An Idea: A Conference for Stay-At-Home Mothers

 

A quick dispatch from a homeschool conference; I think I’m in Pennsylvania. Someone else drove.

I’m planning on homeschooling our children (ages 4, 3 and 1 currently), and have been attending Charlotte Mason homeschool conferences for the last year and a half. Even though I don’t yet have children schooling, I find them helpful to keep in mind how my future homeschool will look on a day-to-day basis, but also immersing myself more in Charlotte Mason’s philosophy. This is a helpful guide to the philsophy; on which there are several curriculums available.

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Don’t Buy the Fertility Lies

 

I love babies and pregnant women; I have devoted my life to them. Until recently, I worked in one of Cape Town’s busiest government-funded hospitals and every day of the week, I would start work with an antenatal clinic. Roughly a hundred ladies would stream through those doors for their check-ups. I would measure tummies, listen to fetal heartbeats and do ultrasounds. I would issue antenatal vitamins, reassure mommies and empathize with all the complaints pregnancy brings. Twice a week, that same clinic that was filled in the morning with happy, but tired, wobbling pregnant ladies and the laughter of children soon to be older siblings, would turn into a desperate, quiet infertility clinic in the afternoon.

Recently Brigitte Nielsen announced her fifth pregnancy at the age of fifty-four. Janet Jackson was fifty when she had her first baby. Many celebrities are now having children in their late forties, and few acknowledge the truth that led them there – some even declare their pregnancies to be absolute miracles. Now, although I also believe in miracles, I have seen thousands upon thousands of pregnant women and have personally never seen a spontaneous pregnancy in anyone over the age of forty-five. In fact, any healthy, spontaneous pregnancy in a woman over the age of 42 is by itself, a miracle.

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I don’t mean to sound like Admiral Motti aboard the Death Star in a New Hope but the attempt by feminists to organize a nation wide sex strike for the purpose of defending the institution of abortion is a useless gesture. That is not to say that a sex strike could not work or to […]

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There is a lot of concern on the Left in the aftermath of Anthony Kennedy’s announcement that he will retire from the US Supreme Court once a replacement is confirmed. In fact, “a lot of concern” is an understatement. If you watch this video of Chris Matthews discussing the Supreme Court vacancy you might notice […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America review Justice Anthony Kennedy’s 30 years on the Supreme Court and anticipate President Trump’s second opportunity to nominate a justice to the nation’s highest court. They then laugh at the hysterics of Chuck Schumer and other Democrats following Kennedy’s retirement. They also look at […]

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After venting about their run-ins with government bureaucracy, Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America dive into three crazy martinis related to the Justice Department’s Inspector General report. They marvel at the mountain of obvious political bias inside the FBI during the 2016 campaign and that the IG does not believe that bias affected the Hillary […]

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After discussing the Washington Capitals ending a 26-year title drought in the nation’s capital, Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud Country Time for vowing to pay the fines and permit fees for kids hassled by the government for running lemonade stands without business licenses. They’re also disgusted as a 57-year-old […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of a Christian baker who was sued for not customizing a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony but note the ruling focused on this particular case rather than broader issues of conscience and religious liberty. They also cringe […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are pleased to see pathetic levels of voter enthusiasm among Democrats in Texas and Georgia and they dissect the substantial personal debt afflicting the party’s nominee for governor in Georgia. They also fire back as California Rep. Eric Swalwell argues for a ban on […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for inflicting punishing sanctions on Iran, making it clear the Trump administration does not think the Iranian regime can be partners on anything. They also sigh as the gun control movement tries to advance its agenda again after […]

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Did no one else on Ricochet get up to watch the wedding live? I wouldn’t have if my daughter hadn’t said that she was getting up (and I am staying with her). It really was lovely and I was relieved when the vows were said because I worried that one of the brides relatives would […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert for shredding Chris Cuomo’s suggestion that Iran is suddenly a problem in the Middle East because President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the nuclear deal. They also scold White House communications aide Kelly Sadler for suggesting Sen. John […]

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer new poll numbers showing that voters in many states with incumbent Democratic senators overwhelmingly want someone new. David explains his concern that evangelicals are showing themselves to be hypocrites and damaging their efforts to share the gospel by defending President Trump in every situation. […]

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The Kendra and Hank Breakup: Dissected

 

Andrew Breitbart used to say “politics is downstream of culture.” Similarly, I believe cultural trends are downstream of Hollywood, so you’ll excuse me if I dip my toes a bit into some celebrity gossip for a few minutes.

Kendra Wilkinson (it’s okay if you’ve never heard of her; she was one of the handful of Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends featured on his reality show “Girl Next Door”) and husband Hank Baskett (of some sort of sportsball fame) have announced their divorce this week. The pair are parents of two: eight-year-old Hank IV, and three-year-old Alijah.

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An Ode to Life Insurance

 

When I was 16 years old, my mother died. When I was 19, my father did. For many reasons, the experiences were very different; but one of the most striking was the fact that my mother had a valid life insurance policy, and my father did not (because he wasn’t totally honest on his health disclosure forms). The payout from my mother’s policy was small, but prevented me from descending into total poverty. After my father died, his financial support obviously ceased. I spent the rest of my college experience working 40+ hours a week in order to stay in school and get my degree on time (which I did, but with a lower GPA than I would have had had I been able to actually focus on school instead juggling of two part-time jobs).

My friend Glen Asbury wrote a Facebook post today that resonated with me, and I wanted to share it here. He is an insurance agent and he wrote:

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Listen to Amy, and Other Advice for the Single Crowd

 

We are not revisiting any earlier discussions of the singlehood and the disadvantages thereof. However, Bridget and I would like to announce that we are now engaged (I think this is Rico wedding, like, 2 or 3), and since this website was a non-trivial part of our getting together, we’d like to share some of the insights.

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Marriage and Love In high school my friend Josh and I once discussed marriage and love. Was true love even real? Do people marry other people for reasons of character or more material considerations? Was anyone even capable of keeping their virginity for marriage? He and I had different answers to these questions. More

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Ethical Non-Monogamy and Conservatives

 

People might say that monogamy is very much a conservative thing. For some of us, we’re less socially conservative and it brings to mind the question: why do people think that conservatives are such sexual prudes? Just because we think sex is private doesn’t mean we aren’t creative. Heck, in thinking about it, I started to realize something else.

Conservatives are the ideal group for ethical non-monogamy.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are not all surprised by President Trump firing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson given their distant relationship and they hope Mike Pompeo can be effective as America’s top diplomat. They also unload on Hillary Clinton after her ugly overseas explanations that Trump won the […]

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