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As I write this, there is a thin blanket of snow on the ground and the sun is just rising.  It’s rising near the crossing of two ridges in the distance that form a ‘V’ and creates a landmark that is very close to the point in the sky that the sun dips at solstice.  […]

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A Homeschooler Applies to College

 

I have six tadpoles, all of whom have been or currently are homeschooled, the oldest of whom is a college junior and the youngest of whom is a third grader in our own Edith Stein Academy. Right now, our high school senior and I are engaged in college application fun. I thought it might be of some interest to the Ricochetti to hear what the process is like for home schooling families like the one here in Toad Hall.

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The Other Woman

 
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From the Seton Hill Archives

On January 13, 2017, Mr. She, his daughter, his granddaughter, and I will be having lunch with a woman who’s probably had as much influence on the course of Mr. She’s life as anyone he’s ever known.

Hereby Resolved for 2017

 

Who else prefers staying in, curling up with the cats, and reading a good book to any imaginable New Year’s Eve party? It’s probably the defining mark of middle age that I’m so firmly in the former camp. Nothing and no one could tempt me to venture out to celebrate the arrival of 2017. New Year’s Eve is the worst evening of the year, as far as I’m concerned, for going out with friends or family; even lousy restaurants jack the prices up to the stratosphere. Also, I hate the drunk drivers on the roads and drunk pedestrians in the streets; and frankly, midnight’s past my bedtime.

But I would like to celebrate with a really good book. I’m just not sure what book to buy. I’m looking for something lighthearted and probably contemporary, fiction or non-fiction. What book would you recommend for the traditional Middle-Aged New Year’s Eve, and why? (Please only recommend books available on Kindle. It’s freezing outside, and I don’t feel like walking to the bookstore.)

And what books do you resolve to read, or re-read, in 2017?

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Late Christmas Day, as my granddaughter and I sat together watching the cartoon version of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas for the umpteenth time, she suddenly looked up at me and asked if there might be one more gift for her to open. It wasn’t greed. If it had been I could have quickly brushed aside her […]

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http://monsterhunternation.com/2016/12/30/fisking-the-huffpos-snooty-rant-about-self-publishing If you haven’t read Larry Correia then you are missing out on some great novels and a great blog.  Here he is doing one of his patented take downs of a snooty author who doesn’t understand the purpose of writing. Preview Open

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Just came across this while visiting iwastesomuchtime.com.  Had to share it.  While twitter is sometimes mocked as yet another sign of the shallow constant need for attention and validation, I’ve found there are actually a lot of smart, funny people out there whose twitter feeds are marvelously entertaining.   As an example of a hilarious […]

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We live in Mt Pleasant SC in a condo complex. ‘This summer we had a very nice family move in upstairs , mother, father and two teenage boys. The boys are both Eagle Scouts. The boys have pets that they share, a bearded dragon , three fish and a hermit crab. They decided to take […]

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There are so many objects of personal significance I could have picked to describe me, that I had a hard time narrowing it down to five. I could have picked something about my Italian ethnicity, long time love of The Rolling Stones in rock, or of my love classical music and the arts in general. […]

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In Lieu of Flowers, Please Stop Smoking

 

I learned something interesting earlier this month. If you want to donate your body to medical research, there’s usually a minimum weight requirement. If you’re an adult, you need to weigh at least a hundred pounds. If you’re too emaciated, for example, from a long illness, they won’t take you.

I discovered this because I spent the latter half of January helping to take care of a terminal cancer patient. One day she could walk down the stairs. The next day she needed help. The day after that, she lost all feeling below the waist.

At that point, there’s no point in doing scans to figure out what’s wrong. Everyone involved understood that the end was fast approaching. The cancer had either spread to her spine or her brain. Either way, it wouldn’t be long, so a call was made to hospice.

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I read somewhere a person’s account of how much his Obamacare policy will cost this year, and the price was so high I couldn’t believe it. So I decided to find out myself. I went onto healthcare.gov to price a policy for a husband and wife, both aged 63 (so as not to be eligible for […]

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Christmas in Connecticut

 

Navy officer, Jefferson Jones, recovering from starvation on the high seas after his ship is sunk, is sent by his nurse to enjoy the domestic bliss of a Christmas in Connecticut, so that he learns to yearn for that with her. She wants to get married. He wants to enjoy sophisticated food. What could possibly go wrong? It turns out that Connecticut, a combination of American nature & European sophistication, is a fake. Elizabeth, the writer who’s supposed to be a happy wife, knows not the first thing about husbanding or home, much less the sophisticated food that’s supposed to be the part of the sophisticated life that even the unsophisticated majority could enjoy & by which they might be attracted. One thing the two protagonists have in common is, they’ve lost their taste for food. She has available exquisite dining, but cannot be bothered, because she’s lonely. He has not recovered his health enough to enjoy safely any real food. He reads her column about great food & fine country living. It turns out that she’s offering him the only kind of culinary delights he can enjoy & she can offer. That’s unhealthy, we’re shown, & it makes for unhappiness, but that’s where we begin!

So some changes to this initial situation are necessary to make for happiness! The comic writers who turned Connecticut into the hunting grounds of American eros know it’s a fake & do their damnedest to make it true. The ambition of Christmas in Connecticut is twofold: To make American romance work by making it more sophisticated; & to make comedy more popular by tasking sophisticated writing with solving simple problems. One requirement of this task is irreverence. In this story, they play with who’s married & who’s engaged, what might constitute adultery or alienation of affection, & they hide a justice of the peace around, as though his duties were shameful, if necessary. Another requirements is to humble sophisticated people by showing their private deficiencies. Marriage is a solution to both problems: It restores some innocence to life & it makes it possible to live with many flaws or shortcomings.

The Democrats: Alone and Defenseless in a Cruel, Cruel World

 

Liberals are freaking out all over the place, and it is absolutely delicious to watch.

They (liberals) are exactly the same people they were on November 8. Everything they had the day before — their smarts (or lack thereof), their work ethic, their skills, their passions, their vision — is still there. Trump’s election didn’t do anything to them. And yet they’re reacting to the election like they’ve been physically assaulted.

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2016 had been vilified as a personification of the Grim Reaper. There have been a number of painful deaths, many noted here. And as the Apostle Paul noted in I Corintians 15:26, death is the final enemy. But there are some deaths that are better than others. When someone reaches, say, four score and a […]

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I’ve spent a good amount of time reviewing streaming television for you, my beloved reader – by which I mean my lovely wife, Amanda (hi, honey!) The rest of you have been able to read it as well but with that sense of detachment, like you’re on the outside looking in. Many of those digital bits have […]

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Of What Importance is Gender to Society?

 

This isn’t an opinion piece. It’s a request for a Ricochet roundtable so I can learn.

In New Jersey, which in year 2000 gave us the case of Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, another matter is currently brewing. In Dale, the Supreme Court ruled the Boy Scouts could exclude homosexuals (or anyone, for that matter) who significantly impacted their ability to advocate their own viewpoint. It was decided under 1st Amendment “freedom of association” principles.

Today there is a child in New Jersey who has been removed from the Boy Scouts for not being a boy. The child was born a girl but is identified by the parents as a transgender boy. The story is gaining media headlines so you might have heard of it. I won’t link it because they are using this child’s name and I’m not sure (as in actually unsure) if that’s the right thing to do; I’ll err, if I’m erring at all, on the side of caution.

Bonfire of the Sophisticates (Part 2)

 

(Note: This is the second of a two-part essay, the first part centered on the proposition that the Republican party, through its own self-destructive tendencies, has reduced conservatism itself to little more than an academic exercise.)

The second proposition is as follows:

Donald Trump is less an instrument of political vandalism than of utter and complete exasperation.