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If you’re wondering why, say, The Little Sisters of the Poor can’t just sign off on a form and let others go along with the HHS mandate for them, read this (“St. Thomas More, The Little Sisters of the Poor & the Casualness of Conscience,” Tod Worner, January 7, 2014, at Patheos). Well, even if you know already why they can’t, you might want to read the post. It’s a good overview, and a good reminder of some of what’s at stake.

This is a well-done article that examines an intersection of church history and the history of science, in the last part of the 16th century, heading into the 17th. The emphasis is on correcting some over-the-top misrepresentations presented in a television show, but it’s well worth a read just in general.

Parenting tip

I Think We May Be Missing Something Very Important

In all too many cases, I think she’s right.

hat tip: @sarahmae on Twitter

The why of reading

Do you ever ask yourself why you should read a book? Anthony Esolen has, and he thinks Common Core has entirely the wrong attitude. I suspect you’ll agree, once you hear him out.

 

Anthony Esolen provides a useful history lesson.

Scholars discover…

… that not driving kids nuts by strangling their play time has beneficial results.

Who’d have guessed, right?

hat tip: Scott Ott on Facebook

From December 15, 1941, “We Hold These Truths,” a dramatic radio broadcast celebrating the Bill of Rights. It’s an hour long, so grab a cup of tea or what have you, and settle into a comfy chair – or put on headphones and head out for a nice long walk, or whatever it is you like to do while getting educated by audio. It’s well worth a listen, I think. (Parental guidance is suggested for young children, for a portion dedicated to terrors the amendments are designed to protect against.)

From the website:

Narrated by James Stewart. Featuring Edward Arnold, Lionel Barrymore, Walter Brennan, Bob Burns, Dane Clark, Walter Huston, Elliott Lewis, Marjorie Main, Edward G. Robinson, Rudy Vallee, and Orson Welles, among others. Not to mention Leopold Stokowski leading the New York Philharmonic through “The Star Spangled Banner.”

hat tip: @RealTimeWWII on Twitter

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