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Review: The Girl Who Drew Butterflies by Joyce Sidman

In 17th century Europe, young Maria Merian was fascinated by butterflies. ‘Summer birds’, they were called, and no one really knew where they came from. Raised first in an engraver’s house and then an illustrator’s, Maria learned both the technical details of her craft and how to observe nature. She combined the two to become […]

Great Backyard Bird Count, Feb 15-18, 2019

God cares for the birds. Jesus said, “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matthew 6:26, while teaching about not worrying) He also said, “Are not two sparrows sold for a […]

Review: Henry Barrie: Vimy Ridge Survivor

Like many country boys in the early 1900s, Henry Barrie of Lanark was ready for adventure. His best friend Jimmie put it well, “Day after day, milking the cows, chopping wood, feeding the chickens, fetching the water and that is all I’m going to do the rest of my life.  Eventually, I’ll get married and […]

Review: Darwin, The Voyage that Shook the World

Many of the papers and books I’ve been reading these days have been influenced by Darwin’s thought; most of our news items are as well; and our entire culture is driven by offshoots of his ideas.  Science, politics, medicine, social sciences, law, literature, music, and even Christian thought have largely absorbed Darwinian concepts of survival […]

Summer Fun and Learning Ideas

Now that we fall asleep to the deep croaks of bullfrogs and the robins are once again nesting in my husband’s good extension cord, it finally feels like summer! We will continue our usual schoolwork for another month, but it is definitely time to start planning a good long break, with a bit of learning. […]

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