chosen by a random number generator, are —Erin: “The Book of Isaiah Christmas photo card caught my attention. I like anything that is a reminder of why we really celebrate Christmas.”
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- First, the truly outrageous, and the ultimate in un-PC: 90 gaffes from the 90-year old Prince Philip, a self-proclaimed sufferer of “foot-in-mouth disease.” Ghastly. But not to be missed.
- Things are getting wacky in our world: You should click on the embedded link to read the original story referenced in this hilarious send-up of the New York Times’ Vows column (and the comments are pretty funny too), or you might think it’s a pure applesauce. It’s not. Parodists everywhere are crying silently in their beer.
- Want to read about a real marriage — one that combines a fairy tale (but no starlings) with real suffering and sacrifice? The story of the Archduke and the Princess never fails to move me, and it’s told very well in The “Fairy-Tale” Prince and the Five Surprises.
- Another inspiring couple need prayers and help right now: Perhaps you’d be moved by this story of Thomas Peters, friend of those of the LMLD clan who know him, and his new wife Natalie. They could use a prayer if you have a spare one!
- Good people want to be good to others and also tell the truth, using the right words. Words matter. Truth matters. Today the front line of truth is precisely in marriage and the meaning of the body, words, and love. Should language be a matter of political concession? The dilemma is that if we give into a misrepresentation out of a sense of tenderheartedness, real people will suffer. “Sadly, the loudest voices concerning sexual identity come from the culture around [the youngest generation]; if they find themselves attracted to members of the same sex, they are trapped into thinking that they ‘must be gay.'” Daniel Mattson starts with Narnia and ends with the nuptial meaning of the body in this essay that clarifies words about sexuality and reality — two things that must not be separated.
- The feminist narrative needs a little shaking up as well. Think that right-mindedness started in the 70s? Think again. All you have to do is study history: you may be surprised to find that the Middle Ages weren’t all they’re made out to be in the Department of Keeping Women in the Dark and Slavery.
- The antidote, as I say, is to study (and teach our children to study). The Civil War can shed some light on how the death of writing in our culture has an impact on our politics. Don’t be thrown into an anxiety attack over it, though. Rather, take heart from the simple matters that young soldier was accustomed to jotting down in his (ultimately heart-breaking) diary and help your children do likewise (without a sad ending, God willing).
- What does a child need to know? Some thoughts from Charlotte Mason — and again, note how much of what she suggests arises from simple yet intelligent conversation with the child, as well as simple observation of the world around him. Don’t panic — just relax and consider the sort of list this is: very different from the ones you read today. It’s more about order and wonder than about drilling or piling on of curriculum.
- Lastly, a nicely honest post about an impressive cardboard-box project anyone could undertake to keep their little ones occupied while the bigs study. Although I know a certain teenager, back in the day, *cough* Deirdre *cough*, who mightily enjoyed something similar. The boxes were bigger (mostly fridge and dryer boxes scavenged I know not where from), set up under the basement stairs in a friend’s house by her mom.
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