Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Marry a Future Homeschooling Mom

Resist on Behalf of Your Children

A number of men have asked me about how to approach the topic of homeschooling with their wives, with the view of getting her agreement.  I am a big weirdo so I can't promise any of this stuff will work on a normal woman, but here are some ideas:

0.  Make your intentions known and clear in a confident way, make it a foregone conclusion.  Make it seem like she would have to convince you to send them to school, rather than you have to convince her to educate them at home.

1.  As a dad, have a mindset of liking your kids, you care about them more than anyone in the world is capable of caring about them.  You enjoy their company.

2.  Homeschooling life will be flexible.  There is a lot of fun to be had with your kids on a Tuesday morning that can't be had on a Saturday morning.  Even mundane things like grocery shopping, doctor appointments, etc., are easier to manage when your weekdays are flexible.

3.  Homework for older kids takes as much time as simply homeschooling the first time around and everyone is tired and grouchy in the evenings.

4.  Huge resources are available.  You are not going to be cooped up in your house with your kids all the time.  You don't have to reinvent the wheel with respect to curriculum.  Your kids will have friends their age and their siblings' ages.  Any activity school kids do is available to your children.

5.  Encourage bonding, breastfeeding, cosleeping.  I know not everyone is into this stuff, but maybe it will have the effect of bonding mom and kids and making them want to hang out more into the elementary years.  Maybe it won't, I don't know.

6.  Reminisce about all the bad experiences you had in grade school, nasty or indifferent teachers, bullying, ghastly diseases.  Get her to talk about hers.

7.  Be confident about money.  Earn as well as you can and act like it's no problem living on one income.  Be cheerful in your frugality and cheerful about work.

8.  Homeschooling is economical.  You can avoid the cost of living in a top school district or the cost of a private school.

9.  Be supportive of your in-laws, if they are supportive.  There should be no doubt that you are the man of the house.  If your wife is going to be home with the kids, having her mom or sister, or someone there for a few hours a couple times per week could make a big difference.  For a stay at home mom of elementary age kids, a trip to the grocery store alone is kind of a big deal.

10.  The facts are on your side.  Homeschooled kids do very well in life.  They get accepted to great colleges and have very good outcomes in all areas of life.

11.  Tell her she is smarter than any public school teacher you have ever met.  Before they reach school ate, why should minimum wage third worlders take care of her kids while she slaves away in some office?

12.  It can be hard to be with small children all the time, people talk about needing more intellectual stimulation.  To me, the best thing can be a short change of scenery.  By sympathetic on this stuff with your wife but don't get carried away with it either.  Kids grow up fast and they get easier to look after.  There will be stretches that are tougher than others, if the kids are throwing up, or a few nights in a row of bad sleep.  In those cases, pitch in however you can.  If your wife is chronically overwhelmed then something systematic needs to be addressed.

13.  You get better at things if you practice them.  Nothing can really prepare you for becoming a parent, and the same is true of homeschooling, but in both cases, you get a lot of on the job training.  Build up routines and you will get better at them the longer you stick it out.

I welcome any comments or questions you have.

(c) 2018 Lynn Lockhart

Monday, September 17, 2018

Summer Fiction - Crackpot Podcast 43

James and Lynn discuss his fiction projects published in the summer of 2018, Supplicant Song and Thunderbird.  James is truly a compulsive writer and has absolutely buried his editor, Lynn, in books of all kinds.  She is partial to his fiction so that is what is getting published lately.  Listen to find out what James' rather dark imagination has wrought.



02:55  Supplicant Song
09:16  Bull leaping
11:00  Orson Scott Card
15:24  Thunderbird, lots of talk of Native Americans, John Paul Barber ep
32:28  Animal Control
34:00  Contribution by Joe Bellofatto, Taboo You
35:25  The Filthy Few, fairly abrupt ending, sorry about that!

(c) 2018 Lynn Lockhart

Saturday, September 15, 2018


Ancient Reading on your Device, at Least Until the Lights Go Out

James has given a reading list for those interested in military history.  It's truly a horrific yet wondrous time to be alive and all the recommended volumes are available for free online:

The History of Herodotus Vol I
The History of Herodotus Vol II

Thucydides, The History of the Peloponnesian War
Audiobook of Thucydides

Xenophon, The Anabasis

The History of Polybius Vol I
The History of Polybius Vol II

Lockhart's Top LaFonds Volume 41

Read about Nero the Pict's dubious adventures in Southeast Asia.

The US is disciplining independent writers because it can't discipline anyone else.

James' practiced eye for fights shows you there is more to the story of the white cheerleader and her black assailant.

James has a LOT to say on how to get along with black women.

See if you can spot the white privilege in James' family history.

You can take the Ghetto Grocer out of the ghetto, but still get your Ghetto Grocer updates with an international relations hot take!

Shutting down Roosh is another battle in the war against the sexes.

Using a gladius for home defense.

Good things are happening in Russia.

The Filthy Few is back in progress, my favorite!  Check out the dust cover, and meet Shayne "Not my Army" Rasmussen.  By the way, if any of you is interested in performing a romantic gesture like that for a young lass, you are obligated to get her pregnant.

Official history has wrongly dismissed the idea that Europeans served as slaves in North America, the evidence for it is abundant.

How to check if you are an NPC, don't let your babies grow up to be NPCs, keep them out of public school.

Buy a book, many fine titles are available as pdf books through his main website.

You can buy James' books through Amazonbut they are rapidly falling to the censor's hammer.  Now some -banking- troubles have held up his royalty payments.  

We are slowly working on Amazon alternatives but in the meantime, support James by becoming a Patron, or donate straight to the man through Paypal, because you love James and his work.

(c) 2018 Lynn Lockhart

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

‘Kindred to My Soul’

James LaFond's impressions of This is A Young World & The Ages Stride on Golden Feet by Robert E. Howard

Reading from pages 84-85 of A Word from the Outer Dark.

This is a Young World is enough to make the jaded wince, such a celebration of youthful exuberance in the accursed and envious shadow of old priests and rulers, with full knowledge of the awesome age of the cosmos, but without the arrogant hedonism of the 1960s youth cult which still hold wicked sway over American ideas of being young and full of life, Howard's verse is not even anthropomorphic, but tellingly pagan, as he imagines himself swaying with the saplings, likewise young in the old world.

The best two lines of the poem are:

8: I have shaken off musty creeds and dusky Despotisms

13: They [the planets] sit like crones and laugh fruitlessly at youth.
In Howard’s hands, this duly childlike celebration of young life, of a fresh cycle of strife, rattles like something old, like leaves shaking before a cold wind, with a keen sense that winter is due.

The Ages Stride on Golden Feet consists of one four-line verse and a rhyming couplet, forming a word picture of nature’s rhythm, from the cycle of the ages echoed in the ancient stars to the dawning day greeted by the creatures of the morning mists.

This reader is impressed with Howard’s use of unpublished verse, possibly to set the narrative mode and certainly to develop his ability to tell gritty tales in verse—such as the Solomon Kane verses concerning Francis Drake and Sir Richard Grenville, as well as that character’s ghostly homecoming. Most importantly, in terms of his major works, Howard’s skill in verse permitted him to set some of his best Conan tales, Pool of the Black One, Queen of the Black Coast and The Scarlet Citadel in the context of epic ballads, opening chapters with the type of heroic narrative that a bard in such ancient times would employ.

(c) 2018 James LaFond

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Lockhart's Top LaFonds Volume 40

Weekend links for you!

Supporters of the Katyn statue in Jersey City reached a milestone last month, stay tuned for more developments.

The story of the settlement of North America has yet to be fully discovered.

I hate drugs but former users and non-users fascinate me.

Something strange is happening at Amazon.  If you have read some of James' books, go to Amazon and try writing a review.  I will be very interested in your reports.

The cold season is upon us, soon your school age children will look like this guy.

A boxer worth remembering.

Be careful friends, fake news can kill.

Good luck to this outlaw.

A very informative look at an original source concerning the practice of slavery in Plantation Virginia.

A movie recommendation, documentary on Sheriff Buford Pusser.

For boxing fans, a fight review, Michael Dokes vs Randal Randy Tex Cobb.

The Crackpot gives his insight into the Dallas wrong-apartment-execution case.

Buy a book, many fine titles are available as pdf books through his main website.

You can buy James' books through Amazonbut they are rapidly falling to the censor's hammer.  Now some -banking- troubles have held up his royalty payments.  

We are slowly working on Amazon alternatives but in the meantime, support James by becoming a Patron, or donate straight to the man through Paypal, because you love James and his work.

(c) 2018 Lynn Lockhart

Friday, September 7, 2018

Do a Maneuver - Crackpot Podcast 42

Riley hosted James in his canyon fortress and joined us for a special edition of the Crackpot Podcast.  We discuss stories from Riley's long and varied career, at sea and around the world, as well as happenings in his hard earned and well guarded garrison.

The Crackpot Podcast features itinerant writer and manual laborer James LaFond, and sleep deprived motherslave of a KINDERGARTNER, Lynn Lockhart.



0:01:43  James' journey west
0:05:44  Singapore Summit
0:08:30  The Sea Daddy
0:12:00  Andrea Doria, The Final Chapter
0:15:25  The African Queen
0:18:24  The King Barge
0:24:40  The Brit in Daisy Dukes
0:27:15  Katrina
0:29:00  Smash
0:34:53  Music
0:36:22  Bob Dylan
0:37:55  Cow farts
0:39:17  Air Force, loading aircraft, bring beer and air conditioners in, taking dead people out
0:41:25  Canary Islands
0:43:20  Ocean artifacts
0:44:40  Dining on the barge
0:45:53  Riley's favorite place to live overseas
0:47:25  Riley in San Francisco
0:52:15  Military school
0:55:05  Mice bridges

(c) 2018 Lynn Lockhart