The Ghost Radio in Scotland

Remember The Twilight Zone?Reader Mike sent this along,and it has all the makings of a great episode of that Rod Serling series:A 70-year-old radio at a Scottish heritage centre has been picking up vintage broadcasts featuring Winston Churchill and the music of Glen Miller.The Pye valve wireless at Montrose Air Station, a heritage centre that tells the story of the men and women who served there, has no power and is not connected to any source of electricity. [. . .]The vintage … [Read more...]

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Chris Christie on Teacher's Unions

John McCain only wishes he could have talked this straight:H/T AllahpunditMy best friend is a high school Social Studies teacher, and she is a great one. She is creative and curious and she brings out the creativity and curiosity of her students. She's hot for primary source documents, and she tries to meld historic and current events as springboards for her classes in economics, political science and the rest. She asks her students questions that force them to consider both sides of an … [Read more...]

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In theory, it should be this easy…

...but we've been told for too long that without "nuance" (which too often becomes doublespeak) a politician can't exhibit sophistication of mind. And somehow, sophistication has been linked to competence. I think it's a false link.H/T Allahpundit who also has a transcribed excerpt of an exchange between Christie and a public school teacher. Nuanced, it was not.I am all for good teachers being well-paid, but I also think tenure needs to be re-examined and perhaps re-defined. There has … [Read more...]

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Incredible Catherine of Siena! UPDATED

"If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire" - St. Catherine of SienaOur dear nun-friends at Moniales bring us this video in honor of the incredible St. Catherine of Siena, the Dominican Tertiary and Doctor of the Church whose remarkable life gives lie to the silly charge that the Catholic church has held women back:Write the nuns:Her writings, The Dialogue and The Letters of St. Catherine are easily available in excellent translations and well worth taking the time … [Read more...]

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Morning Plots & Errands

Isn't that great? Reader Brian J (who also made the Nun News Network graphic and the Rush/Bullock/Baseball one) sent that over and I love it. In terms of who is in or out, I have always been "out" and my advice on pretty much anything is worth about a nickle, so it's right-on in every way.This morning is going about working at a local hospital, as I mentioned here.Then, I will be dedicating some serious time toward developing two ideas we have talked about here:1) Funding scholarships … [Read more...]

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Please help me thumb my nose at Obama!

The First Iconic Photo of the Obama AdministrationI have no idea how to establish any sort of foundation or charity fund-raising operation. I am very ignorant about most things, and intimidated by the idea of establishing anything.But I have been so angry, for so long, at Barack Obama and the Democrats for dismantling the DC School Voucher program, which was an excellent school-choice solution that gave parents and students a real means of escape from the atrocious schools in Washington DC, … [Read more...]

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School Choice in DC; a no-brainer!

Take a few minutes to watch this excellent video from PJTV, focusing on the Obama administration's ending a successful scholarship program that has allowed students to get out of the failing, miserable public schools in the District of Columbia (where more than $15,000 a year is spent, per student, with dismal results). The September 30 protest garnered little attention, but PJTV attended and asked good questions.Pay attention to the former Headmaster of Sidwell Friends School (where Chelsea … [Read more...]

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Carrying the cross a bit too far

Over at FT's Icons and Curiosities, they've run a bit amok. Jody Bottum has been attempting to re-decorate Sally's Thomas' Homeschooling house while working with a very narrow theme.And here is where they're at, nowYou'll be surprised. The horror.Oh, the horror.If you have any further ideas, let them know! They need help. Much help.Sally's homeschooling piece though, is thoughtful and excellent. … [Read more...]

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Happy students writing research papers

H/T to reader Dick, here is a great post (with pictures) by Pioneer Woman on how to teach students to write research papers.Now, as a mother I am tuned in enough to my 3rd grader to know she was not going to be as excited as I was about writing her first ever research paper. My oldest? She’d write a research paper for the fun of it, but personalities differ and Meredith rolled her eyes, moaned and asked, “How long will this take?”For a brief moment my heart sank, but since I held enough excit … [Read more...]

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More on Susan Boyle…

More information on the remarkable Susan Boyle, who I linked to in the post below and the story just gets nicer and nicer, and one just wants all good things to happen for her.It seems that Simon Cowell's people are already pursuing Boyle, who got a standing ovation from her church after her appearance on Britain's Got Talent.Before going on stage, Ms. Boyle admitted some self-deprecating facts about herself (she's never been kissed and lives alone with her cat, Pebbles). For those reasons … [Read more...]

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