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    June 5, 2015 by Brandy Vencel

    Seven Quick Takes

    :: 1 ::

    I highly recommend checking Amazon to see if they carry stuff you usually buy at places like Target. I was frustrated recently when Target was out of stock of my standard lipstick color. I have worn the same color of the same type of lipstick every single day for the past seven years with very few exceptions. I like it. And Target is where I buy it, only someone else bought my color out! Boo hiss. It dawned on me that maybe Amazon would have it. Um. Yeah! They had it. I usually buy one tube for around $8, and they sold me three tubes for $11 including tax and shipping.

    I don’t usually do math in the summertime, but that was less than half price people!!

    So check and see. It might save you a bundle.

    :: 2 ::

    Last week, we watched Edge of Tomorrow. It’s basically Groundhog Day meets Independence Day, if you ask me. Also, Tom Cruise plays a wimp, which was refreshing. It was remarkably clean for a movie like this — action, I mean.

    I always think alien movies are fun movies — probably because I only rent the fun ones — so it was a nice way to relax on a Friday evening.

    :: 3 ::

    This week’s links collection:

    • The Duggar Disaster by Todd Pruitt
      • I have wondered if this issue with churches not contacting local authorities and trying to deal with issues in-house has to do with them not recognizing that God has granted government sphere sovereignty over these areas. Basically, they need to read more Kuper…
    • Surgical Sex from First Things
      • I wanted to avoid this topic, but I thought this was a good history lesson.
    • Anarchy, Tyranny and the 2016 Election from The Stream
      • I forgive the editor for not using an Oxford comma and share this article as evidence of this fact. Also, it was short and made some important points, I thought. Not saying I agree with all of it, but the anarchy/tyranny dichotomous was interesting.

    :: 4 ::

    LATI said that I wasn’t going to buy any more education books until I’d finished the ones I was already reading. Well, is it cheating if Classical Academic Press sent me a copy, free of charge?? It’s a book I’ve been wanting oh so very much…The Liberal Arts Tradition is less than 175 pages, meaning it’ll easily fit in my purse this summer.

    I cannot wait to crack it open! Anyone else reading it?

    :: 5 ::

    This month in 2013:

    Possibility not Heredity

    I was thinking about Charlotte Mason’s second principle, in which she says that “children are not born either good or bad, but with possibilities for good and for evil.” A little Dickens and a bit of Jane Healy helped us out. Click here to read it.

    :: 6 ::

    Remember that child I put on a no-sugar diet? He’s still doing great.

    Except that I found a bag of Peppermint Jo-Jo’s in his drawer. He claims they were there before the diet, and that he hasn’t been eating them…


    :: 7 ::

    Answering Your Questions:

    • Question: How do you keep track of books each kid has read? The books you own?
      I’m looking for an app/program to scan books and make records of these things. It’s so overwhelming! And the best ones seem to be for Apple and Mac products. Would you share on your blog how you do this?

      • Answer: Well, my approach is fairly low-tech, so I don’t know if it’ll be helpful or not. I don’t have a smart phone and so I can’t scan bar codes or anything. Many years ago, my husband and I spent a tax refund on some bookshelves for our library. Since we were moving all the books around anyhow, it seemed like a good time to catalog them in some way. At the time, Shelfari was a Thing. I still use it to this day — to catalog books, I mean. I don’t use the social aspects of it. This was a long time ago, and I manually typed everything in. After that, I just added in books as we acquired them. My oldest keeps a running list for each year — yes, on paper. 🙂 I keep a list in the footer of this blog of all the books I finish reading {you all should be grateful I don’t add the ones I start! Ha!}. And then there are the school lists. That’s about it. I make lists at the beginning of the year for each child and print them off and then mark off when they’ve been read.

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  • Reply Kelly June 5, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    I loved Edge of Tomorrow. Tom Cruise can be a good actor when he tries to play somebody else and not himself. Yes, he was an actual coward who had to Grow Up. If you haven’t seen Knight and Day you might like it — it’s the only other Tom Cruise movie I can think of right offhand where he’s not playing himself. Fun movie.

    I read The Liberal Arts Tradition after CiRCE last year. I especially liked the sections on Gymnasium and Music, and on the Quadrivium. I got to talk to Ravi Jain during the conference and ask him some of my math questions. He was so helpful — wish we’d had time to talk more.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel June 6, 2015 at 6:25 am

      Amen on Tom Cruise, Who knew he could act? 😉

      Oh, I’m jealous that you got to talk with Ravi Jain. I’ve listened to some of his old talks on the quadrivium subjects through the Society for Classical Education and he was so great!

  • Reply Amanda June 5, 2015 at 8:03 am

    And I can picture you in that lipstick color, too! Lol. What’s it’s called? 🙂

    • Reply Brandy Vencel June 5, 2015 at 8:17 am

      Canyon! I guess I can envision why they called it that… 🙂

      • Reply Mystie June 5, 2015 at 8:50 am

        Did I miss a link to the lipstick? Why did you link to the main page when I want to find out what Brandy’s lipstick is? 🙂

        • Reply Brandy Vencel June 5, 2015 at 9:26 am

          Ha! Well, I didn’t think anyone would actually be interested in my LIPSTICK. But it is CoverGirl Outlast…so I only have to put it on ONE time:

  • Reply Catharina June 5, 2015 at 7:22 am

    I really, really want to read The Liberal Arts Tradition and the other new books from CAP, they look amazing! But they only sell through, not uk or any other Amazon, nor bookdepository 🙁

    I know it’s available as ebook, but I want to underline and make notes. The shipping alone would double the price and I don’t even want to know about the custom tax 🙁

    I contacted CAO about it, but didn’t get a response.


    • Reply Catharina June 5, 2015 at 7:23 am

      CAO=CAP. Obviously 🙂

    • Reply Brandy Vencel June 5, 2015 at 8:16 am

      I am always shocked at how difficult it is to get a book from the US to other countries — these issues even come up with Canada sometimes! I totally understand what you mean about the underlining. I do think CAP sells direct from their site. Have you tried ordering to see if they offer international shipping? And I agree: ALL the books in this series look excellent!

      • Reply Catharina June 6, 2015 at 9:44 am

        Yes, I did look at ordering directly from CAP, because I would prefer to support them directly in stead of Amazon, but the international shipping would more than double the cost and I just can’t afford that.

        I don’t know anything about publishing, so maybe it is very difficult or costly to get Bookdepository to carry the books??

        • Reply Brandy Vencel June 6, 2015 at 9:57 am

          I don’t really know anything, either, so I sent an email to my contact there to see if I could get any information about their future plans. I’ll let you know if I hear anything!

        • Reply Brandy Vencel June 8, 2015 at 2:02 pm

          Catharina! You’re going to be so excited! CAP emailed me back with the listing through Amazon UK, and it even is on Prime. Does that help?

  • Reply Mystie June 5, 2015 at 5:45 am

    I start a account for each reader to keep track of their books read, but we’re woefully behind on updating it. Another friend uses her own Goodreads and has a tag for each child. is a great cataloguing site. That’s what our church uses.

    If your kids will see Goodreads, though, you want to install Adblock. Steamy romance novels are always advertised on the sidebar.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel June 5, 2015 at 8:14 am

      Ha. I almost said “really this question should be directed to Mystie.” 🙂

      • Reply Jenny June 5, 2015 at 5:32 pm

        Thank you. To both of you:)

        • Reply Brandy Vencel June 6, 2015 at 6:24 am

          You’re welcome! 🙂

  • Reply Karen @ The Simply Blog June 5, 2015 at 5:40 am

    I just bought The Liberal Arts Tradition this week. I’d heard it is a good book and I was looking for something that goes more in-depth into the classical tradition of the trivium and quadrivium. This looked like it might fit the bill. Definitely share your thoughts about it once you have a chance to read it. I’d love to know what you think! I’ve only read a wee bit so far so I can’t tell you much about it yet. 🙂

    • Reply Brandy Vencel June 5, 2015 at 8:14 am

      I will definitely write about it! 🙂

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