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Geoffrey Botkin
August 21, 2014

In medical news, Kent Brantley did not die today.

Instead, Emory Hospital’s isolation ward released Brantly, declaring him to be free of a Marburg virus that was expected to kill him. Dr. Brantly, 33, is the American doctor who contracted the Ebola virus in June from one of his patients at a clinic in West Africa. Because there is no known cure for the pathogen, American news outlets had prepared obituaries for Dr. Brantly. But today he is one the few living persons worldwide with a hard-earned immunity to Ebola.

Lead Like a Boss, Dad

Lead Like a Boss, Dad

Geoffrey Botkin
August 8, 2014

A Canadian ad agency has just broken every politically correct rule of TV fatherhood. General Mills Canada hired the Toronto firm to pitch a product that’s “awesome and responsible”: Peanut Butter Cheerios. The commercial's Creative Director Josh Stein did something truly creative. He associated the two words with fatherhood. The result: a two minute tour of family life narrated by a young middle class dad who isn't dopey, clueless, cowardly, or detached from reality.

Goodbye, Greatheart

Goodbye, Greatheart

Victoria Botkin
July 12, 2014

After 94 years the life of my husband's mother has come to an end. There are so many things to be grateful for, so many things to admire in her, that it's hard to know where to begin. For me though, one heroic act stands out above all others.

What I Learned at Cambridge

What I Learned at Cambridge

Geoffrey Botkin
April 22, 2014

At Cambridge University in England the professors follow a system of teaching which has produced leaders for eight centuries. Last month I visited Cambridge and two questions have haunted me since then. How does Cambridge continue this impressive tradition? Why do other universities insist on following methods that produce weak followers, and not strong leaders?

How to Analyze Culture

How to Analyze Culture

Geoffrey Botkin
December 2, 2010

As I write this, my son Isaac is entering Egyptian air space. With three adventurous friends, he is about to begin a unique mission: to find, and then articulate, the ideas responsible for the survival of Egypt, the oldest continuous culture in the world. But how does one analyze a culture?

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A Message From Geoffrey Botkin

Geoffrey Botkin

Why do historians call the family “the basic unit of society?” Because families build and then preserve the foundations of civilization. Parents and children can work together and learn together and create the very fabric of culture. When families know what they’re doing, the adventure of family life is stimulating beyond description. And home life becomes happy and highly rewarding. The families here at Western Conservatory are on an exhilarating mission to find and publish the lost secrets and tools families need to build the future. We are extraordinarily optimistic about the 21st century because we see so many American families rediscovering solid ground and a vision for freedom. Come with us on this journey of faith and promise. Let’s build the future together.

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