Repost: 100 Reasons to Homeschool

READ list here I'm going to add one more reason to homeschool your precious children: to continue to see this look of joy and confidence on their faces as they grow and learn, rather than the grinding down of their personality and spirit as they try to fit in and conform to others' ideas of… Continue reading Repost: 100 Reasons to Homeschool

3 Simple Truths

[Last week my 5-7-minute speech originally titled “Finding Gold in 3 Simple Truths” won me Best Speaker in my Toastmasters club meeting. It is a level 3 elective speech in the Persuasive Influence Pathway, with the objective of Connecting with Your Audience. This is the text of that speech.] A few years ago I read… Continue reading 3 Simple Truths

Greater Than the Sum Quote

...each one of us is so much more than any one thing. A sick child is much more than his or her sickness. A person with a disability is much, much more than a handicap. A pediatrician is more than a medical doctor. You’re much more than your job description or your age or your… Continue reading Greater Than the Sum Quote

Mr. Rogers, We Need You

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? A Fred Rogers documentary, 2018 “Love is at the root of everything.” Fred Rogers Why you should watch it: To be reminded of Mr. Rogers’ message that we all deserve loveTo see what someone giving his undivided time and attention looks and feels likeTo remember a great man who helped… Continue reading Mr. Rogers, We Need You

Feed Your Creative Soul Daily

Once, you clasped her to your chest and took her everywhere: the bus, the bathroom, class, the park. She soothed you, engaged you, kept you busy, and filled you with joyful bubbles. Then, gradually, you held her hand less, started leaving her at home, stopped returning her calls. Replaced by responsibility, work, and “serious matters,”… Continue reading Feed Your Creative Soul Daily

Exercising Our Right to Self-Determination

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Self-determination:free choice of one's own acts or states without external compulsion-Merriam-Webster Dictionary Nothing prevents self-determination. Nothing. You decide who you are by what you do. Photo by Autumn Goodman on Unsplash Blaming our situation on the past prevents us from succeeding in the present. And we cannot hold ourselves accountable for who we are or… Continue reading Exercising Our Right to Self-Determination

Lost Unity: No More Generation-Defining Music

I’m 48. Music from my youth that every American of my generation remembers fondly includes: PrinceMichael JacksonJanet JacksonWhitney HoustonHuey LewisMadonna Was this the last time everyone had a common musical lexicon? The decline of radio, rise of iTunes, and mushrooming mp3 players meant increasing musical personalization. By the time I finished college in the mid-90s,… Continue reading Lost Unity: No More Generation-Defining Music