Category Archives: Books

We’re Doing It Wrong

I am not surprised when public schooled kids are good kids and have a decent education (after all, most homeschooling parents are also graduates of public schools so have some first hand experience). But I am relieved, because statistically public schools have a dismal track record. They give diplomas to kids who are functionally illiterate […]

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best book lists

Amazon has a list of top 100 books to read.  I was not impressed with their list over all, and I’ve only read 40 0f them. This is a list of the best 50 books you should read.  I’ve read 35. NPR’s top 100 fantasy and sci-fi books.  I’ve only read 39 out of a […]

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The Hammer-Maker

There he was, forty years ago, in a small village of the State of New York; no railroad yet, and even the Erie Canal many miles distant. He was the village blacksmith, his establishment consisting of himself and a boy to blow the bellows. He was a good deal troubled with his hammers. Sometimes the […]

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free books

The Last Century in Europe 1814-1910 This is a history of Europe from the 19th century to the dawn of World War I, thus covering from Napoleon to the entangling alliances that would bring about war in 1914. Excerpt: “By this instrument, known as the Cyprus Convention, Great Britain undertook to assist in the defence […]

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Sad Puppies, Happy Reading

I wrote the very long post below and then, while looking up one last link stumbled upon this post by Edward Willet which kind of sums up things better than I do (I am not a summing up sort of gal).  Although he didn’t know yet about the fact that those on the left are […]

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