28 July 2015

Teaching as Sport

Well, the back-to-school specials are already happening here.  Public school begins mid-August in our state.  Yippee?

Donald Trump is God's Trumpet to the American People

The Holy Sprit said so!  He wants a twice-divorced, ruthless, crude and unfeeling businesman, who allows his business ventures to crumble while protecting his own assets, to become President of the United States.  So you'd better vote for him.

REALLY, people? This is what passes for prophecy? Times like this, I'm so grateful that we had people like Martin Luther who taught us to read the Scriptures for ourselves, for our English translation of the Bible, and for the Holy Spirit (who surely must have a few interesting words to say about this crap to those who will listen).

Ok, thanks for listening.

27 July 2015

Bad Lunches = Child Abuse

Some guy is given permission by school staff to snoop around the cafeteria and rummage through kids' lunches.   He practically squashes some little girl as he tosses her baggie on the table in disgust and proclaims it to be "unacceptable."  The principal is about two feet away and apologizes... not to the kid, but to the weirdo scrounging around in the lunches.  Well, he tells the man, the instructions he's been given are that if the parents pack a lunch, that's what the kid is eating.

Wow.

So.  "Bad" lunches are child abuse now.  Do these people even know what child abuse is?  It's not a packet of chips and some Skittles, I assure you.

25 July 2015

Fix Your Grammar.



I'm posting this so I can literally show it to my homeschoolers on Monday and discuss the differences between your/ you're and they're/ there/ their.  :)

24 July 2015

Noah's Voyage

The levelled Noah's Voyage reader is about what you'd expect.

In terms of the writing, I found the second half of the story to be more clear and detailed than the first part.  God frankly comes off as a bit of a jerk in the beginning, wanting to kill everyone in the whole world because some guy got mugged or something.  What a psycho. 

I think if they're going to embellish things and add personal "I love yous" from God to Noah, they can't say they didn't have any room to do a bit more explaining about that whole wiping everyone out thing.  At least give some sort of context to the kids, particularly as often they'll be reading about this mass extermination and global destruction event right before bed and all.

But no.  They show this guy getting mugged, mention that people were a little evil (like they aren't now?) and you just know that the guy who is doing the mugging and the guy getting mugged?  Are sleeping with the fishes.  The end.

And the two of every kind of animal thing.  That drives me nuts.  In fairness, though, just about every Noah's Ark story does that.

I wish I could find out if this story were written by a committee because the book seems to change personality and tone midway through.  I'm serious.  The second half is pretty good, it really is. 

I do have to say that the illustrations by David Miles, while they can't redeem the book, make me want to see what other authors he's worked with.  For example, take a good look at the butterflies on this cover photo.  Cute, aren't they?  I think many of the pictures have some sort of hidden joke or something to make you think of the sheer size and scope of the project that was the ark. 

I'd give the book three out of five stars overall; good but not great.

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19 July 2015

"Cowards Shoot and Kill People."


"We are often unable to share most of the interviews we do because of time constrictions. That was the case Monday night when News 4 interviewed Ward 22 Alderman Jeffrey Boyd after his nephew, 23 year old Rashad Farmer, was killed by gunfire. The sound bites we used that night from Boyd were compelling. But, after one of our producers, Steve Perron, encouraged me to watch the whole interview, I felt compelled to edit more of what he had to say and post it here on Facebook. It's raw, it's emotional, and it's how so many victims friends and family must feel after the senseless murders we report on too often are committed. I often say I can't imagine how I'd feel if that were my loved one gunned down for no apparent reason. Jeffrey Boyd gives me and may give you a hint of what it would really feel like."  Steve Savard, KMOV


We are often unable to share most of the interviews we do because of time constrictions. That was the case Monday night when News 4 interviewed Ward 22 Alderman Jeffrey Boyd after his nephew, 23 year old Rashad Farmer, was killed by gunfire. The sound bites we used that night from Boyd were compelling. But, after one of our producers, Steve Perron, encouraged me to watch the whole interview, I felt compelled to edit more of what he had to say and post it here on Facebook. It's raw, it's emotional, and it's how so many victims friends and family must feel after the senseless murders we report on too often are committed. I often say I can't imagine how I'd feel if that were my loved one gunned down for no apparent reason. Jeffrey Boyd gives me and may give you a hint of what it would really feel like.
Posted by Steve Savard KMOV on Thursday, July 16, 2015


17 July 2015

HICKIES Product Review

Goofball photobombed while I was taking this picture and then insisted it go on the blog.  So here it is.
I just bought them and thought you'd want to hear how we like them.  HICKIES are stretchy little plastic tabs you pop through your shoelace holes instead of laces.  And they button.  They're about $15 for a set of 14 that will definitely cover one pair of shoes, but if you have small people who have fewer shoelace holes, a set will cover three shoes instead of two.

Woodjie finds getting the shoes with HICKIES on a bit harder than his other pair with the elastic laces built-in, but far easier than the whole process of learning to tie shoes.  If you're interested, right now it's cheaper to buy from the HICKIES website than directly from Amazon, because although they charge the same price at first blush, shipping is free with a $30 or more order (I bought the copper pair at $17.99 and a pair at $14.99) and you get a free box when you order two pairs.