Category Archives: Signs of the Times

Men Without Work: The White Elephant in the Room

In September, 2016, Templeton Press published an interesting book entitled Men Without Work: America’s Invisible Crisis by Nicholas Eberstadt, a long time fellow of the American Enterprise institute.. I had a particular interest in the book for numerous reasons. I … Continue reading

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The Moralia, A Classic Newly Available

One of the great classics of Western Literature, “Moral Reflections on the Book of Job”, otherwise known as the Moralia, has not been fully translated into English since 1848, and that translation is outdated. Further, it is very difficult to … Continue reading

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Swimming Steps to Success

In 2016, Human Kinetics published a detailed guide to swimming by Coach Scott Bay. Swimming: Steps to Success is a dynamic, comprehensible manual on the mechanics and experience of swimming. It is technically proficient yet accessible. It teaches you how … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on spanking

In a culture where unborn children are not protected and children are manipulated by economic and social conditioning and exposed prematurely to sexual behavior and language that is unquestionably detrimental to their welfare, it is unconscionable that those who spank their children with good intentions and moderation are treated as criminals. Continue reading

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Homeschool vs. Public School

As a once perspective teacher, I was very upset that I did not come to the realization that I was what was best for my children, sooner. Who better than the child’s parents to teach them? Sure, my degree made me excellent with crowd control, but what about really teaching these kids? It is almost impossible to reach students without parental involvement, and with the current state of the world, more and more children are raising themselves or being raised by siblings or friends. In a public school setting, it is extremely hard to reach every student, especially those who are exceptional (one end of the spectrum or the other). In a homeschool setting, the parent sets the course of learning through student interests and ability and the timeline is flexible (in many states). Continue reading

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Contemporary Masterpieces on Mercy and Forgiveness

Jesus really died. Do you believe that? In a fully human way. He no longer existed in life as we know it. It was the end. but only only temporarily. Actually, it was the beginning. The start of something new and better. And there is no better way to experience this than forgiveness. When we forgive others, we actualize God’s forgiveness of us. Goodbye guilt and self-hatred. Hello shalom. Jesus lives to forgive and intercede for us. Woe be it for us if we refuse to join him. Continue reading

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A Series that matters on Spirituality

In recent years the Liturgical Press has been publishing a series of books on practical contemplative spirituality by a well known and respected spiritual guide, Sr. Meg Funk, a Benedictine nun. I had the opportunity to hear her speak in … Continue reading

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