What is Classical Education

What is Classical Education?

Classical education depends on a three-part process of training the mind. The early years of school are spent in absorbing facts, systematically laying the foundations for advanced study. In the middle grades, students learn to think through arguments. In the high school years, they learn to express themselves. This classical pattern is called the trivium.

The first years of schooling are called the “grammar stage” — not because you spend four years doing English, but because these are the years in which the building blocks for all other learning are laid, just as grammar is the foundation for language. In the elementary school years — what we commonly think of as grades one through four — the mind is ready to absorb information. Children at this age actually find memorization fun. So during this period, education involves not self-expression and self-discovery, but rather the learning of facts. Rules of phonics and spelling, rules of grammar, poems, the vocabulary of foreign languages, the stories of history and literature, descriptions of plants and animals and the human body, the facts of mathematics — the list goes on. This information makes up the “grammar,” or the basic building blocks, for the second stage of education.

By fifth grade, a child’s mind begins to think more analytically. Middle-school students are less interested in finding out facts than in asking “Why?” The second phase of the classical education, the “Logic Stage,” is a time when the child begins to pay attention to cause and effect, to the relationships between different fields of knowledge relate, to the way facts fit together into a logical framework.

A student is ready for the Logic Stage when the capacity for abstract thought begins to mature. During these years, the student begins algebra and the study of logic, and begins to apply logic to all academic subjects. The logic of writing, for example, includes paragraph construction and learning to support a thesis; the logic of reading involves the criticism and analysis of texts, not simple absorption of information; the logic of history demands that the student find out why the War of 1812 was fought, rather than simply reading its story; the logic of science requires that the child learn the scientific method.

The final phase of a classical education, the “Rhetoric Stage,” builds on the first two. At this point, the high school student learns to write and speak with force and originality. The student of rhetoric applies the rules of logic learned in middle school to the foundational information learned in the early grades and expresses his conclusions in clear, forceful, elegant language. Students also begin to specialize in whatever branch of knowledge attracts them; these are the years for art camps, college courses, foreign travel, apprenticeships, and other forms of specialized training.

A classical education is more than simply a pattern of learning, though. Classical education is language-focused; learning is accomplished through words, written and spoken, rather than through images (pictures, videos, and television).

Why is this important? Language-learning and image-learning require very different habits of thought. Language requires the mind to work harder; in reading, the brain is forced to translate a symbol (words on the page) into a concept. Images, such as those on videos and television, allow the mind to be passive. In front of a video screen, the brain can “sit back” and relax; faced with the written page, the mind is required to roll its sleeves up and get back to work.

A classical education, then, has two important aspects. It is language-focused. And it follows a specific three-part pattern: the mind must be first supplied with facts and images, then given the logical tools for organization of facts, and finally equipped to express conclusions.

But that isn’t all. To the classical mind, all knowledge is interrelated. Astronomy (for example) isn’t studied in isolation; it’s learned along with the history of scientific discovery, which leads into the church’s relationship to science and from there to the intricacies of medieval church history. The reading of the Odyssey leads the student into the consideration of Greek history, the nature of heroism, the development of the epic, and man’s understanding of the divine.

This is easier said than done. The world is full of knowledge, and finding the links between fields of study can be a mind-twisting task. A classical education meets this challenge by taking history as its organizing outline — beginning with the ancients and progressing forward to the moderns in history, science, literature, art and music.

We suggest that the twelve years of education consist of three repetitions of the same four-year pattern: Ancients, Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation, and Modern Times. The child studies these four time periods at varying levels — simple for grades 1-4, more difficult in grades 5-8 (when the student begins to read original sources), and taking an even more complex approach in grades 9-12, when the student works through these time periods using original sources (from Homer to Hitler) and also has the opportunity to pursue a particular interest (music, dance, technology, medicine, biology, creative writing) in depth.

The other subject areas of the curriculum are linked to history studies. The student who is working on ancient history will read Greek and Roman mythology, the tales of the Iliad and Odyssey, early medieval writings, Chinese and Japanese fairy tales, and (for the older student) the classical texts of Plato, Herodutus, Virgil, Aristotle. She’ll read Beowulf, Dante, Chaucer, Shakespeare the following year, when she’s studying medieval and early Renaissance history. When the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries are studied, she starts with Swift (Gulliver’s Travels) and ends with Dickens; finally, she reads modern literature as she is studying modern history.

The sciences are studied in a four-year pattern that roughly corresponds to the periods of scientific discovery: biology, classification and the human body (subjects known to the ancients); earth science and basic astronomy (which flowered during the early Renaissance); chemistry (which came into its own during the early modern period); and then basic physics and computer science (very modern subjects).

This pattern lends coherence to the study of history, science, and literature — subjects that are too often fragmented and confusing. The pattern widens and deepens as the student progresses in maturity and learning. For example, a first grader listens to you read the story of the Iliad from one of the picture book versions available at any public library. Four years later, the fifth grader reads one of the popular middle-grade adaptations — Olivia Coolidge’s The Trojan War, or Roger Lancelyn Greene’s Tales of Troy. Four more years go by, and the ninth grader — faced with the Iliad itself — plunges right in, undaunted.

The classical education is, above all, systematic — in direct contrast to the scattered, unorganized nature of so much secondary education. This systematic, rigorous study has two purposes.

Rigorous study develops virtue in the student. Aristotle defined virtue as the ability to act in accordance to what one knows to be right. The virtuous man (or woman) can force himself to do what he knows to be right, even when it runs against his inclinations. The classical education continually asks a student to work against his baser inclinations (laziness, or the desire to watch another half hour of TV) in order to reach a goal — mastery of a subject.

Systematic study also allows the student to join what Mortimer Adler calls the “Great Conversation” — the ongoing conversation of great minds down through the ages. Much modern education is so eclectic that the student has little opportunity to make connections between past events and the flood of current information. “The beauty of the classical curriculum,” writes classical schoolmaster David Hicks, “is that it dwells on one problem, one author, or one epoch long enough to allow even the youngest student a chance to exercise his mind in a scholarly way: to make connections and to trace developments, lines of reasoning, patterns of action, recurring symbolisms, plots, and motifs.”

 

http://www.welltrainedmind.com/classical-education/

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How To ALWAYS See A Return On Your Investment

Posted  on Nov 20, 2013 by Dani Johnson

Yesterday we talked about some “big picture” income investments, which form the backbone of building lasting financial security. But today, I want to discuss an even BIGGER and definitely the MOST important investment you could ever make!

It’s not some secret stock tip, not the hottest market trend, not even the latest currency updates. It’s you! Your income and your skill sets are directly linked together. This one major thing never involves a risk and always pays off a high return on your investment. The one, never-lose, sure thing is any investment in yourself.

Let’s face it, if your skill sets are average, you probably have an average paycheck with an average chance to move up in your career. If you aren’t working to improve your skill sets, you will likely remain stuck in “average-ville” forever.

Put your career on the fast track

Do you fear the “glass ceiling” and its limitations on your career? You know, where it feels like there are no promotions, raises or career growth in sight? Have you ever considered that It might not be your company holding you back? It could be your mindset! You can break through your ceiling and launch your career into the stratosphere.

You hear what I’m saying? If you are looking to break free of your current rut, you need to invest in your skill sets. This makes you more valuable in the marketplace and will increase your income, as well.

If you have a job, you probably think you’re done learning. You’ve stopped working on your skills and have settled into mediocrity, content to just “tread water.” But, even worse, if you aren’t working on yourself, your value in the marketplace is actually decreasing and you’ve gone from treading water to professionally drowning!

The marketplace is always changing, growing and moving on to the next big thing. If you haven’t added to the same skills you learned fresh out of high school or college, you are already BEHIND.

If you’re in the medical field, it doesn’t matter when you graduated. Nurses and doctors alike HAVE to stay up-to-date, because medical practices, medicines, treatments, protocols and research constantly change! Would you go to a doctor who was still practicing 20th Century medicine? Hello, think of everything that’s changed in almost 14 years!

Do you still cling to those “computer training” classes you took those same 14 years ago? Just as you expect your doctor to remain current, so does the marketplace… putting this on your resume makes you look as outdated as someone who’s so “last century!”

Today, I want you to think about making 2 major investments in YOURSELF:

  • What skills do you have that are losing value? How can you brush up, update or better that skill set?
  • What new skill can you learn to add value to your knowledge?

Everyone has something unique to offer to the marketplace. Do you want your skills to become overlooked or outdated? Or do you want to grow your skills and your value, along with your paycheck?

Share with me what new skill you’d like to refine or learn below. And make sure to “Like” today’s message. Tonight is the Spiritual Equipping Broadcast at 8 pm ET/7 pm CT. Join us then!

In great faith,

signature dani How To ALWAYS See A Return On Your Investment

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20 Things the Rich Do Every Day

20 Things the Rich Do Every Day

So what do the rich do every day that the poor don’t do?

Tom Corley, on his website RichHabits.net, outlines a few of the differences between the habits of the rich and the poor:

1. 70% of wealthy eat less than 300 junk food calories per day. 97% of poor people eat more than 300 junk food calories per day. 23% of wealthy gamble. 52% of poor people gamble.
2. 80% of wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal. Only 12% of the poor do this.
3. 76% of wealthy exercise aerobically 4 days a week. 23% of poor do this.
4. 63% of wealthy listen to audio books during commute to work vs. 5% for poor people.
5. 81% of wealthy maintain a to-do list vs. 19% for poor.
6. 63% of wealthy parents make their children read 2 or more non-fiction books a month vs. 3% for poor.
7. 70% of wealthy parents make their children volunteer 10 hours or more a month vs. 3% for poor.
8. 80% of wealthy make hbd calls vs. 11% of poor
9. 67% of wealthy write down their goals vs. 17% for poor
10. 88% of wealthy read 30 minutes or more each day for education or career reasons vs 2% for poor.
11. 6% of wealthy say what’s on their mind vs. 69% for poor.
12. 79% of wealthy network 5 hours or more each month vs. 16% for poor.
13. 67% of wealthy watch 1 hour or less of TV. every day vs. 23% for poor
14. 6% of wealthy watch reality TV vs. 78% for poor.
15. 44% of wealthy wake up 3 hours before work starts vs.3% for poor.
16. 74% of wealthy teach good daily success habits to their children vs. 1% for poor.
17. 84% of wealthy believe good habits create opportunity  vs. 4% for poor.
18. 76% of wealthy believe bad habits create detriment  vs. 9% for poor.
19. 86% of wealthy believe in life-long educational self-improvement vs. 5% for poor.
20. 86% of wealthy love to read vs. 26% for poor.

http://www.daveramsey.com/blog/20-things-the-rich-do-every-day

Stuffed Zucchini

These are amazing! **SHARE** to **SAVE** the recipe to your page! MEAT, TOMATO, & MOZZARELLA STUFFED ZUCCHINI CUPS Recipe By Metabolic Cooking Book: http://tiny.cc/FatBurnCookbook (Makes 6-8 servings) Ingredients: 2 large zucchini or yellow squash, about 12 inches long 2 tsp. + 2 tsp. olive oil (may need more, depending on your pan) 1/2 cup finely chopped onion 1 green pepper, finely chopped 2 T finely minced fresh garlic 1 lb. ground beef (10% fat or less) 12 oz. ground turkey (10% fat or less) 1-2 tsp. accent seasoning (optional) 2 C pasta sauce i use prego flavored with meat 2 cups mozzarella or other mild white cheese Instructions: Preheat oven to 350F/175C. Chop onion and green pepper. Heat 2 tsp. olive oil in a non-stick pan, then saute onion and pepper for 3-4 minutes, until just starting to soften. Add minced garlic and saute about 1 minute more, being careful not to brown the garlic. Remove the onion, pepper, and garlic mixture to a bowl. Add 2 tsp. more olive oil to the pan. Crumble in the ground beef and ground turkey, season with accent seasoning, and cook over medium heat until the meat is well browned. Tilt pan to see if there is any extra fat, and remove with a spoon if there is, then stir cooked vegetables and garlic back into the meat. Add tomato sauce and simmer until the mixture has thickened and liquid has cooked off, about 10 minutes, then turn off heat. While meat cools, cut zucchini into 2 inch thick slices, discarding ends. Use a sharp spoon or melon baller to hollow out a cup in each zucchini slice, leaving just over 1/4 inch of zucchini flesh. Be careful not to get too close to the skin or the cups will leak liquid when they cook. Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray and stand up zucchini cups, open end up. Stir 1 1/2 cups grated cheese into the cooled meat mixture (it doesn't need to be completely cool), then spoon the meat-cheese mixture into zucchini cups, pressing down with the spoon and mounding it up a little over the top of the zucchini. Bake zucchini cups for 20 minutes, then remove from oven and use remaining cheese to top each one with a generous pinch of cheese. Put back in oven and bake 10-15 minutes more, until zucchini is slightly soft when pierced with a fork and cheese is melted and lightly browned. Serve hot. Like & Share
MEAT, TOMATO, & MOZZARELLA STUFFED ZUCCHINI CUPS Recipe By Metabolic Cooking Book: http://tin…y.cc/FatBurnCookbook
(Makes 6-8 servings)
Ingredients: 2 large zucchini or yellow squash, about 12 inches long 2 tsp. + 2 tsp. olive oil (may need more, depending on your pan) 1/2 cup finely chopped onion 1 green pepper, finely chopped 2 T finely minced fresh garlic 1 lb. ground beef (10% fat or less) 12 oz. ground turkey (10% fat or less)
1-2 tsp. accent seasoning (optional) 2 C pasta sauce i use prego flavored with meat 2 cups mozzarella or other mild white cheese
Instructions: Preheat oven to 350F/175C. Chop onion and green pepper. Heat 2 tsp. olive oil in a non-stick pan, then saute onion and pepper for 3-4 minutes, until just starting to soften. Add minced garlic and saute about 1 minute more, being careful not to brown the garlic. Remove the onion, pepper, and garlic mixture to a bowl.
Add 2 tsp. more olive oil to the pan. Crumble in the ground beef and ground turkey, season with accent seasoning, and cook over medium heat until the meat is well browned. Tilt pan to see if there is any extra fat, and remove with a spoon if there is, then stir cooked vegetables and garlic back into the meat. Add tomato sauce and simmer until the mixture has thickened and liquid has cooked off, about 10 minutes, then turn off heat.
While meat cools, cut zucchini into 2 inch thick slices, discarding ends. Use a sharp spoon or melon baller to hollow out a cup in each zucchini slice, leaving just over 1/4 inch of zucchini flesh. Be careful not to get too close to the skin or the cups will leak liquid when they cook.
Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray and stand up zucchini cups, open end up. Stir 1 1/2 cups grated cheese into the cooled meat mixture (it doesn’t need to be completely cool), then spoon the meat-cheese mixture into zucchini cups, pressing down with the spoon and mounding it up a little over the top of the zucchini.
Bake zucchini cups for 20 minutes, then remove from oven and use remaining cheese to top each one with a generous pinch of cheese. Put back in oven and bake 10-15 minutes more, until zucchini is slightly soft when pierced with a fork and cheese is melted and lightly browned. Serve hot.

Stuffed Acorn Squash (Grain-Free, Paleo, Gaps)

squashServing Size: Serves 4

Ingredients

For the Squash:
  • 2 acorn squash, cut in half pole-to-pole, seeds removed
  • 1 tablespoons ghee, melted (click here for an easy homemade recipe)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Celtic sea salt
For the filling:
  • 4 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 cups “riced” cauliflower*
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/3 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup plumped raisins**
  • 1/2 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

Preheat oven to 450ºF and adjust rack to middle position. Place squash, cut-side up, on a baking sheet. Combine ghee and honey then brush the squash with the mixture  using a pastry brush. Season with sea salt. Roast in the oven for 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt 4 tablespoons ghee in a large sauté pan and swirl to coat. Add onion and celery  then cook, stirring frequently, for 5-7 minutes until soft. Stir in cauliflower and cook for 3-4 minutes until hot. Stir in thyme, pecans, raisins, sea salt and pepper. Spoon filling into acorn squash and roast for 20 minutes. Serve.

*To rice cauliflower: Cut cauliflower into bite-size pieces and place half of the pieces in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse 12-15 times until cauliflower is the size of rice. Repeat. As an alternative, you can grate the cauliflower with a cheese grater or chop finely with a large chef’s knife.

**To plump raisins: Place raisins and 1/4 cup juice (orange, apple, even kombucha works!) in a small saucepan. Bring to a low simmer. Turn off heat. Using a slotted spoon, remove raisins.

http://deliciouslyorganic.net/stuffed-acorn-squash-grain-free-paleo-gaps/

Colon Health- Herbal Fiberblend “Excellent Product”

I was in the Nutritional Health business for over 15 years. When I transitioned into a new career that involved travel, I discontinued many of my business associations.  Now, after a hiatus, I am adding back one line of products.

The reason why I have chosen to start with this one product is because I believe it is the A-PLUS, HAND’S DOWN, NUMBER ONE BEST DIGESTIVE HEALTH product that is available.   I have used this product since 1995.  I have heard numerous testimonies related to diverticulitis, bloating, constipation, cravings, irregularity, fatigue, heartburn, and more.

One of the features that sets this amazing product apart is the purity of it.  It has a base of psyllium, but also has the top herbs that are conducive to digestive health, with NO ADDED INGREDIENTS and NO SUGAR.

They call this product a ‘colon broom’ and many use it as part of a daily detox program.  Have you heard it said that, ‘death starts in the colon’? This is why it is so important to keep our colon cleaned out.  Did you know you can carry 10-15 pounds of fecal matter around in your gut?  Or that you should be eliminating your bowels several times a day?  Many are not taught this and it’s no wonder there are so many sick folks out there suffering needlessly.  And if they do not make the changes, it will get worse.  Also unknown to many is the commonality of parasites in the average American.  Yes, I said American.  It is not isolated to third world countries and missionaries. You may want to look this up, because parasites can drain our health and energy.

There are so many more great aspects to this product.  It is worth adding into your repertoire.  Everyone’s health strategy should include this.  When I was more actively in the health biz, one of the topics that I found myself repeatedly going over with people was how to budget for a healthy lifestyle. Eating healthy does not have to be expensive.  There are plenty of frugal ways to have great products and food.  I have some good tips for this particular product.  So contact me if you would like to get pricing and to try a canister with a MONEY BACK GUARANTEE…even after you use the whole container.  Really.  No charge. Money back.

To learn more about colon health and this product, print off a copy of the following data sheet.

I was in the Nutritional Health business for over 15 years. When I transitioned into a new career that involved travel, I discontinued many of my business associations.  Now, after a hiatus, I am adding back one line of products.

The reason why I have chosen to start with this one product is because I believe it is the A-PLUS, HAND’S DOWN, NUMBER ONE BEST DIGESTIVE HEALTH product that is available.   I have used this product since 1995.  I have heard numerous testimonies related to diverticulitis, bloating, constipation, cravings, irregularity, fatigue, heartburn, and more.

One of the features that sets this amazing product apart is the purity of it.  It has a base of psyllium, but also has the top herbs that are conducive to digestive health, with NO ADDED INGREDIENTS and NO SUGAR.

They call this product a ‘colon broom’ and many use it as part of a daily detox program.  Have you heard it said that, ‘death starts in the colon’? This is why it is so important to keep our colon cleaned out.  Did you know you can carry 10-15 pounds of fecal matter around in your gut?  Or that you should be eliminating your bowels several times a day?  Many are not taught this and it’s no wonder there are so many sick folks out there suffering needlessly.  And if they do not make the changes, it will get worse.  Also unknown to many is the commonality of parasites in the average American.  Yes, I said American.  It is not isolated to third world countries and missionaries. You may want to look this up, because parasites can drain our health and energy.

There are so many more great aspects to this product.  It is worth adding into your repertoire.  Everyone’s health strategy should include this.  When I was more actively in the health biz, one of the topics that I found myself repeatedly going over with people was how to budget for a healthy lifestyle. Eating healthy does not have to be expensive.  There are plenty of frugal ways to have great products and food.  I have some good tips for this particular product.  So contact me if you would like to get pricing and to try a canister with a MONEY BACK GUARANTEE…even after you use the whole container.  Really.  No charge. Money back.

To learn more about colon health and this product, print off a copy of the following data sheet.

I was in the Nutritional Health business for over 15 years. When I transitioned into a new career that involved travel, I discontinued many of my business associations.  Now, after a hiatus, I am adding back one line of products.

The reason why I have chosen to start with this one product is because I believe it is the A-PLUS, HAND’S DOWN, NUMBER ONE BEST DIGESTIVE HEALTH product that is available.   I have used this product since 1995.  I have heard numerous testimonies related to diverticulitis, bloating, constipation, cravings, irregularity, fatigue, heartburn, and more.

One of the features that sets this amazing product apart is the purity of it.  It has a base of psyllium, but also has the top herbs that are conducive to digestive health, with NO ADDED INGREDIENTS and NO SUGAR.

They call this product a ‘colon broom’ and many use it as part of a daily detox program.  Have you heard it said that, ‘death starts in the colon’? This is why it is so important to keep our colon cleaned out.  Did you know you can carry 10-15 pounds of fecal matter around in your gut?  Or that you should be eliminating your bowels several times a day?  Many are not taught this and it’s no wonder there are so many sick folks out there suffering needlessly.  And if they do not make the changes, it will get worse.  Also unknown to many is the commonality of parasites in the average American.  Yes, I said American.  It is not isolated to third world countries and missionaries. You may want to look this up, because parasites can drain our health and energy.

There are so many more great aspects to this product.  It is worth adding into your repertoire.  Everyone’s health strategy should include this.  When I was more actively in the health biz, one of the topics that I found myself repeatedly going over with people was how to budget for a healthy lifestyle. Eating healthy does not have to be expensive.  There are plenty of frugal ways to have great products and food.  I have some good tips for this particular product.  So contact me if you would like to get pricing and to try a canister with a MONEY BACK GUARANTEE…even after you use the whole container.  Really.  No charge. Money back.

To learn more about colon health and this product, print off a copy of the following data sheet:

http://www.theaimcompanies.com/datasheets/2/24E.pdf

 

Pecan Crusted Tilapia

I made this with Salmon, using some pecan meal that I had purchased from  a Texas roadside pecan grower/retailer.  Using the meal for this meal (couldn’t resist) made the preparations very simple.  I just rubbed the wild- caught salmon with EVOO and dipped it into the seasoned (with salt, pepper and garlic powder) pecan meal.  I baked it at 425′ for 15 minutes or so. Voila! Deliciosa!  SC

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pecan halves
  • 4 (6-oz.) fresh tilapia fillets
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • Golden Rum-Butter Sauce
  • Garnishes: lemon wedge, fresh parsley sprig

Preparation

  1. 1. Process pecans in a food processor until finely chopped. Sprinkle fish fillets with salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Dredge fish in finely chopped pecans.
  2. 2. Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add fish, and cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until well browned and fish flakes with a fork. Serve with Golden Rum-Butter Sauce. Garnish, if desired.

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/pecan-crusted-tilapia-10000001867532/

Southern Living
JANUARY 2009

Stuffed Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • 4 large ripe tomatoes with stems
  • 3 cups sunflower seeds, soaked overnight and drained
  • 1/4 cup cucumber, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup ripe red, yellow, or orange bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika

Directions

  1. Cut tops off tomatoes, leaving the stem in place and set aside.
  2. Scoop out the pulp and seeds leaving 1/4 inch around the outside edge and bottom.
  3. Blend sunflower seeds with 1/2 of the tomato pulp and paprika until smooth.
  4. Mix remaining pulp, green onions, bell pepper, basil, and garlic into the blended mixture.
  5. Stuff tomatoes to the top and decorate with your favorite fresh minced herb.
  6. Carefully replace tops but be sure they are stuffed enough so that the stuffing shows under the lid
  7. .Options: May add fresh corn kernels, shredded carrots, chopped celery, or chopped nuts if not using sunflower seeds.

Courtesy: hacres.com

Bestselling Novelist

“Francine has published more than 20 novels with Christian themes – all bestsellers- and she has continued to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe.”

In March 2010, Francine officially became a New York Times bestselling author, when Her Mother’s Hope debuted at #12 on the hardcover fiction bestsellers lists. The sequel, Her Daughter’s Dream, debuted at #12 on the same list just 6 months later, in September, 2010.

http://francinerivers.com/

Traumatic Experience in Childhood

Broken Children, Grown-Up Pain                                                                                                      
 
Understanding the Effects of Your Wounded Past    
By Dr. Paul Hegstom    

This book discusses what changes occur in the mind and emotions of a child at the time of trauma and how that change affects their maturity, realtionships and adult success.   And, most importantly, offers solutions to heal and grow.                             

“In Broken Children, Grown-Up Pain, Hegstrom explains how trauma affects pre-adolescent children.  Prior to puberty, children do not have the neurochemistry or biological maturity to process events cognitively.  Trauma arrests emotional development; present and future events are processed in relationship to the trauma and in a way that was normal at the age the trauma occurs.  Hegstrom says the five traumas most likely to arrest development are rejection, incest, emotional abuse and physical abuse.  Of the five, rejection is by far the most damaging.”  (http://www.bookpleasures.com/Lore2/article.php?id=2766&action=print )       

http://www.lifeskillsintl.org/index.html

 

http://www.amazon.com/Broken-Children-Grown-Up-Pain-Understanding/dp/0834119102