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    June 5, 2020 by Brandy Vencel

    :: 1 ::

    Our last day of the school year is today. Meaning my senior is done … today. I’m having trouble wrapping my mind around it, believing it.

    You know what he asked me? Mom, can we still have our summer date? I jokingly told him no because I didn’t need to plan school for him anymore. But how my mother heart sang! Who knew that the process that eventually became the Flourish Charlotte Mason Annual Review would become such a deeply rooted family tradition?

    My littlest guy was planning his date at the lunch table today (loudly, to the great annoyance of his siblings). Apparently, he heard of a local place that makes huge servings of sweet potato fries. Maybe we could just go for a snack? he asked.

    :: 2 ::

    Before you jump on the Black Lives Matter bandwagon, I recommend you read what they believe.

    Here are images from my IG Story:

    I had someone ask me to offer alternatives. I can give you people, but I cannot give you an organization because I have yet to see one that is not using Darwinian categories to divide people up by skin color. If an organization is not using a biblical anthropology, it is not going to get very far in solving problems.

    I recommend:

    I also recommend spending some time meditating on the significance of Acts 17:26, which explains clearly that there is one race because we are all descended from one man. All else must stem from this: that there is a human race and each member an image bearer.

    :: 3 ::

    This is the time of year to do your Flourish Annual Review! Those of you who bought it last year have everything you need. If you want to re-watch the video sessions, just sign into your account here on Afterthoughts. If you remember what to do, print out your paperwork and get busy! Don’t let summer slip away.

    If you didn’t grab Flourish the last two times it was available, now is your chance. Just click here to find the homeschool review for Charlotte Mason mamas — that helps you reflect philosophically rather than materially.

    :: 4 ::

    This month in 2018:

    I have a whole system for summer chores that I’ve used for years. It works great. Summer is wonderful for assigning new chores (and getting buy-in using my Chore Store idea), and then training them.

    :: 5 ::

    Podcast episode of the week:

    • Just Thinking Podcast: George Floyd and the Gospel
      • I rejoiced at the devotion to the Gospel displayed by these men! And then I did a little dance when I figured out one of the hosts lives not far from me.
      • Their emphasis on the personhood of all men is so important in an age where so many in the church are using mental Darwinian race frameworks instead of Scripture to think through these issues.

    :: 6 ::

    This week’s links collection:

    • No new coronavirus cases reported in Lake of the Ozarks partiers, health official says from Fox News
      • When our nation desperately needs prayer, the tyrants still deny my first amendment right to go to church — to join with the Body of Christ. But the narrative that being with people is dangerous for the average person has fallen to pieces.
      • It’s not really shocking to find out that the virus, like all other viruses of its kind, doesn’t do well in heat and sunshine. This is the perfect time to be with others!
    • Rosenstein says McCabe was ‘not fully candid’ about Comey’s memos from Washington Examiner
      • Note: “not fully candid” = lying. I love the way bureaucrats talk so as to dress sin up and take it to the prom.
      • This is the part where Rosenstein and McCabe start throwing each other under the bus. Rosenstein just made the first move, but I’m expecting more. No one wants to take the fall for this mess.
      • “I haven’t accused him of making false statements to me,” Rosenstein emphasized. “I’ve simply said that he wasn’t fully forthcoming.” If Rosenstein read his catechism he’d know there were two types of lies in that there are two types of sin: omission and commission. Both are attempts to deceive.
    • Piles of BRICKS mysteriously sprouting up near riot hotspots all over US have journalists demanding answers from RT
      • Some of these were found near where my sister lives, along with incendiary devices.
      • Yes riots are bad, but we need to find out who is paying for them. These bricks (and devices!) were paid for and delivered by somebody.
      • NOTE: This posts was a round up of things on Instagram, which means some may just be rumors. Be careful what you read, but also, if you feel your neighborhood may be in the path of a future riot: watch for bricks and other weapons being delivered ahead of time.
    • Six Million Guns Sold in Three Months from
      • The gun control debate is probably over for a generation is my guess. All the people who say you shouldn’t own one because you can “just call the police” are thinking about two things: (1) they just suggested only police should own guns and (2) they expect the police to be able to help them in a timely manner.
      • I am not anti-police. Someone questioned me on this last week, so I wanted to make that clear. I am, in fact, in favor of having police and I am thankful for the police who are members of my church and also provide armed security for us on Sundays. (At least they did back when church was legal. Ahem.)
      • With that said, we have called the police only a couple times and neither time did they arrive quickly. (One was a scary high school fight and they only came after I called back half an hour later and explained that the baseball bats had come out. Turns out the presence of weapons helps them drive faster.) We are thankful for the police, but we do not expect them to rescue us in an absolute sense.

    :: 7 ::

    Corona reads:

    This week, we’ll focus on one thing only: a study I was following because it baffled me that serious side effects would suddenly be found after Hyroxychloroquine had been supposedly safely prescribed to a vulnerable immunocompromised population for decades. I’m reminded that if something sounds untrue, there is a reason: it often is untrue.

    Apparently, Surgisphere is under scrutiny for three studies, which cumulatively appear to have turned the world away from HCQ and toward Ivermectin and possibly cost hundreds (or even thousands) of lives. All of these links were shared by Wendi Capehart. If you have time, read them. It is so much like a novel, it’s hard to believe it really happened.

    • A mysterious company’s coronavirus papers in top medical journals may be unraveling from Science
      • “Surgisphere, which provided patient data for two other high-profile COVID-19 papers, has come under withering online scrutiny from researchers and amateur sleuths. They have pointed out many red flags in the Lancet paper, including the astonishing number of patients involved and details about their demographics and prescribed dosing that seem implausible.”
      • “‘The problem is, we are left with all the damage that has been done,’ says White, a co-investigator on a trial of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 prevention that was halted at the request of U.K. regulators last week. Headlines proclaiming deadly effects will make it hard to recruit patients to key studies, he says. ‘The whole world thinks now that these drugs are poisonous.'”
      • “Surgisphere data reportedly collected at 169 hospitals around the world between 1 January and 1 March. It included three patients in Africa who received ivermectin—despite the fact that only two COVID-19 cases had been reported in all of Africa by 1 March…”
      • “Chaccour wonders how such a tiny company was able to reach data-sharing agreements with hundreds of hospitals around the world that use many different languages and data recording systems, while adhering to the rules of 46 different countries on research ethics and data protection.”
    • Doubts cast over US firm’s study linking HCQ with higher Covid-19 deaths from Hindustan Times
      • “According to The Guardian’s investigation, several of Surgisphere’s handful of employees have little or no data or scientific background. It says the company’s science editor ‘appears to be a science fiction author and fantasy artist’ and another of its employees, listed as a marketing executive, is an ‘adult model’ and events hostess.”
      • “Surgisphere had mixed up data of Australian hospitals with two other hospitals leading to over reporting of the number of Covid-19 deaths in Australia.”
    • US firm in middle of row over global HCQ study hired sci-fi writer, model: Report from Hindustan Times
      • “WHO resumed use of HCQ after The Lancet, which published a study based on data provided by Surgisphere, declared that it was reviewing the data and methods of the study which had come in for criticism by a large number of experts.”

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  • Reply Cindy Rinna June 9, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    Thank you for the heads up on Black Lives Matter and giving great alternatives!!

  • Reply Rahime June 6, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    I listened to the Just Thinking Podcast that you’d linked to last night and followed with the Racial Reconciliation one that they did back in Feb. That one was great IMO. Definitely listen to it too if you get a chance. 🙂 Nice to hear someone dispute the Darwinian model.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel June 7, 2020 at 8:42 am

      I am in the middle of that one!! And now I think I need to just go back through most of what they have done because I see there is more. I still have a number of “but what if” and “but what about” questions I’m mulling over so I’m thankful they have years of work behind them!

  • Reply Rosemary Callenberg June 6, 2020 at 9:51 am

    We literally had someone leave a backpack full of homemade explosives downtown in our city … so I would not be surprised if those rumors were true. Fortunately ours was discovered before it was set off or picked up by somebody.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel June 6, 2020 at 12:14 pm

      Oh goodness! I’m so glad no one was hurt. Stay safe, Rosemary! ♥

  • Reply Mrs A. June 6, 2020 at 9:11 am

    Congratulations on your joint accomplishment with your oldest! That is wonderful. And very connected to the rest of your posts. “Like arrows in the hand of a warrior…” Way to launch a thoughtful, discerning, compassionate, determined soul into a world that needs all of those things desperately.

  • Reply Victoria June 5, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    Thank you so much for these links, Brandy, and especially for pointing out the highly problematic package that the Black Lives Matter campaign has on offer. I don’t think a lot of people realize what they are signing up for when they share the slogan on social media or on chalked sidewalks. Of course the lives of people who are black matter! All lives matter! Injustice based on race is wrong, but there’s no need to promote a totalitarian organization in the process of discussing–and hopefully correcting–injustices.

    And congrats on graduating your senior!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel June 6, 2020 at 9:48 am

      Thank you, Victoria! ♥

    • Reply Susan Everett June 6, 2020 at 12:54 pm


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