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It’s that time.

TIME Magazine will soon be choosing their Person of the Year; but, for now, they’d like to know who you’d choose.  The poll is here, so go cast a vote for your favorite – or least favorite! – person of the year.  Currently, in the least favorite category, Casey Anthony is trailing the 1%.  :)

Casey Anthony

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…but our family traditions are changing.  It’s not an easy thing because, as you know, without Tradition, life is precarious as a fiddler on the roof.  Right?  Right.

So, here’s my short spiel. 

We’ve always used a clothes dryer.  It’s a tradition. The Girl’s mama used one, and her mama’s mama before her.  But, now, we now have to shlep the wet laundry from the washing machine out to the clothesline in the backyard.  Why?  Is our dryer broken, you ask?  No.  Are we trying to save some money, maybe?  No.  So, why do we hang the clothes?  It’s because, over the weekend, we saw the film, Fiddler on the Roof, and Girl was charmed off her feet by this scene.

You’re probably wondering if she now wants me to “find her a find, catch her a catch” and select a future husband for her, too.  No.  We’re not changing things like that; just traditions having to do with laundry.  Oy.

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From the “if only they asked me, I coulda told them” file:  A new study says whining is the worst sound in the world.

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From Friendly Atheist’s, “This is why we can’t have nice things, America,” my first response was the same as commenter Steve’s:

So now we have to justify why evolution is taught? WTF?

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Did you know that HSLDA is having a video ad contest?  I don’t know what they plan to do with the videos or where they hope to air them (Christian TV networks I presume), but you can vote for your favorite video at HSLDA — and/or in my poll below.  :D


1.  Old Time


2.  Same Day


3.  HSLDA Case: 8521


4.  Hope on the Horizon


5.  Homeschoolers Who Lived in a Shoe


6.  HSLDA Scent


7.  Are You Protected?



Of course, while I was over at HSLDA, I accidentally clicked on – and cast a vote for! – entry #1 which features the “mom” who leaves her toddler unattended on the stairs while she’s preoccupied with the social worker.  Oy.

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Dear Christian Homeschoolers,

Please don’t get our homeschool conferences confused with the other organization that recently disinvited Ken Ham to an event after he publicly called into question the faith of another Christian vendor.  Granted, the names of the two organizations sound similar (theirs is Great Homeschool Conventions; ours is Great American Homeschool Conferences), but, unlike GH events, ours are “Christ-centered and stand for the literal truth of all Scripture.”  (We also see nothing wrong with publicly calling into question the faith of other Christians, as evidenced by this email.)

Thank you.  And have a blessed day.

 

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Interesting.  Just received an email invitation (from a public school) to attend a viewing of Race To Nowhere as a parent.  The film will then be followed by “Break-Out Brainstorming Sessions for Parents, Students, and Teachers to share ways we can help make a difference.”

IMDb summary:

RACE TO NOWHERE is a close-up look at the pressures on today’s students, offering an intimate view of lives packed with activities, leaving little room for down-time or family time. Parents today are expected to raise high-achieving children, who are good at everything: academics, sports, the arts, community-service. The film tackles the tragic side of our often achievement-obsessed culture, with interviews that explore the hidden world of over-burdened schedules, student suicide, academic cheating, young people who have checked out. RACE TO NOWHERE asks the question: Are the young people of today prepared to step fully and productively into their future? We hear from students who feel they are being pushed to the brink, educators who worry students aren’t learning anything substantive, and college professors and business leaders, concerned their incoming employees lack the skills needed to succeed in the business world: passion, creativity, and internal motivation.

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