Tools for Those Bored With School

Academic Podcasts

MIT streaming audio lectures and syllabi
MIT opencourse

Several resources mentioned in the body of the article and the comments here at Productive Strategies

The Teaching Company occasionally has a free lecture you can listen to from your computer.

FEE offers free online lectures

Bonnet Tip to Hugh Hewitt

Other opportunities for personal enrichment:

Taking a peek into the chore notebook

Learning to bake something new and unusual

Picking up one of the Great Books of the Western World

Identifying the trees on a large wooded lot we know of

Building winter quarters for four hens

Getting the winter clothes out of the large, obstrusive tote at the end of my bed

Mopping floors the old fashioned way. Recite some poetry to make it a cultural event

Applying woodstain to one or more of the 40 some odd bookshelves in Granny Tea’s basement

See me for further thoughts on this matter=)

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News Notebooks

Rioting between Muslim Youth and/or thugs and police in France continues More

Classified national security information leaked to the press again-

Gasoline and the Economy, via Polipundit

Rosa Parks, Civil Rights pioneer laid to rest

Prince Charles of England visits America with his wife Camilla

Iran and Uranium

Alito has rules in favor of abortion issues three out of four times

“Good News from Iraq is Not Fit to Print

This is really vile:

Black Democratic leaders in Maryland say that racially tinged attacks against Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele in his bid for the U.S. Senate are fair because he is a conservative Republican.

Recently those who tally these things noted that 2000 of our AMerican military members have died in Iraq. That’s significant and should certainly have a place in your weekly news notebooks. You might also give this two year old article a read and include this little factoid as well: 40,000 Americans die in traffic accidents every year. There are 18,000 homicides.
Those who died in Iraq volunteered for that duty and they knew they could die in service.

And don’t forget to pay attention to what’s going on in Germany

Or Canada

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A couple years ago the Parental Units were away on an overnight trip so the First Year Children & I commandeered their lovely Queen Sized bed. Early in the morning I woke up to the First Year Boy crying. Why? Apparently the First Year Girl was dreaming that she was at supper, eating a carrot stick. First Year Boy’s thumb proved an admirable stand in for the real thing during this dream.

Poor boy. She was quite apologetic once we woke her up and pointed out that she was being a carnivore rather than an herbivore, but this didn’t heal his pain immediately. :)

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And the geese go south


(Sorry for cutting off the point of the V. They moved to fast.)

The wild gander leads his flock through the cool night,
Ya-honk! he says, and sounds it down to me like an invitation:
The pert may suppose it meaningless, but I listen closer,
I find its purpose and place up there toward the November sky.
- Walt Whitman
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Education Carnival

Dayton Daily News education reporter Scott Elliott hosts the Education Carnival this week, and it’s a three parter. You have to click on the link at the bottom of each post to get to the next section, and you want to be sure to do that so you can see all the interesting ‘exhibits!’

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But our collie found a home.

We had another cat disguised as a “donation” brought in today. “Current on his shots!” (His rabies tag was dated 2001.) “He’s a great cat, we actually got him from here four years ago!”
Thank-you. The job now seems just that much more worthwhile.
Actually, we had four cats brought in today but only one was so classified.
And one dog, who Equuschick & Co. were told would be a Husky over the phone but when he arrived he was a Pit Bull who may possibly have some Husky in his ancestry. The Equuschick & Co. are not stupid.
(Adopted from the neighboring shelter two weeks ago! Oh, hurray! Shelter workers just love to know they are doing some good in the world.)

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I finished the “Pickwick Papers” !!!!



I loved it!!!
My favorite character is Sam Weller, he is Mr. Pickwick’s servant; well that is not exactly what he is, there is another name…..he is kind of like a British butler but not with that name. Oh well, I’ll think of it some other time.
This is one of those books that has a perfect ending, I would not have it changed for the world. (Well, it did have the occasional bad word in it.)
I do not want to spoil it for you so I won’t say anything more.
You should read it!!

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Kitchen Solutions

Our kitchen was not designed for the convenience of a modern family of nine, so we had to make some adjustments. This is a photograph that includes several of our renovations:
1. The pot-rack- I love my potrack. It makes me smile. I found it at a secondhand store. We have no idea what it was originally, although it looks like it might have been intended to hold a window planter, or it was just a kitchen shelf.
2. The microwave shelf- we bought this from Sears or some other department store. It makes life much, much simpler. Amazon carries one, too.

3. The basket to the left of the microwave stores our pot-holders
4. The little counter and cupboard to the right: I also found this at a second hand store. The rest of the kitchen was put in this house in about the 40’s, possibly a decade or two earlier. This little shelf/counter thing matches the rest exactly. The door was very rusty and ugly, so we put contact paper on it. THis same pattern of paper is on the wall behind the sink. I also stenciled letters on it and cut them out to make a stencil on the wall of the soffit over the cupboards above the sink. On top of the counter is a glass cutting board.
5. To the left of the stove is a wire shelf we picked up in a clearance aisle someplace. Salt, oils, mixes for our winter hot cocoa or Russian Tea, sweet potatoes, and onions all might be found within these shelves.
Not in the picture:
To the right of the little counter is our washing machine.
On the other side of the wire shelf to the left of the stove is an old wooden crate on end. I have two planters on top of that, since they get good sun from the kitchen window pictured here. To the left of that is a baker’s rack where we keep cookie sheets, kitchen towels, the strawberry covered cannisters where I keep large kitchen utensils, and cooking oil and flavored cooking vinegars. The toaster is also on the bakers rack.

More kitchen pictures: look at these two posts and also here, here, here (see all the counter space in this old kitchen! All two feet of it!!) and here for more kitchen pictures of that old house.

See the new kitchen HERE!

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Tools for Those Bored With School

Academic Podcasts

MIT streaming audio lectures and syllabi
MIT opencourse

Several resources mentioned in the body of the article and the comments here at Productive Strategies

The Teaching Company occasionally has a free lecture you can listen to from your computer.

FEE offers free online lectures

Bonnet Tip to Hugh Hewitt

Other opportunities for personal enrichment:

Taking a peek into the chore notebook

Learning to bake something new and unusual

Picking up one of the Great Books of the Western World

Identifying the trees on a large wooded lot we know of

Building winter quarters for four hens

Getting the winter clothes out of the large, obstrusive tote at the end of my bed

Mopping floors the old fashioned way. Recite some poetry to make it a cultural event

Applying woodstain to one or more of the 40 some odd bookshelves in Granny Tea’s basement

See me for further thoughts on this matter=)

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

News Notebooks

Rioting between Muslim Youth and/or thugs and police in France continues More

Classified national security information leaked to the press again-

Gasoline and the Economy, via Polipundit

Rosa Parks, Civil Rights pioneer laid to rest

Prince Charles of England visits America with his wife Camilla

Iran and Uranium

Alito has rules in favor of abortion issues three out of four times

“Good News from Iraq is Not Fit to Print

This is really vile:

Black Democratic leaders in Maryland say that racially tinged attacks against Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele in his bid for the U.S. Senate are fair because he is a conservative Republican.

Recently those who tally these things noted that 2000 of our AMerican military members have died in Iraq. That’s significant and should certainly have a place in your weekly news notebooks. You might also give this two year old article a read and include this little factoid as well: 40,000 Americans die in traffic accidents every year. There are 18,000 homicides.
Those who died in Iraq volunteered for that duty and they knew they could die in service.

And don’t forget to pay attention to what’s going on in Germany

Or Canada

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