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  1. Feeling like I should add: I read Rouse 30 years ago, I still have a pleasant recollection of it, and one of my boys wants his own copy. But he also wants his own Mythology (Edith Hamilton), which is the classic high school reference now I think. I just found it hard to attend to, but I was listening to the cds, not reading it, with my boys. And this was probably 10 years ago. Another really engaging resource might be the lectures Classical Mythology by Elizabeth Vandiver for The Great Courses, which many libraries carry. I haven't listened to this set, but went through her others about The Iliad and The Odyssey and they were just excellent.
  2. https://www.amazon.com/Gods-Heroes-Men-Ancient-Greece/dp/0451527909/ref=sr_1_1?crid=34N45KPOCXYBY&dchild=1&keywords=w.h.d.+rouse%2C+gods%2C+heroes+and+men+of+ancient+greece&qid=1629918980&sprefix=gods+men+and+her%2Caps%2C185&sr=8-1 This is very engaging (more engaging, imo, and shorter than Edith Hamilton). Though written for Perce School (UK), it was my introduction to mythology at a (US) university. Enjoy -- LL
  3. Mead 5 Star has married the best of both worlds. I have not used these but I am thinking of giving them a try: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086LZ22X6/?coliid=I2EQB6A2W7ETVG&colid=3MW8BZK9W13CQ&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it Lucy
  4. Has The Maltese Falcon been suggested yet? Wikipedia has an entry specifically for detective fiction, and quite a few syllabi are available online for this genre, too, that show the scope of the development of the detective character. Most selections can be followed up with movies, too -- my boys would have loved this class! --LL
  5. Michael Palin did an Around the World in 80 Days travel documentary series that we really enjoyed when we were doing geography for high school. In fact I think we watched every travel documentary series he did. Some were exceptionally good, but it's been a while and specifics are eluding me. I think they were BBC, and we were able to get them all though ILL. Just putting this out there in case it strikes a fancy. --LL
  6. I had to tell my son last night. We have been watching Eyes on the Prize. He had commented while watching it, you could still have hope because John Lewis was still alive. It feels like we have lost more than one man. And it's true, a whole generation is passing. I feel like I should be standing at attention. Or pounding the floor with a cane and saying, like the John Adams character in 1776 (movie), "I say ye..." I say ye John Lewis.
  7. Preface: all the usual caveats. Math is not my field, and I'm not clear about what you are asking for, exactly, or what level. These may be too textbook-y. But I had two thoughts: 1-- a side-step like Math, a Human Endeavor (Jacobs) or Crossing the River with Dogs (Johnson, et al) 2 -- targeted math like Essential Algebra for Chemistry Students (Ball) --LL
  8. FWIW, Broadway: The American Musical is on youtube, as I found after our library discs were defective. This is something we've held for summers, are still in early stages with, and so are listening in on this thread for other goodies. Thanks to all contributors! --LL
  9. Hi, It is fairly easy to enrich a text -- add a lecture series (The Great Courses), PBS documentaries (Ken Burns or American Experience), other texts (Zinn), trade books (Why We Can't Wait), other curricula (Critical Thinking in US History), etc. My problem has always been in limiting the credit. However, another option would be to do US Govt. first semester to coincide with the election (you said he was interested in politics) and finish the history credit in a straightforward way second semester. : ) Options are good, right? --LL
  10. Hi, I am another poster who doesn't usually venture an opinion but feels on safer ground recommending resources. For people who are interested in world cultures, and stereotypes, The Great Courses has a short lecture series called Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are. I think its intended audience is people who do business internationally, but we really enjoyed it as part of a high school geography credit. --LL
  11. A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage was well received here. I thought the writing was better than other, similar books we read around the same time, like Salt. -- LL
  12. In case you are sure you want to purchase a course, and especially if it is a larger course, The Great Courses is having a sale today -- all courses $40 plus free shipping, priority code 180181. This is the price of the dvd version, other versions should be cheaper. They may have a better sale close to Christmas or the new year, of course. -- LL
  13. Could I be added to the group, please? I have 24 and 20 yr olds currently at home, and another coming up. I have wanted to post more in the past but privacy has always held me back. -- LL
  14. I wanted to mention that Crash Course has the sonnets, and The Great Courses has 3 sets of lectures: Shakespeare: The Word and Action, How to Read and Understand Shakespeare, and Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. I think a couple are on sale right now, and all 3 are older and likely to be available through your library. I have done Midsummer, Hamlet, and Macbeth with my boys, elementary through high school, each a success, although film choice can be tricky for that age range. I remember a scene or two with Ophelia we could have done without, and there was nudity (covered not well with green makeup?) in The Royal Shakespeare Company's Midsummer that I was not expecting. Macbeth pairs well with Halloween. -- LL And avoid Prospero's Books (1991), I remember that one from my own youth!
  15. We listened to (Fagles) The Iliad on cd with Derek Jacobi as narrator (whom we loved from the Brother Cadfael mysteries). This version was slightly abridged I think. And then we listened to (Fagles) The Odyssey on cd with Ian McKellen as narrator, 'nuff said. We also did the Vandiver lectures alongside (and if I thought I would not have enough time for all that I would cut one of the epics -- or do a very abridged version, probably The Iliad -- rather than her lectures, they were that rich). --LL
  16. I know a lot will have to be donated, and some really important stuff can be redistributed to family members, but for the in-between stuff that is too precious for donation: it can be given to friends as remembrances. They can try to have a gift for every friend to remember them by. This helped my mother I think, because they are parting not just with things, and home, but also with a community. The video idea is genius. My brother put all of my dad's slides on a flash drive and my mother has all those memories at her fingertips now. Your parent's memories will be much more accessible, not packed away in boxes. --LL
  17. Moonflower, I'm so sorry. You are grieving, and grief takes its own time. Plus trauma. I think that our culture has rid itself of many of the helpful rituals we had in olden times for dealing with loss. Everything is expected to be on a work schedule. I am dealing with my father's recent death and trying to help my mother navigate after 60 years together with him. And it brings up memories of my late first-trimester miscarriage (17 years ago), an emotional entanglement I did not expect to be attached to this newer grief. But emotions, and retrieval of memories, can be strange. I have a poem for you by James Reiss, "The Green Tree," and I'll quote just the last bit: ...My only son died one day after birth, weighing two pounds. His name was Jeffrey, but I have always preferred to call him "Under-the-Earth" or, especially on rainy days, "Under-the-Sod." In fact, sometimes I catch myself repeating these words: "My only son, Under-the-Sod, is playing over there by the green tree." Many condolences on your loss. __ LL
  18. Thank you both for your thoughts. This would be for my high schooler, in a year or two, perhaps. They were all from a free bin at a used book store, and all in good condition, so I do want to keep one. The reviews are not really helpful because so many are just about the condition of the book, how fast it was received, or about a kindle edition, and other, real reviews are mixed. I am hoping someone actually has a preferred text for intro statistics. If there is another, much better than these, I will keep looking. The Triola has the most recent copyright, but I know that sometimes older math texts have better instruction or problem sets.
  19. I have three stats books and only room for one on the shelf (this is an exaggeration; there is no room at all, but). Which would you keep (and why, if you don’t mind)? I am looking for the best introductory text of the three. I have checked the amazon reviews and still am unable to decide. The Practice of Statistics, 4th Ed., by Starnes Yates Moore Elementary Statistics, 12th Ed., by Mario F Triola Statistics: The Exploration and Analysis of Data, 3rd Ed., by Jay Devore & Roxy Peck Thanks so much — LL
  20. Could any of the math gurus here help me out? I am trying to decide if a text I picked up from a free bin is worth keeping: Modern Plane Geometry for College Students by Herman R Hyatt and Charles C Carico, copyright 1967. I cannot find any reviews. It was with a couple of old physics texts that I know are worth it, so I thought there was a chance. We will be starting high school geometry (with a different program) this month (and running through Dec. -- we school year 'round). I thought this might provide a deeper experience, after, if we have time. Much thanks -- LL
  21. Farrar is right -- not all courses are available on Plus, so you need to check availability, if you are set on one or more in particular. For example, I wish Plus offered Economics, 3rd Ed. However, there are also courses on Plus that are not on the regular website, too. An example that comes to mind is Great Guitarists: Stories and Styles (or some such). But you can access the Guide through Plus. There's an icon right under the viewing screen that says Guidebook. We use it all the time, but I have never printed it. HTH -- LL (Ok, I see now I'm late off the mark, but I'm posting anyway!
  22. I'm going to suggest Life on Air by David Attenborough. The print is very small, though, so we are listening to it -- 16 cds and read by Attenborough, too. Very well received at my house. I heard of it here at the WTM.
  23. Bumping this so maybe someone who can help will see it.
  24. MamaSprout, that is a good idea. I'm going to try that. Thank you -- LL
  25. As part of a 9th grade English & Lit credit, I am using Twenty-Five Books That Shaped America (Foster). Because the credit also includes Figuratively Speaking w/American short stories, The Lively Art of Writing, grammar & diagramming, and spelling & vocabulary, we are using 25 Books for exposure purposes. I need to choose representative chapter(s) so DS can get a feel for the language, and then we will watch the movie, when possible. So, for example, for The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin we only read Part One. Now I need to choose a selection from The Last of the Mohicans and I am having trouble deciding. I can't find any recommendations online. Do you think there are more important chapters to give preference to, or just do the first? (I know that I am using a lot of resources, but I have used them before and can do so efficiently. Take my word, please, that they are either very much needed or enjoyed. 25 Books is the only one I don't have prior experience with.) Many thanks -- LL
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