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VDH UltraA Child’s Garden of Animals. Free-Ranging, Part Five.

Child’s Garden of AnimalsVictor Davis Hanson The Great Circle When I had three of my own free rangers in the early 1980s, there were even more houses on the farm, perhaps economically a bad idea to bring more of a family onto a farm without increasing its acreage. Our young triad would visit their cousins …

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VDH UltraA Child’s Garden of Animals. Free-Ranging, Part Four.

Victor Davis Hanson More of the Harder Sort My great-uncle, my grandmother’s brother was one of the harder ones we saw on the free-range circuit. He grew up one of 12 siblings, impoverished, and rode a horse at 13 from New Mexico to Selma, California. His family, after a variety of tragedies, was destitute. And …

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VDH UltraA Child’s Garden of Animals. Free Ranging, Part Three.

Child’s Garden of AnimalsVictor Davis Hanson The Softer and the Harder What an array of tutorials we received from the scores of relatives and friends we met free ranging! Beldon was the disabled Philippine war vet. He spoke so softly as to be almost not understandable. He had a heavy bike with a rubber horn …

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VDH UltraA Child’s Garden of Animals. Free Ranging, Part One.

Victor Davis Hanson Set Loose About a decade ago I came across the old cattle term “free ranging”—but now curiously applied to child-raising. It had grown in popularity in antithesis to the “helicopter parenting” of Tiger Moms. The retro idea was that rural folk (I’m not sure free ranging would be viable among 21st-century suburbanites), …

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VDH UltraThis Angry Old House, Part Three

Victor Davis Hanson A Child’s Garden of Animals I remembered all the wisdom, once caricatured, of my high-school coaches, and their rah-rah Americana inspiration talks during wrestling and football practices. And I now followed it: “Why not the best?” “Quitters never win; Winners never quit!” “Take this loss as a learning experience.” “Anything worth doing …

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