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    August 25, 2017 by Brandy Vencel


    :: 1 ::

    I’m loving my new stapler. For years, I’ve used my husband’s stapler, a souvenir from our college days. I never really liked it, but there was no compelling reason to replace it until recently when it became difficult. It started jamming and never worked correctly twice in a row.

    What I bought to replace it is a real stapler. I see that now. All my life, I’ve been using pretend staplers. But this beautiful red Swingline? It’s all mine, and it’s fabulous.

    It actually makes me want to staple things.


    :: 2 ::

    Season Four of The Scholé Sisters Podcast started up today! Today’s episode is about memory work:



    :: 3 ::

    I joined Instagram. I still don’t share photos of my children, FYI. But within boundaries is a place of creativity, amiright? One of the really important things I shared there this week was our new bookends:

    This is one of those purchases where I look back and wish I’d done it last year. I was being cheap. I didn’t realize that cute little metal bookends like this are often less than ten bucks, and so I put off the purchase.

    It was a set of two, so both girls are now using one and the bookcases look so much nicer!


    :: 4 ::

    I assume you noticed that solar eclipse thingie in the sky on Monday? We weren’t anywhere near the totality zone, but we enjoyed our little pinhole projectors just the same. It was pretty amazing how cool it got — the temperature dropped at least five degrees. For those of you whose first day of school it was, I bet that was the first day of a lifetime!


    :: 5 ::

    This month in 2011:


    It’s funny … I didn’t realize I was thinking this way such a long time ago!

    On a whim, I typed in “2011” just to see what I’d written, and I found this. Funny enough, I said almost the same thing in a talk I gave at Great Homeschool Conventions last year, but when I wrote that talk, it felt new to me.

    It’s interesting to me how we know things, and yet we continue to circle back around, learning them all over again.


    :: 6 ::

    This week’s links collection:



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  • Reply Carol August 31, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Brandy, I just finished listening (and enjoying) to the Memory Debate Podcast. Re memorising Scripture & Poetry, I recently read ‘Life & Death in Shanghai’ (AO Year 11) and the author describes her time in solitary confinement during time Cultural Revolution, where the only written material she had was Mao’s Little Red Book – but she had a store of Psalms & Classic Chinese poetry in her heart & she while she was pretending to read Mao, she was recalling what she had memorised while she was free. I was so challenged & impressed by this.

    • Reply Carol August 31, 2017 at 12:01 am

      Argh!!! Apologies for the grammar etc glitches!

  • Reply Rebecca Beck August 27, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Esolen is one of my favorite authors especially his work in the Magnificat! As far as Iceland goes, I’ve always believed we (Americans) were much worse, we kill 90% of our Down syndrome children! They only abort about 80-85%. We must not listen to the liar, Down Syndrome children are so precious! Even worse still is the idea that they are now making jewelry with human embryos for parents who tried i v fertilization to entomb their extra babies in a necklace! There is no way, that we Americans can or should dare say anything about other countries aborting babies. We are the guilty ones! Sorry, I just get fired up about babies, especially when I’m pregnant!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel August 28, 2017 at 4:14 pm

      Preach it, Rebecca!

      And you make the same point he does in the article — that Iceland is actually statistically lower than other Western countries, but because it’s so small, it’s can have statistically abnormal results (i.e., no more children with Down Syndrome).

  • Reply MacKenzie August 27, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    I don’t have a swingline stapler but I feel the same way about my swing-away can opener. Where had it been all my life?!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel August 28, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      I am very tempted to google “swing-away can opener” right now, MacKenzie!!

  • Reply Alana August 26, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Ooo that stapler comes in blue & gray…

  • Reply Cathy August 25, 2017 at 10:31 am

    I have so often wondered what that “word” was that would fell Satan. And yes, I always thought it must be just saying the name of Jesus knowing that the power of God is behind it. What a great article.

  • Reply Crystal Mcdonald Johnson August 25, 2017 at 7:33 am

    The link about Down syndrome-I did not quite understand the part about a priest blessing and a prayer card with tiny feet? There is no way this supports aborting babies with Down syndrome. This is not meant to help them feel less guilty. I am catholic,pro-life and a mother of a baby with Down syndrome and maybe I need more coffee but that was confusing at the end. Every priest I know in real life is pro-life and would NEVER bless an abortion. Like I said maybe I read it wrong?

    • Reply Brandy Vencel August 28, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      I don’t think he was super clear at the end, either, Crystal. Maybe he thinks the Church should be confronting these parents — even excommunicating them? — over their sin rather than doing these other things? I don’t know — he’s Lutheran (I’m not), so I don’t know how that plays into it, either.

  • Reply Sharron August 25, 2017 at 5:24 am

    Love your red supplies! Looking forward to the new podcast!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel August 25, 2017 at 6:52 am

      Thank you!

      I love little touches of red… ♥ 🙂

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