Memorial Day. A designated Federal holiday, the name signifies a specific day set aside annually to memorialize and honor those who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Earliest observances of the day pre-date the Civil War. In my younger years, I recall hearing the day referred to as "Decoration Day." That was… Continue reading In Remembrance …
Today, we celebrate Independence Day, the official 239th birthday of our country, memorialized at the top of our Declaration of Independence. In our family, we also commemorate this day as the 73rd wedding anniversary of my Beloved's parents. With grateful hearts and thankfulness to God, we salute both my in-laws' union and the historic beginnings of our United States.
Here's a word that doesn't get much use these days: Poetaster. One of the memorable ways to define this word – as well as to remember its pronunciation – is to take the word Poet, marry to it the last two syllables of disaster, and you have Poetaster. A Poetaster is simply "an inferior poet, a writer… Continue reading Supreme Poetaster
When our older son purchased his first vehicle, he was about sixteen years old. He wanted a pickup truck and found a 1984 Dodge that appeared to be a dependable vehicle. After he purchased it, he began making modifications. I recall he put lifts on it and he painted it a dull camouflage green. (There… Continue reading Purging History
UPDATE: Yesterday (6/17/15) on the World Magazine website, Editor Marvin Olasky made a similar comparison to this post, also citing the quote below. "At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life." If you're not familiar with this quote, you… Continue reading The Right to Define
Chances are good that sometime in the last week you've interacted with at least one adult (perhaps more than one) who was educated at home. People in the workplace, teachers and professors, business owners ... don't be surprised to find some of them are products of home education.While schooling within the home and family has… Continue reading Home.Edu
A memorable poem for Memorial Day 2015. It was originally composed by John McCrae a hundred years ago this month.
Over the course of many years, I've come to realize writers are a rather strange subgroup of the human race. I count myself in that number and readily admit my strangeness ... uniqueness, that's the term I prefer. Actually, I've heard it said all creative people are strange, slightly off-center. Maybe so. When I hear of… Continue reading Manufactured Outrage
After the weekend's events in Garland TX, we've had an ongoing and vehement discussion about things including the concept of "hate speech." With a $10,000 prize drawing people to the Mohammed Art Exhibit and Contest at a Garland civic center, two gunmen arrived from Arizona ready to commit violence and mayhem. Instead, they were quickly killed. Criticisms… Continue reading Draw A Poem Day
When the ads began airing for the second season of TURИ: Washington's Spies, I decided to take some time out for an American History diversion. Since I hadn't watched the first season (which aired beginning in April 2014), I wanted to view those episodes first and I'm still going through them. I may not catch… Continue reading Not So Honest Abe