Guest Post: An Outsider Reads Elsie Dinsmore, Part II

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A Guest Post by TraceyThis is the point in the book(s) where the chapters all start running together. This time I will summarize the events from chapter 8 of book one through chapter 3 of book two, spoil the ending, touch on some themes, and compare Elsie to other books.Picking up where we left off, Elsie and Papa (Horace) are all sweetness and shiny-happy. Horace has no major beefs with his obedient little daughter, although he does keep her on a pretty tight leash. Elsie still cries at … [Read more...]

Guest Post: An Outsider Reads Elsie Dinsmore, Part I

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A Guest Post by TraceyMy name is Tracey and I write a blog describing my religious journey through local churches. In my blog surfing I became interested in the Elsie Dinsmore series, so I borrowed books 1 and 2 from the library. Functionally, I found them more like one long story than two, so I read them in succession. I would like to present an adult, outside (non-homeschooled non-evangelical) perspective on these first two books. The books I have read are, as far as I can tell, the … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Adam Knew (But It’s Eve’s Fault)

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Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 110-111Debi has previously said that God creates men with armor and women without, so that mean can use their reason to stand against Satan's temptations and make sound decisions while women use their feelings to tenderly care for their children and keep the home. Women, Debi says, are to stand behind the armor of their men, and thus be protected. The reason Eve at the apple, Debi says, is that she stepped out from Adam's armor and was thus vulnerable. Some … [Read more...]

HSLDA as a Supervillain

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I recently received an email from the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) with the headline "Single Mom Shields Son from Bullies, Faces Charges." Curious, I looked at the summary the email provided: New Jersey: Charges Dropped, Case Dismissed After HSLDA IntervenesHome School Legal Defense Association worked closely with a local attorney to prove that charges of educational neglect against a single mom were false. Still curious, I clicked the link to the full article. Single mom … [Read more...]

A Response to a Failed Courtship—A Humorous Poem

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In google searching for something totally unrelated, I came upon a humorous poem about a failed courtship. As someone raised in this mentality, I found it familiar---and quite funny---and thought I'd share. It's written like a letter from a girl's prospective suitor to her father, sent after learning (from the father, of course) that the girl had rejected his suit. And weirdly, this poem was posted approvingly on the website of Scott Brown, Vision Forum ally and courtship promoter … [Read more...]

Things Women Hear in the Church

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I ran across two different articles today, each of which would have probably seemed only more appalling to me if they weren't simply parroting things I heard growing up as a conservative evangelical.The first was called True Love Doesn't Wait, written by a married father of six. The basic premise? Church singles need to stop waiting for true love and just get married already. The author responds to a blog post made popular in the fury of Christian blogging on purity that followed a post on … [Read more...]

Where We Are on HSLDA, Homeschooling, and Child Abuse

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This has been a crazy couple of weeks, to be honest. I never expected that HSLDA would respond to my posts or that people would come out of the woodwork angry about the blind eye HSLDA has turned toward the issue of child abuse in homeschooling families. Some people have even rephrased this whole thing as "Libby Anne vs. HSLDA." I've put together a page bringing together everything I've written on homechooling, child abuse, and HSLDA recently---feel free to take a look.So where are we, … [Read more...]


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