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  1. Read one long one, and had to let it get very overdue to finish, but sometimes it's more convenient to pay the fine than to return it and find it again. 17. "The Seven Storey Mountain" by Thomas Merton. An extra, 4th autobiography from the Well-Educated Mind list. Of course, he's Catholic and I'm a Latter-day Saint, but I found it surprisingly relatable. We don't have anything remotely like monks or nuns, but the idea of "outgrowing" worldly concerns to focus on a spiritual life is something not so foreign. I kind of went through the same thing when my little family suddenly faced major mental health issues. Some things that occupied a lot of my time before, like keeping up with the latest Marvel movie, just seemed SO trivial and meaningless. They weren't even very effective distractions. Instead, in my limited "spare" time (didn't really have any spare time), I was more drawn to true stories of people overcoming challenges, and to my faith community. 16. "Lifestyles of the Great & Spacious" by John Bytheway. (LDS) The Great & Spacious building is a symbol from a parable in our faith that represents the "in" crowd, or the popular, worldly point of view. So it was an interesting coincidence that I picked this up to read in the middle of reading "Seven Storey Mountain." 15. "How to Think" by Alan Jacobs. Lots to think about here. 14. "The Road from Coorain" by Jill Ker Conway. Entry three from the Well-Educated Mind autobiography list challenge. 13. "All Rivers Run to the Sea" by Elie Wiesel. Entry two from the Well-Educated Mind autobiography list challenge. 12. "The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction" by Alan Jacobs. 11. "Whatever You Choose to Be" by Ann Romney. 10. "Five Little Pigs" by Agatha Christie. 2nd entry in the Agatha Christie challenge. 9. "Rethinking School" by Susan Wise Bauer. 8. "The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax" by Dorothy Gilman. 7. "The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax" by Dorothy Gilman. 6. "A Faithful Reply to the CES Letter" by Jim Bennett. 5. "Bamboozled by the "CES Letter"" by Michael R. Ash. 4. "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou. Entry one - the Well-Educated Mind autobiography list challenge. 3. "The Harlequin Tea Set" by Agatha Christie. Entry one - Agatha Christie Challenge. 2. "The Screwtape Letters" by C.S. Lewis. 1. "Unselfish: Love Thy Neighbor as Thy Selfie" compiled by Paul D. Parkinson.
  2. I find myself catching up listing what I've read again. I have to compete to use my own computer, as two of my kids' computers have bitten the dust. 14. "The Road from Coorain" by Jill Ker Conway. Entry three from the Well-Educated Mind autobiography list challenge. I really enjoyed this one. 13. "All Rivers Run to the Sea" by Elie Wiesel. Entry two from the Well-Educated Mind autobiography list challenge. He jumped around in time a little, which was mildly confusing, but overall, I liked it. 12. "The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction" by Alan Jacobs. Heard about this one on a recent Read Aloud Revival podcast, and since my library had it, I went and got it. Thought provoking. I prefer reading for Whim, as he speaks about. 11. "Whatever You Choose to Be" by Ann Romney. Book form of a commencement address she gave. 10. "Five Little Pigs" by Agatha Christie. 2nd entry in the Agatha Christie challenge. Yet another one I don't remember reading before. 9. "Rethinking School" by Susan Wise Bauer. Audio version. This is helping me be more secure about our High School efforts, so I come back to it often. 8. "The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax" by Dorothy Gilman. I think I picked both of these up during an audible sale. 7. "The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax" by Dorothy Gilman. Audio book listen while I started back up my walking habit. 6. "A Faithful Reply to the CES Letter" by Jim Bennett. 5. "Bamboozled by the "CES Letter"" by Michael R. Ash. 4. "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou. Entry one - the Well-Educated Mind autobiography list challenge. 3. "The Harlequin Tea Set" by Agatha Christie. Entry one - Agatha Christie Challenge. 2. "The Screwtape Letters" by C.S. Lewis. 1. "Unselfish: Love Thy Neighbor as Thy Selfie" compiled by Paul D. Parkinson.
  3. Well, I'm starting off with one from Agatha Christie, and one from the Well-Educated Mind autobiography list. The intent is to meet both of those challenges, but there are so many books in the world, and many of them are sitting by my bed already... 4. "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou. I've been meaning to read this one for years, and finally got to it. 3. "The Harlequin Tea Set" by Agatha Christie. I don't remember reading this before, either. 2. "The Screwtape Letters" by C.S. Lewis. Technically, a reread, but since the last time I read it was over 30 years ago, all I remembered really was the epistolary format. Surprisingly current and relevant. 1. "Unselfish: Love Thy Neighbor as Thy Selfie" compiled by Paul D. Parkinson. The back cover sums it up nicely: "99 inspiring stories of people putting others before themselves."
  4. Better get my last two on here before the year is officially up, though I am in the middle of one that I might finish before midnight tomorrow. 63. "Lord Edgware Dies" by Agatha Christie. 62. "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe" by Agatha Christie. 61. "Why Didn't They Ask Evans?" by Agatha Christie. 60. "The Hollow" by Agatha Christie. 59.. "Taken at the Flood" by Agatha Christie." 58. "Easy to Kill" by Agatha Christie. 57. "The Simple Faith of Mr. Rogers" by Amy Hollingsworth. 56. "A Body in the Library" by Agatha Christie. 55. "Christopher Columbus: A Man among the Gentiles" by Clark B. Hinckley. (LDS) 54. "The Priesthood Power of Women" by Barbara Morgan Gardner. (LDS) 53. "Rethinking School" by Susan Wise Bauer. 52. "The Question of the Absentee Father" by E.J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen. 51. "The Question of the Felonious Friend" by E.J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen. 50. "The Question of the Unfamiliar Husband" by E.J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen. 49. "The Question of the Missing Head" by E.J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen. 48. "Pax" by Sara Pennypacker. 47. "The Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum. 46. "Return of the King" by J.R.R. Tolkien. 45. "Math with Bad Drawings" by Ben Orlin. 44. "The Number Devil" by Hans Magnus Enzensberger. 43. "Insights from a Prophet's Life: Russall M Nelson" by Sheri Dew (LDS). 42. "Live Up to Our Privileges" by Wendy Ulrich (LDS). 41. "The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America's Broken Education System -- And How to Fix It" by Natalie Wexler. 40. "Blood, Bullets, and Bones" by Bridget Heos. 39. "World War I: The Rest of the Story and How It Affects You Today" by Richard J. Maybury. 38. "The Thousand Year War in the Mideast: How It Affects You Today" by Richard J. Maybury. 37. "The Two Towers" by J.R.R. Tokien. 36. "Fellowship of the Ring" by J.R.R. Tolkien. 35. "The Clipper Ship Strategy" by Richard J. Maybury. 34. "The Money Mystery" by Richard J. Maybury. 33. "Evaluating Books: What Would Thomas Jefferson Think About This" by Richard J. Maybury. 32. "Ancient Rome: How It Affects You Today" by Richard J. Maybury. 31. "Are You Liberal? Conservative? or Confusted?" by Richard J. Maybury. Funny title, because I thought I knew what I was, but now I'm confused! 30. "Whatever Happened to Justice?" by Richard J. Maybury. 29. " The Instant Economist: Everything You Need to Know About How the Economy Works" by Timothy Taylor. 28. "White Like Her: My Family's Story of Race and Racial Passing" by Gail Lukasik. 27. "Personal, Career, and Financial Security" by Richard J. Maybury. 26. "Rascal" by Sterling North. 25. "Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?" by Richard J. Maybury. 24. "Joy in the Covenant" by Julie B. Beck. (LDS) 23. "The Essential 55" by Ron Clark. 22. "How to Tutor Your Own Child" by Marina Koestler Ruben. 21. "Faith is Not Blind" by Bruce and Marie Hafen. (LDS) 20. "Silent Souls Weeping: Depression, Sharing Stories, Finding Hope" by Jane Clayson Johnson. (LDS) 19. "Leap of Faith" by Bob Bennett. (LDS) 18. "Covenant Keepers" by Wendy Watson Nelson. (LDS) 17. "Manga Classics: MacBeth" adapted by Crystal S. Chan. 16. "One Dead Spy" by Nathan Hale. 15. "Stellar Science Projects About Earth's Sky" and "Wild Science Projects About Earth's Weather" by Robert Gardner. 14. "Stuff Matters" by Mark Miodownik. 13. "Led by Divine Design" by Ronald A. Rasband. (LDS) 12. "Forensic Science Projects with a Crime Lab" by Robert Gardner. 11. "Manga Classics: The Jungle Book" adapted by Crystal S. Chan 10. "Donner Dinner Party" by Nathan Hale. 9. "Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe" adapted by Stacy King. 8. "Bodies We've Buried" by Jarrett Hallcox and Amy Welch. 7. "The Forensic Casebook" by N.E. Genge. 6. "Shaken Faith Syndrome" by MIchael R. Ash. (LDS) 5. "Fingerprints: Crime-Solving Science Experiments" by Kenneth G. Rainis. 4. "Forensic Investigations" (6) by Leela Burnscott. & ("Bones Speak" by Richard Spilsbury) 3. "A Reason for Faith" edited by Laura Harris Hales. (LDS) 2. "Left Standing" by Mason Wells, et al. (LDS) 1. "Camino Easy" by B. G. Preston.
  5. Well, Momma had to take a sick day last week, but at least I got some more reading in. Since I'm old and all, I'll keep taking advantage of the Large Print Agatha Christie collection at my library. I actually found two I don't think I've read before: The Hollow, and Taken at the Flood. Not that it matters a lot. It's been so long since I last read any of her books, I don't remember until the very last what's going to happen. 61. "Why Didn't They Ask Evans?" by Agatha Christie. 60. "The Hollow" by Agatha Christie. 59.. "Taken at the Flood" by Agatha Christie." 58. "Easy to Kill" by Agatha Christie. 57. "The Simple Faith of Mr. Rogers" by Amy Hollingsworth. 56. "A Body in the Library" by Agatha Christie. 55. "Christopher Columbus: A Man among the Gentiles" by Clark B. Hinckley. (LDS) 54. "The Priesthood Power of Women" by Barbara Morgan Gardner. (LDS) 53. "Rethinking School" by Susan Wise Bauer. 52. "The Question of the Absentee Father" by E.J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen. 51. "The Question of the Felonious Friend" by E.J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen. 50. "The Question of the Unfamiliar Husband" by E.J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen. 49. "The Question of the Missing Head" by E.J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen. 48. "Pax" by Sara Pennypacker. 47. "The Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum. 46. "Return of the King" by J.R.R. Tolkien. 45. "Math with Bad Drawings" by Ben Orlin. 44. "The Number Devil" by Hans Magnus Enzensberger. 43. "Insights from a Prophet's Life: Russall M Nelson" by Sheri Dew (LDS). 42. "Live Up to Our Privileges" by Wendy Ulrich (LDS). 41. "The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America's Broken Education System -- And How to Fix It" by Natalie Wexler. 40. "Blood, Bullets, and Bones" by Bridget Heos. 39. "World War I: The Rest of the Story and How It Affects You Today" by Richard J. Maybury. 38. "The Thousand Year War in the Mideast: How It Affects You Today" by Richard J. Maybury. 37. "The Two Towers" by J.R.R. Tokien. 36. "Fellowship of the Ring" by J.R.R. Tolkien. 35. "The Clipper Ship Strategy" by Richard J. Maybury. 34. "The Money Mystery" by Richard J. Maybury. 33. "Evaluating Books: What Would Thomas Jefferson Think About This" by Richard J. Maybury. 32. "Ancient Rome: How It Affects You Today" by Richard J. Maybury. 31. "Are You Liberal? Conservative? or Confusted?" by Richard J. Maybury. Funny title, because I thought I knew what I was, but now I'm confused! 30. "Whatever Happened to Justice?" by Richard J. Maybury. 29. " The Instant Economist: Everything You Need to Know About How the Economy Works" by Timothy Taylor. 28. "White Like Her: My Family's Story of Race and Racial Passing" by Gail Lukasik. 27. "Personal, Career, and Financial Security" by Richard J. Maybury. 26. "Rascal" by Sterling North. 25. "Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?" by Richard J. Maybury. 24. "Joy in the Covenant" by Julie B. Beck. (LDS) 23. "The Essential 55" by Ron Clark. 22. "How to Tutor Your Own Child" by Marina Koestler Ruben. 21. "Faith is Not Blind" by Bruce and Marie Hafen. (LDS) 20. "Silent Souls Weeping: Depression, Sharing Stories, Finding Hope" by Jane Clayson Johnson. (LDS) 19. "Leap of Faith" by Bob Bennett. (LDS) 18. "Covenant Keepers" by Wendy Watson Nelson. (LDS) 17. "Manga Classics: MacBeth" adapted by Crystal S. Chan. 16. "One Dead Spy" by Nathan Hale. 15. "Stellar Science Projects About Earth's Sky" and "Wild Science Projects About Earth's Weather" by Robert Gardner. 14. "Stuff Matters" by Mark Miodownik. 13. "Led by Divine Design" by Ronald A. Rasband. (LDS) 12. "Forensic Science Projects with a Crime Lab" by Robert Gardner. 11. "Manga Classics: The Jungle Book" adapted by Crystal S. Chan 10. "Donner Dinner Party" by Nathan Hale. 9. "Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe" adapted by Stacy King. 8. "Bodies We've Buried" by Jarrett Hallcox and Amy Welch. 7. "The Forensic Casebook" by N.E. Genge. 6. "Shaken Faith Syndrome" by MIchael R. Ash. (LDS) 5. "Fingerprints: Crime-Solving Science Experiments" by Kenneth G. Rainis. 4. "Forensic Investigations" (6) by Leela Burnscott. & ("Bones Speak" by Richard Spilsbury) 3. "A Reason for Faith" edited by Laura Harris Hales. (LDS) 2. "Left Standing" by Mason Wells, et al. (LDS) 1. "Camino Easy" by B. G. Preston.
  6. On the rare days when I get access to my own computer -- because DS is using it, too -- I've been working on a big genealogy project, and I've forgotten to come here! Here's what I've read since I last reported: 57. "The Simple Faith of Mr. Rogers" by Amy Hollingsworth. I didn't grow up on Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, because we didn't get a TV until I was 11, but I secretly enjoyed it when my little brothers chose to watch. Loved the book! He must have been a lovely man to know in person. 56. "A Body in the Library" by Agatha Christie. My local library has almost no Agatha Christie's in the main fiction area, and almost everything she ever wrote in the Large Print section. One could come to the conclusion that they think only old ladies read Agatha Christie now. Of course, my kids think I already am an old lady.... 55. "Christopher Columbus: A Man among the Gentiles" by Clark B. Hinckley. (LDS) A decidedly Latter-day Saints take on the Christopher Columbus story, with divine destiny as the underlying worldview. He quoted a lot from Christopher Columbus's own letters and journals, which I found very interesting. 54. "The Priesthood Power of Women" by Barbara Morgan Gardner. (LDS) 53. "Rethinking School" by Susan Wise Bauer. Listened to the audible book this time. 52. "The Question of the Absentee Father" by E.J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen. 51. "The Question of the Felonious Friend" by E.J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen. 50. "The Question of the Unfamiliar Husband" by E.J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen. 49. "The Question of the Missing Head" by E.J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen. 48. "Pax" by Sara Pennypacker. 47. "The Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum. 46. "Return of the King" by J.R.R. Tolkien. 45. "Math with Bad Drawings" by Ben Orlin. 44. "The Number Devil" by Hans Magnus Enzensberger. 43. "Insights from a Prophet's Life: Russall M Nelson" by Sheri Dew (LDS). 42. "Live Up to Our Privileges" by Wendy Ulrich (LDS). 41. "The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America's Broken Education System -- And How to Fix It" by Natalie Wexler. 40. "Blood, Bullets, and Bones" by Bridget Heos. 39. "World War I: The Rest of the Story and How It Affects You Today" by Richard J. Maybury. 38. "The Thousand Year War in the Mideast: How It Affects You Today" by Richard J. Maybury. 37. "The Two Towers" by J.R.R. Tokien. 36. "Fellowship of the Ring" by J.R.R. Tolkien. 35. "The Clipper Ship Strategy" by Richard J. Maybury. 34. "The Money Mystery" by Richard J. Maybury. 33. "Evaluating Books: What Would Thomas Jefferson Think About This" by Richard J. Maybury. 32. "Ancient Rome: How It Affects You Today" by Richard J. Maybury. 31. "Are You Liberal? Conservative? or Confusted?" by Richard J. Maybury. Funny title, because I thought I knew what I was, but now I'm confused! 30. "Whatever Happened to Justice?" by Richard J. Maybury. 29. " The Instant Economist: Everything You Need to Know About How the Economy Works" by Timothy Taylor. 28. "White Like Her: My Family's Story of Race and Racial Passing" by Gail Lukasik. 27. "Personal, Career, and Financial Security" by Richard J. Maybury. 26. "Rascal" by Sterling North. 25. "Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?" by Richard J. Maybury. 24. "Joy in the Covenant" by Julie B. Beck. (LDS) 23. "The Essential 55" by Ron Clark. 22. "How to Tutor Your Own Child" by Marina Koestler Ruben. 21. "Faith is Not Blind" by Bruce and Marie Hafen. (LDS) 20. "Silent Souls Weeping: Depression, Sharing Stories, Finding Hope" by Jane Clayson Johnson. (LDS) 19. "Leap of Faith" by Bob Bennett. (LDS) 18. "Covenant Keepers" by Wendy Watson Nelson. (LDS) 17. "Manga Classics: MacBeth" adapted by Crystal S. Chan. 16. "One Dead Spy" by Nathan Hale. 15. "Stellar Science Projects About Earth's Sky" and "Wild Science Projects About Earth's Weather" by Robert Gardner. 14. "Stuff Matters" by Mark Miodownik. 13. "Led by Divine Design" by Ronald A. Rasband. (LDS) 12. "Forensic Science Projects with a Crime Lab" by Robert Gardner. 11. "Manga Classics: The Jungle Book" adapted by Crystal S. Chan 10. "Donner Dinner Party" by Nathan Hale. 9. "Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe" adapted by Stacy King. 8. "Bodies We've Buried" by Jarrett Hallcox and Amy Welch. 7. "The Forensic Casebook" by N.E. Genge. 6. "Shaken Faith Syndrome" by MIchael R. Ash. (LDS) 5. "Fingerprints: Crime-Solving Science Experiments" by Kenneth G. Rainis. 4. "Forensic Investigations" (6) by Leela Burnscott. & ("Bones Speak" by Richard Spilsbury) 3. "A Reason for Faith" edited by Laura Harris Hales. (LDS) 2. "Left Standing" by Mason Wells, et al. (LDS) 1. "Camino Easy" by B. G. Preston.
  7. It's been a month since I last posted! Wow! Busy with our schoolwork and Fall yardwork, but I have been reading. My mom has been reading these "Asperger's Mysteries" by Copperman/Cohen, and suggested I might like them, since all three of my kids are ASD. She was right, I did enjoy them! 52. "The Question of the Absentee Father" by E.J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen. 51. "The Question of the Felonious Friend" by E.J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen. 50. "The Question of the Unfamiliar Husband" by E.J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen. 49. "The Question of the Missing Head" by E.J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen. 48. "Pax" by Sara Pennypacker. Audio book for just DD9 and I when the two of us took a trip together. She loves animal stories, as long as the character she gets invested in doesn't get killed. Not going to be doing "Red Fern" or "Old Yeller," for instance. 47. "The Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum. Audio book while we traveled to give DD9 something she liked. 46. "Return of the King" by J.R.R. Tolkien. Finished our family audio book listening quest! 45. "Math with Bad Drawings" by Ben Orlin. 44. "The Number Devil" by Hans Magnus Enzensberger. 43. "Insights from a Prophet's Life: Russall M Nelson" by Sheri Dew (LDS). 42. "Live Up to Our Privileges" by Wendy Ulrich (LDS). 41. "The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America's Broken Education System -- And How to Fix It" by Natalie Wexler. 40. "Blood, Bullets, and Bones" by Bridget Heos. 39. "World War I: The Rest of the Story and How It Affects You Today" by Richard J. Maybury. 38. "The Thousand Year War in the Mideast: How It Affects You Today" by Richard J. Maybury. 37. "The Two Towers" by J.R.R. Tokien. 36. "Fellowship of the Ring" by J.R.R. Tolkien. 35. "The Clipper Ship Strategy" by Richard J. Maybury. 34. "The Money Mystery" by Richard J. Maybury. 33. "Evaluating Books: What Would Thomas Jefferson Think About This" by Richard J. Maybury. 32. "Ancient Rome: How It Affects You Today" by Richard J. Maybury. 31. "Are You Liberal? Conservative? or Confusted?" by Richard J. Maybury. Funny title, because I thought I knew what I was, but now I'm confused! 30. "Whatever Happened to Justice?" by Richard J. Maybury. 29. " The Instant Economist: Everything You Need to Know About How the Economy Works" by Timothy Taylor. 28. "White Like Her: My Family's Story of Race and Racial Passing" by Gail Lukasik. 27. "Personal, Career, and Financial Security" by Richard J. Maybury. 26. "Rascal" by Sterling North. 25. "Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?" by Richard J. Maybury. 24. "Joy in the Covenant" by Julie B. Beck. (LDS) 23. "The Essential 55" by Ron Clark. 22. "How to Tutor Your Own Child" by Marina Koestler Ruben. 21. "Faith is Not Blind" by Bruce and Marie Hafen. (LDS) 20. "Silent Souls Weeping: Depression, Sharing Stories, Finding Hope" by Jane Clayson Johnson. (LDS) 19. "Leap of Faith" by Bob Bennett. (LDS) 18. "Covenant Keepers" by Wendy Watson Nelson. (LDS) 17. "Manga Classics: MacBeth" adapted by Crystal S. Chan. 16. "One Dead Spy" by Nathan Hale. 15. "Stellar Science Projects About Earth's Sky" and "Wild Science Projects About Earth's Weather" by Robert Gardner. 14. "Stuff Matters" by Mark Miodownik. 13. "Led by Divine Design" by Ronald A. Rasband. (LDS) 12. "Forensic Science Projects with a Crime Lab" by Robert Gardner. 11. "Manga Classics: The Jungle Book" adapted by Crystal S. Chan 10. "Donner Dinner Party" by Nathan Hale. 9. "Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe" adapted by Stacy King. 8. "Bodies We've Buried" by Jarrett Hallcox and Amy Welch. 7. "The Forensic Casebook" by N.E. Genge. 6. "Shaken Faith Syndrome" by MIchael R. Ash. (LDS) 5. "Fingerprints: Crime-Solving Science Experiments" by Kenneth G. Rainis. 4. "Forensic Investigations" (6) by Leela Burnscott. & ("Bones Speak" by Richard Spilsbury) 3. "A Reason for Faith" edited by Laura Harris Hales. (LDS) 2. "Left Standing" by Mason Wells, et al. (LDS) 1. "Camino Easy" by B. G. Preston.
  8. 45. "Math with Bad Drawings" by Ben Orlin. I've seen this recommended on the board several times, checked it out one other time before and never got to it -- bad library habit I have, -- and finally read it! I'm going to get my two high-schoolers to read it. 44. "The Number Devil" by Hans Magnus Enzensberger. Listened to a podcast where Kate Snow recommended this, and since my library happened to have it....! Can one say a math book is really cute? I've ordered my own copy. 43. "Insights from a Prophet's Life: Russall M Nelson" by Sheri Dew (LDS). 42. "Live Up to Our Privileges" by Wendy Ulrich (LDS). 41. "The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America's Broken Education System -- And How to Fix It" by Natalie Wexler. 40. "Blood, Bullets, and Bones" by Bridget Heos. 39. "World War I: The Rest of the Story and How It Affects You Today" by Richard J. Maybury. 38. "The Thousand Year War in the Mideast: How It Affects You Today" by Richard J. Maybury. 37. "The Two Towers" by J.R.R. Tokien. 36. "Fellowship of the Ring" by J.R.R. Tolkien. 35. "The Clipper Ship Strategy" by Richard J. Maybury. 34. "The Money Mystery" by Richard J. Maybury. 33. "Evaluating Books: What Would Thomas Jefferson Think About This" by Richard J. Maybury. 32. "Ancient Rome: How It Affects You Today" by Richard J. Maybury. 31. "Are You Liberal? Conservative? or Confusted?" by Richard J. Maybury. Funny title, because I thought I knew what I was, but now I'm confused! 30. "Whatever Happened to Justice?" by Richard J. Maybury. 29. " The Instant Economist: Everything You Need to Know About How the Economy Works" by Timothy Taylor. 28. "White Like Her: My Family's Story of Race and Racial Passing" by Gail Lukasik. 27. "Personal, Career, and Financial Security" by Richard J. Maybury. 26. "Rascal" by Sterling North. 25. "Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?" by Richard J. Maybury. 24. "Joy in the Covenant" by Julie B. Beck. (LDS) 23. "The Essential 55" by Ron Clark. 22. "How to Tutor Your Own Child" by Marina Koestler Ruben. 21. "Faith is Not Blind" by Bruce and Marie Hafen. (LDS) 20. "Silent Souls Weeping: Depression, Sharing Stories, Finding Hope" by Jane Clayson Johnson. (LDS) 19. "Leap of Faith" by Bob Bennett. (LDS) 18. "Covenant Keepers" by Wendy Watson Nelson. (LDS) 17. "Manga Classics: MacBeth" adapted by Crystal S. Chan. 16. "One Dead Spy" by Nathan Hale. 15. "Stellar Science Projects About Earth's Sky" and "Wild Science Projects About Earth's Weather" by Robert Gardner. 14. "Stuff Matters" by Mark Miodownik. 13. "Led by Divine Design" by Ronald A. Rasband. (LDS) 12. "Forensic Science Projects with a Crime Lab" by Robert Gardner. 11. "Manga Classics: The Jungle Book" adapted by Crystal S. Chan 10. "Donner Dinner Party" by Nathan Hale. 9. "Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe" adapted by Stacy King. 8. "Bodies We've Buried" by Jarrett Hallcox and Amy Welch. 7. "The Forensic Casebook" by N.E. Genge. 6. "Shaken Faith Syndrome" by MIchael R. Ash. (LDS) 5. "Fingerprints: Crime-Solving Science Experiments" by Kenneth G. Rainis. 4. "Forensic Investigations" (6) by Leela Burnscott. & ("Bones Speak" by Richard Spilsbury) 3. "A Reason for Faith" edited by Laura Harris Hales. (LDS) 2. "Left Standing" by Mason Wells, et al. (LDS) 1. "Camino Easy" by B. G. Preston.
  9. We went three years ago. The Black Hills Railroad was a huge hit with my son, who was 13 when we went. It's the steepest non-cog railroad in the U.S. Very pretty views. There are two public parks in Rapid City we liked. One was the cheesy one on the hill with the concrete dinosaurs -- my kids especially liked the cheap hot dogs and ice cream cones in the gift shop there; the other was by the city buildings, I think. It was huge, with multiple playgrounds, including an inclusive section. Custer State Park for the animals -- prairie dogs and bison and many others. My youngest, who was six, liked the climbing wall in the visitor's center. The view from the Needles was impressive, but the narrow road was a little intense. At Mount Rushmore, the thing the kids liked most was a ranger-lead presentation on Native Americans. The plaza was over-crowded and claustrophobic, but once we started the hike, it was much better, since many people never leave the plaza area. The park fees are interesting: admission is free, but parking is $20. (But good for several days.)
  10. So, probably this order. Some of the classes overlap in content, it looks like, and some of the "fun" classes are more flexible. (I went in and read the description of each lecture for the Statistics classes. Two of the Statistics classes looked basic, so I moved them, and two were unclear, so they are still at the end with a little space.) Math Classes on Great Courses Plus Mastering the Fundamentals of Mathematics Joy of Mathematics The Secrets of Mental Math Math and Magic Prove It: The Art of Mathematical Argument Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving The Power of Mathematical Visualization How Music and Mathematics Relate Algebra I Geometry: An Interactive Journey to Mastery Algebra II Mathematics Describing the Real World: Precalculus and Trigonometry What Are the Chances? Probability Made Clear The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles: from Cards to Soduku Mind-Bending Math: Riddles and Paradoxes Big Data: How Data Analytics is Transforming the World Meaning From Data: Statistics Made Clear Calculus Made Clear Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear Understanding Calculus Understanding Calculus II: Problems, Solutions, and Tips Mastering Linear Algebra Understanding Multivariable Calculus Mastering Differential Equations: The Visual Method Learning Statistics: Concepts and Applications in R Mathematical Decision Making: Predictive Models and Optimization
  11. So, accounting for Jackie's suggestions, and a few from DH, who told me that if they provide the formulas, you can take Statistics before Calculus, but if they make you derive them, you need to take it after.... I'm changing the order a little. Any other suggestions? Math Classes on Great Courses Plus Mastering the Fundamentals of Mathematics Joy of Mathematics The Secrets of Mental Math Math and Magic Prove It: The Art of Mathematical Argument Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving The Power of Mathematical Visualization How Music and Mathematics Relate Geometry: An Interactive Journey to Mastery Algebra I Algebra II Mathematics Describing the Real World: Precalculus and Trigonometry What Are the Chances? Probability Made Clear The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles: from Cards to Soduku Mastering Linear Algebra Mind-Bending Math: Riddles and Paradoxes Calculus Made Clear Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear Understanding Calculus Mastering Differential Equations: The Visual Method Understanding Calculus II: Problems, Solutions, and Tips Understanding Multivariable Calculus Statistics Made Clear Big Data: How Data Analytics is Transforming the World Mathematical Decision Making: Predictive Models and Optimization
  12. Okay, Mathy people! I'm trying to make a list of the Math classes available on Great Courses Plus that lists the classes in a logical order of progression. I never took Geometry, or Statistics, or Probability, so I'm not sure the usual order they recommend. Straighten me out here! Maybe Geometry usually goes between Algebra I and Algebra II? I don't even know what Differential Equations are, so I have no idea where they go. What else? Math Classes on Great Courses Plus Mastering the Fundamentals of Mathematics Joy of Mathematics Math and Magic The Secrets of Mental Math Prove It: The Art of Mathematical Argument Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving The Power of Mathematical Visualization How Music and Mathematics Relate Geometry: An Interactive Journey to Mastery Mind-Bending Math: Riddles and Paradoxes Algebra I Algebra II Mastering Linear Algebra Mastering Differential Equations: The Visual Method Mathematics Describing the Real World: Precalculus and Trigonometry What Are the Chances? Probability Made Clear The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles: from Cards to Soduku Statistics Made Clear Big Data: How Data Analytics is Transforming the World Mathematical Decision Making: Predictive Models and Optimization Calculus Made Clear Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear Understanding Calculus Understanding Calculus II: Problems, Solutions, and Tips Understanding Multivariable Calculus
  13. 41. "The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America's Broken Education System -- And How to Fix It" by Natalie Wexler. This book was quoted on some newsfeed article I clicked on, and it looked interesting. I think she nailed the gist of the problem. She is clearly a fan of E.D. Hirsch's Core Knowledge, which is OK by me. I like it, too. Core Knowledge got me into homeschool, in a way. My mom and I discovered his books while I was still in college, and they got the idea in my head that school could be so much more than it was. Then I heard about this odd things called "charter schools," and that one of our local ones did Core Knowledge, and I decided when I had kids, I'd put them there. Then I found out how long the wait list was, and about the whole lottery system. So I thought, perhaps it was something we could add on at home. That whole shift in my thinking out of the box I knew prepared the ground, so to speak. After I married and we had kids, and were looking at what would fit our oldest, who was only 4, I said something to DH about maybe I could supplement math at home, and he said, "We could just homeschool," I was ready to hear that, so we did. Also, I think Hirsch's books were in the same section at our library as "Well-Trained Mind," and that's how I happened to first pick that up! 40. "Blood, Bullets, and Bones" by Bridget Heos/ Heard about this on a thread on the High School board. When I went to the library to find it, it was on display, so someone there likes it, too. This would be a great spine for my teens. I enjoyed it myself, and learned quite a lot. 39. "World War I: The Rest of the Story and How It Affects You Today" by Richard J. Maybury. I don't know if I agree with everything he says, but the idea that the whole war got started over alliances matches what I've heard before. 38. "The Thousand Year War in the Mideast: How It Affects You Today" by Richard J. Maybury. 37. "The Two Towers" by J.R.R. Tokien. The kids got so involved in the first one we listened to while traveling that we started listening at bedtime. All the bedrooms in our home are clustered together, so everyone just leaves his or her door open, and we have the blue tooth speaker in the hall. We listen until the first person falls asleep -- usually me. 36. "Fellowship of the Ring" by J.R.R. Tolkien. Listened while we were traveling last Spring, but I forgot to include it until I was getting ready to include the next one. 35. "The Clipper Ship Strategy" by Richard J. Maybury. 34. "The Money Mystery" by Richard J. Maybury. 33. "Evaluating Books: What Would Thomas Jefferson Think About This" by Richard J. Maybury. 32. "Ancient Rome: How It Affects You Today" by Richard J. Maybury. 31. "Are You Liberal? Conservative? or Confusted?" by Richard J. Maybury. Funny title, because I thought I knew what I was, but now I'm confused! 30. "Whatever Happened to Justice?" by Richard J. Maybury. 29. " The Instant Economist: Everything You Need to Know About How the Economy Works" by Timothy Taylor. 28. "White Like Her: My Family's Story of Race and Racial Passing" by Gail Lukasik. 27. "Personal, Career, and Financial Security" by Richard J. Maybury. 26. "Rascal" by Sterling North. 25. "Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?" by Richard J. Maybury. 24. "Joy in the Covenant" by Julie B. Beck. (LDS) 23. "The Essential 55" by Ron Clark. 22. "How to Tutor Your Own Child" by Marina Koestler Ruben. 21. "Faith is Not Blind" by Bruce and Marie Hafen. (LDS) 20. "Silent Souls Weeping: Depression, Sharing Stories, Finding Hope" by Jane Clayson Johnson. (LDS) 19. "Leap of Faith" by Bob Bennett. (LDS) 18. "Covenant Keepers" by Wendy Watson Nelson. (LDS) 17. "Manga Classics: MacBeth" adapted by Crystal S. Chan. 16. "One Dead Spy" by Nathan Hale. 15. "Stellar Science Projects About Earth's Sky" and "Wild Science Projects About Earth's Weather" by Robert Gardner. 14. "Stuff Matters" by Mark Miodownik. 13. "Led by Divine Design" by Ronald A. Rasband. (LDS) 12. "Forensic Science Projects with a Crime Lab" by Robert Gardner. 11. "Manga Classics: The Jungle Book" adapted by Crystal S. Chan 10. "Donner Dinner Party" by Nathan Hale. 9. "Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe" adapted by Stacy King. 8. "Bodies We've Buried" by Jarrett Hallcox and Amy Welch. 7. "The Forensic Casebook" by N.E. Genge. 6. "Shaken Faith Syndrome" by MIchael R. Ash. (LDS) 5. "Fingerprints: Crime-Solving Science Experiments" by Kenneth G. Rainis. 4. "Forensic Investigations" (6) by Leela Burnscott. & ("Bones Speak" by Richard Spilsbury) 3. "A Reason for Faith" edited by Laura Harris Hales. (LDS) 2. "Left Standing" by Mason Wells, et al. (LDS) 1. "Camino Easy" by B. G. Preston.
  14. Me, too! Three that leave me bawling like a baby because of the circumstances when they became meaningful to me are: How Firm a Foundation Come, Thou Fount If the Way Be Full of Trial
  15. "Give Your Child the World" by Jamie Martin is really good. She suggests books for kids age 4-12.
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