For Parents

Life Work About Offering…(Not Perfection!)

As I have pursued my calling and my passions in the last few years in the arts and writing, I have experienced ever increasing fears–What if I am not good enough?  What if my painting or my writing is lame?  Or stupid? Permit me to diverge from my usual writing themes of how to homeschool, […]

For Parents

I’m struggling with homeschooling. Should I stick with it?

I have talked with many moms over the years that feel like they have hit a wall with homeschooling at one point or the other.  Teaching your own child 5 days a week can try the patience of the best of us.  We often expect more out of our own children than we do of […]

For Parents

Mothers: You are Irreplaceable!

It was 5 years ago today that my mother passed away from an aggressive brain tumor at age 69.  I had less than two months to spend with her from the time of diagnosis, to the day of her passing.  In fact, I only had one week between her diagnosis and her first brain tumor […]

For Parents

On Reading Stories Aloud

One of my vivid memories from childhood is that of my Dad reading to the family. For parents to read books to their kids is nothing unusual in itself, but my Dad’s approach was perhaps a bit different for modern times. He didn’t read “kids’ books” and he didn’t do much to simplify the wording. […]

For Parents

Parenting in a World out of Control

As a parent, one of the things that strikes me is how I feel my kids are so close to danger, even hourly. Even at ages 7, 10 and 13, I believe that I must warn them of all dangers, and almost see into the future to warn them about future dangers. One book that […]

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Leveled Readers Versus Organic Story

Ever wonder why kids read these “leveled reader” books labeled levels 1-3? What are they about? They are popular in schools during “just right” independent reading time. It’s true, they are convenient and due to their carefully curated word lists, are largely non-stressful to kids. But, what do kids learn by reading them? A book […]

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Experiences with Postmodernism in Art School

They say we are in a postmodern world.  What exactly does that mean? Here is a story to illustrate my experience with postmodernity. I spent the better part of 13 years prior to college studying art: learning how to paint, draw, photograph, create printmaking prints, and sculpt. With each class, I mastered the technique, carefully […]

For Parents

What were you born to do?

I am in my 40’s now. Monday through Friday – as I am sure you can all relate – I am busy getting my kids to and from school; while they are doing their work, I do mine. Between work, a 1 hour commute each way, and taking the boys to school, my husband is […]

Wet Thanksgiving; Beautiful Discovery!

During my childhood, my family often went camping. We went on about five to eight camping trips, mostly within California, each year. Since we did not have a ton of extra money, when vacationing, we often camped. I remember touring northern California, the Pacific Northwest, and the Southwest in this nomadic way; pitching our tent […]