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    September 13, 2019 by Brandy Vencel

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    There’s a new Scholé Sisters episode out today! This one was tons of fun to record. I love talking to Ashley — she has so many interesting thoughts rolling around in that head of hers! I think you’ll love this one. Click here to listen, or download and subscribe in your favorite podcast player (it’s free!).

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    If you did the Charlotte Mason in One Hour workshop, please note that the Q&A Session is now live. Don’t miss it! It wasn’t too terribly long and I think the questions asked were quite good ones. Also, this is still available so if you want it you can click here to get it.

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    I finished reading The Great Gatsby a couple days ago. I hadn’t read it since high school. WOW. I liked the book then, but, even though I had a good teacher, I missed so much of it. It’s a sobering read, to be sure. I read it with my high school senior. Highly recommended! We had some great discussions.

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    This month in 2017:

    We have to ask ourselves: what kind of homeschoolers do we really want to be? I still believe this.

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    Want to fall in love with Plutarch? Coming up very soon in the Scholé Sisters Sistership Premier is Plutarch for Mommies!

    We had a number of requests regarding Plutarch and decided that the best way to learn to love him is to read him together. ♥ So that’s what we’ll be doing. I’m recording audio files for it. If you find him difficult to read, I highly recommend following along in the book while listening. I’m really looking forward to our discussions! It’s going to be fun.

    Not a Sistership Premier member, but want to join in the fun? Just click here!

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    This week’s links collection:

    • Our son’s Sleep Disorder was misdiagnosed as ADHD & a “behavior problem” from Your Modern Family
      • This is a great thing to explore if your kids have troubles …
      • “A child waking at night is not rested enough to think or act the way that a rested child would think or act.”
    • Social Justice is ‘Fake Scholarship,’ Oxford Philosopher Says from Intellectual Takeout
      • “Scruton said the ideology might be grounded in truth, but it’s impossible to know because one cannot freely question its premises. Conformity to the orthodoxy takes precedence over the intellectual method…”
      • “It used to be the case at universities you were teaching a recognized subject with a recognized curriculum and you were carrying out research or scholarship in the humanities which was open-minded, guided by the pursuit of truth, and not dismayed particularly if it came to surprising or unorthodox conclusions.”
    • Still Chilling Twenty Years Later: “Death by Government” from The Imaginative Conservative
      • I haven’t read the book, but I have been reading Paul Johnson’s Modern Times lately and it feels like this could be the title for the chapter covering Lenin and Stalin. It’s incredibly disturbing.
      • “I offer this proposition here as the Power Principle: power kills, and absolute power kills absolutely.”
    • Take That, AP Style! Court of Law Rules the Oxford Comma Necessary from The Write Life
      • I know I’m preaching to the choir here, but this article was very satisfying to read.

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  • Reply Catie September 24, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    Oh man. That sleep article has me really considering having a sleep study done on one of my children.

    And HOORAY FOR THE OXFORD COMMA! (We can address typing in all caps later. ;o)

  • Reply Claire September 14, 2019 at 2:55 am

    Not necessarily preaching to the choir. I, for one, am an Oxford Comma skeptic. And like all good skeptics, I dig in my heels even further with every piece of evidence to the contrary. I will repeat here the argument I made on Wendi Capehart’s recent blog post about the accomplished rabbit: According to ‘My Grammar and I (or Should that be me?)’, the closest thing to a grammar guide that I own, ‘Most (British) pundits recommend it [the OC] only to avoid ambiguity’ – in other words, *everyone*, Oxford Comma enthusiast or skeptic, can insert an OC when they feel it is necessary to avoid ambiguity – which means in cases like the one mentioned in that article, I would argue, the Oxford Comma isn’t.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel September 14, 2019 at 9:12 am

      You are a rebel, Claire. 😉 I love you for it. ♥

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