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  •  Do you remember the Foxfire books? (8+ / 0-)

    Back when I was in high school in the mid 70's, my HS had an outdoor "land lab" and a greenhouse.  Those books were the backbone of a lot of what was taught in our classes that utilized both the land lab and greenhouse.  Last year I found the first four books buried in some boxes in my basement.  They are now in our everyday reference book group.

    When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it? Eleanor Roosevelt

    by seefleur on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 12:43:48 PM PDT

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    •  Must be after my young prime... (3+ / 0-)
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      Never had Foxfire books when I was young.

      I started grade school in 1952.  We had Dick and Jane readers....

      From grade school I remember only a few things: the Revolutionary War was started because of 'taxation without representation' (a factoid that was important to remember 60 years later when I obtained copies of one ancestor's Rev. War records) America was named for Amerigo Vespucci, learning to read and sound out words via the phonetic method of reading (my junior and senior high classmates had been part of a reading experiment for sight reading so as a senior we had to take a special spelling class; I aced it), and when the Pledge of Allegiance was changed in 1954, I found it difficult to remember inserting 'under god' in the Pledge each morning.

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 02:56:10 PM PDT

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      •  Thats OK ... (2+ / 0-)
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        I still have trouble remembering to  insert 'under god' in the Pledge myself and it has been 50 years.

        JON

        "Upward, not Northward" - Flatland, by EA Abbott

        by linkage on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 05:52:11 PM PDT

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        •  I don't at all (2+ / 0-)
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          ericlewis0, Bluefin

          If I'm in a place where the pledge is said, I say all the rest - except - the two words inserted in 1954.

          I'm with Jefferson & Madison.  There MUST be a total separation of religion and state at ALL times.  Period.

          Anyway, aside from a few ancestors who came here to get away from state-imposed religions, I read all those ancient histories of what happened to lead up to things like that, and the death and destruction and torture can only be avoided if religion is NOT part of government (that's why the 'office of faith-based initiatives needs to be defunded and abolished).

          The Founding Fathers must be spinning in their graves.

          I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

          by NonnyO on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 09:04:44 PM PDT

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