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  E-journal January 4, 2011

Coming Soon! I Carved the Angel from the Marble

We're excited! We are finally (after 5 years) coming out with a sequel to I Saw the Angel in the Marble and it should be ready by January 15, 2011! It will be called I Carved the Angel from the Marble and will focus on the nuts and bolts of homeschooling and teaching the different subjects at home.

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P. S. Look for I Carved the Angel from the Marble coming soon!

A Shadow of Good Things to Come

by Ellyn

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I haven't written a newsletter or blog post in quite a while because I've been busy putting together the sequel to I Saw the Angel in the Marble and I'm happy to say I am on the last draft and it should be available in the next few weeks. You can find out more about the new book, I Carved the Angel From the Marble HERE.

But I've run across plenty of things I've wanted to write about, so I'll just do just a brief overview of the things I've been reading and thinking about for the past several months. Expect longer articles on them later.

First, I was impressed by the movie True Grit. I know it's a remake of the old John Wayne version, but I think it's every bit as good as the original and especially so because the lead character, 14 year old Mattie Ross, is played by a homeschooler (Hailee Steinfeld) who won the part in auditions against 15,000 other girls. She is terrific as a headstrong daughter who wants to see her father's death avenged

The dialogue is amazing, the soundtrack is the old hymn "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" (which I loved until it got to Carrie Underwood's country rendition), and there is Scripture quoted throughout. True Grit contains a few minor profanities and obscenities and no sex, but there is a lot of Western shoot-em-up blood and gore. Nevertheless, it is a great film. Because my son Blake is a film-maker, we all are very quick to notice "holes" when we watch a movie—plot discrepancies, poor editing, bad acting, awful dialogue, miscasting, etc.—and this one had practically none.

Second, I read several articles in the New York times about how scientists and psychologists are becoming increasingly alarmed by the amount of time children and young adults are interacting with electronic media. One study found that American children 8 to 18 were averaging more than 53 hours a week using some kind of electronic media—video games, cell phones, computers, etc. That's more than a full-time job! There are two big concerns. First, that these children are having their brains entrained to constantly switch tasks which means they can be intellectually crippled when it comes to the kind of focus needed to really learn something. Another big concern is that, since most of these children's interactions with others is now virtual (Facebook, e-mail, text, etc.) and does not involve what is usually considered "real" conversation, we are going to have a generation who lacks true empathy and will be at a loss when it comes to developing real relationships with other people.

The third bit of information that has made me want to pull out my electronic media (my laptop) and write is a series of articles I recently read about how important it is to teach handwriting because writing by hand wires the brain in a different, more productive way than typing does.

And finally, I was intrigued by an article that reported marriage counselors and lawyers are seeing an upsurge of divorce complaints that mention Facebook and pastors are blaming a lot of marital infidelity on the social media. It seems that adults are reconnecting with old flames on Facebook and renewing the fire. One pastor in New Jersey called Facebook "a portal to infidelity."

So, there you have a brief synopsis of articles to come. Plus, I intend to continue my series on gender identity as well as share some of the results of the dating and courtship survey we took back in the fall. Stay tuned and have a great New Year!

Until next time.... 


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