Assuming that you all have already heard about our last-minute plans for a meet-up this week, I will jump right in:
- Any paper doll enthusiasts out there? Check out the Scrappy History of Paper Dolls.
- You should check out the little exchange that put Flannery O’Connor in a state of shock. Auntie Leila says that this pretty much sums up what she thinks about how people should teach literature. Or rather, not teach it.
- On The Ideal Early Childhood Education (lots of charming pictures included). “Unhurried childhood is a window of opportunity and it is much, much more valuable and much, much smaller that many people recognize. It’s irreplaceable. So we don’t skip it.”
- The Artist and I are currently reading The Fellowship of the Ring aloud. For the most part, I am the reader, since that’s something that I like to do and my husband is probably a better listener than I am. I made up my mind when I came to the first song that I was going to sing out every line. When I read the books to myself, I found it far too easy to skip/skim over the musical parts, since they’re considerably less engaging just as words on a page! Anyway, it’s a challenge, but I think it ends up being worth it. Especially because The Artist appreciates my on-the-fly melodies so much (and so encouragingly). Well, this article about The Music of Creation in Tolkien makes me think that perhaps the author would approve of my efforts…
- Suki and I were just discussing this week about how shocking it can be to learn how, in general, we American women are desperately unaware and uninformed about our reproductive health. And yet, at least in our generation, we’ve been inundated with supposed “sex education” from a very tender age… Why the disconnect? Well, it turns out that it’s because the “education” program that’s been part of the system all these years has a very dark background, as recounted by Dr. Miriam Grossman in A Brief History of Sex-Ed: How We Reached Today’s Madness. Whereas we really could use better quality information and health care in the areas of fertility, pre-natal and maternal care, etc., instead we have a program that the author explains “is not about preventing disease, it’s about sexual freedom, or better — sexual license. It’s about changing society, one child at a time.”
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