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On Admiration

July 7, 2010



Who told how countless stars congregate?
When light competes with light,
There are so few.
One, two, three.
One night in California,
I saw eighty drop onto the hills.
Four, five, six.
But visibility takes the seen.
Darkness gives the unseen.
In this vast and intimate ceiling,
Once I saw one.
Seven, eight, nine.
Gratitude always was and always will be.
Consider it
An enumerating thing.
Ten, eleven, twelve.
May there ever be stars uncounted,
One, two, three,
These gifts we never view.

                           — Laura Wood                       



Survey of Women Reveals Double Standards

July 7, 2010


WOMEN in Great Britain are perhaps growing wise to the relentless propaganda of recent years. The annual Social Attitudes Survey shows a significant increase in the number of women who want to remain home with their children and be married to men who are the breadwinners. According to The Daily Mail, in 1998, only 21 percent of British women thought family life would suffer if mothers worked full time. By 2006, the number had risen to 37 percent.

Still the statistics are grim. According to the survey, only 17 percent of women with children under four said men and women should have different family roles. In contrast, 40 percent of women thought so in 1986.

Here’s the bottom line about these surveys. If asked whether they want a man to support them, women will say yes. If asked whether women should be mainly responsible for child-rearing and home, they will say no. They want to have everything at once.

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The Private Revolutions of Teenage Boys

July 7, 2010


TEENAGE BOYS sometimes become suddenly bored and apathetic with school. This indifference does not afflict girls as often and there are numerous possible causes for it. For one, high school allows little opportunity for the sort of mastery or obsessiveness that appeals to boys. There are too many classes in too many subjects.

Gary North looks at the subject in this article and offers some suggestions. A teenage boy, if at all possible, should focus on something that interests him. Parents should give him the chance, within reason, to make his own way and his own mistakes.  

Here is the article:

If Your Teenage Son Is Not Doing Well at School, Consider My Strategy of Recovery
Gary North

There are a lot of reasons — good reasons — why teenage boys do poorly in school. I hope your under-performing son has one of them.

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