“Wait Until 8th” Cell Phone/Social Media Pledge

Why I Recommend All Parents Carefully Consider Taking the “Wait Until 8th” Pledge The “Wait Until 8th” pledge is a collective agreement among parents to delay giving their children a smartphone until at least the 8th grade. This initiative is designed to give children more time to develop crucial social, emotional, and cognitive skills without the distractions and pressures that come with smartphone use. Here are a few key reasons why this pledge is worth considering: Preserving Childhood: Childhood is a precious time for imaginative play, face-to-face interaction, and exploration of the physical world. Delaying smartphone use helps protect these […]

Beyond Politics: Recognizing Evil

In the wake of the attempted assassination on former President Donald Trump, something remarkable happened: politicians from both sides of the aisle and media outlets across the spectrum unanimously condemned the act as evil. This rare moment of agreement begs the question: does this widespread denunciation hint at a universal moral standard that goes beyond subjective opinions and political leanings? Romans 2:15 (ESV) says, “They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them.” This verse suggests that our ability to tell […]

The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism

I’ve been rereading The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism and a quote that stands out to me is from Reagan’s 1982 speech, delivered a year after surviving an assassination attempt. He boldly denounced both fascism and communism, stating they “deny the existence of God and those God-given liberties that are the inalienable right of each person on this planet.” Reagan emphasized that the Soviet actions in Poland were acts of brutality, not policy aberrations. His unwavering belief that the USSR was weak, propped up by police terror and nuclear threats, fueled his conviction that its unnatural regime […]

Designing A Better World

In August 2019, over 2,200 schools will open doors to students in the state of Georgia. A small number of those schools will be brand new. None like this. Mount Vernon Presbyterian School opens the doors to a brand new Upper School (Grades 9-12) building after a year of construction and years of planning, dreaming, and designing. The building is the physical expression of the School’s mission and vision; innovative, flexible, and relational. Everything is on castors. All desks are stackable and nest-able. Writable walls move up and down allowing disciplinary classes to combine and become interdisciplinary or trans-disciplinary. Smart […]

Dr. William Houston, Sr.

Dr. William Houston, Sr. by W. Michael Golnick, Jr., 1988 D. Ca. 1795 William Houston, Sr., was a physician, apothecary, and local political leader of Duplin County. His early life is obscure until he arrived in North Carolina about 1735 from County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Houston was the nephew of Henry McCulloch, a wealthy London merchant who financed many colonizing expeditions to theCape Fear region, and served as his uncle’s partner, trustee, and agent. In 1742 he built a home, Soracte, on the Northeast River, eight miles from Kenansville. In 1749, when Duplin County was formed, Houston was an integral […]

Stamp Master’s Hand Forced, 1765

On November 16, 1765, North Carolina’s stamp master, William Houston, resigned his post amid demonstrations against the Stamp Act. The Stamp Act of 1765, the first direct tax placed on the American colonies by Great Britain, was intended to raise revenue to defray Britain’s national debt. The measure, however, was met with great disdain throughout the colonies. Houston, a Duplin County physician and early Irish immigrant, was selected as the stamp distributor in 1765 after Parliament passed the Act. His appointment led to public demonstrations and Houston being hanged in effigy in Wilmington, New Bern and Cross Creek throughout October […]

The Stamp Act Crisis in North Carolina

The Stamp Act crisis in North Carolina Harry McKown, “November 1765: The Stamp Act Crisis in North Carolina,” This Month in North Carolina History, November 2006. Provided by UNC Libraries / North Carolina Collection. The courthouse in Wilmington was the site of one of the first Revolutionary conflicts in North Carolina. Image source. About the photograph On Saturday, November 16th, 1765, Dr. William Houston, a respected resident of Duplin County, arrived in Wilmington, North Carolina for a short visit. Houston had recently been appointed — to his great surprise, since he had not sought the position — distributor of stamps […]

Interim Reflection

Before – what are your expectations or anticipations as you look forward to Interim? What are you uncertain about? What question do you have going in? What do you hope will happen? I was very excited to travel to Germany because a) I took German as my foreign language in high school b) I taught WWI, WWII, and the Holocaust for many years, and c) I had never been to Europe before. I was anxious about flying over the ocean and being on a plane for such a long period of time. I was anxious about how the students would […]

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