Narrative American histories

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Marvin Olasky has just posted his list of ten must-read narrative American histories for high school students (or adults, parents, and teachers wishing to educate themselves). It is a good list. World War I and II are both not represented, perhaps because these were not uniquely American events. But understanding those two wars is a […]

bird flu and the civil war

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So what does a modern problem like bird flu have to do with Civil War history? During the Civil War, prisoners of war in disease-ridden prisons like Andersonville experienced high death rates. In some prisons, the death rate from smallpox was 90%! But when “soured cabbage” was added to the prisoners’ diets, the death rate from smallpox plummeted to 5%! […]

Restoring art

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In modern times, ugly paintings, sculptures, and collections of items have been hailed as the best art produced today. You and I always knew they were not beautiful, but ugly, and that they could not be “art” as we understand it: a reflection of beauty, a facet of God’s nature. One of my favorite art […]

Life imitates art

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In this case, the movie Serenity is hanging on grimly by its toenails at the box office. Well, hanging on grimly in the face of certain disaster fits Serenity. One of my favorite opinion magazines, National Review, reviewed Serenity, one of my favorite movies. Glad they liked it. See the overwhelmingly positive review roundup at […]

New Renaissance review

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HomeschoolChristian.com has just posted their review of The Story of the Renaissance and Reformation. Here is an excerpt: “The Story of the Renaissance and Reformation holds more information than many students receive in a college-level world history course, yet the book is written at a level that can reach across the entire family. The storybook […]