- I wrote Avoiding Comma Kazi for a composition class. The students just seemed to keep making the same punctuation mistakes. After I created the paper, I made them memorize the 3 rules. It definitely helped.
- Playing the Game Called Grammar–Who makes up these rules anyway? Or do they just “happen”? The answers may surprise you.
- What’s a Nice Kid Like You Doing At Home on a School Day?(Or, Why We Homeschool)
- Homeschooling Resources I Recommend
- Publishing Tools–For the enterprising student or adult
- 5 Keys to Interpreting Scripture–It is amazing how often we don’t follow these simple and classic guidelines for interpreting the Bible.
- I know, I know, this is really random: Rubik’s Cube–You can do it!
Book Notes: Key Ideas and Personal Notes from Various Books–some of my favorite and most helpful non-fiction reads (psychology and theology and one on writing). Click here for titles and links.
- St. Patrick’s Day: Gospel in a Shamrock. The story of St. Patrick from King Alfred’s English.
- Crucifixion (related to Easter)–extremely short run-down on this method of execution
- When is Easter? Literally, how is the date established for Easter each spring? Also, how did it come to be called “Easter” in the first place?
- Halloween–the Real Meaning
- Merry X-Mas?! The Surprising History of the “X”
- Is Santa Real? – For Christian parents who don’t want their kids to miss the fun of Santa, but hate for him to be the central focus at Christmas.
World History–General Topics
- 4 Views of History–A Very Quick Synopsis
- Origins of BC and AD
- Classic Ages: Stone, Bronze, Iron
- Cuneiform and How Writing Developed
- King Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream–Fulfilled Prophecy
- Progressive Decline of Democracies
- Streamlined Timeline of English Language –from King Alfred’s English
- Champollion and the Rosetta Stone
- Cleopatra–Egypt’s Last Pharaoh
- Curse of the Mummy and King Tut’s Tomb
- Uniqueness of Moses’ Laws
- Greek Myths–who believed them and was there any basis in fact?
- Greek Origins of the Marathon–Will the real Pheidippides please stand up?
- Are You Stoic or Epicurean?
- Crucifixion–a very quick history
- Gladiator, The History Behind the Movie
- From Ptolemy to Darwin
- Religion of the Romans
History– Middle Ages and Renaissance
- Ancient Runes of the Anglo Saxons
- Braveheart–What historical goof is in the movie?
- Gospel in a Shamrock –St. Patrick’s story from King Alfred’s English
- Halloween–the Real Meaning
- Origins of Last Names
For tons of links on medieval and Renaissance period “stuff,” go to the King Alfred’s English Student Page where there is much more. Even without reading the book, the chapter by chapter links are chronological and have fun and interesting videos, articles, images, etc.
- Differential Freight Rates, Balance of Trade, and the Civil War, written by Avery White
- The Rebel Yell
Notes from Books
These are positively NOT reviews. These are just notes and quotes I took down from books that I knew I would want to re-visit. So this started out for my own use, but then I thought that others might glean a little bit from these too. All of these are books I recommend.
- Cloud, Henry: One Life Solution: Reclaim Your Personal Life While Achieving Greater Personal Success [on general life principles by one of the authors of the well-known Boundaries.]
- Covey, Stephen: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People [My husband started jokingly calling the author “St. Stephen” because his book had such a powerful effect on my life.]
- Peck, M. Scott: The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values, and Spiritual Growth [considered a classic in psychology/self-help literature; autobiographical; life principles but composed during his pre-Christian days]
- Stafford, William: Writing the Australian Crawl–a very unusual book on the art of writing.
The following books deal with the problem of evil:
- Hart, David Bentley: Doors of the Sea: Where Was God in the Tsunami?
[on the problem of evil–absolutely nothing else quite like it! Short but not exactly an easy read.]
- Peck, M. Scott: People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil [On the problem of evil and written after Peck’s conversion to Christ.]
- Wright, Christopher: The God I Don’t Understand