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    October 12, 2018 by Brandy Vencel


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    Yes, there will be more Scholé Sisters episodes this season. Just … not until next week. We missed one, you see, because I was so sick that I just couldn’t get it done. I decided if there was ever a time to give up and move on, it was this time. We still have a great rest of the season coming up. In the past 10 days, Mystie and I have recorded three times: once with just ourselves, once with Martin Cothran, and once with Angelina Stanford!

    See?? I told you it’d be great.

    In the meantime, here’s an older episode you might not have listened to the first time around: Will the REAL Multum Non Multa Please Stand Up?


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    I’ve been on a book buying spree. It’s possible that this is a problem, but I got some good deals, so I’m not beating myself up about it. Here’s my list:


    The Classic Hundred PoemsHomeopathic Medicine: First Aid and Emergency CareFinish: Give Yourself the Gift of DoneThe Dog Who Wouldn’t BeEveryone’s A Theologian

    Details: The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be is for O-Age-10 for Christmas. I actually bought two copies of Everyone’s A Theologian because both of my teens needed a copy for youth group. The rest of the books are for me. After reading the first third of Homeopathic Medicine: First Aid and Emergency Care, I decided to add it into Circle Time. It covers remedies my kids use so often that they already know them fairly well; I figure this steps it up a notch and helps them make better informed choices, plus it covers other things you might need to do in an emergency (like elevate a limb or apply ice).


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    This month in 2016:

    Here’s a quote:

    Perhaps the most important thing to know is that books teach you how to read them. The first chapter may be difficult, the next one a tiny bit easier, until suddenly you are halfway through and it’s not nearly so bad as it was at first.

    I did end up writing a follow-up to this called How to Help Your Children with Hard Books.


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  • Reply Angela October 14, 2018 at 8:26 am

    Oh, I’m really excited about the upcoming podcast episodes! I love listening to both Martin Cothran and Angelina Stanford.

    My dd9 is currently reading The Dog That Wouldn’t Be (which, coincidentally, I first heard about from Martin Cothran on a podcast somewhere), and she’s really enjoying it. She read Owls in the Family awhile back, and really liked it, and we just finished it as a family read-aloud, which inspired her to pick up TDTWB.

  • Reply Claire October 12, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    After reading the last article, I can see its point, but… Doesn’t the quote you included directly oppose your comment above it about seasons and expectations?

    • Reply Brandy Vencel October 12, 2018 at 4:41 pm

      I don’t *think* so. While it’s true I have to muddle through some days in my mothering (today, actually!), I certainly don’t deserve a Mom of the Year badge. I think the problem is when we start giving out badges for things that aren’t excellent — especially to children. We lose the ability to distinguish, or even to understand that excellence matters.

      • Reply Claire October 12, 2018 at 5:27 pm

        That’s what I meant when I said “having read the article”. The quote, though, doesn’t mention badges etc. The fact is, none of us have to be the best, which by definition most of us can’t be. In general, very often just showing up *is* enough. But no, not enough to get a reward that ought to be reserved for ‘the best’, which is what the quote meant in context.
        Sorry, I was in a nit- picky mood this morning.

        • Reply Brandy Vencel October 13, 2018 at 7:25 am

          Ha! No worries. 🙂 Nit-picky happens to the best of us. (Pun?? Maybe?? 😉 )

          I do agree with this: “very often just showing up *is* enough.” The cheerleading example was interesting to me — and I know it wasn’t exactly the same as the VERY common practice (in my area) of giving trophies to *everyone* on a team no matter what (even if they *didn’t* show up!) — because there were a number of possible consequences: a lowering of the quality of the squad, a decrease in motivation for those who worked hard in the past — because hard work turned out to not matter, and also a possibility of danger because of stunts being performed by those who aren’t qualified.

          I was thinking about this: I really DO want to be the person who shows up. But I think it’s better to show up with excellence when I can. Sometimes it’s not possible — showing up at all (or on time) seemed to rarely be in my list of abilities when I had all littles! — but I think I still need a standard of what greatness looks like if I’m to have a character moving in the direction of greater virtue. ♥

          Sorry this is so long, but you really got me thinking! Specifically: is it worth having ideals when we know we can’t reach them? And what does a culture look like when it has dispensed with them?

  • Reply Sharron Cox October 12, 2018 at 6:34 am

    Looking forward to reading those links and I love to hear Angelina Stanford talk!! Can’t wait!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel October 12, 2018 at 12:20 pm

      She really was such a delight to talk to! ♥

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