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culture, homeschooling, reflections »

[22 Dec 2007 | 7 Comments | 270 views]

Summer’s post over at Mom is Teaching (a few months back), regarding sexual assault in schools, reminded me of a topic that I’ve been meaning to write about for awhile: the real risks parents take when they send their kids to school on the school bus. As a homeschooling family, this is yet another risk that we thankfully don’t have to worry about. But I am still dealing with the psychological ramifications of my own experiences on the school bus, and I see my nephews being confronted with …

culture, homeschooling »

[28 Jul 2007 | 10 Comments | 350 views]

Just the other day, I was in a situation where some old friends of mine were seemingly trying to convince me to enroll M in some sort of organized competitive sport. Something like soccer. So far I’ve been pretty firm in my decision not to do it, but I guess I was surprised to be in a situation where there was actually an attempt to persuade me to do it. In fact, just the thought of M joining some sort of team frankly makes me sick to …

culture, food »

[13 Feb 2007 | Comments Off | 180 views]

I like trying out food, especially if I’ve heard of them enough to wonder what the hell they might be. Case in point: the crumpet.

culture, feminism, homeschooling, parenting, rant »

[30 Dec 2006 | 6 Comments | 253 views]

I never thought I could describe myself as a ‘curmudgeon,’ but that’s how I’m feeling today. What’s got my back up? A New York Times editorial on a middle school talent show. Reading the article requires free registration, but I’ll save you the trouble with an excerpt:
They writhe and strut, shake their bottoms, splay their legs, thrust their chests out and in and out again. Some straddle empty chairs, like lap dancers without laps. They don’t smile much. Their faces are locked from grim exertion, from all …

culture, ecology, education, environmentalism, simple living, the great outdoors »

[22 Dec 2006 | Comments Off | 184 views]

Early last week we got a subscription renewal request from National Geographic – except our subscription hadn’t even started yet. We knew they’re very thorough in their subscription renewal mailings, but this was a new level of efficiency.
OK – the title over-dramatizes our life without mindless tv watching, but it was coincidental that our current subscription started the day I cancelled the satellite tv. They seemed to have paused a bit after cashing our check (a sweet $10 subscription that came out of nowhere) and sent 3 at once. …