Weekend Web Wandering – May 16, 2015

This Saturday we have a full day planned: our downtown library is hosting an activity called “Comic Con”. Which for our family means a lot of board game playing and maybe some face painting (and maybe a picture with Darth Vader or someone like that). We’ve gone in past years and the kids have loved it. I expect to be a little more tired this year than I have in some years, but hey, it’s a library. I can always curl up with a good book somewhere, right?

weekend web wandering

  • ‘How Have We Got Education So Disastrously Wrong?’by Peter Tait for the UK Telegraph. He’s talking about education in the UK, of course, but I think some of his points are broadly applicable.
  • How I Use Goodreads to Organize My Books by Amy at Sunlit Pages. I’ve slacked off on my use of Goodreads but this post inspires me to try it in some new ways. (You can still find me there, if you’d like to be friends: My Profile.)
  • Understanding the Basics of Waldorf Education by Donna Ashton for Simple Homeschool. I think our homeschool has a lot of these principles. (I recently took a quiz about what type of homeschooler I am and Waldorf was one of my higher scores.) This post is a good, quick overview.
  • Modern Mrs. Darcy is offering a new printable reading journal. I’m happy with my current system (lovely spiral bound notebook as a commonplace book) but this is a nice, customizable option. (Full confession: I won’t be getting it because I don’t sign up as a subscriber from blogs – who can deal with all that email?!)
  • I love these posts: On My Shelf: Life and Books with Jen Wilkin. Several here that I need to add to my reading stack.



  • Age of Robots: How Marvel is Killing the Popcorn Movie by Sady Doyle. This one is long and I don’t agree with everything she says (not to mention the cursing), but if you’re interested in story-telling, Marvel movies, or movies in general, this is interesting.
  • NJ Supreme Court to Decide if Leaving a Child in a Car a Few Minutes is Automatically Neglect from Free Range Kids. I do not love this development. What I love about this post is this line: “Fantasy cannot be the basis of policy.” There, in a nutshell, is what is wrong with so much of what passes for American Government these days. Fantasy and wishful thinking have never made good policy.
  • Only Children’s Selfishness Isn’t Their Fault by Leslie Loftis for The Federalist. I don’t think this headline truly captures what this post is about. The post is really about the conflict between generations and their competing desires. And, for the record: my husband and I have had this conversation many times. The Baby Boomers are the most selfish generation in American History, as a general rule. Their sense of entitlement – as a generation – outweighs even the much lamented Millennial “Special Snowflake Syndrome”. Just our opinions, of course. Anyway, great post and you should read it, even if you’re not interested in the implications of being an only child.
  • The Five Best Years in Christian Music History by Stephen Altrogge. This is the playlist from my teen years, so it definitely sparked a strong nostalgic reaction in me. (And yes, we still have all our dc Talk, Jars of Clay, and even a few Newsboys CDs.)

That’s all I have saved for this week. What caught your eye?

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  1. I’m a La Leche League Leader if you ever happen to need that kind of mother-to-mother breastfeeding advice…I’d be happy to chat via email.

  2. The only child article is an interesting perspective.

  3. I still have my Jars of Clay CDs, too! :)

    • Me too! Jars is my favorite. Toss in some Third Day and you have the soundtrack of my twenties. <3 Oh, you said teens. … I wonder why this just showed up in my feedly today …