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books, reflections, review, unschooling »

[8 Aug 2008 | 2 Comments | 727 views]

Of the many reasons for unschooling, two are prominent in my mind: 1) to cultivate a love for learning and 2) stay out of the way so my kids can find and follow their interests.  The question is really how – if I’m respecting the kids enough to make their own decisions, how do I, as a parent, matter?  I’m firmly on the side of unschooling – but not unparenting.  Regardless of how much freedom my children have, it’s still up to me & Trish to guide them, directly or …

books, reflections, review, simple living, travel »

[2 Jul 2008 | Comments Off | 183 views]

Vagabonding by Rolf Potts is about long-term, unconventional world travel.  Conventional would be the notion that long-term travel is possible only by the very wealthy galavanting from exclusive resort to private island in luxury.  In reality, long-term travel is very possible for people of more normal means, but to do it in a fulfilling fashion requires a mindset of openness and focus on what’s important.  This is also what is essential to a successful life as an expat, and Potts distills it so well that every expat (and expat-to-be) should …

books, homebirth, natural birth, review »

[14 May 2008 | 2 Comments | 1,293 views]

For Mother’s Day, I asked Arp to get me a copy of Dr. Sarah J. Buckley’s book, Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering. I actually didn’t know much about Sarah J. Buckley until I had the joy of seeing her in a pre-screening of the new film Orgasmic Birth. So I checked out her website and found out that she is a pretty fascinating person. I’ve been really into learning more about birth lately, since Arp and I might be considering trying again soon. So I figured that …

books, reading »

[11 Jun 2007 | Comments Off | 180 views]

I was reading in the paper just this morning that a Nancy Drew movie is going to be released very soon. To say that I’m excited would be an understatement.

books, reading »

[17 Mar 2007 | Comments Off | 660 views]

I’m curious if anyone has heard of a series of illustrated abridged classics from the 80s. I wish I still had this set , a series of small (5″ square) paperbacks that was available in B.Dalton (a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble). It was my first introduction to a number of great tales, including Robin Hood, Moby Dick, Heidi, Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Edgar Allen Poe (Tale of the House of Usher, The Cask of Amontillado and The Gold Bug) and others. What made it fun was …