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    February 9, 2018 by Brandy Vencel


    :: 1 ::

    Scholé Sisters is back in business!! That’s right! TODAY Mystie and I kick off Season 5 with the one and only Cindy Rollins. By the way, there are some important announcements at the end, so make sure you don’t skip the outro.

    :: 2 ::

    Okay, so a couple weeks ago, I said I hoped to have a special announcement today. Due to unforseen circumstances, I hope to make this announcement next Friday. To the two of you who remembered and were looking forward to it, I apologize. 😉

    :: 3 ::

    I got a new book!! This is always exciting, amiright? In the comments somewhere (Facebook, maybe?) to my high school writing post, someone mentioned they were reading Zinsser’s other book, Writing to Learn. With a title like that, there was only one thing to do: bump it to the top of my wishlist, stare longingly at it for a while, scrap the wishlist plan, and purchase it immediately.

    So far, I’ve only read the preface, but it is so so good! I’ll be sharing some quotes as I read it. Slowly.

    :: 4 ::

    So we’re switching dojos. Most of you could care less, but I know a few of you are avid martial arts families, so I’ll explain. I’ve posted the occasional shotokan karate photo on Instagram; here is your notice that I’ll be mentioning a different kind of karate in the future.

    Why did we change? While I am thankful to the dojo that introduced us to karate and developed in my children a new interest, we expected martial arts to emphasize discipline, self-control, and perfect execution. We believe that our new dojo will have higher standards and ask more of the children in regard to performance and execution. We made this decision as a family and the children look forward to taking their skills to the next level.

    It’s best summed up by one of my daughters who said, “I want to know that when I have a black belt, I earned it.”

    :: 5 ::

    This month in 2016:

    Yes, this is a curriculum philosophy of sorts. There will always be a crowd a homeschoolers chasing the newest shiny thing, but that doesn’t mean you have get involved in that rat race.

    :: 6 ::

    This week’s links collection:

    • Living Classical Education from Grammarlings
      • Oh my, if you only read one article, read this one. ♥
    • The Melded Minds of Best Friends from Discover Magazine
      • Pretty cool: “Researchers at Dartmouth College analyzed brain scans of close friends and found that their brains tend to respond to the world in similar ways. As a next step, researchers want to see if it’s possible to predict who will become friends with whom based solely on brain activity.”
    • Researchers say this 5-minute technique could help you fall asleep more quickly from The British Psychology Society Research Digest
      • This might be helpful for some of you? I like to take one dose of Coffea Cruda 30c shortly before bed if my mind is racing (it works so well that it feels like magic to me), but I suppose this might work, too. Coffea isn’t expensive, but this technique is free.
    • A Memo from The United States Senate Judiciary Committee
      • “The Department of Justice has a responsibility to determine whether Mr. Steele provided false information to the FBI and whether the FBI’s representations to the court were in error. … Accordingly, we are referring Christopher Steele to the Department of Justice for investigation of potential violation(s) of 18 U.S.C. § 1001.”
      • Here’s 18 U.S. Code § 1001, if you need it.

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  • Reply Rebecca Beck February 10, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    I know most homeopathic remedies are fine while nursing, how’s coffea?

  • Reply Erika February 10, 2018 at 8:50 am

    I started in shotokan karate as well. I appreciated my dojo’s emphasis on all those things you mentioned, discipline, self-control, and perfect execution. I started it because I watched my young siblings in a class and I said, “now HERE is a teacher! I’ve got to study with her.” So I did for several years before I moved. Looking for a new place, I knew it didn’t matter what branch of martial arts I studied as long as the teacher was excellent and focused on those three things. I ended up in Kung fu and loved it even though I knew I would never achieve a black belt there, I did not have the drive that their standards required. I did go far enough to be a good assistant teacher for the youth and to be very pleased with my personal growth. It’s the journey and how you go that matters. Enjoy your new dojo!

  • Reply Sarah (COMama) February 9, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    #6 — Coffea Cruda is magic. I used to get insomnia that would go for weeks at a time. I remember one day winding up in a heap on the bathroom floor crying at 5am be ause I was obviously Never.Going. To.Sleep.Agaiiiiin!! (Don’t laugh. You lose all sense of reality when you don’t sleep.) It was so miserable. Now I use 6x for occasional insomnia, and it knocks it out within an hour, every single time.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel February 10, 2018 at 8:35 am

      ♥ I LOVE this! I have a couple children with minds that race at night, and since it worked with me for that, I tried it on them, and what a relief. I exactly know that feeling of sleep desperation — and I’m so glad Coffea got you over it! ♥

  • Reply Rondalyn February 9, 2018 at 2:16 am

    I bet there’s more than two of us out here. Anxious to hear about your next secret project!

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