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15 years later

15 years ago today I was 36 hours into what would turn out to be a 56 hour labor. Good times. My first born child, who everyone thought would be a boy (based on how I was carrying, how I … Continue reading

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Living meditation

Life gets overwhelming sometimes. For me it is usually when my days get busy with a myriad of tasks, all unrelated and “chore-like” in nature.   Or a string of days where I’m compelled to be social in a situation … Continue reading

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It’s an obsession

Yesterday on Facebook I wrote that you know photography has become an obsession when you have a nightmare in which a friend survives a fall from the Empire State Building, but the upsetting part is that your camera malfunctioned and … Continue reading

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If I had a hammer

Scene:   Our living room Time:  Yesterday afternoon at around 5pm. Participants:  Maya, Ben and Maya’s friend Greta Activity:   Using a rubber hammer to break open a toy from a McDonald’s Happy Meal (one that made sounds). This happened after they’d … Continue reading

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Where we stand now, with thanks to John Holt

Maya just finished reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and I am reading it now.  This is a book I’ve always known about but never read.   It is set in 1912 Brooklyn and follows a young girl named Francie Nolan … Continue reading

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The issue of pop culture

I love reading about other unschooling/life learning families, especially those whose children are grown and living successfully in the world.    Such reading is a great balm on days when questions of “but how will they ever….?”  come at me fast … Continue reading

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Sol Garfunkel and David Mumford, have you been reading my blog?

Almost a year ago, I wrote an entry titled “Math Mania – A Study“, in which I talk about the fact that the hysteria over advanced math skills is misplaced, as hardly anyone ever needs Trigonometry or Calculus in their … Continue reading

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The LKDWTW approach and what (sometimes) happens without it

The story I’m about to tell is true.   I’m keeping it completely anonymous, although I suspect some of my readers will know who I’m talking about.   I’m using it as an example because I believe it is not unique; in … Continue reading

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Underscheduling as an action plan

Growing up I was a competitive gymnast.    Gymnastics was not something I did because my parents thought I should try it along with a myriad of other activities.    I did it because I wanted to.  Exclusively.    We were fortunate to … Continue reading

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Die, Vampire, Die!

Anyone familiar with the musical “Title of Show”  (hi Andrea!) will recognize the title of this entry, since it is one of the songs from the show.  This song tells us about the ‘vampires’ – the people who try to … Continue reading

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