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Your English Skills: Grammar: 100% Punctuation: 80% Vocabulary: 80% Spelling: 40% Does Your English Cut the Mustard? I won my school spelling bee in the fifth grade, beating out all the sixth graders and going to city level, where I outspelled many an eight grader as well. But I guess that wuz a long thyme […]

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Parenting and Homeschooling Thoughts for the Day

Something Old: Notes from The House and Home, A Practical Book, Volume 1, Published 1894-1896 A compendium of information and ideas from many authors Kate Douglas Wiggin, author of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm and Mother Carey’s Chicken’s (one of our favorites) has a chapter on “The Training of Children.” Wiggin was a devotee of Froebel, […]

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Filibuster History

Article here Previous uses: Sen. John C. Calhoun of South Carolina in 1841 when he took advantage of the filibuster to obstruct legislation he considered hostile to slavery in the South. Then Democratic Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina in 1957, who “took the Senate floor to talk for a record 24 hours and 18 […]

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Illegal Immigrants Charged

with trespassing. Article here: W. Garrett Chamberlain, chief of police in New Ipswich, N.H., got fed up with the catch and release policy the government apparently has with illegal immigrants. A few weeks ago, one of Chamberlain’s officers came upon Jorge Mora Ramirez, who was making a phone call from his car. Questioned by the […]

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Exposure to Sunlight Prevents Cancer

Naturapaths and other alternative medicine types have been saying this for years, but now mainstream science is catching up with them. Slathering on the sunscreen, sitting in the shade, and wearing those big hats that block the sun: may actually contribute to far more cancer deaths than it prevents, some researchers think. The vitamin is […]

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