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General Bunting sets forth his ideas for an education that will prepare our students to be "virtuous and disinterested citizens and leaders of the Republic. This book is an absolute "must read" for the educator, historian, and patriot who wishes more for themeselves, their communities, and their country.
A must read for ideas in creating your own home school curriculum of a classical education. I am writing down the suggested curriculum for myself and family. Charles Wright, II twcw atlonline. In his book, Gen. Bunting outlines the requirements of a New American College. But the ideas are not "new"; they are the very ideas upon which our Great Nation was founded. These are the ideas and values to which our Founding Fathers committed their very lives.
The ideas that are presented for the college go much further, though. They speak to the manner in which responsible citizens should participate in life. Bunting asserts that our patriotism, our religious beliefs, and our personal, professional, and public conduct should all be woven into the the fabric of life, inseparable from each other. The book challenges us, as Americans, to be more than doctors, mechanics, pilots, clerks, and salesmen. As Americans, we are to take an active role in the future of our Nation.
This book should be required reading of all high school seniors and certainly of all people of voting age. My hat is off to Gen. Ruel Haymond rhaymond novell. I am thrilled that General Bunting has written so very eloquently the feelings of my own heart concerning the state of education in America, particularly at the university level, and the need for young people to be trained and educated after the manner of the Founding Fathers and other great men and women.
His dream of creating a school to work to mold and shape willing souls into virtuous, disinterested and noble men and women is what I had been searching for throughout my life. I say 'had' because there does exist a school that is a literal replica of the school discussed in this marvelous book and I happen to be a doctoral student there at this very moment. The mission of the school is in perfect alignment with the stated mission in John Adam's writings. So for those that read this book and ask themselves 'If only I have never experienced such happiness and enjoyment with my education as I do now.
See all 18 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published on April 19, Published on November 23, Published on February 22, I always do the laundry and clean the downstairs bathroom on Mondays. FW always goes to the grocery store on Mondays. It eliminates the mental energy of trying to determine if the bathroom is dirty or not it is , it simply gets cleaned every Monday, no questions asked.
FW, our household cook, utilizes efficiency and routine in how he approaches our meals. Rather than cook every single night of the week, which between working and homesteading and parenting he never has the time for, he only cooks once or sometimes twice a week.
Enshrine efficiency into everything that you do with an eye towards spending your time and as a result, your money in ways that YOU enjoy and in ways that YOU want to—not in ways that you feel you must or have to. I want to mention another ironclad element of our routine: Before getting our lives together—both financially and in terms of how we use our time and what we want in the long term—Mr.
FW and I went to bed… whenever. We stayed up late. We were tired and grouchy every single morning. We stayed up even later on the weekends, which threw off our entire sleep cycle. And so, we go to bed at 9pm and then read for awhile and turn our lights out at 10pm. I told you, we need a lot of sleep! No matter how much is undone at 9pm, no matter how many unread emails we have, no matter how tempting another TV show sounds, we go to bed.
Trying to cram more work into the wee hours is not a way to create greater efficiency at least not for me. More sleep makes me more productive. However, I know people who are unhappily stuck in patterns of using their time and money in ways that are frustrating and unfulfilling to them. How we spend our money can prevent or enable a lifestyle, but ultimately, the true measure of who we are is how we use our time.
How do you use yours? Time wasted is a larger problem that money wasted alot of times. I know we waste more time than we mean to at times, for the sake of doing something good. I also make larger batches of things, like cookies, and freeze them in dough balls. Cookie dough, ready when we have somewhere we need to bring a dessert for! I actually was getting ready to go over my time and schedule to fit in more time to work on my blog, so this came at a good time!
OTOH, I feel like obsessive tracking of time, efficiency and productivity is a negative obsession. Cutting out unnecessary or frivolous activities is helpful, but efficiency is everything! After having two kids I realized the importance of utilizing every possible minute, so I try to make every minute count.
Focus is also really important when trying to improve efficiency. It was a huge help! My wife and I employ a lot of the same strategies. We try to get in bed by 10 pm each night and up by 7 am to maximize our days. I agree about auditing your time. It is amazing how much time I gained back by stopping shopping.
We were never crazy spenders, but when we were bored, instead of doing something that we wanted to do we would just waste the hours. My husband suffers from daily constant chronic pain, which really focused us in on using our time efficiently and fighting to get hours back in the day.
Even with the pain we have grown so much by using our time efficiently. Money provided me the opportunity to take a risk and leave my full time corporate job. This opened up significant time to focus on spending quality time with our two little kids and achieve a dream of starting my own company. Now that same corporate job is contracting me for 20 hours a week. This is a fantastic balance between pursuing a dream of mine and spending ample time playing with the little ones. Congrats on finding whats important to you and making the necessary changes.
Not everyone learns this or finds the oppurtunity. This is a current focus for my husband and I. I transitioned to working full time remote for my company last year we moved across the country. These tasks used to pile up all week while I was spending my days in the office and commuting.
Now, I can get a few of these items done during the day so I have more time with my husband and son in the evenings and on weekends. I hate grocery shopping and I alway ended up going on the weekend when lines were long and I wanted to be hanging out with my family.
And thank you for pointing out that: Too often those who embrace frugality and like me, minimalism miss the point. You capture it well. I think time-saving is one of the reasons for the explosive growth of online shopping for basic, everyday items. Frees up so much time……. This is such a great question. I think about whether I have spent my time efficiently almost every five minutes of the day. What have I done in those five minutes? What progress have I made?
What results have I accomplished? Those questions keep me on the go and help me assesses my productivity. Sometimes it does get exhausting questing the purpose of my minutes all the time. But at the end of the day, saving time helps save money and live a more meaningful life!
Last night I wrote down a list of all the things going on in my life. Thanks for the suggestion. Gone is the long commute, long meetings, hermetically sealed office windows, and working in the middle of the night. Now I do what I want whenever I want — within reason, of course. I get to spend much more time outdoors, reading, spending time with Mrs. FF and friends, and much more. I call this the life of the Oblivious Wage Slave and it makes me sad.
As you point out, there is a better alternative. You can change your spending habits, save more, invest more and eventually shatter your Wage Slave chains.
My challenge has been to figure out what it is that I want to do with my time. Your story is very inspiring though, and certainly is a lot better than the constant consumer message we get constantly. Thank you for a wonderful and thought-provoking article. You reminded me about the importance of focusing on tasks like writing when I have alone time, and not wasting those precious quiet hours on household chores. A few more thoughts: It helps me to figure out my Top 3 priorities each morning, so that no matter what surprises come along I can stay focused on getting those very most important things done.
These nerdy tasks keep me motivated. Thanks again for a great post! We utilize a lot of these strategies. Unfortunately we are not as good at them these days as two young boys really throw a wrench in finding time for yourself and chores. They also make scheduling tough. This is a big reason my wife became a stay at home mom now part time consultant. More time to mitigate some of the inherit chaos inefficiency. This is such a good point. I often get so wrapped up in different ways to save money and resources that I completely forget about the time cost associated with that activity.
I definitely need to do a time audit since I feel like I waste a lot of time. I love your ideas about setting up a family routine and having a clear division of chores that everyone in the family agrees with to avoid disagreements. Having the ability to control how you spend your time is one of the best parts of being financially independent.
However, we can start looking at what is sucking up our time starting today and make the changes we can right now. Wow, we are such kindred spirits! I, too, no longer paint my fingernails or thrift for fun. Such little things, but they become burdensome and thrifting adds up! Once you add it all up, some of us might be paying to work between the commute, daycare costs, food out, etc. Thank you for sharing your insight into crafting your dream life!! I really, really love this post!
Great post, thank you! I really liked seeing the things you cut out in this post, because it helped me question some of my own time choices. Thanks for this thought-provoking post!! And enjoy spending your day just as you want well, mostly!
Being a mom of a toddler inevitably means a wee bit of inefficiency in your day, no?! I tracked my time for a few weeks and discovered that I was in fact using my hours very well, and my unrealistic expectations were the problem! Seeing it all on paper helped me let go of the guilt and be proud of what I was getting done. That was back in grad school… In my current stage of life I wholeheartedly second your advice about dividing with-baby and without-baby activities!
I even have a post about it: I am not getting to bed early enough, ever, and I know I need to sort through my daily tasks and figure out where I can pare down. I also work full-time. Somewhere, something has to give. Thanks for the push I need to evaluate my life. I am a very busy person by choice for now… and prep cooking is a godsend! Fitness is one of my goals so home-cooked meals are the best thing for me to keep an eye on the details of my diet.
For me, I know TV is my absolute time nemesis. I can look up and two hours will have floated by. When you work all day and only have the evenings to yourself, 2 hours is most of your free time! I did a No TV Tuesday experiment a few weeks back and it was outrageous how much I got done when I gave myself that time back. This is so true! What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days.
It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time. A schedule is a mock-up of reason and order—willed, faked, and so brought into being; it is a peace and a haven set into the wreck of time; it is a lifeboat on which you find yourself, decades later, still living. I grew up on a farm, and my parents are from long-time farming families, so the concept of doing certain tasks on certain days, division of labour, and basically never having an idle moment is deeply ingrained in me.
If you were going to watch TV you had better also be darning socks, knitting, whittling, perusing the stock ads, hooking a rug, etc. My city friends marvel at how efficient I am! This is a great reminder, thanks for this and all your inspiring posts! My husband and I are well aware of how precious time is as we are resident physicians OB and Medicine and work hours a week. I know that probably sounds horrifying to many people but it is very important to us.
Letting go of things, like shopping, has been freeing. I love combo activities too!!! My daily hike with Babywoods is my combo exercise, outdoor time, and easy childcare time since she just hangs out quietly in the stroller ;. So part of my time has changed due to life circumstances but also it has changed from being more frugal and realizing my priorities. I like my life alot more now. I am trying to do batch cooking too.
For my toddler, I make her lunches in huge batches waffles, pumpkin pancakes, salmon croquettes, meatballs etc. She still gets delicious homemade food; but I only have to prepare it periodically.
For snacks, my husband and I take muffins to work. I triple the amount of muffin batter and freeze most of the batter into a bunch of containers.
At the beginning of the week, I defrost the needed batter and bake it into muffins. This is faster than prepping batter each week and washing said dishes! Only downside — my freezer is often stuffed so I have to be careful with the timing of my cooking!
A great post, Mrs. Your time audit is a great idea. I did this at work, and found it very powerful for me and my colleagues. Men and women just released from jail, without the tools or skills needed for reentering society.
Patients released from public hospitals — often with untreated cancers, infections, heart disease or diabetes. Victims of domestic violence. All the great social issues of American society play out in homelessness — inequality, racial injustice, poverty, violence, sexism.
Naturally, life expectancy for the homeless is short: In the months and years ahead, many more supportive housing units which include access to social services and treatment must be sited and built for the chronically homeless, as promised by Measure HHH — in all parts of the city, not just where the backlash will be weakest.
To this end, city politicians who have control over land-use policies must lead rather than be led by a vocal minority of obstructionist constituents. For the good of the city itself, short-term needs must be weighed against long-term solutions and officials must find the right balance between managing the homelessness problem and eradicating it.
The rights of people living on the streets must be protected and balanced against the needs of the city. The challenges are enormous, even if everyone is pulling in the same direction. But most Angelenos are no longer either shocked or shamed. Increasingly, we are uncomfortable, irritated, disgusted, scared or oblivious. Compassion is being replaced by resignation. Yet we all know the truth: The men curled up in the sleeping bags and the women pushing the overflowing shopping carts or talking to invisible interlocutors on the subways could, if the world were just a slightly different place, be our mothers, our brothers, our friends, ourselves.
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