Goshen News, Goshen, IN


November 25, 2012

‘Lincoln’ offers a opportunities for discussion


MY 9-YEAR-OLD SON has an interest in the U.S. Civil War. Maybe most every boy does, I don’t know. Part of the benefit of homeschooling is we may spend our days on whatever subject strikes interest rather than be tied to any given curriculum. So we’ve spent some time on the Civil War which, by default, means we’ve talked about Abraham Lincoln.

During the movie, my son leaned over more than once to tell me what was happening. If nothing else, that was a blessing.

“Lincoln” focuses primarily on the passage of the 13th Amendment, which seems to have been a tricky undertaking. Some of the fine, processional details were lost on me — likely, then, on my children — but Spielberg presents the process with enough comedic and dramatic flair that even a young one can catch the point(s).

I appreciate the lack of graphic images — though there are some — so often found in movies that involve war. Only three times does “Lincoln” show graphic images, and those are tasteful but realistic. As a mother working to convey that war is awful — not glorious, as it’s often touted to be — I’m glad for the short but realistic shots.

I took the opportunity to lean over myself and say, “See how useless war is? All those fathers and sons dead on a field?”

By far, however, what I enjoyed most about “Lincoln” — and what has cultured the most discussion — is Spielberg’s revelation of the character of the man. If accurate, and by all accounts it is largely so, “Lincoln” reveals a gentle, humble but strong man, a prophet even. A clever lawyer, too, who seemed to know how to stretch, but not break, its rules for good causes.

I can see why people the world over loved him, as I began to do about 15 minutes into the film.

Could be because we sat in the front row, but I felt like I was curled up in an overstuffed chair in the corner of Lincoln’s office with a cup of coffee while he worked. It was a pleasure, then, to watch him.

Overall, I would recommend the movie for children about age 8 or 9 and older, those who don’t always require fast-paced or animated to keep them engaged. And I’d recommend the discussions you can have about slavery, war, honesty, law and human nature.

Text Only
  • Red Cross in urgent need of donors

    The American Red Cross is facing a blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give.

    July 23, 2014

  • Vegetables need blanching before freezing Rain at the right time and cool weather is making for bountiful gardens, whether it be your own or produce that you buy at many of the local vegetable stands. While I am at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair, I know from past years, I will have many convers

    July 23, 2014

  • Briefly Translation to XTAGS failed

    July 23, 2014

  • GROUNDS FOR INSANITY: Schrock boys could add some excitement to White House EDITOR’S NOTE: Rhonda’s Schrock’s column normally appears on Mondays, but was moved this week due to fair coverage.What a wonderful time of year. As I write, a summer rain is falling. Instead of bundling up in layers, tripling my normal circumference

    July 20, 2014

  • Puppy in perilfrom parvo Dear Dr. Weldy’s: My neighbor’s puppy is sick with parvovirus. Are my dogs at risk? What can you tell me about this illness?Dear reader: If your dogs are current on vaccines, they are at very little risk of contracting this virus. Parvovirus is a com

    July 20, 2014

  • SHADES OF GREEN: Educating future leaders in environmental issues is important Thinking about my future year at Goshen Middle School, I found this essay I wrote in 2009 that I will read often while working with my 12-year-old students.***I’ve had many mentors who have led me down my path of education. Ones who have inspired; on

    July 20, 2014

  • GN140720 whole family 01 A special memory on graduation day Today I get “pinned,” a nursing-school version of a graduation ceremony during which we say a pledge to take good care of people and grin goofy-like — I’m sure I will — as our favorite faculty gift us roses, handshakes, and a little gold broach.Oh, a

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • 'Staycation' a simple, but fun alternative One of the column topics that I get a lot of comments, compliments and feedback on is when I write about my vacation adventures (or should I say, misadventures?).Since I took a spring vacation this year and didn’t have any other plans to travel, I de

    July 19, 2014

  • Calls aboutlarge, green June bugs increasing The caller was a bit frantic as she described huge bugs flying all around her backyard, seemingly chasing her around as she tried to investigate what was going on near her garden. She described them as shiny green, and shaped somewhat like a Japanese

    July 18, 2014

  • GN140718 dirt on gardening grubs DIRT ON GARDENING: Grubs, left untreated, will continue to cause damage Bugs are a gardener’s worst nightmare — or seemingly so. Every year we are confronted with these pesky critters that enjoy eating the leaves and vegetation of our prized landscapes and vegetable gardens — sometimes even the vegetables themselves.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo


Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands

Last weekend (July 12) the Goshen Parks Department held its Kid’s Try-athlon to promote childhood fitness and this week (July 18) the new bicycle trail is open to the fairgrounds in Goshen, offering residents a healthy way to get to the annual agriculture exposition. Have you joined the local fitness movement?

Yes, I work at eating healthy and exercising
No, I am happy with my fitness level
Changing my diet and exercise frequency is a work in progress
     View Results