Everywhere We Go People Want to Know Who We Are…

(title from an old high school cheer- anybody else remember that one?)
Sometimes people ask me why I don’t go back to school, get my degree, and become a ‘real’ teacher- meaning a teacher who gets paid for teaching other people’s kids.
That’s not my calling.

Homeschooling is not something we do, like teaching school, working in a lab,
or fixing airplanes. It’s who we are. It is a lifestyle. It affects everything we do.

As a parent, I have a vested interest in my child’s education that a non parent
just doesn’t understand (unfortunately, some parents don’t get it either).
Both teachers and parents do feel a great sense of accomplishment when a child
suddenly understands a difficult (for the child) concept. The teacher is glad the student understands long division now, and proud that he figured out how to get it
through to the child. But the relationship with that child will end, usually
in a year.

I, on the otherhand, am delighted when my child understands long division,
because of my life-long relationship with my child. I am thrilled that now I
can go on and teach her the next concept in math. I am thrilled that she is
learning. I am satisfied in her progress with a deep, heart-level sense of
satisfaction, and I am looking forward to the time when I am a
grandparent and my children are homeschooling my grandchildren. A teacher who has someone else’s students in the classroom only for a year just doesn’t have the same feelings about it as I, who have my own, dearly beloved, children in my home.

Both of my parents have been teachers. They are both good teachers. They
communicate their subjects well, and their students love them because my
parents do genuinely enjoy their students. But my parents do not keep in touch
with all their students after they’ve moved on. They won’t be involved in the
lives of their student’s children.

My grandfather was a teacher, also an excellent one. He often had students
view him such affection that they looked him up years after they left his
classroom. He was a good and effective teacher who did develop a relationship with his students. His work with them stayed with those students and they carried it with them all of their lives. But those students went on with their lives without his involvement. They looked him up because of his fine teaching and his influence for good in their lives, but they *had* to look him up because there was neither an ongoing relationship or a need for it on either side.

I’ve been homeschooling for since 1988, and even though I’ve moved around eight times since then, my students don’t need to look me up. They know where I live because they live here, too. And that’s the way I like it.

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Step Away From the Send Button and Nobody Gets Hurt

Received one of those emails recently, the kind that accuse a company of something nefarius and then tell you to pass it on? Maybe the company’s product causes cancer, or clogged lungs, or the company’s president worships Satan and said so on national television, or kicked his dog, or drink blood. Whatever.

Please treat it just as you would any other unsubstantiated allegation, no matter how much you trust the person who sent you the forward, no matter how many of your cousins say they saw it on television, no matter how inclined you are to believe it because you just don’t like that product.

If it were an individual that was being talked about this way, you, your neighbor, a church member, we would rightly call it gossip. I do not think it is any more acceptable to pass on unsubstantiated rumours about companies than individuals. Christians should be more careful abou t what they say about others, whether those others are people, or companies (and after all, people work at companies).

Please, do not forward this nonsense. Check out every such accusation you receive by looking at snopes.com or the urban legends website. When you find out the accusation is false, and you will, write back to the person who sent it to you telling them it is a hoax. Worse than a hoax, it is a lie, it is slander, it is gossip.

Bob Passentino, argues bluntly that some Christians are just too gullible.
“It’s not just a stamp we’re wasting. It’s our credibility. Our credibility is
on the line…

The issue goes beyond credibility; it’s also moral. People who believe they’re
combating evil by spreading unverified rumors may in fact be doing just the
opposite. Tempting as it is to look for deceit in high places, we would all do
well to remember that lies can just as easily pass through our own modems and
show up on our computer screens. Before forwarding them on to others, we ought
to stop for a moment and consider whose interests are really being served. ”

So step away from the send button. If last month corporate president Luke Ceepher announced on television that he hates Christians and loves the devil, that news will keep for a few more minutes while you check it out.

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Tomorrow, the ocean!

Or the aquarium, if you prefer to look at it that way. The Shedd Aquarium, to be specific.

The Equuschick was going to be all artsy and include a poem about dolphins, but based on her search for such a poem, it seems that a prerequisite for writing a poem about a dolphin is that you be very high on many drugs and very low on any education.

Okay, that probably wasn’t very kind.

The Equuschick apologizes to all dolphin poets. (She resolves, nonetheless, to write her own dolphin poem shortly.)

But speaking of dolphins, she thinks of Madeleine L’ Engle’s “A Ring of Endless Light”, and of the poem she took the title from.

The Equuschuck thinks this poem quite lovely.

I SAW Eternity the other night
Like a great Ring of pure and endless light,
All calm, as it was bright,
And round beneath it, Time is hours, days, years
Driven by the spheres
Like a vast shadow mov’d, in which the world
And all her train were hurl’d;
The doting lover in his quaintest strain
Did there complain,
Near him, his lute, his fancy, and his flights,
Wit’s sour delights,
With gloves, and knots the silly snares of pleasure
Yet his dear treasure
All scatter’d lay, while he his eyes did pour
Upon a flower.
The darksome statesman hung with weights and woe
Like a thick midnight fog mov’d there so slow
He did nor stay, nor go;
Condemning thoughts (like sad eclipses) scowl
Upon his soul,
And clouds of crying witnesses without
Pursued him with one shout.
Yet digg’d the mole, and lest his ways be found
Work’d under ground,
Where he did clutch his prey, but one did see
That policy,
Churches and altars fed him, perjuries
Were gnats and flies,
It rain’d about him blood and tears, but he
Drank them as free.
The fearful miser on a heap of rust
Sat pining all his life there, did scarce trust
His own hands with the dust,
But would not place one piece above, but lives
In fear of thieves.
Thousands there were as frantic as himself
And hugg’d each one his pelf,
The downright epicure plac’d heav’n in sense
And scorn’d pretnece
While others slipt into a wide excess
Said little less;
The weaker sort slight, trivial wares enslave
Who think them brave,
And poor, despised Truth sat counting by
Their victory.
Yet some, who all this while did weep and sing,
And sing, and weep, soar’d up into the Ring,
But most would use no wing.
O fools (said I,) thus to prefer dark night
Before true light,
To live in grots, and caves, and hate the day
Because it shows the way,
The way which from the dead and dark abode
Leads up to God,
A way where you might tread the Sun, and be
More bright than he.
But as I did their madness so discuss
One whisper’d thus,
“This Ring the Bridegroom did for none provide
But for his bride.”

Henry Vaughn

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For everyone else

I am on page 524 of Our Mutual Friend. Aren’t you happy to have this knowledge? It is such a good book.

I am grievously disappointed, though not surprised, by the actions of “centrist” lawmakers in DC today. Why are Republican lawmakers conceding to a party to which the nation clearly gave a vote of “no-confidence?” Why are they refusing to affirm the objective goal of giving these qualified appointees a fair vote?

I am tired of headlines that say “showdown averted.” Are showdowns always bad things?

Edit I’ve thought of the answer to my last question. Yes, for democrats and liberal media, showdowns *are* bad things. If there was a showdown, the Democrats would lose. Big time. Why would they lose? Because of the huge number of Republicans this nation sent to Congress last election. Of course the Democrats were eager for a compromise. Their only other option was to lose.

My next question: Why are Republican leaders acting like this? This is not a sarcastic question. This is the question of a young college student who wants to find, in thirty years or so, that common sense and moral justice have not been completely abandoned in America. We send our leaders to DC to do something, and that something is not a compromise over an issue they could win.

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For the DHM

Your English Skills:

Punctuation: 100%
Spelling: 100%
Grammar: 60%
Vocabulary: 60%
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