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Some of you may have seen me say this on Instagram, but VidAngel is alive and well and I still recommend it. I wanted to introduce my children to the Back to the Future series, but without all the language and insinuation. We watched with VidAngel this week and it worked beautifully!
VidAngel works with things like Netflix streaming and Amazon Prime Movies. In our case, we have an Amazon Fire Stick (not to brag, but I bought it when it first debuted for about fifteen buck!). I rented Back to the Future on Amazon, streamed it to our TV using the VidAngel app, which I’d previously installed on our Fire Stick. It worked perfectly, and now my children know many of the BttF movie quotes Siah and I use around the house.
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If you missed it on Tuesday, there are now replays available from the webinar pep talk thingie Mystie and I did together:
It’s free so go check it out and be encouraged!
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I bought this new devotional, Daily Readings: The Early Church Fathers for E-Age-Seventeen and myself. It’s his senior year and I was debating which Fathers to choose when we have so little time left. That’s when I discovered this collection. Hallelujah!
Some of it is a repeat for him (he’s already read Augustine’s Confessions) but still, it’s a nice sampling. Each day has a verse at the top followed by an excerpt from a Father’s writings. Each month has a new author to read, so you spend a whole month saturated in one thinker before moving on. I told Son E. to try to do at least four days per week.
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This month in 2017:
What do I mean when I urge you to “trust the method”? The answer might surprise you.
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This week’s links collection:
- Editorial: California’s proposed new ethnic studies curriculum is jargon-filled and all-too-PC from The Los Angeles Times
- This curriculum is soooo bad. It’s propaganda of the worst sort. I am horrified for the students here.
- “It’s hard to wade through all the references to hxrstory and womxn and misogynoir and cisheteropatriarchy. ” Yes, really.
- Hands Off the Babylon Bee from National Review
- Snopes simply has to be picking on the Babylon Bee. I was listening to an interview with the editor recently and he explained that the amount of checking Snopes does on the Babylon Bee is exponentially larger than The Onion even though The Onion is much larger and more influential.
- Really, Snopes just has no sense of humor.
- No-One’s Life Matters. That’s Why There Are Mass Shootings from PJ Media
- “No-one matters anymore, not at least in the postmodern dystopia of invented identity.” True, but …
- I do wonder about the pharmaceutical angle on this situation.
- It also pays to remember that the actual homicide rate is about HALF what it was the year I was born. I don’t say this to minimize what has happened lately but only to help us not be unnecessarily fearful.
- Speaking of fear, it pays to teach your kids to be prepared. Don’t assume the police are going to help you — if Parkland did nothing else, it reinforced this. We can’t guarantee safety but we can help our kids not have a victim mentality by giving them proper training. Gun safety, weapons, and self-defense training along with an honest discussion of what to do in an active shooter situation if you aren’t packing can all be helpful.
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