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    November 9, 2018 by Brandy Vencel


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    I’m speaking at Great Homeschool Conventions again this year. I’ll be at two of them: Texas and California. Registration opened October 1st and now is the time to get the cheapest pricing, so if you know you’re going, might as well register.


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    Speaking of conferences and conventions, there are only a few spots left at the AO Camp Meeting in April 2019, if that’s more your style. I’ll be there, too! ♥ I’ve been privy to enough of the details to know it’s going to be very special. ♥


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    We’ve recently finished some read alouds and started some new ones. Goodness, reading aloud is my favorite thing! ♥ Right now I’m reading:


    About four years ago I realized that having just one read aloud wasn’t going to cut it. I had started skipping because “everyone” wasn’t there. It took me a while to realize that we were going to do a lot less reading if having “everyone” there was still a criteria when Some People were getting big and going places. So now we always have three or four going and it works much better because I just pull the book that is appropriate for who is present at the time.


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    E-Age-16 owns his own podcast editing and engineering business, which means he uses screens quite a bit in the evenings. I’ve read enough about blue light affecting circadian rhythms to be slightly concerned about the effect of this on his sleep quality.  Enter these ugly orange glasses. I bought them to put in his stocking for Christmas (shhh…don’t tell  him!) and since he’s mentioned the blue light fatiguing his eyes at night, I think he’ll actually wear them.

    This is a win-win in my book.


    :: 5 ::

    This month in 2015:

    DecemberTerm is a long standing tradition at our house … but I rarely talk about it anymore! It really is one of my favorite things. This post includes a look at my plans for the 2015 Advent season.


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  • Reply Erika November 11, 2018 at 10:01 am

    Academia is, indeed, a cult! My husband is adjunct faculty and has to bend over backwards to make sure he’s in good standing with whoever assigns classes each semester. He’s had serious job repercussions from putting students’ needs ahead of pleasing certain staff and tenured faculty. And not only are there no benefits, but there is no job security, either! Some colleges will guarantee adjuncts one course each semester, but when you have three or four in a given semester and one is your only assurance of a job for the next semester…. other colleges do not even guarantee that!

  • Reply Heather November 9, 2018 at 6:33 am

    We really like those orange glasses. My 14 year old is very sensitive to the blue light from screens, and she’ll sometimes even use the glasses during the day while she’s using the computer.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel November 13, 2018 at 11:34 am

      Ooh! I’m glad to see a positive review! I did a bunch of research into how to allow him to work but also have an easier time sleeping, and these seem to be just the ticket, but I hadn’t thought much about other uses. Eye strain due to computers! Brilliant!

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