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Frogfish puzzled by tennis ball. Learning.

What is unschooling? What do we do on a daily basis? How does my daughter learn if she isn’t taught or isn’t forced to do homework? Is it legal? These are only a few of the questions we get about unschooling.

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Self-reflection is always hard.

Republicans love tests so much they’ve decided to test themselves:

“It urges leaders of local, state and national Republican parties to ‘carefully screen’ the voting record and positions of Republican candidates that want party backing, and determine whether they ‘wholeheartedly support the core principles and positions’ of the party as laid out in its platform.”

At least now we’ll have a better idea why they tick us off so much…

Plus: Capitalism love stories, Caveman had the right idea when it comes to footwear, birds are dinosaurs, and the Ukraine just wants a daddy like the rest of us…

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In this essay, Christian anarchist and professor of Religious Studies, Tripp York, discusses the co-opting of King’s beliefs and message.

“A dangerous Negro, now a national hero. How shall we work with that?”
—Vincent Harding

In a brief essay entitled “Martin Luther King, Jr: Dangerous Prophet,” Vincent Harding (a colleague of King) reminds his readers that as easy as it is to forget that Jesus was an executed criminal who undermined the very politics that makes this fallen world turn, so too is it both easy and tempting to twist King into our own image, who is no longer a prophet, but an idol that serves rather than questions our interests.

In 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr. was called the most dangerous Negro in the United States because he posed a threat to the very precious ideals that, unfortunately, continue to underwrite our socio-economic and political culture. This same man is now revered as a national saint. The question that must be asked is: Did we undergo the changes that King demanded—an alternative economy, the practice of nonviolence, and the ceasing of imperialism? Or, has his message somehow changed since his death so that it can accommodate that for which he gave his life in protest?

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Almost everyone I know is having mystical experiences, even and especially, the skeptics. It’s like a pulsing pushing-up feeling coming into us, inhabiting us, reminding us we are alive. Now, my friends, is the time for anamnesis, the loss of forgetting. The culture of destruction forgets that we are living beings, with health and vitality as our birthright. But some of us are remembering. We are starting to dream.

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Last week, I sat down with my daughter to have a heart-to-heart about Christmas. She’s nine now, and it was time to break the news. “Did you know, kid, that Christmas is actually about Jesus?” From the blank look on her face, I could tell she didn’t. “The reason people celebrate Christmas is because it’s supposed to be a celebration of Jesus’ birthday.”

“Really?” she said, “It’s not about the presents?”

“Well, they call it Christmas, after Jesus Christ.”

A fire came into her eyes. “I think we should just call it Presentmas, then.”

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Like all gifts, the gift of giving is as much for the giver as for the receiver. This paradox is especially true of homemade gifts. The modern tradition of purchasing pre-made gifts arises from our tendency to want to really give something to the receiver. Interacting through the medium of money, however, severs the giver, in a way, from the gift, and emphasizes the unidirectionality of flow, downplaying the interpersonal nature of giving. When you give something you’ve made, the act of giving retains a strong reciprocity. The receiver still “gets” something, but in that reception, “gives” something back as well.

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