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    January 6, 2017 by Brandy Vencel


    :: 1 ::

    If you haven’t noticed, AfterCast is now live! This has been so much fun. And thank you all for already putting it on the iTunes charts. That was certainly encouraging!

    This week, I’m releasing three episodes, just to get it going. So I did Tuesday and Thursday so far this week, and there will be another tomorrow on Saturday. After that, it’ll be once a week on Thursdays.

    Speaking of charts, it is always nice to play second fiddle to my beloved friend, Pam!

    If you want to check out the AfterCast index, click here.


    :: 2 ::

    Did you receive a lot of books for Christmas? We sure did! Here is the best of our haul:

    I am giddy over my copy of The Great Tradition by Richard Gamble. My husband gave it to me and I was thrilled! I have at least three projects I’m working on that will be aided by this massive book.

    We collect books by Robert McClung, so this Christmas we added two more, Whitetail and Green Darner. They are already being read over and over!

    In keeping with their affectino for N.D. Wilson, E-Age-14 added Outlaws of Time to his collection, while A-Age-11 added The Drowned Vault.

    My husband received Economic Facts and Fallacies by Thomas Sowell. I always love a good economics books so I might have to steal borrow it.

    What are the best books your family added to your library this Christmas?


    :: 3 ::

    Some have asked me if I’m going to post a reading plan for 2017. I don’t really have to do that, you know, because my “plan” is already online. It’s called AmblesideOnline Year Nine. Ha! Seriously, though, a number of years ago I realized that if I was going to keep up on my prereading, I had to make that my primary reading. I always have a number of books going on the side, but the prereading takes up much time, as I’m sure you can imagine.


    :: 4 ::

    This month in 2015:

    If only I could remember this advice, I’d do pretty well! In other news, I still love this title graphic. It was fun to make, and it makes me happy.


    :: 5 ::

    This week’s links collection:


     :: 6 ::

    We finished reading The Comedy of Errors as a read aloud this week. This is the first time I’ve done Shakespeare play as a family read aloud, and I’m so glad I did. I was worried at first that it wouldn’t go over well, but everyone really enjoyed it. This wasn’t “Shakespeare study” because there was no narration or anything else — just enjoying it. I mainly did it because I was curious. I have always remembered that the mother in the Little Britches series read Shakespeare aloud at Easter (at least, I think it was Easter). It was just mentioned in one of the books as a matter of course, but I was stunned. Here they were, settlers in the still sorta wild West, and they were reading Shakespeare aloud on a leisurely afternoon. I decided that was what I wanted for my children — that Shakespeare could be enjoyed aloud, as a group, in such a casual, informal way. While this is not the way I will always do Shakespeare, I felt very Mission Accomplished after it was done, you know?


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