Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

Happy Michaelmas


Today is the feast of St. Michael, i.e. Michaelmas. I wrote about Michaelmas last year and chronicled my attempt to make wooden swords for my kids. They were a big hit. Unfortunately, I found that wooden swords only last so long with vigorous play. It was about 3 months before they were all broken in battle.

This year, in order to help my kids  be proper Christian soldiers, I decided to try something different. Instead of wood, I bought PVC pipe and foam insulation.

Which assemble nicely into swords that won't break as easily as wood, and will hopefully last all year.

Add some colored duck tape for effect and... voila! Proper Michaelmas swords for my saintly dragon-slayers.
 

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