If you didn’t notice, the other day I mentioned that our new book will be coming out in August:
Adventures in Assisi is unlike any other St. Francis-book-for-children out there. I’ll talk more about it as the release date approaches, but know for now that it was inspired by the trips both Ann Engelhart and I have made to Assisi and a desire to bring St. Francis to children in a way that goes a little deeper than peace-animals-creche – as wonderful as all that can be.
Homeschooling has slowly revived. Math has happened, lots of religion, conversations about the trip, music, science museum class, art class, To Kill a Mockingbird, reviewing some of our Shakespeare, gearing up for next week…Holy Week..think we’ll start Hamlet, too….
Good exercise podcasts, thanks to In Our Time, my favorite. I’ve listened to:
- 1848 revolutions – very good.
- The Concordat of Worms – puts present Church/State conflicts in perspective
- Robinson Crusoe – I have never read it, but had read something years ago about how contemporary editions generally edit down the religious content. This program gave Dafoe and the book a thorough, honest treatment and attention to his religious motivations.
- The history of radio. I love learning about the history of technology/industry/products/science. I find the cumulative, aggregate effect of human understanding mesmerizing.
- Kama Sutra – in general, one of the reasons I love In Our Time is because I find it refreshingly free of any kind of cant – ideological or academic. In most contemporary contexts, any historical discussion these days are almost always framed in terms of some overriding contemporary concern. This discussion on the Kama Sutra (a work which is about more than sex, mind you) actually didn’t deviate from that excellent track record, but I found myself unsatisfied (so to speak) in the listening because I kept saying to myself…but…isn’t this an elitist kind of work about elitist concerns? What did this have to do with the lives of most people in India who weren’t the aristocratic men who were its audience?
I have started that little blog on our Mexican trip. Here it is so far…not much, but hopefully I’ll have it all done by next week some time.
Binge-rewatching season 6 of Mad Men. It’s certainly enjoyable television, but that 70% that is really good is violently hauled down by the 30% that is either pointless or evidence that there is currently no one in Matthew Weiner’s circle whose job is it to read scripts or sit next to him in the edit bay and say, “Um…no. I mean…no one cares about Betty Goes To The Village and everyone will fast forward through it on the rewatch. Promise. “
The new zipline at the Birmingham Zoo has just opened and was free to members this week…it was a good value for free, but sorry to say, it wouldn’t be worth the normal 20-25 bucks….
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