Stuff We Like :: 6.22.18

See you at the SEA convention? Suzanne and I will be hanging out at the home/school/life table for most of the conference, and I’ll be sitting in on a homeschool 101 panel and leading a literary theory workshop. Please stop by and say hi if you’re going to be there!



This week in summer reading: What to read next if you need a little more excitement in your reading life.

Practical ways to grow the homeschool community you really want.

one year ago: Nanette recommends The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel. Plus: 5 ways to kick your U.S. history game up a notch this summer.

two years ago: 31 great books to inspire young writers. Also: What to read next if you loved the Narnia books.



Is it weird that I kind of wish I could buy this ghost town?

A timely reminder: What calling Congress actually achieves. 

This may give away my age, but this Angela Chase (from “My So-Called Life”) Congressional bid speech made me laugh, so, like, really hard.

I love this: Will science ever solve the big mysteries about consciousness, God, and free will? (Spoiler: No, but they’re still questions worth interested in asking.)

So cool! Divers have found the Pulaski, which was kind of the Titanic of 1838.



I picked up New Favorites for New Cooks: 50 Delicious Recipes for Kids to Make as a summer project for my 10-year-old, and we’ve been having so much fun cooking our way through it. (The Melty Pesto Paninis are now a regular in our dinner rotation — they are really good with this quick cherry tomato salad.)

I’m thoroughly enjoying The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Reveled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime. (Did you know the Lifetime movie had its ancestor on the Victorian stage?)



Every summer, Jason takes off for a fishing trip with his friends for a week or two, and my children spend one of those nights at their grandma’s—which means I have the whole, quiet house to myself for 24 hours. I take endless bubble baths, binge-watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer (season 3 this year!), watch a movie that nobody will watch with me, and eat buttery mushroom sandwiches and drink a negroni on the back porch, just because I can. (I really love it when they all come back, though.)

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