Monday, February 28, 2011

And the Winner is....

Sarah from Tried and True Recipes!

Sarah, congratulations! Please email us your information:
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email address
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So, we can forward it to our Vision Forum contact and get you registered for the Parenting Strategies Seminar!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Give-Away! Enter For a Chance to Join in Family Strategies Series!

Perhaps you've heard about the up and coming Family Strategies mentorship program which will be hosted by Doug and Beall Phillips. Perhaps you are hoping to join in and glean a wealth of knowledge and wisdom you can use while raising your family or future family in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. We're looking forward to it because as always, the Phillips are here to cast a vision of hope for families and....

Thanks to Vision Forum's generosity Ah, the Life invites you to join in a give-away for one ticket to the Family Strategies mentorship series beginning Tuesday, March 1 (An $85 Dollar Value). The winner will have the opportunity to receive for the duration of 20 weeks, one downloadable 30-minute audio message a week on a helpful strategy for building a strong, safe, and visionary family.

Family Strategy Topics include:

How to Organize Your Home to Promote Family Unity
How to Cultivate a Love of Reading with Your Children
How to Make Mealtime Meaningful
How to Prepare for a Year of Home Education
How to Take Children Safely Through an Airport
How to Involve the Whole Family in Family Worship
How to Address the Plague of “Jive Talk” in Your Home
How to Encourage Masculinity in Sons
How to Encourage Femininity in Daughters
How to Handle a Social Worker Visit
How to Wage War on Sibling Rivalry
How to Use Household Decorations to Teach Character
How to Talk to Your Children about Miscarriage
How to Involve the Whole Family in Hospitality
How to Build an Entrepreneurial Spirit in Your Children
How to Watch a Movie As a Family
How to Cultivate a Love of Meaningful Poetry with Your Children, and Why Doing So Is Important
How to Prepare Your Children to Listen to a Symphony
How to Take a Road Trip with Your Family
How to Select the Best Locations for Family Vacations

Give Away Details:
To enter the Give away please leave a comment including your favorite bible verse for parenting or a favorite story about a child or sibling.

The winner will be announced Monday the 28th. Ah, the Life is asking participants to check back for the results of the drawing so that we can notify Vision Forum right away and get you your free ticket!

For more details on the Family Strategies: Practical Issues for Building Healthy Families series follow this link!

We're looking forward to your comments. Thank you for joining in!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Government Schools in the Pig Wallow

IndoctriNation Trailer from IndoctriNation on Vimeo.

"Trying to fix public education is like trying to teach a pig how to dance. You get dirty, the pig gets mad." ~E. Ray Moore

Romance Novels for our Daughters

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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

The Artist's Worldview

I purchased an art instruction book while traipsing through First Monday in Canton last month. I think it cost me a dollar if I remember correctly. I perused it briefly and it contained many of the basics, everything from, "First considerations" and "The Essential Equipment" to instruction in free-hand perspective, cast drawing, life drawing, architectural considerations, methods and lighting, graded tones, decorative treatments and so on.

I learned some of the skill set in my youth but have found need of a reference and a refresher course. The book is like any art book in that there is a need for some pages to be edited but on the whole it offers sensible instruction minus our modern day cultural influences and attitudes.

As I was just reading through chapter III, I came across a timeless lesson; a life perspective, applicable to us in many areas.

When one studies drawing he usually does so because of his personal inclination, --hence when the necessary materials have been selected and prepared he is anxious for his first instruction, and if his early problems prove interesting he is quite sure to become so enthusiastic as to make rapid progress. But this is an age of rush and hurry; perseverance and thoroughness seem to have been almost superseded by impatience and superficiality. Therefore progress, however rapid in reality, often seems painfully slow to the beginner, who is all to frequently so blinded by his desire to hasten on to the sort of thing which is way beyond him that it is hard for him to realize the importance of thorough mastery of the elements. If he is given problems which he considers beneath him he becomes resentful but if he is allowed to attempt difficult subjects of his own choosing and then fails to get the results hoped for he is apt to give up the whole matter in disgust, --blaming the instructor oftimes for his lack of success. Is it not, then, part of the duty of the teacher to point out the reasons why it is necessary for one to advance slowly enough to permit thorough mastery of each fundamental as he goes along? For the student can be made to see the need for first learning to draw simple things well, --if he can be brought to realize that his progress will be all the more rapid in the end for having done so, problems which might otherwise prove irksome will be approached, if not with enthusiasm, at least with patience born of understanding.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Photoshop CS5 + Wacom Intuos4 + John Derry = A Beautiful Thing

Sample painting by author John Derry, using his new Artists’ Brushes available for Photoshop CS5.

Simulating canvas texture

Photoshop tutorials

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Family Foundations in Sound Doctrine- Free tonight!

Tonight join Scott Brown in his own living room through a live, interactive video discussion on sound doctrine which will be broadcasted online. He will be together with fellow Hope Baptist Elders, Dan Horn & Jason Dohm and their families to kick off a 7 week Tuesday Nights in Sound Doctrine Online course going through the 2nd London Baptist Confession of Faith. Login tonight for free and watch between 8-10pm EST.

For more information about the series go here-

Family Finances in a Waning Economy

Get Back to What God Says

America is on track with Greece, Ireland, and Spain, when it comes to its debt. In three years, the nation has racked up almost 30% of the total debt accumulated in 222 years. We are coming to the end of the debt game. We pulled out of the Great Depression with a war, with more debt, with an expanding economy (thanks to technology, huge birth rates, capital from other developing nations, and a robust national character). Technology isn't adding anything substantial to our GDP anymore as it did in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Our birth rates have imploded. We have soaked China, Japan, and other nations for their capital, and they aren't likely to lend to us as they have in the past. And we have 10X the percentage of Americans who live off of the government (as did in the 1930's). We are approaching the end game. It's time to build our micro economies on the principles of the Bible. That's the essence of this interview with Stephen Beck, author of the book "A Father's Stew." What adjustments need to be made in your family right now, to build back a biblical economy in your home?

Excellent podcast today. Listen here.

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How Much is a TSA Free Airport Worth to You?

TSA Tyranny's radio ads target airport scanners.

A local group, Keep Austin Free, is so concerned about airport body scanners that it's buying radio ads to fight them.

In its radio ads, Keep Austin Free makes it clear it opposes full body scanners coming to Austin Bergstrom International Airport.

The scanners use radio waves to look through a passenger's clothing and reveal concealed weapons, explosives, liquids, metals, and other potential dangers.

One part of the ad says, "The TSA has made plans to install full body scanners at Austin airport to gawk at our naked bodies,"

Wesley Strackbein, co-founder of Keep Austin Free, has paid thousands of dollars for radio advertising time in Austin.

"It's outrageous that we should treat the innocent as if they're equal to Al Qaeda, and that's what is taking place," he said.

Read the rest here.

Tune in to the Ryan Rush show today at 4:30 for the latest in the "Keep Austin Free" campaign.

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