Good Reads, Frugal or Free

C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy for Kindle, 1.99!

The Collected Works of George MacDonald, .99! (Kindle) I confess that I find many of his works tedious, but his fantasy is strange and otherworldly (in a good way), and C.S. Lewis greatly admired MacDonald.r

D-Day Through German Eyes, 2.99– The editor’s grandfather interviewed German soldiers not long after D-Day, and then again ten years later. Accounts are unvarnished, sometimes dry, sometimes brutal.

Tales of the Jazz Age, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, FREE for Kindle

Dickens, A Christmas Carol, FREE (it’s also at Audible for just .66!) Just in time for you to begin reading this aloud in preparation for Christmas.

Shakespeare’s MacBeth (and many other free Shakespeare plays, in omnibus or individual play form. Use these for doing the play together in character as a family)

Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, FREE

Slave Narratives, collection of interviews with former slaves in Texas. Free

Redefining Truth, Delusions of Replacing God and Calling Evil Good by David Fiorazo, 3.99

Emma by Jane Austen- in French! Free.

The Once and Future King, by T.H. White (I love this book) 1.99

The Mind of the Maker, the Expression of Faith Through Creativity and Art, by Dorothy Sayers- 1.99, this is a deeply thought provoking book, and if you have any interest in creativity, writing, creating, and Christianity, you should read this book more than once.

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Crochet projects

Things that are worth doing are worth doing badly. Plus, the more you do them, for most people, the better you’ll get. There are good many reasons to work hard at picking up some craft and making it part of your life- and your children’s lives. IT’s good therapy, it’s good for children to learn how to do things, it builds grit and resilience and self confidence. I was in my fifties when I started crocheting anything besides lopsided dishclothes.
Your time may not be this time. You may be elbow deep in diapers and dishsuds and eating standing up so you don’t fall asleep with your face in your plate. But not now does not have to mean not ever.



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Links and Thinks

Wishing you were good at crafts?   This English Paper Piecing thing looks pretty neat, and quite doable.

Overpopulation– I have been saying this for 30 years or so, but these researchers were shocked to discover that half the world’s countries are not at replacement level. There are exceptions, of course, but the countries that are at replacement level or above are also largely not countries with a history or culture of innovation, technological advancement, protections for women, or indoor plumbing.

Lifespan not tied to genetics as much as previously thought. It’s an interesting topic for discussion at the family dinner table.

“In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is…in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.” ― Theodore Dalrymple

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Christianity in North Korea

“We should not think that the problem is that we have not provided enough. The problem is that we are unwilling to provide something different.”

The Surprising Reason Kim Il Sung Rejected Christianity (And What Christians Should Do About It)

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Global cooling

In 1970 it was global cooling and one of the measures discussed was to melt the polar ice caps.

In 1971, NASA predicted an ice age by 2020.

Global cooling was going to kill us all.

I was in school then, and I remember.  In my science class we wrote essays and stories about what it would be like trying to survive the coming ice age.  And yet in the last few years the global warming alarmists have been insisting that never happened, it was just made up by ‘climate denialists.’

What happens when they are proven wrong?  Nothing.  Absolutely nothing, except they go on to a different story about why everybody who disagrees with them is wrong or crazy, why we have to destroy the economy and lives in order to save the world, why they need to be in power telling everybody else how to live their lives.




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