Saturday, September 3, 2011

Weekend Links - September 3, 2011

1. This house where time stood still is amazing. Also: when can I move in?

2. This author attempts to answer the question Why Do Students Regard Reading as Torture? This article is sobering and well written. Just as my own aside after reading that article:

Dear Parents, even if you do not homeschool please, please help your child learn phonics at home. The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading costs less than $20 on Amazon and is super simple to use. No bells, no whistles, no massive lists of words to memorize. And it works. I've gone through it with my two oldest and now Sweet Pea is working through it (and she's only 4). Give it a try before your children suffer through years of struggling with reading. (P.S. If you have a child struggling with reading, it's not too late!)

3. I think I could have written this list of 25 Things Every Writer Should Know. Well, except for the swear words, obviously. Any aspiring writer needs to read this list. Your readers will thank you. (OK, maybe not. But they might, right?)

4. This one made me kind of sad: Greyfriars Bobby was just a publicity stunt. Is nothing sacred?! (P.S. I'm still glad I've actually been to Scotland and seen the statue.)

5. I'm really enjoying a new series by The Low Ryder called Eating Poorganically. (That's a link to the first post in the series) I am highly skeptical of the people who think everything we eat is poisoning us, bad for us, or manipulated by Big Evil Food Companies. So this series is right up my alley: practical, funny, and no "we're all going to die if we don't eat Organic!" type hype.

6. On a not unrelated note, this article called Health Now: A Provocation discusses what may be driving this unrelenting quest to perfect health, perfect nutrition, perfect fitness.

7. This is a useful tutorial: How to Print on Sticky Notes.

8. Rachel Held Evans wrote a fantastic post back in June that I am just now remembering to share with you: Blessed Are the Un-Cool. One quote (which I loved!): "I want a church that includes fussy kids, old liturgy, bad sound, weird congregants, and…brace yourself…painfully amateur “special music” now and then."

TO which I reply: Amen! So say we all! (Sorry. Back in the day I used to watch Battlestar Galactica and, though I gave up the series due to a growing conviction that I had no business watching it, I still love the idea of replacing "Amen" with "So say we all". That's basically what Amen means anyway, right?) Anyway, just go read it!

9. Here's some encouragement for all of us wannabe-writers: Kathryn Stockett's The Help was turned down 60 times before becoming a best seller. Now, whatever you think of the book (and I, of course, have some strong opinions about it) that's still a great lesson to learn there.

10. This post Reason Enough to Homeschool resonated with me. When people ask why we homeschool I answer different ways. After all, there are a lot of reasons. But this is reason enough: we hold the conviction that this is the way it ought to be.
Pictures: Miss Lili had her first piggy-tails this week. The hair on the back of her head is getting long but you can see she still has very little on top or the sides. Hey, you make do with what you have.

1 comment:

Elisabeth said...

Miss Lili wears the pig tails beautifully!

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