Saturday, October 21, 2006

Oh, boy, this is good...

So I belong to this popular (over 1000 members) yahoo group. It is a secular homeschooling group. So someone sends a post to this group talking about a neat new game geared toward homeschoolers. I read it, checked out the link, and the hair on my neck stood up.

I didn't post to the group because I just don't post to groups much anymore. However, others did. Some didn't like this new game and discussed it openly and freely. It is America, after all, and that sort of this is still allowed.

Lo and behold guess what happens next? We get a post from a gal who happens to be the sister of the game's creators. She just happened to join this "secular" group and is very surprised they are discussing her sister's game! Wow, shock. She was either tipped off or joined the group to shill, in my humble opinion.

So a few people "call her" on her comments. She came in and personally bashed, whereas we were discussing why we did not like the game. She pointed her finger at us and told us we needed to stand together as a community and not bash. She commented to one who was pro-game (or rather pro-her opinion) that he had character and she had much respect for him because he was able to stand up to the opposition.

Oh, give me a break.

So what is the game? It's called Homeschoolopoly. Like we need yet another monopoly game. I went to the website. Guess what I learned?

For $29.99 I can purchase their game. I clicked on the Affiliate page and read this:
There is no cost to join and you can start earning commissions today from this exciting new game that EVERY homeschooler will want to buy!
I think not. This homeschooler will never want to buy the game.

Number one, I would never buy the game because I have no interest in yet another monolopy game.

Number two, the community chest and chance cards were replaced by grace and mercy cards.

Number three, some of the companies represented in this game are: HSLDA, Homeschool Blogger, and the Old Schoolhouse. Read my right side bar on the last two. I am not a member of HSLDA because I do not support their agenda.

Number four, when you buy the game, that's not all you get. You get more -- much more. (Okay, see my post on The Old Schoolhouse and their 19 free gifts.) You get the game plus a homeschooling brochure and a homeschool resource guide. If you find a special ticket in your game, you get.....drum roll here.............

A free, one-year subscription to The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. The person who finds the very special ticket in their game gets a lifetime subscription to the magazine ~plus~ a $250 shopping spree at Bob Jones University Press.

Oh, yipee! Reminder: Old Schoolhouse supports Pearls, Pearls sell books on how to abuse your children. See my sidebar. I boycott Old Schoolhouse, Homeschoolblogger and the Pearls.

I do not buy anything from Bob Jones University Press, new or used, because they are openly anti-gay.

I would not have even posted about this had the sister of the game's developer not joined our group and condemned us for not having an open mind about the game. And she stated that this game teaches character traits. ??? Does it teach ethics? Does it teach that open and free discussion is a good thing? Does it teach that we can have our own opinions?

I'm sure it's a lovely game for those that fit their market. It was a creative idea. But it's 2006, not 1986, and the face of homeschooling has changed. It's not all Christians anymore. Somehow I doubt it ever was. It's a melting pot full of people of differing religions, politics, agendas. The common thread is that we all love and want the best for our children.

So just a note to developers and creative people out there. If you develop something for the homeschool market, don't have tunnel vision. We don't all fit the same mold. If you want to market to the entire homeschool community, do some research and really learn what the entire homeschool community exists of.

a nonconforming nonconformist Christian

Wednesday, October 18, 2006


Last night was a terrible night. My poor dog had the runs. He needed me to let him out about 30-45 minutes apart. So I'd get to sleep for 28 or more minutes, then I'd wake up and be up for 15 minutes, then back to the vicious cycle. When Thomas woke me up this morning I was growly and said fix yourself some breakfast, pop in a movie, take care of the dog, he's sick, and let me sleep. He's such a good boy. He ate breakfast, took care of the dog and watched a movie he had just rented. He also picked up a book and read for about an hour. He woke me up at noon.

I'm the type person that needs my sleep. If not, I'm a bear. Just ask my sister or my mom, when she was alive, what would happen if they called me on the phone and woke me. I think I made my mom cry and just pissed my sister off really bad.

I have not recovered from this screwed up sleep cycle. I was groggy all day long and then I went to bed at 10:30 tonight and laid there wide awake. I finally took a sleeping pill about 10 minutes ago and am waiting for it to kick in.

While I'm talking sleep, I'll switch gears to the bedroom. Specifically, the nightstand next to my bed. On the nightstand is my trust alarm clock. I bought it in either 1988 or 1989. It had a tape player in it. It had very easy buttons for its two alarms. I have always loved that alarm clock. It's been part of my life for almost 20 years -- it's an extension of my left arm. It has survived me waking from a deep sleep and accidentally throwing it into the wall. Yes, that was accidental. Yes, there is a small gouge mark in the wall. Well, I'm sad to report that two of the signals on the LED display have gone out. There is no way to fix them. I am going to have to say goodbye to my trusty alarm. That alarm woke me on my wedding day. That alarm woke me on my first day of my career. That alarm woke me the day I went into labor with Thomas. That alarm has been there. Sniff, sniff.

My husband bought me a new alarm clock last Christmas. It's sitting on his dresser because I refused to use it. I think it's time to steal it and replace old faithful. This alarm has a nap snooze button, which comes in very handy for homeschool moms who like to take a short afternoon nap after lunch. This alarm clock has a CD player -- perfect for snuggling up in bed with Thomas and listening to Joy Hakim or The Story of the World. It will have to do. It's just not the same as old reliable.

Makes me sad to say goodbye to an old constant in my life.

My pill has kicked in and I think I shall now engage in a blissful sleep.

Tomorrow Thomas can dissect the old faithful.

Oh, and I'm glad Jeffery won Project Runway....especially after the bi-otch red-head Laura accused him of cheating.