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We began a new read aloud: Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier. I’ve become an Auxier fan over the past year (Sophie Quire and The Night Gardener are officially in my favorites category), so I have high hopes for this one. The chapters are short, so we’re reading 2-3 at a time on average post-lunch afternoons … buuuuut … I find it handy that they are short. If we’re in a hurry for some reason, I usually still have time for a single chapter, which is nice.
We’ve only read a tiny bit, so I can’t comment on it yet. It feels a little slow to start, but sometimes books that do that end up being the best books, so I’m not judging yet.
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This past summer, I ordered A-Age-Fourteen a pair of “denim” shorts online. She just needed one more everyday pair — nothing fancy. I sent them back after finding a tag that said they weren’t really denim but rather made from recycled plastic water bottles. Hmmm … Let’s see. So we’re going to take endocrine disrupters and put them in fabric that teenage girls wear? What could go wrong?
This week, it wasn’t denim, but the dreaded sports bra. At this point, I don’t trust a fabric unless it’s over 90% cotton. Who knows what is really in fabric these days? I shudder after the water bottle incident. Anyhow, we ended up finding two types that met my criteria over on the Hanes website. I thought I’d share in case you’re in the market for real cotton that is still affordable.
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Yes, the Charlotte Mason in One Hour event is still available. I haven’t shut it down — it’s just that the live portion is over. If you purchased it before today, please remember that your questions for the Q&A Session are due today (Friday 9/6/2019) at NOON Pacific time. You can use my contact for to submit your questions.
I’ll notify you by email when the Q&A Session is available.
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This month in 2018:
Not everyone agreed with this post, which made the comments even more fun than usual. I love a good discussion.
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This week’s links collection:
- Teenager Went Blind After Only Eating Fries, Chips, White Bread, Sausages and Ham Since Elementary School from Newsweek
- So that went badly. I guess I assume enough foods were fortified that this sort of thing really couldn’t happen anymore, but I suppose this is a very strictly limited diet.
- So sad!
- Rotten STEM: How Technology Corrupts Education from American Affairs
- I have to admit this has me thinking. We have been using more technology than ever — what with Latin and math tutoring, as well as piano — and I hope this isn’t true in my home. I feel like it isn’t hurting — O-Age-Eleven and Q-Age-Twelve adore their Latin teacher and E-Age-Seventeen is fairly fluent. But maybe I’m overlooking something? It’s disconcerting to read that having a laptop (statistically speaking) knocks off a letter grade. But perhaps it still matters how it’s used?
- What do you think?
- New York is running out of fuel and power — just as Cuomo planned from The New York Post
- “The utility has stopped taking new gas customers in parts of Long Island, Brooklyn and Queens where it can’t handle the new demand — because Team Cuomo vetoed the proposed Williams pipeline”
- Newsflash: you have to have a pipeline if you want natural gas delivered.
- For the record: I adore my natural gas. Seriously. It’s inexpensive and clean burning. We heat our house and water, cook, and dry our clothes with it … it’s amazing.
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