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Friday
Nov202015

A Thought for the Day: Things that Last

S&S link: Character Building: Values and Virtues: Moderation-2b

Contributed by R. A. Watterson. Illustrations by Evangeline. Design by Stefan Merour.
Copyright © 2015 by The Family International

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Friday
Mar142014

Choose Things of Value: Mr. Super Balance

Why not readMe First’ Values or Heavenly Values? Parts 1 and 2 if you haven’t yet!

S&S link: Character Building: Values and Virtues: Moderation-2b

Contributed by R. A. Watterson, based on the writings of Maria Fontaine.
Illustrations by Anthony. Design by Stefan Merour.

Copyright © 2014 by the Family International

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PDF: Choose Things of Value: Mr. Super Balance
PDF: Choose Things of Value: Mr. Super Balance (Portuguese)
PDF: Choose Things of Value: Mr. Super Balance (Spanish)

Friday
Jul132012

Max’s Escape from Planet Mari-Toe: Capture the Flag

Group Moki huddled around a tall pine providing shade from the high summer sun. Their team’s red flag hung limply from a pole fifty yards away.

“We need decoys to go out here and here so that Lucas can sneak around the back and make a go for their flag.” Captain AJ was etching their strategy onto the ground with a stick. “Max, you can be one of the decoys.”

“What? But I’m so good at being sneaky!” shouted Max. Startled birds flew out of the tree, a few insects scrambled away, and Max continued in a quieter voice. “Like in Escape from Planet Mari-Toe, there are all these aliens and swamp monsters and creepy crawlers, but I’ve only lost one toe so far! That’s super good. That’s a record! I could tell you about the time I turned into a fly so no one would guess I was actually a space captain! I can’t be a … a … decoy!”

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Monday
Jul092012

Max’s Escape from Planet Mari-Toe: The Campfire

This camping trip has not started off well, Max admitted to himself as he helped unload bags from the school bus. There had been three days to prepare for the camping trip, but he had been busy with important things, like escaping from Planet Mari-Toe. And it was only early this morning that he had dug out his what-to-pack list and threw what he hoped was everything into his gym bag. He hadn’t looked up any of the sites on Mrs. Castle’s reading list, but AJ probably had. He was glad Mrs. Castle had put them together as buddies for the summer camp even if AJ was being all huffy about Max’s lack of preparation.

On the bright side, I did find that missing engine piece in the Swampy Swamplands, and I made it through Fierce Forest, and I’m just minus one toe! Max had brought his video game console with him. Though he was not allowed to use it even once at the camp site, he wanted to keep it close by. Seven days was too long to be apart from rescuing his spacecraft—though it’d be time well spent developing strategy, even if only in his mind, to make it through the next bit of treacherous terrain: the Deadly Desert.

“Max!” hissed AJ. “You’re doing that blank stare again!”

“I am?”

“What you’re supposed to be doing is helping me pitch our tent, and then we’re to collect kindling for the after-dinner campfire!”

“Er, right.” Max looked at the pile of metal rods and synthetic fabric. How was this supposed to turn into a tent? He glanced around at the other buddies and their almost-finished tents. “Hmm. Yep, this is supposed to turn into a tent,” he observed.

“You didn’t read anything on the reading list, did you?” AJ sounded exasperated, and Max felt guilty.

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Friday
Jul062012

Max’s Escape from Planet Mari-Toe: Day Zero

“It’s the best present ever!” Max was confiding to his best friend AJ—AKA Augustine Jeffrey—at the close of the final class of the last day of school. “It’s this handheld video game thing, and in it I’m stranded on Planet Mari-Toe, and I need to search for parts to repair my spaceship and save my crew so I can return to earth. I have to go through forests and jungles and swamps. It’s so dangerous, but there are these special items I collect that help me not lose my air supply so I won’t die! It’ll probably take me all summer to get back to earth.”

Max glanced at AJ to see if he was listening. AJ, however, was focused on Mrs. Castle, their teacher, who had just returned bearing leaflets with SUMMER CAMP printed in large letters on the front pages.

Max paused from his mental preparations for escaping from Planet Mari-Toe to listen to Mrs. Castle.

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Friday
May182012

A Patchwork Pudding

Note: This story uses British spelling.

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“Hey! You missed a fantastic party at Steve Rowan’s place!”

Having fallen asleep in the corner armchair while reading a dictionary, thirteen-year-old Byanka Blackwell awoke with a start at the breathless midnight announcement.

“The games were wild and the food was incredible, especially the pudding,a thirteen-year-old brunette continued, her flushed face and sparkling eyes retaining the excitement of the last three hours.

“Glad you liked it, Morena,” Byanka murmured. “The pudding, that is.”

The girl unravelled her scarf, pulled off her gloves, and tossed them onto the sofa. “You should have given it a try—the party, that is.”

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