Archive for the 'History' Category

Why Off-Year Elections Are Important Too

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Tomorrow is our infamous “off year election,” where local elections are in focus and the president watches returns to see whether he finishes his term with a friendly Congress or an opposition in control. Voter turnout is always lower when The Big Prize is not on the ballot. That’s a huge opportunity for the party faithful…
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Celebrate Presidents Day
With Men of Great Character–Free!

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Here’s a neat resource you can download for free and share with your sons in honor of Presidents Day — examples from the lives of great men who have led our country! Several years before he became our 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt and his friend Henry Cabot Lodge wrote a collection of stories to teach…
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Happy Independence Day!

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Won’t you join us tomorrow in celebrating the glorious heritage of liberty in our country? Click here for our free guide to Independence Day Celebrations!

Teaching Geography Inexpensively – and Effectively!

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Several of our sons have done well in state-level geography bees, including one who ranked no. 2 for the whole state. When a public school teacher turned to Melanie in amazement and asked “What curriculum do you use?” she had to admit a dark secret … we seldom use a geography curriculum at all! So…
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Risk and Reward

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Most of us have been frustrated at some time or another by our boy’s love of risk-taking and adventure. They seem to do the craziest things and seldom think enough about them first. As a mom, I want to protect them and coddle them and keep them completely safe. What they need, though, is balance!…
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Character-Building Books for Boys

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Someone just recently asked on our Facebook page: Do you have a list of book recommendations for building character and vocabulary? My son reads about 200 to 300 pages a day and I cannot keep up with the previewing. We had the same question when our oldest boys were younger. They could race through books…
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I Found 18 Reasons

Monday, November 5th, 2012

We have some friends who are staunch third-party advocates. “Democrat or Republican, there’s not a bit of difference between them,” they say. We disagree, and strenuously, but ignore that for now. If you’re disappointed in the choices available in the presidential race–and we probably all feel that at one time or another–there’s more in play…
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Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

As we were leaving our hotel in Richmond one morning after the HEAV convention on our way to visit the disappearing chef (You’ll hear all about it later!), we happened to run into our friends Larry & Sue Pruett of Ancient Paths Christian Bookstore who were packing their van. Sue mentioned that they were going…
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The Power of Biography

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

George Rogers Clark fording the Wabash – If we ignore the lessons of history, we’ve been warned, we’ll be doomed to repeat them. I would say in addition, if we ignore the lessons of biographies, we’re likely not to repeat them. And given the right lives to study, missing their example would be a tragedy…
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Virtuous Spy Thrillers? Really!

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

I love mysteries and spy thrillers because I have insomnia. Seriously. I have to read something exciting enough to keep me from thinking about life long enough to fall asleep. That’s challenging for a Christian because the exciting genres are usually full of sleaze. Let’s face it, murders don’t often happen in nice families! And,…
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