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Month: December 2018

{History Nibbles} Henry Knox

{History Nibbles} Henry Knox

Henry Knox, better known as General Knox, was born July 25, 1750 in Boston. He was the 7th of 10 children, but 6 of his siblings did not survive to adulthood.  His father couldn’t make a living, so he left his family to work in the West Indies, forcing Henry to end his education at about a 5th grade level.  He worked at the Boston bookbindery to help support his family, and found a way to save money to eventually…

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{Character} Traits of a Statesman: Courage

{Character} Traits of a Statesman: Courage

{Traits of Statesman} Courage is a muscle originally posted April 28, 2012 Just a note, this article was written in early 2011. If you are not familiar with A Thomas Jefferson Education, the Traits of a Statesman are: virtue, wisdom, diplomacy, courage, inspires greatness in others and moves the cause of liberty. “Courage is very important. Like a muscle it is strengthened by use.” ~ Ruth Gordon In recent months, there have been several videos posted on YouTube and showcased…

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{Book Review} Alas, Babylon

{Book Review} Alas, Babylon

{Classics} Alas, Babylon Originally posted on April 28, 2012 There is nothing like the book Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank to evoke the feeling that if any large catastrophe happened, we would all be immensely unprepared.  We all assume that a catastrophe might cause a hiccup for a day or two, or maybe even a week, but we can’t fathom a hiccup for…a year?  two years?  A decade? In the book, America is attacked by Russia with nuclear and atomic…

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{Classics} A Case Against Abridged Books

{Classics} A Case Against Abridged Books

{Classics} A Case Against Abridged Books Originally posted on April 28, 2012, post-script added 2013; updated again 12/1/2018 Several years back, I purchased a set of abridged children’s classics from Costco.  It was a set of 20 with titles such as Little Women, Treasure Island, Anne of Green Gables and Peter Pan.  They are rewritten and abridged, but keep the main story, with some deletions.  I started reading them with my oldest when she was 5 to spark her interest…

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