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School with the Boy: WW1

I’m including this here for others even though I’ve just collected them and filed them in a word document for us.  This is what The Boy is reading for poetry this term- a series of blog posts over at the old Gates of Vienna Site.  They are, collectively: The Poetry of War:  I   II   III   IV   V   VI  VII From Part […]

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Biographies and Fiction in Teaching History

“Biography is one of the most pleasing and useful forms of learning history. The life of a statesman like Wolsey, Pitt or Peel, of a reformer like Cobden or Bright, is a history of the great events of a period; it usually accentuates one side or other, but it shows the real forces in operation […]

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Kindle Reads

Hermione’s Group of Thinkers By Don Marquis (pronounced Mar-Kwiss)- he used to write for a paper, the New York Sun, I think, in the early 20th century. He’s clever, witty, with wit with just the right touch of acidity, IMO. In this volume, he humorously skewers a certain sort of socialite of his day, but […]

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Free Kindle Downloads, Tasty Reads

Babbitt I found this depressing, but you’re supposed to. It’s also funny if you like biting satire (I do). Reader Review: Sinclair Lewis’ 1922 novel/expose highlights the shallowness and greed of middle class American business–to the delight of European audiences already disenchanted with America’s rise to world greatness. The first 75-80 pages make for slow […]

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The Ideal young Man, cont.

The ideal young man of 1902 completely abstains from liquor (because of the pervasive influence of the Temperance Movement): “How worse than foolish is that young man who would run the awful risk of unfitting himself for future usefulness by intoxicants of any kind! In his report to the United States Labor Bureau, the Hon. […]

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Free4Kindle: Books, books, and also some books

Getting Things Done with 100+ Instant Productivity Hacks! Includes Over 100 Productivity Tips to Help You Get Things Done Easier and Faster! And overcome procrastination with powerful habits! In this book you will find over 100 different tips for increasing your productivity in whatever you do. After implementing several of my favorite tips I feel […]

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Free Kindle Books- A Shandygaff of Titles

Amazon links are affiliate links. All listeings were free at the time I copied and pasted them to this post, but this changes sometimes. The Twenty-Fourth of June Midsummer’s Day Published in 1914, by a rather prolific author. Here’s an excerpt: THE CURTAIN RISES ON A HOME None of it might ever have happened, if […]

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Kindle deals and freebies

First the deals: 1.99: When God Goes to Starbucks: A Guide to Everyday Apologetics Blurb: Guidance for those deep coffeehouse conversations about God What do you say when someone raises tough objections to the Christian worldview, like •Why not just look out for yourself? •Isn’t it okay to do whatever you want as long as […]

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Kindle Books

1.99 Miss Buncle’s Book Miss Buncle Married 1.99 Fermented Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables & Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes Fermented foods are a delicious, healthy addition to any diet, including the Paleo diet. They’re full of nutritious bacteria and probiotics that aid in digestion and boost the […]

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Leading a Poodle- the Ideal Young Woman, Continued

  From a book published in 1902 based on some sermons and surveys the author had put together.  First part is here.  I’m not reproducing the thing in full, just the parts I found interesting. “Most of these young men say that they are willing to be judged by the same standard of morals by […]

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