In the news...
- Michigan boys unearth 13,000-year-old mastodon bone in backyard dig from Fox News. Talk about having an adventure in your own backyard!
Many people in childhood have this very same fantasy, to dig in their backyard and unearth a fossil of some sort or artifact of some significance. And this was authentic, the real thing.
- Top 5 Aussie Living Books from A Peaceful Day. I asked Jeanne for an Australian reading list for those of us who are foreigners. I thought Son E. would enjoy a romp through Down Under, but I obviously can't purchase every book she uses for her curriculum. Here is her list of must-reads!
- How 'Cliff' Talks Hit the Wall from The Wall Street Journal. Pray tell how increasing our debt will help us avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff." And how exactly does a minuscule increase in taxes make up for wild overspending habits?
The White House's first formal offer, presented Nov. 29 left Mr. Boehner incredulous. It included a request for $1.6 trillion in additional tax revenue over 10 years, a permanent increase in the debt ceiling and money for road projects and other year-end priorities.
- Hungary bars foreigners from buying farmland from France 24.
"The constitution will guard Hungarian land as a national treasure, our common inheritance and basis for our living, and protect it from domestic and foreign speculators," a statement from the rural development ministry said.
- Economic reality marries age-old idea -- apprenticeships -- with college from US News. Shudder. Apprenticeships are great. Fantastic even. But the fact that they are equating technical training with college makes me ill. That colleges are taking their direction from "local industry" is disturbing. Education is prescriptive. It teaches us what what we need to know--what we must know to be free men--not what we want to know in order to bring in a lot of cash.
The colleges typically work with local industry to design their classroom programs.
- ILLUSTRATION INSPIRATION: LISBETH ZWERGER from Tiny Yellow Bird. Zwerger is a new favorite. Get to know her, friends!
It is interesting to think that many of our tastes are formed by first impressions. When I became interested in art and illustration as a teenager, I went to the library for inspiration.