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North Korea

During our recent vacation I finished reading The Orphan Master’s Son, a haunting tale of life and mostly death in North Korea, and also winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.  Not escapist reading, obviously, being set in North Korea, but a useful glimpse into a totalitarian state the likes of which we cannot really […]

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Charlotte Mason Reading

CM’s methods are knit together.  The work done in spelling, picture study, and copywork contributes toward building the skills of attention and retention needed for reading longer and longer passages in a single sitting while grasping the essentials and being able to narrate them immediately, then days later, and then weeks later.  HEre’s a great […]

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Hospitality vs Entertaining, Q & A

Q. If you set the table with pretty china and a centerpiece, are you making your guests feel inferior in their abilities when all you are trying to do is make them feel extra-special and worthy of attention? Should we reduce all attempts at beauty to a common level so as not to offend a […]

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One of Shakespeare’s Sources Discovered

This is pretty interesting- the point here is not the tired old Shakespeare wasn’t Shakespeare, nor iis it a claim that he plagiarized. It’s that, using plagiarism software, scholars have uncovered another source or reference work that Shakespeare used for some of his plays. “The findings were made by Dennis McCarthy and June Schlueter, who […]

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Gobekli Tepe

If your curiosity bump was alerted by an earlier reference to this archeological site in Turkey, the earliest temple yet discovered, you might be interested in reading these other links: https://www.ancient.eu/article/234/gobekli-tepe—the-worlds-first-temple/ https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/gobekli-tepe-the-worlds-first-temple-83613665/ I grimace at the ‘world’s first temple’ designation. It may not be a temple at all. And nobody can say if another, older […]

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