Five Favorites, the podcasts and history books edition

Well how about that?  I wrote a post about going to bed earlier and promptly dropped off the face of the blogging world.  Surprise, surprise.

Actually, I’ve quite enjoyed my early bedtime.  I’ve been nicer to the kids and everything!  I’ll let you know if I can keep it up, though.  I sure do miss hanging with y’all.

Let’s hop to it, shall we?

Favorite podcasts and books

(New) Favorite Podcasts


Ghost Fawn Homestead. You all know what a fan I am of Cari.  She’s my gateway blogger, remember?  Anyway, when I was in Connecticut stalking visiting her, I had the distinct pleasure of hanging out with her husband Ken, too.  The pair of them, let me tell you.  They’re funny and adorable and not afraid to drop a truth bomb or 5 on ya.  And now they have a podcast in which they share ALL THINGS HOMESTEADING!  It’s my dream. They only have two episodes so far, but they’re the perfect length and totally inspirational.  Go check out their podcast and prepare for the zombie apocalypse.  Or just get advice on raising chickens and having awesome gardens, if that’s more your speed.


Catholic Stuff You Should Know. This podcast would be more aptly titled “Some Catholic Stuff You Should Know and Other Obscure Catholic Stuff But All Of It’s Really Smart So You Should Listen Anyway.” Okay, so I’m bad at naming things. But this podcast. You GUYS!  It’s so smart!  And the priests (and maybe a deacon? I’m new here) are young and funny and lighthearted, but truly intelligent and gracious.  An excellent episode that I think would interest almost anyone is one (even atheists) is called Religious Sense. Another super-short-but-interesting episode is the Stylites, about 4th century saints who lived up on pillars and preached the gospels for decades at a time.  Want to learn about Catholic teaching with some obscure stuff thrown in? Want to listen to a couple of funny guys who happen to be priests and scripture/history scholars? This is the podcast for you.


Building Bridges. Last but not least, Jenna and Cristina just finished their first season of a podcast, and I finally found some time to listen.  It has been really moving so far.  The second episode, especially, with Charity Craig talking about marriage was much deeper than I was expecting, but also much more touching. I’m looking forward to listening to the rest of these.

Check out the other podcasts I love.



Island of the Blue Dolphins

I listened to this with the kids over the summer and oh, boy.  It is sad.  And hard.  But also really amazing how a young girl (spoiler alert) can survive ALL ALONE on an ISLAND for 18 YEARS.

Sorry.  That was my 21st century showing.  As difficult as the first few chapters were, the girls and I especially enjoyed the stories of Karana figuring out how to make shelter, and fishing for herself, and making beautiful things. We listened to this as the first book of our California History co-op class.  Can’t wait to have some Socratic discussions next week!

P.S. I highly recommend the audio version. The narrator’s voice sounds very authentically Native American.


Patty Reed’s Doll

This book is also a part of our California History curriculum.  (Can you tell I’m the teacher for this section of co-op?) It’s based on the true story of the ill-fated Donner Party.  I know, I KNOW what you’re thinking.  “Why in the name of all that is holy, would you read to your kids about the Donner Party?”

I’m just following the syllabus, people!

Actually, it wasn’t that bad.  There wasn’t a single mention of cannibalism.  It’s told from the perspective of, you guessed it, the doll of one of the young pioneers. There are hardships to be sure, and a whole lot of suspense as you’re not really sure who’s going to make it and who won’t.  The doll in the story is on display at a museum at Sutter’s Fort, so we’ll be sure to head there next time we get up north to visit my grandma.

Alright. It’s 10:32 pm and I’m turning into a pumpkin over here! Go visit Jenna @ Call Her Happy for move Five Faves.


  1. I so love those podcasts too! I just discovered Catholic Stuff and listened to the Faith/Doubt episode yesterday. I want to listen to them all. I will take your suggestion and listen to your recommended episodes today. And then The Ghost Farm podcast…crazy enough I’ve been thinking about getting chickens myself. Love Jenna and Cristina too, I wish I was as cool as they are! 🙂 but really great stuff from them too!
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    • Faith/Doubt sounds RIGHT up my alley! The other one I loved was the response to “Why I love Jesus but hate religion.” Every line I was like, “Dang! These guys are smart!”

  2. I like the idea of a husband and wife podcast. Very cool. Didn’t know about that one!
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  3. So the doll doesn’t get eaten????
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    • Haha, nope. The doll survives intact. They did eat a whole bunch of really weird things though, like stewed hide from the wagon covers. Yech. Apparently the Reed family was the only one that didn’t resort to cannibalism in any form. Lucky doll!

  4. I remember reading “Island of the Blue Dolphins” for my 4th grade required reading list.
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  5. CSYSK is my all time favorite podcast. I love, love, love it. I have learned so much from it and it has really helped me grow in holiness and an appreciation of my faith. The newest episodes are priests – a Roman Catholic and a Byzantine Catholic, which is really great. Going back some of the now-priests were seminarians. Honestly, I think I’ve listened to all of them but like 10 of the earliest ones. 🙂 Love them.
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  6. Oh good, I’d been wanting to listen to some new podcasts!!! Ghost Fawn is right up my alley 🙂 And I bet my husband would listen to CSYSK with me!
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