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[4 Mar 2010 | 4 Comments | 588 views]
Socialization?  Yes – when they’re good & ready.

I’ve been noticing how M, now 7, has become more and more social as time has gone on.  Socialization is, of course, one of the hot button issues when it comes to learning outside of school.  Why people think learning to be social with 30 other kids who are also learning to be social makes sense – especially when the main lessons are to sit down, be quiet and do what you’re told – is beyond me.  (If recess were 6 hours long, I could see school as a place …

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[12 Dec 2009 | 8 Comments | 449 views]
Changes Coming

Arp recently retweeted a quote on Twitter that we both think describes our current situation.  “Being uncomfortable prompts us to change, to move into our next expression. (via @JaqStone)”
We’ve been a  bit uncomfortable, in little or bigger ways, since we arrived in Costa Rica. And while we still love many parts of this country, we think it just might be time to move on.

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[11 Aug 2009 | 4 Comments | 280 views]

I’ve been a little homesick lately.  Actually, I’ve gone through on-and-off periods of homesickness ever since we arrived in Costa Rica in February. Some days it’s hard. Other days it’s not so hard. What I’m trying to do is put my homesickness in perspective.

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[9 Dec 2008 | Comments Off | 187 views]

A while back I alluded to a paper I wrote in high school that I was particularly proud of.  It was THE big high school assignment, an American studies paper counting for grades in both History and English.  For me, it was a no-brainer – I wrote about comic books.
I’d always liked them as a kid and had rediscovered them 2 years earlier.  Things had really changed.  Serious stories and brilliant artwork meant that I blew a lot of cash on comic books every week.  I’d always liked science-fiction (Journey …

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[5 Dec 2008 | One Comment | 199 views]

I really hope that my kids don’t struggle with employment like I did.  As in doing something fulfilling for an income.  When I look back at my best and worst jobs, it’s obvious now that the fulfillment was directly related to my personality and interests.  Like lots of people, I’ve taken jobs primarily due to the need for income.  Or rather, I wanted to spend money and I didn’t have any.  Most of the jobs I’ve taken fit this category, until I got older and the wanting to spend got …