An ongoing project: Some articles are long and some extremely brief. Many served as handouts for my world history classes and are geared toward giving a quick overview of certain ideas. You can click the links or just scroll below.
- 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?
- Pentecost: On Babel, Pentecost and Tongues
- 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 Nebuchadnezzer’s Dream–Fulfilled Prophecy
- Progressive Decline of Democracies
- Streamlined Timeline of English Language –from King Alfred’s English
- Bare Bones Chart on Ancient Egypt with some blanks to fill in. And here are the answers
- 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.
- What’s a Nice Kid Like You Doing At Home on a School Day? (Subtitled: Why We Homeschool”)–A brief and entertaining apologetic for homeschooling written to give concerned family or friends who don’t get what you’re doing.
- Playing the Game Called Grammar– Why must we learn grammar anyway?
- Avoiding Comma Kazi (Missed or Misplaced Commas That Bomb Your Paper)
- Verb Tenses: Perfect and Progressive
- Verb Tenses Chart
- Writing the 5 Paragraph Essay
Notes & Quotes from Random 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 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 [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
Just for Fun