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Thankful Day 19

November 20, 2013

Today (well yesterday) I’m thankful that my son is doing well academically in his charter school.  I was a bit nervous about how it would go being that it was a brand new start up.  Hopefully the school will make it and expand.  After one quarter, he is 50%-75% through the first grade curriculum/requirements and in some areas he’s already working on 2nd grade curriculum.  The area where he is failing is in his listening and doing, focus, working through personality issues with others and working through the boring stuff so that he can get to the more interesting stuff.  He had some major lectures from his dad and I last night.  Hopefully some of it sunk in.

I’m also thankful for all those that worked for the Union cause in the civil war, especially the unsung heroes.  I recently finished reading the Spymistress, a fictional account about a real Richmond spinster, Elizabeth Van Lew, who worked on gathering intel for the Union.  The book was rather dull but the glimpse into the world of that time was heart-rending.  She ended up penniless and ostracized because of her efforts.  She was eventually inducted into the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame…in the 1990s.  Then to find out that it was the anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg address just seemed fortuitous.

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