That was probably the most common question asked in my grandparent’s home. Where did the time go? They would be telling a story about a friend who used to live there, or the neighbor and her daughter, or look at how tall … Continue reading Where Did the Time Go?
We have a lovely art museum in Denver. The architecture is modern meets medieval and the exhibits change regularly. Floors of ancient and new art serve to inspire and educate. The museum makes sure that there are things to keep … Continue reading A Field Trip to the Denver Art Museum
April is National Poetry Month. I have always been pulled in by rhyming sounds, expressions in A-B-A-B form, and with eloquent words. How a Maya Angelo poem can break your heart or a Robert Frost can transport you to another … Continue reading National Poetry Month (poetry contest and win one of my books!)
I believe homeschooled children have moms that have always homeschooled themselves. A desire to learn. A desire for knowledge. Boredom sets in, we grab a book. I think I loved homeschooling my children so much, and now giving my granddaughter, Maryjane, a head start because I, myself, love to learn so much. Losing my farm was devastating in as much as I was losing the ability to practice what I had learned and in learning new skills as it was waving good bye to my adorable sheep. Homeschoolers get bored easily. Homeschooling mamas are the worst. I cannot simply relax … Continue reading The Homeschooled Mama (and clever flash cards)
I was pretty certain I was going to screw up my kids if I did it. I wanted to be a teacher for a while. I majored in English. I love all things academic…except math. But, what if I didn’t do it right? The kids had been asking for a few years, off and on, to be homeschooled. I had read in one of my favorite books, Radical Simplicity by Jim Merkel, the recollections of the grandmothers in a village in India where they talked about how once the children went to school they became more immersed in television, consumerism, … Continue reading Homeschooling 101 (laws and unschooling)
I love family occasions. My other two children finished homeschool. Shyanne was such a little socialite that she decided to go back to a traditional high school her sophomore year. Her graduating class numbered twenty. She had four teachers and … Continue reading Shyanne’s Graduation
It was not worth it for him to keep working in the field he was in. Our lives were short, we realized. There was no time to waste. Even though we battled morally within ourselves about it, we gave our … Continue reading Journey To Our First Farm-A Love Story (Part 3)
“Oh play me that mountain music….like Grandma and Grandpa used to play…” I love that song. Alabama can sure put a hop in your step! I am sure their fiddle player started playing fiddle before the age of thirty-eight! But it is never too late to pick up an instrument. “I have zero musical talent,” I hear from other people. No excuse! Musical abilities are variable but everyone has the music in them and can play instruments. I have been taking violin…ahem…fiddle lessons for seven months now. It is so much fun. My teacher is a saint. Perhaps he wears ear … Continue reading Ma and Pa’s Mountain Music Spectacular!