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  • I read through Epoch 1 of my Chronological bible a while back as part of my ancient history book club reading.  Epoch 1 consists of Genesis 1-11 and includes the creation account, the fall, and the stories of Cain and Abel, Noah and the flood, and the Tower of Babel.  A lot of time is covered here in a few short chapters. This is the first time I have read through this section of the Bible from a historical standpoint, and the first time I've read it since reading other historical creation ... more »
  • I recently came across this very helpful resource and wanted to pass it along.  It is a report titled Maintaining the Integrity of Organic Milk, and was published by the Cornucopia Institute, an organization that supports small scale family farms.  The report rates many suppliers of organic dairy products.  You may be surprised to find that many organic dairies are basically just disguised factory farms trying to make profits in the organic dairy industry. I was happy to see that our raw m... more »
  • I have been doing a lot of research on the food industry and our food supply over the last couple years.  It started around the time Food, Inc. and a couple other books/documentaries came out that brought the unethical (and government supported) methodologies of these industries to the public eye in a big way.  Since that time, my family has been seeking out food that comes from farms that use sustainable practices, and raise animals in traditional ways rather than to maximize profit at the ex... more »
  • You will notice as you read this blog that I do a lot of research.  One of the things about being a virtual pilgrim is that your mind is always running off, following trails, and jumping into rabbit holes.  I like to journey to the heart of things and I don't feel satisfied until I have explored a subject thoroughly.  Usually, by the time I feel ready to write about something, I have thought about it a lot.  And then thought about it some more.  Sometimes I am tired of thinking about it.  ... more »
  • I'm sure that many of you have heard by now of the infamous Tiger Mom, Amy Chua.  She recently published a book titled Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, which the Wall Street Journal published excerpts of in this article (all the most controversial parts, most likely).  The article created quite a stir, with many parents accusing Mrs. Chua of child abuse.  I read this original article and, while I think that some of Mrs. Chua's parenting tactics are extreme and unhealthy (especially calling yo... more »
  • We completed several read-alouds on Greece and Rome with the girls from September - January.  Some of these books were read aloud to the girls at the dinner table; some of them were read by my first grader independently and then I had her give me a summary narration at the end of each chapter she read.  RA stands for read-aloud, IR stands for independent reading.  I was hoping to get through more than this but we got behind during the holidays and then never really caught up.  Here is what w... more »
  • I am on a mission to give myself a classical education.  I'm chronologically working my way through written history, starting at the very beginning in ancient Mesopotamia.  I am hoping to make it to modern history by the time my oldest daughter is in high school so we can actually have intelligent conversations about the "great books" that she will be reading by then.  That gives me less than eight years to read through approximately 5,000 years of history and literature.  :-o The ver... more »