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    Filed on January 30, 2011 at 2:19 pm under by dcobranchi

    Little Tykes has you covered.


    Filed on January 29, 2011 at 11:50 am under by dcobranchi

    I just don’t see too many atheists taking the Vatican up on this offer:

    VATICAN CITY — The Vatican announced a new initiative aimed at promoting dialogue between theists and atheists to be launched with a two-day event this March in Paris.

    The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture will sponsor a series of seminars on the theme of “Religion, Light and Common Reason,” at various locations in the city, including Paris-Sorbonne University.

    The events will conclude with a party for youth in the courtyard of the Cathedral of Notre Dame, followed by prayer and meditation inside the cathedral.

    The initiative, called “Courtyard of the Gentiles,” takes its name from a section of the ancient Temple of Jerusalem accessible to non-Jews, which Pope Benedict XVI has used as a metaphor for dialogue between Catholics and non-believers.

    “I believe that the church should also today open a sort of `courtyard of the gentiles’ where men can in some way hook on to God, without knowing Him and before having gained access to His mystery,” Benedict said in Dec. 2009.

    The pope has made turning back the tide of Western secularism one of the major campaigns of his papacy. The Vatican last year established the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization to focus especially on promoting Christianity in Europe.


    Filed on January 28, 2011 at 6:04 am under by dcobranchi

    In the 50 Best Blogs in the Unschooling Movement. 🙂

    Take a look at the list. There are a lot of familiar blogs there and some new ones (to me) that sound interesting.


    Filed on January 27, 2011 at 6:49 am under by dcobranchi

    Could you please explain to the homeschooling community how an article that is entirely about a mother who falsified records in order to send her kids to a better public school is related to homeschooling?


    Filed on January 20, 2011 at 7:36 am under by dcobranchi

    Google is running their annual contest in which students can submit doodles based on the Google logo. This year’s theme is “What I’d like to do someday…”

    The deadline for submission is 3/16. And, yes, HEKs are eligible this year.

    Details are available here.


    Filed on January 5, 2011 at 8:18 pm under by dcobranchi

    It was all a hoax.

    A now-retracted British study that linked autism to childhood vaccines was an “elaborate fraud” that has done long-lasting damage to public health, a leading medical publication reported Wednesday.

    An investigation published by the British medical journal BMJ concludes the study’s author, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, misrepresented or altered the medical histories of all 12 of the patients whose cases formed the basis of the 1998 study — and that there was “no doubt” Wakefield was responsible.

    I’m sure that all of the anti-vaxxers will now relax and get their kids vaccinated. Riiiiight.