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Because it’s the end of the school year (TODAY is our last day!!), I’ve been finishing a ton of books — mostly pre-reading types of books. One of the books I finished signified a monumental moment. The book was Churchill’s The Great Democracies. You AmblesideOnline moms know exactly what I mean, just by seeing the cover of the book.

In AmblesideOnline Year Seven — almost four years ago now — we began the first of Churchill’s four-volume A History of the English Speaking Peoples. They were so good, even if they were difficult reading, especially at first when we were learning how to read them. It’s been a steady journey, reading a chapter or so a week for the past four school years. To finish the whole series feels almost surreal! It’s hard to explain, but I felt like someone should give us a sticker or something.

It was very satisfying. 🙂


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You asked, and so I designed some summery Just Narrate tops for you!

So much fun, if I do say so myself!


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How are you all doing on your Mother Culture habit so far this summer? I think I’ll start a weekly check-in on Instagram. For today, though, we’ll do it here. Have you been consistent? Have you mixed it up, or only read from one category? What have you been reading?

I haven’t done any novel reading yet, but this week I’ve enjoyed The Self-Driven Child (from the moderately easy pile) and The Intellectual Life (from the stiff stack) in addition to my regular reading for Things (you know: school, book clubs, etc.).

By the way, I want to finish Les Misérables over the summer. Would you categorize this as a novel or a stiff book? For some reason I feel guilty calling is a novel — as if were just like any other fiction book.


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Have you bought your books for the next school year yet?

I know this post is three years old, but the advice is still sound. Word to the wise: if you want to save your planning till later in the summer (I do), it still pays to do the groundwork NOW.


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This month in 2016:

For really reals, this is still my favorite way to get the best prices for the rarer books on my wish list. Don’t just read that post; DO IT. You’ll be glad you did.


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This week’s links collection:

  • New Harvard Research Says U.S. Christianity Is Not Shrinking, But Growing Stronger from The Federalist
    • Interesting. Sounds like the supposed “decline in religion” or “secularization of America” is actually just a movement of people from dead and dying mainline churches to other churches.
    • “The percentage of Americans who attend church more than once a week, pray daily, and accept the Bible as wholly reliable and deeply instructive to their lives has remained absolutely, steel-bar constant for the last 50 years or more, right up to today. These authors describe this continuity as ‘patently persistent.’”
  • Supreme Court rules narrowly for Colorado baker who wouldn’t make same-sex wedding cake from CNBC
    • The decision was 7-2, and the article is really CNBC’s attempt to justify their misleading title, proving they DO know what the term “narrowly” means, but they refuse to use it properly out of principle.
    • Feel free to (1) celebrate freedom reaffirmed and (2) roll your eyes at CNBC.
  • California Water Law Could Prevent Showering, Doing Laundry on Same Day from Breitbart
    • “According to the attentive folks at The Organic Prepper, this allotted water ration exceeds the amount required for taking a shower and doing a single load of laundry and excludes taking baths altogether.” Um I’m wondering about laundry? Washing dishes? Cleaning things? Watering my vegetables? Bathing our pets? Filling the bird bath? What about people who still have water coolers?
    • Alternate title: Incompetent Legislators Forget Water Storage and Impose Upon Citizens Instead. Or something. I am super annoyed right now.


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