of being about power, but also Godly humility. IRL does this happen?
Hop on over to Conversion Diary to participate in 7 Quick Takes, too: http://www.conversiondiary.com/2009/03/7-quick-takes-friday-vol-24.html
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Tuesday we did some school, phonics, memory work, math. I was still worn out and we didn't get a whole lot done. KB did dramatic readings of 2 Shakespeare stories. The kids loved it but I am totally in the dark for co-op on Friday. My evil plan is to have KB led class.
Wednesday and Thursday the older kids did Logic and Latin as well as Math with Dad.
I read stories to the notsolittles- actually we are reading "The Littles." Flower wishes they were real. Cub read the whole series last summer but is really enjoying hearing them again. He's read all of the AG books in the past couple of weeks and his conclusion was that "they are pretty sappy but the history in the back of the books is good." He continues to spend lots of time reading the Kingfisher Encyclopedia and poking on his math pages.
We finished up the second section on book II in Christian Studies. It always amazes me that no matter how many times I've read the stories, there are always details that I've missed. The kids picked up a detail on the map that MP left out.
KB is reconsidering her plans for the fall given the insightful comments of some older friends. Why doesn't anyone ever talk about the stress of launching adult children? So far, 2-4-2 I think that this developmental stage is the most taxing-so many possibilities, desires, hopes and how to get them all done in one lifetime with the resources available?
Thursday we cleaned and tied up loose ends. All of the "thank-yous" for TP are written, the eval in emailed, lots of follow-up calls and time on the phone with parents. Take-away for everyone: it was a GREAT week last week in Pierre.
Viking Man is going to testify before the Senate on a bill on Monday. He is feeling particularly hammered with work lately and committing a day to drive, prepare and be "on" is a true sacrifice, especially given that he'll still put in a full day of work in the afternoon. If you live in SD don't forget to call you senators and let them know that you are AGAINST SB191!!
Next Tuesday a new homeschooling mom is going to come over to find out more about homeschooling, curriculum and household management. Maybe I'll dress the kids up in dresses and button downs, braid their hair and have them sitting neatly at a clean dining room table doing school-HAHAHAHA! I don't think I could pay them enough. They've come in 2 days in a row now full of mud and crisp air from romps through the fields. We've had a heat wave and they have been out in it, soaking up the hope of spring. It's a toss up between the 4 of them and the 2 dogs as to who has dragged in more mud.
How was your week? Did you get a lot done?
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Cub, all dressed up and off to conquer the capital!
Founder and President of TeenPact, Tim Echols. He enjoyed the peanut butter pie, inspired kids and parents during the evening sessions, called a press conference, met almost everyone in SD and didn't stop moving the entire couple of days he was here!
Sunday, March 1, 2009
They heard from the Lt. Governor, a Public Utilities Commissioner, the Secretary of State, our state Family Policy Council Executive Director and many of our state legislators and senators. We were introduced during the legislative session and had several comments, including from the Seargent at Arms, that our suited and skirted group was the most respectful and thoughtful group of high schoolers he had ever seen at the capitol.
The kids participated throughout the week in legislative procedure, parliamentary procedure, wrote and voted on mock bills, debated with a devil's advocate, campaigned and voted for a governor and legislators (go Feche-boy!- Legislator for a year! along with Matthew H, William U and Brianne W!), prepared and gave speeches, went on daily pray walks, sat in the gallery's and looked awesome in their suits and dress skirts.
Evening fun included more inspiring talks by Mr. Tim Echols, Program Director Josh C., board games, ultimate Frisbee, bball, snacks and talking and laughing so hard our sides ached.
It was a good week. The parents involved worked hard to make it happen from a monetary and time standpoint. The TeenPact staff and office work hard to make it happen around the country. All of that to pour into 42 high schoolers and 31 elementary student to teach them about how our government works, to let them participate in their rights as American citizens. And hey, if you want a powerful moment, walk your state capitol with a group of high schoolers and pray outside of your governor's door with them! The point was to show them that study earns respect and the right to be heard, that how you look and present yourself matters. Those of us involved are pouring into the lives our ours and others kids because we believe in the process. We are passing along our values and our belief in the constitution, in liberty and in life. Being part of that rocks!
Rush Limbaugh spoke this week at the end of the CPAC conference about conservatism. He sums up what our week was about and why I believe in conservatism and why I am investing in the lives of many others in pragmatic ways such as through TeenPact:
"Our beliefs are not the result of a deranged psychology. Our beliefs are our core. Our beliefs are our hearts. We don't have to make notes about what we believe. We don't have to write down, oh do I believe it do I believe that we can tell people what we believe off the top of our heads and we can do it with passion and we can do it with clarity, and we can do it persuasively....When we look out over the United States of America, when we are anywhere, when we see a group of people, such as this or anywhere, we see Americans. We see human beings. We don't see groups. We don't see victims. We don't see people we want to exploit. What we see -- what we see is potential. We do not look out across the country and see the average American, the person that makes this country work. We do not see that person with contempt. We don't think that person doesn't have what it takes. We believe that person can be the best he or she wants to be if certain things are just removed from their path like onerous taxes, regulations and too much government.
Rush Limbaugh, addressing the CPAC convention, aired on Fox News. Read the rest of it here: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/03/01/transcript-rush-limbaughs-address-cpac/
If you want to provide your high school student with a week of challenge, growth and fellowship, as I've said before, check out TeenPact at http://www.teenpact.com/ There are also 1-day classes for students ages 8-19.