The Play’s the Thing

That we can watch such things for free over the internet via PBS is something for which I am immensely grateful. That this is just one more story we share as a family – that’s priceless.

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Boy. Dog.

A couple scenes from life with the new puppy.

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Madison Reads Leopold, 2010

Gaylord Nelson at Wyaslung State Park

“Yearly, the feathered tempest roared up, down, and across the continent, sucking up the laden fruits of forest and prairie, burning them in a traveling blast of life….”

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Watching the Cubs from Bahgdad

Here is what Memorial Day means to me today: it means remembering the connections we have to those who are elsewhere, remembering that the small things we enjoy here at home exist in a larger system of past and present service, sacrifice and justice.

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Joy to the World (Bruce Cockburn)

Bruce Cockburn’s Christmas is a tradition around here. Thanks to Quercus126 for providing this rendition. If you want to hear it played by the man himself, it’s here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3YF8nH7J0o

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Never Underestimate the Mom

One of the things I love about Nicole is her periodic flashes of cheeky brilliance.

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Camp Is Where the Heart Is

Summer camp is not really about recreation, but about learning the practices of the group–not affluenza, but apprenticeship. For me, Covenant Point was where I learned to love creation and its Lord, and to see his character and presence in the counselors & campers there. So I asked our boys, “At each of these camps, what did you learn? What did you practice?”

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Homeschool Moments: Dishing Out BOF, Dealing with Prejudice

Overcoming prejudice and distrust is not a one-time attitude adjustment, but a continuing journey in the company of people who are not like us, but who may become our civic friends. Such a strategy might go a long way toward more important goals: building a supportive environment for homeschoolers, and reinvigorating the varied practices of education & learning in America today.

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The Hundred-Mile Diet Map and More

A new map of food sources within a hundred miles of Madison, Wisconsin, shows kind of connection and sharing that will allow us as human societies to learn to be conscious of and take responsibility for the earthly places in which we live and move.

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Katie Kalmerton & Clyde Squire–Requiescat in Pace

The church is Catholic, universal, so are all her actions; all that she does belongs to all. When she baptizes a child, that action concerns me; for that child is thereby connected to that body which is my head too, and ingrafted into that body whereof I am a member. And when she buries a […]

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