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Free Kindle Reads: Light, escapist, fun

Del Ryder and the Crystal Seed by Matthew David Brough Many positive reviews. Described as Narnia-esque Christian fiction for kids. Spark (Legends of the Shifters Book 1) by J.B. North : amazon descrip: For more than a decade, Ivy Oliver has lived in a dark, crumbling orphanage where she was sent after her parents’ death. […]

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CMason, Books, Ideas, and the Teaching of Virtue

The instructed conscience knows that Temperance, Chastity, Fortitude, Prudence must rule in the House of Body. But how is the conscience to become instructed? Life brings us many lessons––when we see others do well, conscience approves and learns; when others do ill, conscience condemns. But we want a wider range of knowledge than the life […]

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Moral plums and fairy tales

previously Felix Adler says it is “quite essential to the successful use of” fairy tales, that we “Do not take the moral plum out of the fairy tale pudding, but let the child enjoy it as a whole. Do not make the story taper toward a single point, the moral point. You will squeeze all […]

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Looking for Something to Read, Don’t Want Twaddle?I

I see this request or one like it from time to time, and then what follows is usually a debate on why a particularly recommendation is or is not twaddle, and then one on why it’s okay to read twaddle sometimes, and then we discuss junk food and how much is too much and just […]

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five free reads

The Women Who Came in the Mayflower by Annie Russell Marble (Author) Sample: Spring and summer came to bless them for their endurance and unconscious heroism. Then they could appreciate the verdict of their leaders, who chose the site of Plymouth as a “hopeful place,” with running brooks, vines of sassafras and strawberry, fruit trees, […]

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