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The Keeping It Catholic Chronicles
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SAMPLES: The Age of Mary
+++Catholic Study Guide for Homeschoolers!
+++Home Education Guides: What Catholic Hsing Moms Asked For!
+++Keepsake Collection of Recipes
+++Another Reason to Homeschool: #1,001
+++Aragorn: The Catholic Monarch?
+++Are We Good Thieves or Bad Thieves?
+++(A) Baby & Her Parents Need Your Help
+++(The) Catholic-But Syndrome
+++Charlotte Church - The New Material Girl?
+++Charlotte Mason: For Whose Sake?
+++Courageous Expose - EWTN: A Network Gone Wrong (Review) - Nice People & Beautiful Things in the World
+++Deadline Date for Terri: Done on Purpose?
+++England's New Grading System: Politically Correct to the
+++FATIMA: Still in Eclipse
+++FATIMA: The Most Important Part is Still Missing
+++FATIMA: One Secret, Three Parts
+++FATIMA and the King of France: Do We Have Less than 10 Years Left?
+++FATIMA: The Question of Consecration
+++(The) Feast of St. Joseph - with Prayers
+++Flight to Narnia - Delayed
+++Flower of the Catholic City
+++For the Italians!
+++Guidelines: Ohio
+++His Holy Father or My Highness?
+++Home & Family Life: The (Almighty) Schedule
+++Homeschooling = Child Abuse?
+++How Long, O Lord?
+++In the Name of Christ the King!
+++Is There Life after Homeschooling?
+++Jesus' Charitable Warning
+++Keeping It Catholic on the Net!
+++(The) Last Catholic Emperor
+++Little Lessons & Christmas Memories
+++MEN!!!! Pt 1, Missing in [Catholic] Action - Chivalry
+++MEN!!! Pt. 2, I Bid You Stand, Men of the West!
+++Michael Schiavo's Slip-Up
+++Moving Meditation on the Messiah: The Passion of the Christ
+++Not a Blitz, But a Blackout (Terri and the Catholic Media)
+++Open Letter to Homeschool Resisters
+++Pope's Death: What God in His Mercy is Telling Us
+++Part 1 - Is Homeschooling Disobedient to the Church?
+++Part 2 - Lynn's Letter on Homeschooling
+++Part 3 - Fr.Stravinskas’ Problems with Homeschooling
+++Part 4 - A
+++Pope's Death: President Orders Flags at Half-Mast
+++RED FLAG: Blessed are We
+++RED FLAG: Catholic Insights into Montessori Education
+++RETREAT 1: Importance of Meditation on the Passion
+++RETREAT 2: Saints' Love of Christ's Passion
+++RETREAT 3: Devotion to the Passion
+++RETREAT 4: The Charity of God
+++RETREAT 5: The Judas Factor
+++RETREAT 6 : The Lamb of God
+++RETREAT 7: The Paschal Supper
+++RETREAT 8: Jesus' Farewell
+++RETREAT 9: In the Garden of Gethsemane
+++RETREAT 10: Ecce Homo!
+++RETREAT 11: After the Crucifixion
+++RETREAT 12: Christ and His Mystical Body
+++Rosary Novena
+++(The) Secrets of Catholic Homeschooling
+++September: A Holy Month to Start Homeschooling
+++Terri Schindler Schiavo: American Martyr
+++Terri Schindler Schiavo - With God, All Things are Possible
+++Today is the 1st Day (of the Rest of this Blog!)
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September 19, 2003
Today is the First Day of the Rest of this Blog!

Today, I enter the world of web-logging (aka a "blog"), not because it's trendy and certainly not because I think the world is that enamored about (to paraphrase) the "chatter of the mind." (Who said that, by the way? Belloc? Chesterton? Lewis?)

In fact, The Keeping It Catholic Weblog will not be a public diary. It will present "food for thought" in the form of facts, news and some insights into all kinds of topics relevant to Catholics. That doesn't mean we won't be sharing a few personal anecdotes (or should I say vignettes?) - but only if they are "of general interest" (now that I remember is from "Cheaper by the Dozen"!).

Topics will naturally include anything related to Catholic education and family life or that which impact them (the good, the bad, and the ugly). Personally, I like to think "happy thoughts" (thank you, Mr. Barry, author of "Peter Pan"!) so I plan to include very interesting musings on The Lord of The Rings, especially The Return of the King. In fact, I'll be writing a long article on that in the upcoming Keeping It Catholic Newsletter - the hard copy. (More on that later!)

Although this blog will address all kinds of topics, don't forget that you can always find more information about Catholic homeschooling issues at the Keeping It Catholic website.

Btw! Nobody enjoys humor more than I, and I'm sure eventually you will find humor here - but chatter just for the sake of chatter is not the primary purpose of this "blog."

To me, a blog is an efficient way to post updates of various kinds, interesting letters from KIC website visitors, topics that keep coming my way, or to provide FYI ("For Your Information") links to other articles of interest. Perhaps I hold the idea that a blog should be efficient since my mind turns to more practical matters out of necessity (being a mom of a good-sized family- and a writer to boot - usually makes for some attempt at efficiency, and everybody knows "necessity is the mother of invention"!). ;>

In the meantime, you are most welcome to send posts, articles of interest or links for possible addition to The Keeping It Catholic Weblog!

Posted by catholic_homeschool at 21:06 EDT
Updated: October 1, 2003 21:50 EDT

September 20, 2003 - 02:52 EDT

Name: Lightseeker4

I will pray for the success of the KIC blog. May it lead all who visit closer to the Truth.

Speaking of truth, Home Schooling: From the Extreme to the Mainstream by Patrick Banshaw, is a wonderful document attesting to the evidence based benefits and cost effectiveness of homeschooling. It can be found here:

Sometimes, it can be a little harder to actually find the truth. I just read an article about religious education requirements for homeschoolers. It seems to me that parental right are both affirmed and stripped away in the same article. You can find the article here:

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