Andrew Kern Jan 8, 2009
"Unless they are granted power by politicians, rich people have little power to force us to do anything. A GS-9, or a lowly municipal clerk, has far more life-and-death power over us. It's they to whom we must turn to for permission to build a house, ply a trade, open a restaurant and a myriad of other activities. It's government people, not rich people, who have the power to coerce and make our lives miserable."
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Andrew Kern Jan 7, 2009
Only Mozart could compose this and only Mozart would do this to a singer!
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Andrew Kern Jan 7, 2009
I was recently involved in a discussion with a school that centered around the idea/phrase in loco parentis, meaning “in the place of parents”. The school had the phrase as a part of the institution’s policy manual and recent usage of the phrase by parents sparked a revisiting by the board of the origin, essence, and definition of the phrase.
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Andrew Kern Jan 6, 2009
This is from Christopher White, who linked us to it in one of his comments. Very funny.
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Andrew Kern Jan 6, 2009
I suppose it's obvious by the fact that we ask Laura to speak at pretty well all our conferences that we are fans of her work. I stumbled across this interview from 2001 in which she describes the development of her book Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum, which we would highly recommend for anybody home schooling and/or starting a classical school or reviewing your curriculum.
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Andrew Kern Jan 6, 2009
I am an Arkansan by birth and currently live in Mississippi. Due to my Southern upbringing, I have always been surrounded by analogies, similes and metaphors. I have always loved colorful phrases such as “like an old dog looking at a new gate,” used to description a facial expression, or “I haven’t seen you in a coon’s age” – which I believe is self-explanatory. I don’t love them just because they are delightful and entertaining (they are), but also for their concrete descriptions of the abstract. They are descriptive and vivid, versus esoteric or philosophical.
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Andrew Kern Jan 5, 2009
An intensely beautiful song that avoids sentimentality, rising to the level of true, sustainable satisfaction.  "There are dreams that cannot be And there are storms we cannot weather." A good thing to remember sometimes. Here is my favorite version:
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Andrew Kern Jan 5, 2009
I made light of new year's resolutions in my earlier post, but that doesn't mean I don't believe in taking action and trying to improve things. We've identified two strategic themes for CiRCE for 2009. First, to achieve operational excellence and second, to strengthen our financial stability. There are two reasons for these two themes. In order to fulfill our ministry and serve you we need to have stronger operations. And if we are going to expect people to support our vocation, we need strong operations to ensure that we provide excellent customer and client service.
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Andrew Kern Jan 4, 2009
Since Youtube exists and since I've begun posting songs that go beyond beauty I thought I'd add what might be my favorite. I'll keep posting stuff like this randomly as I find it for you music lovers.
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Andrew Kern Jan 3, 2009
Edward East (quoted by John West in Darwin Day in America, ISI Books, page 129)
Nature eliminates the unfit and preserves the fit... Her fool-killing devices were highly efficient in the olden days before civilisation came to thwart her. It is man, not Nature, who has caused all the trouble. He has put his whole soul to saving the unfit, and has timidly failed to do the other half of his duty by preventing them from perpetuating their traits.
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