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I'm the incredibly blessed mother of 9, "Granny" to 16, and wife of "The Papa," the knight-in-shining-armor whose loving support has made it possible for me to stay home and give my life to mothering, homemaking, and 26 years of homeschooling. Life at Granny's House is full of laughter, friendship, books, music, lively debate, writing, and good things to eat. My days are made even more meaningful by coming alongside other moms, giving them the support and encouragement that I lacked as a young mother and helping them to network with each other in ways that strengthen homes and families. A few times a year I board a plane to visit my "away" kids, to attend the birth of a grandchild, or to enjoy some lazy days with my best friend, but I always love coming back to...Granny's House.

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  • Tuesday, October 30, 2007
    Many of you have asked about this procedure that I'll have done next month. I've tried to find some good descriptions and good pictures (non-gory ones) but there's not a lot out there. But I'm going to do the best I can.

    In short, here's my problem:

    Data from short- and long-term follow-up studies indicate that thigh pain is a significant complication after apparently successful cementless total hip arthroplasty. In most cases, reported symptoms are mild to moderate, resolve spontaneously or do not progress, and require little or no therapeutic intervention. However, persistent thigh pain may be a source of dissatisfaction or may present as severe, disabling pain. Possible causes include bone-prosthesis micro-motion, excessive stress transfer to the femur, periosteal irritation, or a mismatch in Young’s modulus of elasticity that increases the structural rigidity of the prosthetic stem relative to the femur. Thorough diagnostic evaluation of thigh pain is essential to rule out prosthetic infection or loosening, stress fracture, or spinal pathology as the primary source. Treatment options in the aseptic, well-fixed femoral component include medical management, revision of the femoral component, or cortical strut grafting at the tip of the implant.
    (Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)

    Through a process of elimination and some nuclear medicine studies that have shown some loosening of the tip of the implant, my surgeons have determined that a cortical strut graft may, I repeat, may relieve the persistent four-year pain. The procedure, while used commonly after a fracture or to stabilize the femur before a hip replacement in an older patient with thinning bone, has not been used on a wide scale to alleviate post-op thigh pain in THR patients. The results have been mixed. But there is currently no other course of action...and if this doesn't work, then I will just have to live with the pain until such time as other components of the hip fail or are compromised and it needs to be completely redone.

    The procedure consists of using a piece of cadaver bone in sort of a collar shape and partially encircling the femur with it at the level of the tip of the implant, about half-way down my thigh. This is then surrounded by metal bands to secure it tightly and give it the best chance to "grow" into my own bone. The hope is that this will stabilize the portion of the bone/stem that is either loosened or that is failing to "give" due to the great difference in elasticity between bone and metal.

    The diagram to the left is the best I could find. It does not show a hip implant; rather it shows an allograft being used to correct for a defect in the femur. But the procedure is similar. The pink piece is the donor bone that will eventually graft into the host bone.

    The x-ray on the right shows a completed strut allograft in a patient with a hip replacement. The bright white portion is the prosthesis. The thin white bands are holding the donor bone in place. So this will resemble my x-rays when my procedure is complete.

    One of the obvious questions is whether there is a possibility of rejection. My surgeons' response and my own research indicate that this is not a problem as it would be with live tissue of some kind. There is very little "living" tissue in cadaver bone and treating for the tiny possibility of rejection would present larger risk than rejection itself.

    So...there's about the extent of what I know. The science behind it fascinates me; but more than that the hope of some permanent relief encourages me to undergo one more "swing" at this thing!

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    has spoken at 7:51 PM
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    This morning was my LONG awaited appointment with the orthopedic surgeon, the one who's just returned from the desert and whom I saw in May before he left. At that point he was leaning toward doing a strut graft surgery on my left leg but couldn't get it worked in before leaving. Now that he's back, it's finally scheduled and I will have the operation on Nov. 14. It will mean a 2-3 day hospital stay but not nearly as long a recovery as my initial hip replacements, so maybe I'll be walking again by Thanksgiving. I'll have to count on my daughters and all our guests to actually prepare the meal, but we'll carry on with our plans to have a houseful unless there are unforeseen complications.

    The doctor wouldn't give me any percentages on his hopes that this surgery will eliminate my pain, but he thinks the chances are better than even and it's the only thing left to try other than redoing the whole hip. And that brings risks of its own and I think I'd have to having even more pain than I currently have to submit to that.

    Your prayers are appreciated, for the procedure itself, the recovery, and that the timing will leave me capable of fully participating in the holidays, making a trip to see my newest grandchild, due in early December, and carrying on the school year without getting really out of whack.

    And all you HOPE gals, maybe we can string this out long enough to get another "handicapped" table at WholeHearted Mother :-)


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    Sunday, October 28, 2007
    Sunday snippets...
    Yeah, so it wasn't the greatest health week around here. My kids Aubrey, John Caleb, and Timothy, grandkids David, Josh, Isaac, Abigail and Sam, and cousin Josiah all had varying degrees of respiratory infections which in at least three cases led to pneumonia. All seem to be on the mend now, but if you notice the drug company stocks soaring this week, I won't need to tell you why...

    I'm still thanking my merciful Father for allowing me to get great news about my eyes. The glow is still all around me despite an otherwise rough week. School had completely fallen apart by Wednesday morning, and I really didn't do much to try to redeem it. It happened to have been a fairly light week anyway, so we'll double up on a few things this week and we should be okay.

    I used some of the downtime this week to get second quarter Tapestry of Grace (Year 1) books ordered. Looking ahead to the topics, I think it's going to be a very enjoyable study: The Indus Valley, Hinduism, and Buddhism; Ancient China, Confucius, and Taoism; Ancient Americas; Early Greeks; Conquest and Settlement of the Promised Land and the Neighboring Cultures.

    My new laptop arrived on Tuesday, and I'm just now getting my life transferred over. Really, I'd have preferred not to do this...the new one is nice but not that much nicer than my old one, and changing settings, figuring out Vista, formatting email, and transferring files is such a pain. Here's hoping this one lasts me longer than 2 1/2 years. (And you know you're getting old when you start thinking in terms of how many more computers you'll probably need before you die!)

    I am now 4/6 of the way through listening to Atlas Shrugged. And no, dear math students, I am not reducing the fraction. It sounds much more substantial to me than 2/3. This thing is a monster (52 hours and 19 minutes)! But what a novel...the layers, the writing, the philosophy, all are intriguing and spellbinding. Yesterday, for variety, I also started the audio of The Thirteenth Tale. I hope I'll be able to end up recommending it because so far, it's very good.

    This afternoon, some of the kids and I attended "Oz with Orchestra."What a delight! The Majestic Theater is one of the most gorgeous places I've ever been...the kind of thing no one designs or builds anymore. I was spellbound. The performance itself had a few bugs, like the music slightly lagging behind the movie and some of the music being so loud you couldn't hear the dialog, but for the most part it was done quite well. The kids in our group really enjoyed it and behaved spectacularly well!

    Seems I'm forgetting a snippet or two, but if I remember something later I'll post again. In the meantime, snip, snip...and have a great week!

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    Saturday, October 27, 2007

    Okay, this I appreciate,
    having already thought of SOME of these. (No, I hadn't yet tried hubcaps or my Crocs...)

    BUT THIS?? I'm trying to think of a situation in which I would resort to such a thing. If my oven isn't working, we're gonna have Kraft Mac 'n Cheese, or go out for a burger, or...

    ...or of course stick with our old standby of taking a drive to the Hill Country and cooking our dinner under the hood as we go.

    Now where's that number for Pizza Hut?

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    Friday, October 26, 2007
    It's not just schools.

    It's not just California.

    It's not just the U.S.

    But it's scary.

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    I hate it when this happens.


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    This one makes me so sick I'm not even going to comment (much). You can go read the story for yourself. But I will say: Granny does not allow any smugness over it being California. I firmly believe that within five years more than half our states will have signed similar legislation, and not all of those states will be on the west coast or in the northeast. And it's not just schools, so no smugness on the part of you folks who don't have kids in school. We're talking society, friends, and schools are just the easiest way to start:

    "Mom and Dad" as well as "husband and wife" effectively have been banned from California schools under a bill signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who with his signature also ordered public schools to allow boys to use girls restrooms and locker rooms, and vice versa, if they choose.


    The bills signed by Schwarzenegger include SB777, which bans anything in public schools that could be interpreted as negative toward homosexuality, bisexuality and other alternative lifestyle choices.

    There are no similar protections for students with traditional or conservative lifestyles and beliefs, however.

    Story here.

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    Thursday, October 25, 2007

    Yes, folks, you need one of these. One for each car, van, SUV, motorcycle, skateboard, refrigerator....Get right over to Enjoy the Journey and get yours!

    (And yes, Granny WILL be checking up on you.)

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    This, my friends, is some of the best news of my life.

    It's what my eyes look like.

    Normal. Healthy. Disease-free.

    For those of you who didn't know this yet, for the past four or five months I have lived with the fear that I was developing Macular Degeneration...if you aren't familiar with it you can look it up because I'm too happy right now to go back and describe it.

    I don't have it. It runs in my family, and I could still get it someday, but what I have now has nothing to do with MD. The visual symptoms I have now are related to a sort of structural thing going on, but nothing pathological at all.

    So while I've been fairly preoccupied lately with the possibility of going blind, I feel today as if I've been acquitted and get out of jail free :-)

    Thank you to all of you have prayed and been so supportive as I've waited through this. And now, I'm going to go make myself something really decadent to celebrate...maybe a creme brulee!


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    Wednesday, October 24, 2007

    Advertising Age has an interesting article this week, and the news is good...unless you happen to be a current or aspiring restaurateur:

    For the first time since June Cleaver donned pearls and aprons in the 1950s, the percentage of women choosing to work outside the home has been flat to down for several years running. Not coincidentally, the number of meals purchased at restaurants per person has stopped growing too, for the longest sustained stretch in the 23 years NPD Group has tracked the number.

    The decades-long rise of women in the work force -- and the related rise of meals bought from restaurants -- has ground to halt and begun to reverse since the turn of the millennium. The numbers have gotten little attention, and they fly in the face of conventional wisdom, but their ramifications are huge for restaurant, supermarket and food marketers.
    Here's AdAge's take on the trend:

    Women's participation rate in the paid U.S. labor force topped out at just above 60% in 1999 and again in 2001 but has fallen since then, according to the Labor Department. Restaurant meals, fueled for decades by the migration of moms to the work force, also topped out at 211 per person per year in 2001 according to NPD and likewise have been bouncing lower since, hitting 207 this year.

    For restaurants, it means an end to a demographic gold mine that fed decades of growth. For supermarkets, it means a reversal of a trend that fueled decades of decline and may even help savvier operators gain an edge in their long-losing battle against Wal-Mart. And for package-food companies, the trends offer a chance to gain ground on restaurants for the first time in decades.

    I'm not a demographer, so I'll leave the actual statistics to those who are. But I am going to quibble just a bit with the interpretation of the stats. I'm not sure that I'm seeing a direct correlation between the decrease in working mothers and the downturn in restaurant business. I tend to think that the increase in eating at home is more across-the-board than that. I'm not sure of all the reasons, but I think families, moms in particular, have been affected by warnings about fat content, poor health practices in restaurants, the fragmentation of family life, and many other factors that are encouraging them to go back home for dinner.

    I'm a "SAHM." And I love to cook. If I wanted to, I could structure my life so that I was cooking most of the time. But it's not just women like me that are rediscovering the joys and benefits of cooking at home and staying out of the fast-food and buffet lines. Even those of you who work outside the home or have home businesses or other heavy demands on your time are, I believe, right in there on the movement to cook at home. Why else would we be seeing the proliferation of trends such as:

    Bulk/freezer/Once-a-Month Cooking. You can't be in the blogosphere for long without running across cookbooks, tutorials, web sites, and equipment specifically designed for a family to cook enough in a weekend to last a month or more.

    Meal Preparation Station franchises like Super Suppers, Dream Dinners, Meal Makers, or locally-owned and operated stores where you can go and assemble a week's worth (or more) of meals from recipes you choose and ingredients that are pre-chopped, measured, etc. You then freeze for later quick preparation.

    Mixes and packaged ingredients sold "party-style" for main dishes, breads, desserts, even salad dressings allowing for meals that feel and taste like "from scratch" but can be cooked very quickly at the end of a day. Homemade Gourmet and Tastefully Simple are two of the entries in this field.

    Grocery delivery services like, Schwan's (an oldie but getting a new look from a lot of folks), and even, as well as many local supermarket chains that will deliver for a flat fee. Sadly, the grocery monopoly in my local area has kept this from being available to me.

    All these options are being fueled not so much by stay-at-home moms (because many of these options aren't cheap and would be impossible for some one-income families) but by working moms who don't want to eat "by default," who want a dinner around the table even at the end of a busy work day and would rather spend their food dollars in ways that foster instead of fracture family time.

    Are you finding faster, cheaper, easier, or more satisfying ways of feeding your family? Tell me about them in the comments!

    (Katherine, over at Raising Five, beat me to blogging this today, so go read her comments too. If you're a busy mom and you can only read a few blogs, this should be one of them anyway, IMO!)

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    Good thing we're a people with a sense of humor. Sheesh.

    (This guy is a favorite of mine...maybe not for the White House, but...)

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    Monday, October 22, 2007
    Monday edition of Sunday snippets...

    (Well, late Monday, but it's still Monday!) Today was a nice blend of school work with the kids, work deadlines, and chauffering grandkids to Tae Kwon Do and enjoying the chilly fall weather. I'm always energized by the chill, so today was a decidely better day for me than yesterday!

    Over the weekend I ordered my Christmas wrap. Current is my favorite, hands down, for their heavyweight paper, their jumbo rolls (40 ft long for 6.99!) their tags and seals and stickers that match everything, and their exceedingly tasteful collection (okay, along with a few silly designs).

    Do you guys know about the Friday Sales? If you don't, you should! Check every Friday for great deals on toys, kitchen stuff,'s fabulous! And especially this time of year!

    Okay, so what about that Republican debate last night? I continue to be so impressed with that guy they say doesn't have a chance...all I can say is "I HEART HUCKABEE!"

    I am SOOOOO proud of my kids. The school year goes remarkably, encouragingly well in all areas. Shelley's concerned about her chemistry class but I'm so proud of the way she's trying and sticking it out in a subject that does not come easily for her. John Caleb is excelling at algebra, and Tim's just having a great year in all respects, continuing to scare himself by liking grammar :-)

    I finally got an appointment with my orthopedic surgeon who's just returned from Iraq, so I'll be seeing him on the 30th and hoping for the earliest possible surgery date so that I can be back on my feet, literally, by Thanksgiving. Thankfully my pain has been low in the past four days but I know better than to get too excited about this part of the pain cycle after four years. Maybe soon there won't be any cycle!

    Our prayers are with those affected by the fires in southern California, including our friends the Burkes who have just been notified of mandatory evacuation from their home. Many have already lost their homes, belongings, animals and livelihoods and more are sure to come. God, have mercy...

    Thanks to all of you who read and commented on Saturday's food post. It was not easy to write and I'm sure many read and turned away, but I wrote what was on my heart and prayed that God would direct it to the heart(s) that needed to think about the issue. I'm blessed by those of you who chose to respond. And if you didn't, it's still not too late. (And don't be afraid to dissent!)

    A belated snip, snip, and blessing for a wonderful week for all of you!

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    Sunday, October 21, 2007
    Sunday snippets...
    Well, "snippet" actually.


    Writing is a funny thing. It can rarely be forced, and when it is, it's usually not pretty. It's not a good day for me to be writing. No reason in particular...just a state of mind that doesn't lend itself to chattiness, or writing, or trivia. Just one of those days.

    Maybe this week, Monday snippets.


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    Friday, October 19, 2007

    An open letter to my friend Paula (not her real name)...

    Dear Paula,

    I've known you for many years now. I love you like a...well, somewhere between a daughter and a sister, since you fall sort of in the generation between my kids and me. You may have moved a thousand miles away from us, but you are and will always be very dear to me. I've watched you start and raise a family and grow in your marriage, in your role as a mother and friend, and in your walk with God. I'm blessed to know you, more now than ever.

    But there's a topic I've wanted to open up with you for a long time, and it seems that the longer I wait, the harder it gets. Not only might you be angry with me, you might also wonder why in the world I waited so long if I feel so strongly about it. And the only answer I can give you is that...I used to be you. Not in all the specifics, maybe, but enough so that I feel for what your reaction might be and it's made me reluctant to go there. I've told myself it's none of my business, that I don't want to sacrifice the sweetness of our friendship over a temporal issue. But there is something, and you'll understand in a few years, about passing 50 that bestows a boldness that I wouldn't have had in my 30's...and I am just going to trust that you'll hear my love for you and Brad and the kids in what I'm going to say.

    The topic

    Even as I write the word, I envision that you know where I'm going. It's been unspoken between us but it's no secret that our paths have diverged farther and farther in the time we've known you. I've watched you become more and more focused on every bite of food that goes in your mouths, spending almost inhuman amounts of time looking for the raw, the organic, the range-fed, the stone-ground, the unpasteurized, the gluten-free, the additive-free, the fat-free, the hormone-free, the antibiotic-free, the caffeine-free, the preservative-free. Part of me has always admired your quest for the best, especially since I remember the days of doing much the same. I was so afraid of Nabisco's additives (and their evil motives), I baked my own graham crackers. No, we hated them, but hey, they were good for us.

    Not everything I made out of 100% pure ingredients tasted bad. Most of it was great, after some tweaking. But not all of it was good for us. It might have been good for our insides, but it was bad for our souls. And that's what I want to share with you.

    Paula, in the time I've known you I've watched you become more and more fearful that you or Brad or the kids will put something in your sandwich that will hurt you or cause cancer or autism or hyperactivity or reduce the baby's IQ. You spend hours reading conflicting opinions and stress out over this month's warnings against the thing that was allowed last month. And that fear is showing on your faces, and it's beginning to separate you from the people you love. Grandma can't bring candy...Grandad can't take the kids to MickyD's...friends have become afraid to invite your family for a meal or a picnic...birthday parties get whispered about behind your back because there'll be hot dogs and cupcakes...and you are more and more uncomfortable at your church potlucks. You want to be part of a community, but you're allowing yourself to be isolated and divided from the very people you need and who need you. You're missing out on the fellowship that goes hand in hand with food. I know you believe you're doing what's right, but I want you to consider that you might be throwing out the baby with the bathwater.

    All through the Bible we are presented with beautiful pictures of food as communion. Whether it's in Old Testament narratives, Gospel parables, Jesus' institution of the Lord's Supper, Paul's letters, or the picture of the wedding feast in Revelation, the meal is presented as something sacred. Not that the food itself is sacred in the sense that an offering at the altar was (though we have evidence that this was sometimes the case), but the event of sharing food together as an act of signifying unity, oneness, hospitality, reconciliation, blessing, commitment. Can you imagine the angels, having been offered the meal that Sarah prepared, stopping in horror to ask if there was Red Dye #3 in the smoked lamb chops? Okay, of course there was no such thing then, but can you imagine what it would have done to the spirit of that meal for the angels to query about every ingredient? Or if the widows, getting their daily food rations from the deacons in the early church, had read the latest Prevention magazine and refused all the bread with grain that had been exposed to heat in the grinding process or started passing out pamphlets about the dangers of yeast?

    Admittedly, these are over-the-top examples. But I believe they make the point that there is a sacredness in the meal, not in the food. Some of us (including me at times) have been guilty of making food a near object of worship and in that process we've destroyed the richness of eating together. We've become guilty of worshipping, not just caring for, the temple of the Holy Spirit rather than worshipping the Inhabitor of the temple. We've become guilty of consuming parallel meals, but not ones with a spirit of communion. We've taken a gift that God graciously bestows on individuals, families, churches, and communities, and decided that we'll turn it into a science. Worse yet, we've deluded ourselved that we can add a single day to our lives by our own efforts. We've instilled fear and confusion and suspicion in our children against the very people we pray will influence them to become godly adults. And we've created division in our families, denying our husbands a beloved treat with a lecture on how dangerous it is.

    Please don't misunderstand: I applaud your desire to serve your family healthy meals and to plan snacks and treats with care, especially for your little one with genuine food allergies. But I implore you, while the kids are still under your influence, not to alienate them from each other and from friends and extended family and their church family by the very thing that God gave to bind you together. The subtle messages that you send them by not allowing them to eat what their friends' mothers have prepared are not ones that will be easily erased. They will carry those messages into their relationships and their marriages, and the results may be whole foods but less than whole souls.

    I want you in my home for dinner. But I want you to enjoy what I prepare and not feel you have to bring your own food. I want to spend our mealtime nourishing our friendship and not just our bodies. I don't want to have your husband or kids look longingly at one of the dishes but know that they can't risk your displeasure by partaking.

    Eat with joy! And don't mistake your own joy for the joy of your family and may very well be building walls instead of bridges without even realizing it.

    Please know that I say these things in love and out of a great respect for who you are and what you are building. You've accepted my counsel and my insight in many areas through the years...I hope you'll at least prayerfully consider a part of what I've shared here and see your task of providing nourishment to your family with a longer view and a more relaxed outlook. :-)

    With grateful eyes on Him,


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    Thursday, October 18, 2007
    I am UBER-proud of my friend Tiffany--she has embarked on an ambitious project of making diapers for Rowan out of materials she already has, so that they're almost free. But I'm even more impressed at the tutorial she's put together, including wonderful photos of the whole process. Whether you'd like to consider doing this yourself or whether you're just curious, run over there and take a look! (Start with this post, and then click over to the blog's home page and scroll down to part one and read up.)

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    Oh, to have gotten in on the ground floor...
    ...of the creation of a verb:

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    How far we've sunk.
    I'm glad that the president's veto of SCHIP was upheld. I believe it was socialized medicine in sheep's clothing.

    But even if I'd been in favor of the bill and disappointed today at the Dems' failure to override, I pray I'd have the honesty to be vocally appalled at this:

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    ...looks like SOMEone in recruiting can forget that next promotion.

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    Wednesday, October 17, 2007
    (Of course I would...I'm a Granny!)

    At 59, it's that old college try

    Sul Ross player goes 37 years between games

    ALPINE, Texas - Mike Flynt is a very senior linebacker - a real upperclassman.

    Thirty seven years ago, back when Richard Nixon was president, Flynt was a junior footballer at tiny Sul Ross State University with a nose for fighting and a hard head.

    After one scuffle too many, he got booted from the team he loved, a fall from grace that became one of his life's great regrets.

    So when Flynt, 59, was reminiscing over some beers at a class reunion a few months ago, and a pal said that maybe he could get his last season of playing eligibility back, it wasn't a punch line to the AARP member - it was an eureka moment.

    On Saturday night, Flynt capped a personal fairy-tale of second chances and redemption when he returned to the gridiron as his aging ex-teammates, his grown children and his grandson cheered him on.

    Flynt's first round hadn't ended so well:

    Way back in the day, Flynt was a pretty good player - but not such a good person. He was on the first state championship team at Odessa Permian, the Texas high school immortalized in the book "Friday Night Lights." After bouncing around junior college, he wound up at Sul Ross State, which at the time competed in the tougher NAIA division (it is now a division III school).

    Flynt was an emotional leader on the 1969 Sul Ross team that scored the only win that season against Texas A&I, which won two consecutive national championships. But a brawl in the dorms prior to the start of the 1971 season - which by Flynt's admission came after more than a dozen other scraps - ended his playing career.

    But there is redemption...

    Flynt stayed in sports, working as a strength coach at Texas A&M, Oregon and Nebraska. He embraced the Christian life, thanks to his wife Eileen - with whom he's raised three children in their more than 35 years of marriage. But he never got over the feeling that he'd let his own football dreams slip away.

    During this year's class reunion, he said he confided in his former teammates, "Do you know how many times I cried over that? The funny thing is, I still feel like I can play." One told him he should try. Soon, Flynt was begging for a final shot at football glory.

    Former teammate Wilson warned him that he might get his rear end kicked. His wife thought he was kidding. When they figured out he was sincere, they got behind him.

    "I was frustrated with him one day and said, I feel like I'm married to Peter Pan!" Eileen Flynt said. "But I realized how much it meant to him. And I knew that if something meant that much to me, he'd support me all the way."

    Flynt is working toward a master's degree and enrolled in classes in management and the history of sports.

    Isn't that great? Now, what can I go back and redo...?

    Full story here.

    (Oh, and The Papa says he might try that too, but he wants to say he could take more grandchildren to the games.)

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    If you haven't seen this one...
    ...get ready for goosebumps.

    hat tip: Penny

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    Tuesday, October 16, 2007
    Because, because, because, because, because.....

    ...because of the wonderful things he does!

    I never cease to marvel at the staying power of a musical that debuted in 1939, adapted from a book written in 1900. We're one of millions of families smitten with The Wizard of Oz and can't get enough of the movie, the music, the trivia, or the stuff (as evidenced by Shelley's Amazon wish list).

    On the 28th, we're going to be part of a group going downtown to the Majestic Theatre to hear the San Antonio Symphony present "Oz with Orchestra," described thusly:

    Watch the complete Academy Award-winning MGM musical starring Judy Garland with her original 1939 studio recordings, backed by live music performed by the San Antonio Symphony. Follow Dorothy, the Tin Man, the cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow and Toto down the Yellow Brick Road in the version of The Wizard of Oz on the big screen.

    We're wondering: does entertainment get any better than this??

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    Do your part to save a red squirrel...

    Eat a grey one.

    Sorry, but if I'm going to eat a rodent (and I'm not) it would be a rabbit and not a squirrel.

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    Monday, October 15, 2007
    Welcome to Grammar's House...

    Tim (age 11): Mom, wanna look at these new superhero pictures I've just drewn drew uh...DRAWN!? Hey, Mom, I think I just said a past participle!

    [Let me know if you lost that link to Easy Grammar LOL]

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    I am not an alarmist.

    If you come to me with warnings about yeast in your food or artificial coloring in the jell-o or radiation coming from your TV, I'm likely to pat you on the back and tell you to loosen up--I'm just not going to live scared of everything and neither should you. We are ALL "terminal" and I think the stress and worry over some of this stuff will shorten your life as much as any smidgen of pesticide on your apple peel.

    That said, I am beginning to be concerned about lead. My kids aren't small enough that this should be an issue any more, but many of you have little ones that suck on their crib rails, put toys in their mouths, and come into contact with many different products that have recently been found to contain unacceptable levels of lead. And lead poisoning is cumulative: the more sources your child is exposed to, the more dangerous it is.

    This morning I was made aware of a home test you can now perform on the items in your environment that might be possible sources of lead. If I still had children under six, this would be a priority for me, as would a check for lead levels in their blood. It's nothing to mess around with...check out this link and give some serious thought to testing the items most likely to find their way into your precious kids' mouths....

    Lead Check

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    Sunday, October 14, 2007
    Sunday snippets...

    Evidently I've overdone it a bit with my leg this week, so I'm paying today. Didn't make it to church since I could barely make it to the bathroom sink this morning. I've rested and written a bit, worked with new software and made some school plans...all things I can do whether I'm mobile or not.

    Okay, call me crazy. While all of you are blogging about your favorite reality TV shows and House and Office and Grey's, I'm waiting with baited breath for tomorrow's debut of the Fox Business Network. I know, I'm hopeless. Helpless. It's not just my age, I don't think, and it's certainly not my interest in all our personal wealth LOL...I am just fascinated by Wall Street, by the economy, by the Fed, and okay, by Dagen McDowell and Stuart Varney. I will try and resist the urge to give you weekly updates.

    One update I will give you: I am smitten with my new home office system. It has helped me work better, faster, smarter, cleaner, and enjoy it a lot more. I'm talkin' everything from homeschooling to photo organization to correspondence to bills to work assignments. My kids love how they can come in and sit across the desk from me with their work and have plenty room to spread it out (and I'm getting better at reading upside down). The old computer chair I'm using isn't very comfortable or good for my leg, so that's one of the next things I'll be replacing, along with a nice high chair for John's new elevated project table/desk.

    I've noticed the kiddos, both first and second generation, sneaking into my bathroom to see how fast the bathtub is filling up. (See last week's Snippets.)

    I'm still toying with my trial period of the bulk cooking software. I made up a sample cooking day from several of the recipes I used in August, and when I printed out the ingredient list that you take to the store, it said I needed a total of 288 teaspoons of mozzarella cheese. Huh? Maybe this software is still in Beta? I have two more weeks to decide if it's worth buying. My initial read is yes, if I can work out enough of the kinks that I won't be driven to insanity by measuring frozen shredded hashbrowns in tablespoons...

    I've been encouraging the Papa to nurse our ancient van and Suburban along with monthly nickel-and-dime repair bills (okay, $400) and to wait to buy anything new until next summer before our road-trip vacation. I've never been one to be chomping at the bit for a new vehicle as long as we have ones that will get us where we need to go, and especially when we don't have any car payments. Yeah, well this morning I saw this, and all of a sudden I am very impatient to go looking. No, I don't THINK I would ever succumb to buying a Ford, but they sure are out front on this as far as I can tell.

    And what is this nonsense about it being developed for Generation Y, which includes all of my B team kids but none of the A team? Hey, I'm about Generation K.2, I think, but I don't think any of my teens would be any more excited about Sync than I would!

    Am I the only one who's thankful to shop with my fingers instead of my feet? Every few months I find a new reason (parking problems, sore feet, extra taxes, high gas costs, crowds, rude clerks) to stay out of stores and malls, and better ones (my sweet UPS man who swears I keep him employed, easy comparisons, shopping carts that stay full until I decide to hit "purchase", Amazon Prime) to shop from my laptop. So when I saw this story about increasing attempts of stores to harrass customers avoid shoplifting and other crime, I just smiled. All I have to worry about is beefing up my passwords...

    Snip, snip, that's all for today. Have a great week!

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    Saturday, October 13, 2007

    It's been a bittersweet week.

    Several people, several families in my world have experienced various kinds of trauma, heartache, and crises in the past few days. And because I have the privilege of being linked to these precious folks in lots of different ways, their pain has become my pain. That's the bitter.

    The sweet? Because I'm part of a community of believers that is so tightly linked and so faithful to each other through thick and thin, I've had the indescribable blessing of watching the New Testament Church at work. Yes, at times it's been under attack through all this, but its members have functioned in ways that glorify the Father and testify to His grace and compassion.

    I speak here in larger terms than just my local church body, although they are certainly a part of the community I'm describing. I'm speaking of a whole circle of believers, friends who worship in a variety of congregations but know that their true identity is found in the Church with a capital "C". Each day these folks lay down their lives for one another in ways large and small and never seem to grow weary in that service. Their ministries to one another come in too many forms and shapes to list here tonight, but each act of love and concern, each link in the chain, blesses my heart beyond measure and inspires me to a greater faithfulness.

    Behold, how they love one another....

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    Friday, October 12, 2007
    Here's a great elementary science recommendation, complete with pictures :-)


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    Thursday, October 11, 2007
    UPDATE on Cosmillo suit:

    Officer Drops Suit, Placed On Leave

    Woman Broke Knee After Slipping On Puddle

    A police sergeant on Thursday dropped her lawsuit against a family that was filed after she slipped and fell at their home during a 911 call, and she was placed on leave by the Casselberry Police Department.

    Sgt. Andrea Eichhorn, a 12-year department veteran, was removed from duty with pay while the department reviews the incident.


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    And lest we are tempted to think...
    ....that home schooling will save us from anything:

    Cops arrest teen, seize weapons from home outside Philly

    Police say they seized an arsenal from the home of a 14-year-old boy who may have been planning to mount an on Plymouth Whitemarsh High School in Plymouth Meeting, Pa.

    Colonial School District says the boy, who has not been publicly identified, wasn't enrolled at the school. The Inquirer says he has been home schooled for the last 18 months because of bullying by his classmates.

    There's nothing about taking a troubled teen out of school and bringing his books home that will make society or his former school any safer.

    Colonial School District says the boy, who has not been publicly identified, wasn't enrolled at the school. The Inquirer says he has been home-schooled for the last 18 months because of bullying by his classmates.

    I'm sure that we'll hear, over and over ad nauseam, that he was homeschooled, and that is certainly not a fair characterization...not if comparing to what we normally think of as homeschooled kids (especially since upwards of 30 weapons were found in his bedroom). But regardless of how fair the publicity will be, it's a good time for us to be reminded that no method of education is a panacaea.

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    Wednesday, October 10, 2007
    And when you think the world can't get any more upside down...

    ...this one has my jaw on the floor.

    Cop who fell on the job sues family of baby who almost drowned

    CASSELBERRY - In January, 1-year-old Joey Cosmillo wandered into the backyard and fell into the family pool. When his mother hauled him out, he wasn't breathing. Rescuers were able to bring him back to life, but he suffered severe brain damage and cannot walk, talk or even swallow.

    Now, his family faces another burden: One of the rescuers, Casselberry police Sgt. Andrea Eichhorn, is suing, alleging the family left a puddle of water on the floor that afternoon, causing her to slip and fall.

    Poor thing, because she helped keep this baby alive she may need to take some Aleve:

    Eichhorn, he said, is a victim. Her knee aches, and she will likely develop arthritis.

    Regardless of whether the parents bear some blame for an unguarded pool, this suit is patently absurd. And if a judge doesn't throw this woman out on her ear knee, my faith in the justice system will plunge even farther.

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    Do your part to fight global warming.

    Recipes, anyone?

    Greenpeace strikes again.


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    Tuesday, October 09, 2007
    ExCUSE me??

    School District Tells Homeschooler She’s Learning Too Fast

    The Gilbert (name changed to protect privacy) family’s daughter, due to extenuating circumstances, was behind one grade in school. The following year, to correct this, the daughter worked doubly hard and completed two grades in one year!

    At the end of the year, Mrs. Gilbert submitted two assessments so that her daughter could advance to the correct grade and be back on track with her peers. The evaluation was exactly as it should be, and the family was encouraged by their daughter’s determination to make up for lost time.

    Unfortunately, the Gilberts were distressed when they received a response from the Escambia County School District to the evaluations sent. The letter stated that the district was unable to accept two year-end evaluations for a homeschool student in one year, and that they would not promote the student to the 10th grade, regardless of the fact that the 10th grade evaluation was already submitted.

    The letter included their school “policy” to show that two evaluations could not be accepted in one year for the same student as per the Escambia County Pupil Progression Plan.

    Some things just don't need comment. Sheesh.

    You can read the rest here.

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    In music as in life....'s always important to have the tools of the trade.

    hat tip: trish

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    Monday, October 08, 2007
    It doesn't matter that we didn't get our school year underway until kids are already asking when our fall break is going to be and whining because we're not taking the day off for Columbus Day. "Mom, ALL the schools have today off, come on!"

    What I *want* to say is, "Yeah, well ALL the schools started a month before you did, and they are having Mystery Meat and Mixed Vegetable Mash for lunch today and the kids are getting on the school bus before you even get out of bed. Would you like to do that too?" But I don't. Because I'm afraid they might be struck with temporary insanity and decide that all that might be better than having to get up and do their math on Columbus Day. And that's not an option. So I'm keeping my mouth shut.

    Even since I've been typing this post, another scholar appeared at the door saying, "Mom, why DO we have to do school on Columbus Day?" I started to blurt out about the Mystery Meat, but I don't want to take the chance that they'd ask me what that was they ate last night.

    Anyway, off we go to celebrate ancient Italian explorers by hitting the books...

    Oh, and Happy Birthday, Marsha :-)

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    Sunday, October 07, 2007
    Sunday snippets...

    So this afternoon was our first official fall clothes shopping trip. Took Shelley for sweaters at Old Navy and she found some really cute things. (I'd love to think she's going to get as much good out of them as we got last year, but come on, two real winters in a row? I don't think so.) Bethany will be next, and then it will be the boys' turn...

    When I was a senior in high school I wanted to go to ORU in the worst way. My parents said no, not if they were paying for it. I was kind of bummed and I wrote a letter to the school asking that they pray that there would be a way that I could attend there. My young and naive mind got a real shock when I got back a form letter that they send everyone who writes with a prayer request, and it had nothing to do with anything I had said. From that day on I had a sour taste in my mouth about that place. And through the years I have thanked God for parents who had the sense to tell me no. Watching the unfolding scandal that now engulfs ORU, I continue to be grateful. What a shame.

    Half of our bedroom is now an office. But both The Papa and I are very happy with it and think it is going to streamline our lives a lot. This afternoon I'm going to sit on the floor and transfer our files to the new filing cabinet and then just smile at how organized my life is. It's nice that I'm only feeling the need to keep about 10% of the hard copies I used to, so filing is becoming less and less of a chore. The other nice thing is the pungent smell of new wood in here :-)

    Finally, finally, our beloved Fighting Irish won a game, and what a game! We went in 0 and 5 to play a team (UCLA) that was 4 and 1, and we beat them 20-6. So I'm wondering, if we win every game from here out, could we still make a bowl? (Hey, USC lost to Stanford yesterday, so miracles happen!)

    The Amazon boxes full of Christmas presents started arriving this week. This is the time of year when my UPS man thinks about just bringing a sleeping bag and setting up shop in my house since he's here so much. Well this year, not anxious to repeat the total disaster of last year, I asked the Papa to do some prep work before we stored the boxes in the usual place: the bathtub. I know, I know, but since I'm not really able to crawl in and out of a tub and since it's very large and keeps things out of the way, I use it for storing Christmas presents. I wasn't going to use it at all this year since I'm still scarred by the losses last year, but Lyric suggested that we duct-tape the plug in the tub and then line it with plastic trash bags. This might be the only time in my life I've ever said yes to duct tape.

    I have found some neat software for organizing bulk cooking days...I'm still on a trial run and I'm finding bits of time here and there to try and teach myself how to use it. But it has some fabulous features...lets you print out different reports for your cooking day, like how many and what kind of containers and freezer bags you will need based on your recipes that particular day, prints out separate lists of ingredients you need for cooking day vs. the ones you will need when you actually prepare and serve the thawed dish, makes lists of which small appliances you'll need, and has a feature that will make the calculations automatically for doubling, tripling, or even making 16x a recipe. It does have a bug or two--I quadrupled the size of a recipe (just playing around with the software, not actually in the kitchen) and it told me to bake it in a 52x36" pan LOL. However, on the container report it correctly said "4 13x9 pans". Anyway, if I successfully use it, I'll do a real write-up and link for those of you who might be interested in trying it out.

    Happy Birthday to John Caleb, our 8th (and next to last!) teenager. I love having teenagers so am glad to have another one in the house. 'Course I loved him when he was 12, too! John Caleb is very attentive to his mother and is the first one, after The Papa, to bring me a cup of tea or hold the door open for me or check to see if I need anything when I'm sick. Gals, he's gonna make a great husband! For now, he's a joy to have around the House.

    Snip, snip, time to get on the floor and get at those files! Happy Sunday!

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    Saturday, October 06, 2007
    My new home office....

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    My new home office furniture is being delivered today! Pictures tonight!

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    Friday, October 05, 2007
    Granny's mad.

    Are there any issues for you where you can't stand the folks on either side? I have a few of those, and here's one.

    Lawmakers in two California cities are discussing unprecedented legislation this month that would widen a growing voluntary movement by landlords and resident associations to ban smoking inside apartments and condos.

    Next Tuesday, the City Council of Belmont is scheduled to cast a final vote on an ordinance that would ban smoking in apartments and condos. The measure, which won initial approval last week, could trigger fines and evictions if neighbors complain and smokers don't heed repeated warnings.

    No, I don't want to be around cigarette smoke...not in a restaurant, not in an airplane, not even on a sidewalk. But the whole banning smoking thing really bugs me, mostly because I can find good reasons to despise either side (not the people, the arguments!). I get just as mad at the anti-smoking crusaders as I do at the smokers' rights activists and sometimes wish they'd all go up in...smoke.

    And we're talking in your own apartment? I know, that nasty stuff seeps through the walls and wafts onto the balconies. I wouldn't want to live next to a smoker either, but do I want the town telling its citizens they can't use a legal product in their own homes?

    Next it's butter and cream. In your own kitchen.

    Tell me what YOU think.

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    All right now, just yesterday afternoon I was working in the kitchen with my Nano in my pocket (still working my way through Atlas Shrugged), and now I read this:

    iPod Set's Man's Pants on Fire

    The new iPod Nano is hot. But one Douglasville man said his old Nano got even hotter -- hot enough to burst into flames.

    “So I look down and I see flames coming up to my chest,” said Danny Williams.

    Williams said the burn hole from the pocket of his pants marks the spot of his 15 seconds of flame. He said he had an iPod Nano and an glossy piece of paper in his pocket. He believes the paper shielded him from being burned.

    “I’m still kind of freaked out that after only a year and a half my iPod caught fire in my pocket,” said Williams.

    Guess I'm gonna be more careful! Although I do have to say that MY iPod Nano is PINK, and I do think that a pink iPod would have the manners not to do such a discourteous thing as catch fire while on my person, don't you?


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    Thursday, October 04, 2007
    Oh my.

    I can't even imagine.


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    Here's a topic we've discussed before, but of course the downward spiral continues. Modern (wo)man attempts to elevate itself to the sublime heights where men and women, boys and girls are indistinguishible, and where the playing fields for weak and strong, slow and fast, poor and rich, lazy and hard-working are evened out so that no one's feelings get hurt and no one gets any kind of advantage.

    Huck Finn must be spinning in his literary grave. Just recently a Colorado Springs, Colorado elementary school banned tag during recess, joining other schools that have prohibited this childhood pastime. Upon hearing this, I thought about the movement to ban cops and robbers, musical chairs, steal the bacon, and the kill-joys’ most frequent target and this writer’s favorite childhood school game, dodge ball. Then there’s the more inane still, such as the decision by the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association to prohibit keeping score in kids’ tournament play.

    There are many ways to describe this trend. One might say it’s a result of the Left’s antipathy toward competition, the increasing litigiousness of the day, or the inordinate concern with self-esteem and hurt feelings. Then, if I am to speak only of my feelings, the word stupid comes to mind. Really, though, regardless of whether the motivations are good or ill or the reasoning sound or not, at the end of the day I find a conclusion inescapable. Slowly, incrementally, perversely, boyhood is being banned.

    More here.

    When the venerable game of tag is banned and replaced with yoga, and a 2nd grader is suspended and criminally charged with making a terrorist threat for pointing a paper gun at his friend, folks, we're in big trouble as a society. And not because of the threat from Islamo-fascists.

    hat tip: The Papa

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    Don't let your kids see this.

    (Especially the one who's prone to say, "Mom, when am I ever going to use this algebra, huh?")

    Even without math, ancients engineered sophisticated machines

    Classical texts reveal new insights into the history of catapults, balances

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass., October 1, 2007—Move over, Archimedes. A researcher at Harvard University is finding that ancient Greek craftsmen were able to engineer sophisticated machines without necessarily understanding the mathematical theory behind their construction.

    Recent analysis of technical treatises and literary sources dating back to the fifth century B.C. reveals that technology flourished among practitioners with limited theoretical knowledge.

    “Craftsmen had their own kind of knowledge that didn’t have to be based on theory,” explains Mark Schiefsky, professor of the classics in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “They didn’t all go to Plato’s Academy to learn geometry, and yet they were able to construct precisely calibrated devices.”

    The balance, used to measure weight throughout the ancient world, best illustrates Schiefsky’s findings on the distinction between theoretical and practitioner’s knowledge. Working with a group led by Jürgen Renn, Director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, Schiefsky has found that the steelyard—a balance with unequal arms—was in use as early as the fourth and fifth centuries B.C., before Archimedes and other thinkers of the Hellenistic era gave a mathematical demonstration of its theoretical foundations.

    “People assume that Archimedes was the first to use the steelyard because they suppose you can’t create one without knowing the law of the lever. In fact, you can—and people did. Craftsmen had their own set of rules for making the scale and calibrating the device,” says Schiefsky.

    On second thought, maybe all the good math-less stuff has already been invented, so we'd better keep 'em in the books...

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    Has it really been a year??
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LIAM! You are ONE!! It seems like just yesterday that I put your little shirt on you for the first time...oh my.

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    Tuesday, October 02, 2007

    Ever anxious to encourage those of you who have other voices from your extended families, the educational establishment, or your own fears whispering that you're harming your children, holding them back, etc. by homeschooling them, I submit one of the latest pieces of evidence that this revolutionary movement is changing our nation, at least academically, for the good.

    Those of you who know my heart know that my primary reason for educating my own children has not been academic. Perhaps at the beginning it was, but I got over it :-) And I hesitate to say or do anything that would encourage parents to make test scores the chief end. Nevertheless, much of the ammunition against the homeschooling choice has come couched in academic rationale, so it's good, I think, for us to keep abreast of the truth: homeschooling works.

    Success proving critics wrong

    Michael Smith
    October 1, 2007

    When you hear stories of high academic achievement by home-schoolers, it's routine for opponents to try to minimize the results by asserting that not all home-schoolers are required to test over the same testing instruments.

    Their goal is to show that home-schooling isn't a viable educational alternative that can benefit a large number of children. If they concede that point, and recognize the broad success of a home education, then one of the pillars of public education, teacher certification, must be questioned.

    Home-schooled students taught by noncertified parents, who score higher than public school students taught by certified teachers is a hard pill for the education establishment to swallow.

    What's the latest pill they're going to have to "swallow"? The number of homeschoolers receiving National Merit Scholarships and placing as finalist and semi-finalists. Testing over the same instruments as public and private school students, homeschoolers are showing up in the top ranks in ever greater numbers. More telling, however, they are showing up in greater and greater percentages, proving that the movement is maturing and taking its place as a real contender even by academic measurements.


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    Monday, October 01, 2007
    We interrupt this blog for a purely provincial post....

    It's October! For those of you living in the greater San Antonio area, here's a list of some events and activities open to us during this month...whether you are looking for a great family outing, a fun date night, or a place to take out-of-town visitors, you'll find it in San Antonio!

    All month:

    Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure
    See the world of insects, magnified up to 250,000 times on a giant screen at Aztec on the River. 3pm every day, with additional 12:30 and 6:45 showings on Fridays and Saturdays.

    Dora and Diego's Garden Adventure
    An interactive exhibit at the San Antonio Botanical Garden, featuring Dora and Diego, where children will enjoy learning all about gardens and gardening.

    Here Be Dragons
    The Institute of Texas Cultures explores dragon lore in cultures around the world and how it came to Texas with early settlers. See Draco, the animatronic dragon the breathes smoke!

    Come on, this was the original High School Musical! Sing and dance your way back to the future at the Josephine Theatre.

    Oct. 2-7

    Mamma Mia!
    Closet ABBA fans unite! Enjoy the music and the story following the quest of a young bride-to-be as she discovers the identity of her father. Majestic Theatre

    Oct. 13:

    Chalk It Up
    Have a budding artist that would like to participate in creating a giant sidewalk mural? This event is open to kids and also features the chalk art of many local artists. Sponsored by Artpace.

    Oct. 16-21:

    Twelve Angry Men
    Broadway Across America bring the classic, suspense-filled play to our city. A great study in human nature as well as the justice system. Majestic Theatre.

    Oct. 19-21:

    Boerne Festival of Arts and Music
    Food (CHILI)! Shops! Live music! Auctions! All in the quaint setting of Boerne, the town with the cutest shop names in the country. Cibolo Arts Council.

    Oct. 27 (and Nov. 24):

    Houston Street Fair and Market
    Live music, performances by area artists, handmade crafts, and wonderful food will delight every member of the family. Houston Street Fair and Market.

    Oct. 28:

    Sunday Luau Jam
    If you can't get to the Islands this fall, at least you can get a taste. These folks are the real thing. Reservations are required for the dinner and show, which include a hula performance. 3-7pm, Adults $18.50; keiki ages 5-12 $10.00. Don't forget to pick up one of their gorgeous fresh flower leis! Aloha San Antonio

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    Granny's Mission Statement
    "...Tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done....that the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, that they may arise and tell them to their children."
    ~Psalm 78:4-6

    My Focal Passage for 2011...
    Philippians 2:5-11

    5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,

    6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,

    7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.

    8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

    9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,

    10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

    11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

    ~Philippians 2:5-11 (ESV)


    "The vanity of being known to be trusted with a secret is generally one of the chief motives to disclose it."

    ~Samuel Johnson

    [Oxymoronica, n., A compilation of self-contradictory terms, phrases, or quotations; examples of oxymoronica appear illogical or nonsensical at first, but upon reflection, make a good deal of sense and are often profoundly true.]

    Books on the iPhone, the Kindle, or on the nightstand...

  • The Good Husband of Zebra Drive, Alexander Mccall Smith
  • The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions, Arthur G. Bennett, editor

  • Books finished in 2011...

  • Oxymoronica, Mardy Grothe
  • Some Sing, Some Cry, Ntozake Shange, Ifa Bayeza
  • English Society in the Eighteenth Century, Roy Porter
  • One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, Ann Voskamp
  • His Word in My Heart, Janet Pope
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
  • Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi
  • Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God, John Piper
  • Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, Joshua Foer
  • Blue Shoes and Happiness, Alexander McCall Smith
  • The Red Queen, Philippa Gregory
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, Eric Metaxas
  • The Confessions of Saint Augustine, St. Augustine
  • Complete Poems and Selected Letters of John Keats, John Keats
  • Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell
  • Words That Work, Frank Luntz
  • NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
  • Poke the Box, Seth Godin
  • Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It, Gary Taubes
  • A Patriot's History of the United States, Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen
  • Song of Saigon: One Woman's Journey to Freedom, Anh Vu Sawyer
  • The Artistic Mother: A Practical Guide for Fitting Creativity into Your Life, Shona Cole
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature, Elizabeth Kantor
  • The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, David McCullough

  • Oh, the thinks you
    can think...
  • Tapestry of Grace
  • Anatomical Charts
  • America's Library
  • George Washington's Mount Vernon - Virtual Mansion Tour
  • Thomas Jefferson's Monticello - Virtual Mansion Tour
  • Hurricane Demo

  • Oh, the places we'll go...
  • The Alamo
  • Majestic Theater
  • The MAiZE
  • Magik Theatre
  • Sheldon Vexler Children's Theatre

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    Grace Notes

    "Were the whole realm of nature mine
    That were a present far too small...
    Love so amazing, so divine
    Demands my soul, my life,
    my all!"