Category: Inspiration and encouragement

Summer Poem: A Boy and His Dad by Edgar Guest

It’s time for our annual summer poem. This year, I chose a warm, evocative poem by Edgar A. Guest as well as a brief poem by William Carlos Williams.

What Does Education Look Like? Part III: Immune to Elephants

The contrast between a true, living education and the stale, dead imitation that often replaces it continues to niggle at my thoughts. Here’s another scene that illustrates the contrast, plus a thought for the day.

Of Daffodils and Diesels, Revisited

Do you have a child who doesn’t seem to be college material? Don’t let fear keep you from encouraging him to explore the trades and other college alternatives. The “Daffodils and Diesels” essay will show you why.

Carnival of Homeschooling: Making Time for Things That Matter- 2011 Planning

Are you ready for 2011? For the last Carnival of Homeschooling for 2010, we have a loose collection of posts under the general topic of Making Time for Things that Matter. I find that the beginning of a new year...

Giving and Receiving Grace-fully

Create traditions that work within your family, greet gifts with love and gratitude, and whatever you give, give in a spirit of love and grace, releasing the recipient from any assumed obligation for a specific type of response or reciprocation. True gifts come without strings!

Our First Grandbaby is Here!

Here’s our new grandbaby, Imogen Violet!

On Charley and Being Different

We live in a society that worships “average” and fears anything different, but we can teach our children to appreciate the infinite variety in creation, and to be compassionate to those who have difficulties. Here’s one small place to start....

Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi as a Labor Day Meditation

Today is Labor Day in this part of the world, and I wanted to share this song from a prayer by St. Francis of Assisi as a meditation on the attitudes that can make labor beautiful. Whether you work in...

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