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Local History: where nothing and everything significant happens

The Last Stop Lincoln and the "Mud Circuit" is a history of Lincoln's appearances in Christian County Illinois, when he rode and worked the Eighth Judicial Circuit. Why was I drawn to this local history? The storyteller is a character

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The fact that there is a commission celebrating Abraham Lincoln is a joke. I understand he was a president etc, but I do not see a FPBC (Franklin Pierce Bicentennial Commission) getting started anytime soon. In fact, I would make an argument that FP is more deserving of a celebration. He was not a tyrant.

Posted by: bmather (cchrisvv@yahoo.com) on 09/02/2008

I'm looking forward to reading this book. It should be interesting to learn the connection between the pioneers and their relationships with Lincoln. He was one of our most important presidents and any new information about him and his personality will be enjoyable. Also, it will be interesting to read about Senator Durbin's ancestors and how they wre connected to Lincoln.

Posted by: bmather (alleykatz1@comcast.net) on 09/08/2008

Hey that something that will make me read it as well;

Posted by: bmather (Brad@eukhost.com) on 09/13/2008

thank you for your share,i like it!

Posted by: bmather (wcq1980@sogou.com) on 09/30/2008

Gym Goes Online The traditional view of gym class is changing all over the United States. While most of us remember the endless games of kick ball and calisthenics, students at all grade levels are having a very different experience in elementary schools, middle schools and high schools across the country. The traditional gym class is shifting from team sports and group oriented activities to more independent and individual activities to keep kids active all year round. Reasons Behind the Change Two factors most influence the change in the traditional gym class. On the one hand, the increasingly competitive standardized testing is taking class time away from physical education. Many schools recognize that the way to bolster test scores is to devote more time to core subjects, like math and reading, and often gym class is the place with the most room to cut from busy school schedules. This trend is taking place in schools in all areas, including urban and suburban schools. The second issue behind the shift from traditional gym class is the focus on the obesity rates of children in the United States. Educators agree that traditional formats, particularly combined with large class sizes, don't give students the amount of exercise that they need to lead healthy lives. The average group oriented gym class usually only engages a child for a few minutes out of the average hour long gym class. Think about how much time a student stands around waiting for their turn in a game of kickball and you'll see how much time the student actually participates in physical activity during a traditional gym class. Independent Physical Activity Unlike the team sports that have traditionally dominated physical education, today's gym classes take advantage of the greater variety of individual activities that make the most use out of student exercise time. Activities like yoga, martial arts, bike riding, and jogging have come to the forefront in modern physical education where the new focus is on tailoring gym class to meet the needs of the students who take it and, hopefully, help them to develop lifelong habits of regular exercise. While many students get embarrassed by their lack of coordination in team sports, there is a much greater variety of activities that students can participate in, taking the attention off of performing in a group and onto establishing strong personal exercise and fitness goals. By encouraging independent physical activities, physical education programs encourage more students to take responsibility for their personal fitness and feel better about themselves when they exercise. Taking it Online Many schools are taking the gym student completely out of the gym by making it an independent study class. In this way, students get credit for doing physical activities outside of school, such as taking a martial arts class or jogging a certain amount of time each day before school. Such programs take the pressure off of the student's class schedule, allowing them to focus more on academic areas in school and enjoying physical activity outside of school. Student and physical education teachers track progress and work together to set goals without using valuable academic time in school. Schools across the country have set up online monitoring programs where students can measure their individual activities while keeping everyone healthy and happy. http://www.egitimcafe.com

Posted by: bmather (istrain@gmail.com) on 10/13/2008

Contrary to the this opinion, this is an awful read and I do not recommend it to anyone unless you are trying to fall asleep.

Posted by: bmather (Saghera@gmail.com) on 10/14/2008

After reading this interesting article its amazing to see how far we have come ethically and industrially compared to when Lincoln was in office in the early establishments of our country. Although the foundations havent changed its the values behind our foundations and the morals that hold it together that we will always have deal with.

Posted by: bmather (atm_seven@hotmail.com) on 11/10/2008

I agree your opinions are exactly that opinions, but they are not to be taken lightly because they really make since!

Posted by: bmather (francoyanks@yahoo.com) on 11/13/2008

very informative articles..

Posted by: bmather (Aireplay@gmail.com) on 11/14/2008

Ive read a little about the "mud circuit". Its very interesting to see how Lincoln went about his business opposed to how its done today!

Posted by: bmather (francoyanks@yahoo.com) on 11/14/2008

I have just stumbled across this site and as a staunch supporter of Lincoln I am offended at some of the users posts. Lincoln deserves to be honored.

Posted by: bmather (topgoogletrends@yahoo.com) on 11/21/2008

This book seems to be a very small part of who Lincoln was.

Posted by: bmather (bmfeeney@hotmail.com) on 11/21/2008

After reading what Ellen Makevech said about the book, I decided to read it and found it very interesting to learn of the early years of Lincoln on what was the frontier of the United States. As portrayed, people and the times were quite different. Some of the cases Lincoln had were unbelievable, especially about the "young bills".

Posted by: bmather (admirer4u30@yahoo.com) on 12/06/2008

I also decide to read the book and found it to be a very interesting read.

Posted by: bmather (bmfeeney@hotmail.com) on 12/20/2008

regarding obesity and focus on academics. it is a shame but what do you prefer, a smarter America or a just a performing sports America. I think academics and technology will serve better. However, if ones does truly become smart then they will also understand the importance that being overweight has all kinds of negatives and disadvantages. Being smart academically is also being healthy physically. keep the kids in gym class and not make it an elective for god's sake.

Posted by: bmather (qpost3@lycos.com) on 12/21/2008

This book has provided us with some piece of information about Lincoln. It is always interesting to learn something more about a famous person. We can always learn something from it.

Posted by: bmather (weeksgo@gmail.com) on 12/25/2008

Thanks for the insight!

Posted by: bmather (steve@another.com) on 01/08/2009

Very nice and informative article.

Posted by: bmather (aslamkhanjadoon@gmail.com) on 01/19/2009

Lincoln was an intriguing person, in fact. I must read this book. Thanks for an article!

Posted by: bmather (info@musictubers.com) on 04/16/2009

Thanks for your work!

Posted by: bmather (adulterra20@gmail.com) on 04/18/2009

great article, i like Lincoln, he is the worlds great person. thanks for the nice article.

Posted by: bmather (klncestu@gmail.com) on 04/23/2009

i think the will never be a president like lincoln again he leed usa in very bad time and do a very good job

Posted by: bmather (kloddert@gamil.com) on 04/30/2009

Lincoln, the lawyer. sounds a little similar to Barack teaching constitutional law. After all, Mr. Lincoln did have african blood in him.

Posted by: bmather (mortgagetree@lycos.com) on 05/03/2009

good information!

Posted by: bmather (hazelen86@yahoo.com) on 05/04/2009

interesting article and i want to bookmark it!

Posted by: bmather (hazelen86@yahoo.com) on 05/04/2009

I'm looking forward to reading this book.

Posted by: bmather (flong@gmail.com) on 06/05/2009

Thanks! I will definitely checkout Alan Bower's books.

Posted by: bmather (ryan@joolwe.com) on 06/16/2009

Great article. Research into our country's history is always informative.

Posted by: bmather (inaflash133@aol.com) on 07/14/2009

I love articles that delve into our country's history. Illinois is a great state and we won't have another President like Lincoln.

Posted by: bmather (inaflash133@aol.com) on 07/14/2009

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