Sister, Show Mercy

Sister, Show Mercy

From Pyromaniacs Blog, April 17, 2012

     [Jean Hall wrote:  Thought this was a great article and wanted to share.  This topic of conversation arises frequently at our house, being a houseful of teenagers.  I encourage parents of young children to address the topic early.  It’s so much easier to instill principles BEFORE they are needed, before the argument is over a particular outfit for a particular evening.  It still needs to be constantly monitored with older kids, but reminding them of what they know is easier than trying to change habits/perceptions/attitudes that have already dug in.]

Preface: “What are you? Nuts?!” Just thought I’d lead with the question you’ll be wondering in a few minutes. I am about to stick my finger in the fan, about up to my elbow, and I know it. But I really think someone needs to say this — and why not me? I have less to lose than many who’ve thought the same thing, but daren’t say it.

So here we go.

What will change, and what won’t. Spring’s sprung, and summer looms. Mercury rises, fashions change. But one thing that won’t change, unless I’m happily mistaken: some good Christian sisters will not dress as helpfully as they could.

I chose that word with care: “helpfully.” I am not talking about sin, shame, indecency, wantonness, or the like. Perhaps I could, with some justification. But that’s for another time — and probably another writer. At this point, I just want to talk about being helpful.

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Schoolhouse, West Newfield, ME



West Newfield, ME

Newfield is a town in York County, Maine.  It was incorporated as Newfield on February 25, 1794, and is part of the Portland metropolitan statistical area. Newfield is home to a museum called Willowbrook Museum Village. This picture of the town hall and schoolhouse in West Newfield, Maine, circa 1915, was reproduced from an original postcard published by the Eastern Illustrating Company, Belfast, Maine.

7/2018 Home School Book Review news

Home School Book Review Blog ( ) is the place to go for over 3,500 book reviews, primarily of children’s and youth literature both old and new, from a Biblical worldview.

Books reviewed in June of 2018 include:

June 23, 2018–Dragon’s Gap: Love’s Catalyst (Lars and Claire’s Story), A Novella

June 22, 2018–A Journey to Matecumbe

June 19, 2018–Spurt: A Balls and All Story

June 18, 2018–Sod Schoolhouse

June 13, 2018–Sod House Adventure or The Children Who Stayed Alone

June 12, 2018–Seedfolks

June 8, 2018–My Brother Who Taught Me to Fly

June 7, 2018–The Egg and I

June 6, 2018–The Boy and His Curse: Book 1, Artists and Earthian

The winner of our Book of the Month Award for June, 2018:


Sod House Adventure or The Children Who Stayed Alone, by Bonnie Bess Worline

Books that we are currently reading and will review in the near future are:

Letters to Mark: On God’s Relation to Human Suffering, by James Davenport Bryden

The Highest Hit, by Nancy Willard

Honk the Moose, by Phil Stong

The Moffats, by Eleanor Estes


Branch Hill School, Milford, OH

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Branch Hill School

6208 Branch Hill-Guinea Pike

Milford, OH 45150

Branch Hill is an unincorporated community in Clermont County, in the state of Ohio.  It was laid out in 1873 by Col. John H. Branch, and named for him.  The Branch Hill School, Miami Township No. 5 located on Branch Hill Guinea Pike and Cook Rd., was built in 1880 and closed in the early 1900s.  It is now used by the First Church of Jesus Christ of Loveland.

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Homeschoolers Are Like Small Towns

Homeschoolers Are Like Small Towns
By Michael Leppert

[The author writes: I am pleased to offer you an article I wrote awhile back, “Homeschoolers Are Like Small Towns.” I firmly believe this statement and hope that the financial events of the last four years will aid in the revival of the sense of individuality and uniqueness that our country offers and so many of us appreciate.]

Go to any small town in America and you may see a proliferation of locally-owned businesses. “Mom and pop” restaurants, drycleaners, gas stations, stationers . . . corporate America hasn’t completely wreaked its damage on Main Street, yet. Sole proprietor businesses are just like the people who own them – they have a unique, individual quality that often reflects the owner’s personality. In a sole-prop restaurant, when you sit down at a table for a meal, the person waiting on you might the boss – or is doing the cooking. In some rural areas of the country, such businesses may seem quirky or eccentric, but to many of us, that is the very quality that makes such a business endearing and worthy of patronage.

On the other hand, corporate entities tend to have a slick, fabricated, designed look and feel. Plus, the “owners” are usually very far removed from you. Some corporations pride themselves on having a consistent floor plan and décor in every single location. This often lowers costs, and seems helpful to one who travels a great deal. Think of any national wholesale department store or restaurant chain, and you know how it is: You could be dropped blindfolded in the middle of any American city, walk into a local chain location and go right to the appropriate area of the store where a particular household, automotive, clothing item or menu selection can be found.

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Old Ledge School, South Freeport, ME


Old Ledge School

South Freeport, ME

Freeport is a town in Cumberland County, Maine, part of the Portland metropolitan statistical area.  The town was once a part of North Yarmouth called Harraseeket, after the Harraseeket River. First settled about 1700, it was set off and incorporated on February 14, 1789, as Freeport. It is probably named “from the openness of its harbor” (free from ice).  Freeport developed as four villages—Mast Landing, Porter’s Landing, South Freeport and Freeport Corner—all of which are now part of the Harraseeket Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The photograph of “The Old Ledge Schoolhouse of the ’50s, South Freeport, Maine,” circa 1905, was reproduced from an original postcard published by F. E. Merrill, Freeport, Maine.

Homeschooling Against All Odds

Homeschooling Against All Odds
Paula Moldenhauer, Homeschool Encouragement (Mon, Apr 30, 2012)

To be candid, there have been times in the last eleven years I’ve been tempted to quit homeschooling. Years of financial difficulty made me wonder if my children needed my earning power more than my teaching. Times of self-doubt caused me to ask if I was the best person for the job. Plain old weariness made me want to take a break.

In these struggles, I keep going for primarily two reasons. First, I believe God asked me to homeschool and He’s not told me to change courses. Second, I have a husband who believes in homeschooling even though there have been times it would have taken pressure off him if I’d gone back to work.

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