Andrew Kern Sep 8, 2007
Here's a good little article from Kathy Ireland (the Christian Martha Stewart) with some appealing ideas for preparing lunch for your child (or for your child to prepare for himself) during school.
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Andrew Kern Sep 7, 2007
Of course, a lot of people would ask, "Why to teach Harry Potter?" and they're right to ask. The reason is because kids are reading it. That doesn't mean you should make kids read it who otherwise wouldn't (it isn't THAT good), but for those who are, it would make for good discussion. There are two big issues with Harry Potter: One, whether it expresses a sound "worldview" and two, whether it is well-written.
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Andrew Kern Sep 7, 2007
Charlotte Mason spoke of Living Ideas. James Taylor developed the ideas of John Senior and others under the concept of Poetic Knowledge. Michael Polanyi wrote an important book called Personal Knowledge. Christian de Quincey pushed a lot farther with his book Radical Knowing, looking to eastern mysticism for his foundations.
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Andrew Kern Sep 7, 2007
If you were writing a fairy tale/fantasy a la Tolkien, Lewis, MacDonald, even Rowling, would you give magical powers to the humans in the story? Why? Comment and let me know!
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Andrew Kern Sep 7, 2007
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket  Big news in the film industry last month: Kenneth Brannagh's Hamlet came out on DVD at long last. I loved Mel Gibson's 1990ish version of this play, but so much was edited that the story wasn't the same. Brannagh includes every line from the text he uses and it's well worth the four hours of viewing time. The music is fabulous too.
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Andrew Kern Sep 6, 2007
How are piety and wonder related? Twin sisters? Mother/daughter? Siamese twins? Can one live without the other? Does one give birth to the other?
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Andrew Kern Sep 2, 2007
"absence of faith is not rationality but the hatred of God that stems from perverse impulses." Spengler, Asia Times Online
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Andrew Kern Aug 31, 2007
1. The key to a successful working relationship is to avoid proximity. 2. The key to success is following your first impulse! Wait, I need to think about that.
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Andrew Kern Aug 31, 2007
You want to start by getting students involved in THE QUESTION that drives the text or as close as you are able to do so. The Iliad puts it right on the first line: Why is Achilles so angry? I convert the question to a judicial issue: Should Achilles have been so angry?
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Andrew Kern Aug 30, 2007
And having asked that, can you please God if you don't attend to your market? In Galatians 1:10 Paul writes, "If I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ."
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