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    July 31, 2020 by Brandy Vencel

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    This week, my husband finished a project that was many years in the making!! I read the proof copy and offered some final corrections last week and now … it’s up on Amazon already.

    I’m so excited for him. Funny story: the plot of this book started out as a very exciting dream. I still remember him telling us about it at breakfast years ago. The first draft was read aloud to the kids — I remember wondering what kind of person writes their kids a murder mystery??? (In retrospect, I can honestly say that though it is written for adults, I would never hesitate to hand it to my teens.)

    Additional bonus: if you ever wondered how government pensions work, you’ll know something about them by the time you’re done.

    I’m rather proud of him. ♥

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    I have a reading recommendation for you all. In light of the crazy censorship going on, it pays to think deeply about the issue. It’s been a long time since I have read this (I plan to pull it back out soon), but I highly recommend reading the ultimate book on the subject of censorship, John Milton’s Aeropagitica.

    You may not agree with him. I really struggled with the book (probably because my children were young and a certain level of censorship was definitely appropriate at the time). But if you want to see the arguments against censorship, Aeropagitica is for you.

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    The second episode of our short summer season is out from Scholé Sisters today:

    It’s always nice to chat with Karen Glass. ♥

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    This month in 2017:

    This was the first post in my CM and Gifted Kids series. I only write a couple posts (if that) in the series per year, but they’ve been a valuable exercise and some readers find them helpful, too. 😉

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    Podcast episode of the week:

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    This week’s links collection:

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    Corona reads:

    About that hydroxychloroquine…

    As far as other topics go …

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  • Reply JoyH July 31, 2020 at 2:30 am

    Quinine, from a tree bark, I think, is the older version of hydroxylchloroquine. Quinine, then chloroquinine, and now a hydroxylcholorquine, all commonly used to treat malaria. I read your link a few days ago for that covid protocol and thought it was funny that his wife was giving him something related to the politically incorrect medicine.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel July 31, 2020 at 8:44 am

      I thought it was funny, too! We aren’t allowed to talk about it, but they can? Or something.

      I don’t even know that I take this as evidence that it “worked” for him because the survival rate in his age range with no other complicating factors is very good. But I thought it was incredibly ironic considering our current discussion climate!

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