Father Brown Reader


Not too long ago we finished The Father Brown Reader as part of our bedtime reading. Nancy Carpentier Brown basically takes a selection of the Father Brown mysteries of G.K. Chesterton (available in the public domain) and lightly redacts them, simplifying the language to make them accessible to kids.

Here’s an interview with Nancy Brown on the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, which has lots of good additional recommendations around GKC:

We really enjoyed the The Father Brown Reader, and I’ve just ordered the follow-up — The Father Brown Reader II. They’re not heavily religious in nature — though they gently hint at Chesterton’s preoccupations with wonder and grace — and they’re not particularly difficult as mysteries either. Perfect, really, for bedtime reading … and a very easy introduction to G.K. Chesterton for the uninitiated.


Blogging 101: Hello World


I signed up for WordPress.com’s Blogging 101 course because why not.

Assignment One: Write and publish a “who I am and why I’m here” post

Wow. I hope the assignments get easier than this.

Okay. My name is Tom Kim. I used to teach Humanities in middle school, but now I’m a stay-at-home dad, and I’m homeschooling my kids. This is a big ol’ experiment, so I’m documenting my efforts and reflections on this blog, which I used to use as a more shaggy personal blog and then later as a teaching portfolio.

I also am the education director for a small children’s ministry at my church, so I’m also posting thoughts specifically on spiritual education and how my faith informs my parenting.

I’m mostly just doing this for myself, to habituate some regular rumination, but I hope my thoughts would be interesting to others, maybe families in my church, friends and extended family, maybe even others who homeschool, whether they share my faith or not, heck maybe even some parents-in-the-DC-metropolitan-area or parents-in-general or whoever. I’ve been told that it’s tough to pigeonhole me, which may mean there’s no audience for my thoughts–or perhaps the obverse.

Anyways, welcome. Hope you find something you like.