CST #311: Is the Pope in a Bikini?

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Shooing off rockets and looking at trailers! It’s small town excitement this week on CST.

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Books:

Fundamentals of the Faith by Peter Kreeft

Movies & TV:

Dear Frankie

Cool As I Am

Anne Hall

Blogs:

Catholicinasmalltown.com

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CST #310: My Mother Was a Saint

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Scout recruitment night, family meetings, Video grants, we revisit Interstellar. We read from lots of mail and talk relics.

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Books:

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

Movies & TV:

Interstellar

Can’t Buy Me Love

Websites mentioned:

ArtofManliness.com

Blogs:

Catholicinasmalltown.com

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CST #309: The Butt Shredder!

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A busy family weekend, Mac makes a kitchen discovery and gets all manly watching Master and Commander, and we deal with one child’s severe disdain for church.

Katherine’s Stich Fix referral link.

Books:

The Wine Dark Sea by Patrick O’Brien

Science & Faith: A New introduction by John Haught

Edgar Allen Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Madness by Edgar Allen Poe and Gris Grimly

Movies & TV:

Master and Commander Far Side of the World

Blogs:

Catholicinasmalltown.com

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CST Spoiler Review 4: MI 5

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We’ve decided to put these spoiler reviews back into our main feed so more folks could hear them. Anyway, please enjoy us talking as freely as we wanted about Tom Cruise’s latest adventure as MIF agent Ethan Hunt.

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CST #307: Mission: Impossibly Good!

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Its a car show! We talk about the price of having your cat fixed, Ex Machina, the latest Mission: Impossible, and we reflect upon the wonder of fellowship in marriage and the influence on our marriage of A Severe Mercy.

Katherine’s Stich Fix referral link.

Movies & TV:

Ex Machina (DVD & VOD)

Wayward Pines (Hulu / Fox)

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Books:

A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken

Kickstarter project mentioned: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/64161490/the-13th-doll-a-fan-game-of-the-7th-guest/description

Blogs:

Catholicinasmalltown.com

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CST #306: Seventh Son

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We review Seventh Son on DVD, Kat has a birthday, and we discuss how to respond to atheists.

Katherine’s Stich Fix referral link.

Movies & TV:

Seventh Son (DVD)

Watership Down (Netflix)

Key & Peele (Hulu)

Books:

Watership Down By Richard Adams

Blogs:

Catholicinasmalltown.com

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CST #305: Prayer

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Family get togethers by the pool we can’t seem to get clear; we rediscover Horrible Histories; and we’re kind of all over the place when talking about prayer.

Katherine’s Stich Fix referral link.

Movies & TV:

Minions

Episodes (Hulu – Showtime)

Horrible Histories (Amazon Instant Video)

Blogs:

Catholicinasmalltown.com

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CST #304: It’s Fantastic!

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Katherine gets all productive/creative, Mac & Ben return from scout camp, we take a boat load of kids to see Minions and we reflect on taking joy in our children.

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Movies & TV:

Minions

Episodes (Hulu – Showtime)

Falling Skies (Netflix Watch Instantly)

The Strain (Hulu)

Books:

War Time Journal of a Georgia Girl 1864-1865

Blogs:

Catholicinasmalltown.com

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CST #303: Terminated

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Show Notes CST #303: Terminated

It’s Independence Day so we do the American thing and consume media by going to see Terminator.  And you get to hear two Southerners debate the Confederate Flag.

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Movies & TV:

Terminator Genisys

Blogs:

Catholicinasmalltown.com

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On an honest homeschool discussion (i.e. rant)…

My husband and I had an honest discussion about the state of our homeschool.

Here’s the gist of how my side of the conversation went. Please note that these are all thoughts that I have had over the last few months, moving out of the eighth year of homeschooling my children.  These thoughts also follow on the heel of getting test results back on the yearly test that I get my kids to take.  And though I think standardized tests are stupid, I somehow manage to put weight in the results anyway.  Ok, here’s kind of how my side of this went.  Also note that I was crying through most of this.

“I just feel like you’re disappointed in me, in the way that our children have turned out.  That it’s all my fault that B can’t read well, or spell well, or write sentences with punctuation.  And I worry about it, too.  I worry that I’ve messed up and that you blame me and that it’s all my fault that I’ve gotten it all wrong.  Thinking about my kids and homeschooling brings up all these things that I loath in myself.  My need for alone time and how I am not crafty or artsy and that I’m an inconsistent, undisciplined, lazy person, and always have been!  I get these end of the year test results and I think I HAVE FAILED.  I HAVE FAILED MY CHILDREN.  I know they are smart, so smart.  And imaginative.  And happy.  But they spend too much time in front of screens.  I know this.  And I feel powerless in many ways to stop them because I’M ON MY SCREEN, TOO.

And I war within myself with how I really feel about SCHOOL.  Like as a concept.  Especially when they are under the age of 9.  Our kids have been read to since they were born.  We read “To Kill a Mockingbird” out loud for goodness sake!  I find it hard to believe that these children won’t grow up and learn for themselves what they need to know when they need to know it.  They have the basics.  They can read.  Well, J can’t but he can take numbers apart and put them back together in ways that surprise me.

But they think big thoughts.  And we have time to talk to them about that stuff because we aren’t yelling at them in the morning to get ready for school and in the evening to FINISH THEIR HOME WORK.  Because it’s all homework and there’s tomorrow.  And I’m the teacher and I’m giving them an extension.  And no one’s going to fire me if their test results aren’t improving.

And I work too much.  Or rather, if I didn’t work as much as I do (or not at all) then our school days would be more consistent and there might be more science experiments and art projects.  But we are comfortable with the amount I’m working and we still are able to go on long field trips and camping trips and visit the High and go to Washington, D.C.

And I can’t put them in school.  I think about it and I just can’t.  This is the life we’ve chosen for them and for us, and as much as there are days when I question every decision, there are days when I listen to other moms talk about school and bullies and drugs and teachers who don’t care and stress over meaningless tests and I think…WE MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE.”

(I don’t think I actually said all this, but I said some of it.  And Mac listened to my rant.  And I did let him speak…a little.)

I don’t know that I solved any of what I was feeling.  I still question my choices and my ability to do a good job at this.  But I also do love my life and trust my boys to take what we have given them, which I hope is a love of learning, the tools to find out what they need to know when they need to know it, and the space to let their imaginations thrive (oh and reading and math…we made sure they could do reading and math) and move forward into their lives with all the hope in the world.

Whew.

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