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    September 23, 2016 by Brandy Vencel

    Seven Quick Takes

    :: 1 ::

    I finished Rallying the Really Human Things a couple weeks ago. I’ll be honest and say that I found the first half of it more compelling than the second. Or maybe the word is interesting? I read it all, of course, but I felt like the book lacked focus at the end — it was a bit scattered or something. With that said, it’s a collection of essays, so it’s not like one thing is necessarily supposed to follow another. It is also possible that the flaws were in me rather than the book!

    Guroian’s essay on gay marriage and how some of the philosophical mistakes are prevented by the Orthodox Church’s theology of marriage was interesting to me, mainly because I failed to see much difference between how he explained the Orthodox theology marriage and my understanding of the Protestant theology of marriage — I did, however, notice a marked difference between the Protestant theology of marriage I hold to and how he described it. Ahem. I think the problem is that there isn’t one Protestant theology — I mean, there is a reason why a Baptist church isn’t a Presbyterian church isn’t a Pentecostal church, you know? With that said, I still thought it was an interesting angle on the whole thing, and it’s also noteworthy that he was thinking about this in this way back in 2005.

    Do I recommend the book? Yes. But only if you like essays. Guroian’s essays on the relationship between literature and the moral imagination were well worth the cost of the book.


    :: 2 ::

    I’m still going to do Friday posts, but I’m renaming this feature “Thoughtworthy.” That’s right: no more Seven Quick Takes. It’ll just be my thoughts on the books and things that were worth thinking about during the week. For some reason, I was tired of saying seven all the time — what if I only have five? What if I have eight? Using a more generic name gives me more flexibility, I think. Plus, it was an excuse to design a new graphic.


    :: 3 ::

    This week’s links collection:

    :: 4 ::

    This month in 2011:


    Charlotte Mason ruined my son for all sorts of things.


    :: 5 ::

    One of the things I’ve been thinking and reading about this week is the use of nutritional lithium. I don’t struggle with depression, but I was interested in it as a treatment for irritability. {There is a chance I am occasionally irritable.} I found it fascinating, some of the studies I looked at correlated high drinking water levels of lithium with lower rates of things like suicide.

    Correlation doesn’t mean causation, of course, but it’s still interesting.

    And then there were the possibilities for lithium to have a calming affect on children with autism, ADHD, and more! I totally got sucked in. That is, until I realized I was really supposed to be doing something else. Ahem.

    But still. If you’re looking for a rabbit hole to go down, I recommend googling “nutritional lithium” and seeing what comes up.


    :: 6 ::

    I’ve been moving some things around and updating others. Most of this is behind the scenes, but one thing I did was update the contact form. You can now find it under the “About” menu. It’s a new form that goes directly to my email. I think it’s easier to use, and also easier for me to find things. I also added a “speaking” page that you can find at the top. This will continue to be updated with where I’ll be speaking, which is to say, where you can come say hello.


    :: 7 ::

    Answering Your Questions:

    • Question:  Do you know of any resource that takes Ambleside and combines years (like Y1 & Y2, etc) so you can do certain subjects together as a family?
      • Answer: You can always ask on the AO Forum, of course, because each family doing it has their own take on it. But I’m particularly partial to Virginia Lee’s post, which you can find here. Make sure you scroll down and go through the comments; she answers a lot of questions there.


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  • Reply Ashley September 23, 2016 at 7:49 am

    I had the same issue with Rallying! He chooses to ignore the similarities of Roman Catholicism and Armenian Orthodoxy in marriage (chp 8) and repentance/redemption (chp 16). I was frustrated since it seemed like a jab when honestly we see those things the same way Obviously, the Catholic Church does not uphold monophysitism (and neither does the Orthodox Church).

    What stikes me as interesting is the Armenian Orthodox Church is one of the Oriental Orthodox churches having seperated from the Eastern Orthodox Church in the 500s after the Council of Chalcedon. Because of the monophysitism thing was denounced as heresy.

    When I called an priest friend he mentioned that the Armenian Orthodox have more in common with the Roman Catholic liturgically.

    It annoyed me, and apparently still does! ? However, I found the book so interesting. And the beginning is just so amazing!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel September 23, 2016 at 9:24 am

      I didn’t know enough about Roman Catholic theology to know if there was the same issue going on. I suppose like most of us, he is more familiar with his own tradition than other branches of Christendom. However, I actually found it really encouraging — the more I read, the more I see *similarities* than differences, which gives me hope for the Church.

      The beginning *was* amazing, wasn’t it? I love that almost every time I read a book, you have already read it and I get to hear what you think. 🙂

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