Category Archive: Life

Nighty night, sweetheart

Bedtimes at our house have always been the sweetest time.  Back in January of 2010, I shared a really sweet story about our bedtimes in Basket of Jellyfish and then again in June of 2010, after a Nightline special on Radical Unschooling. I recently read an article in the New York Times Magazine that supports […]

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Breaking cycles?

  My ten year old recently brought me a “conversation starter” from the aptly-labeled “conversation starters” cup in the waiting lounge at our (totally awesome and unconventional) school. The question was:     Can you think of anything from your childhood that your parents used to say that you SWORE you’d never say.  Do you […]

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Hoop-no-therapy?

A few years ago I became interested in hula hooping. OK, technically a “hula hoop” is a trademarked product from the 1950’s and we all just CALL hoops “hula hoops” in the same way we might also call a generic tissue a kleenex or any carbonated beverage a coke or pepsi. But it’s hooping. And […]

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The rape anthem with holiday cheer

One truly awesome thing about driving 1000 miles a week with my kids is that we have a ton of time in the car to listen to music, NPR talk shows, audio books and the sound of each other’s voices. We’ve invented our own car games, we harmonize together during certain songs and even Roar […]

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Strange Destinations

The Grotto in Portland, Oregon I recently overheard a conversation where one well-traveled mom was telling another about a website called Roadside America.  Apparently, this is the site to visit when you’re looking for off-the-wall attractions and let me tell you, we have not been disappointed so far. If you recall from an earlier post, […]

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Stronger than ever – Hell yes we’re unschoolers

I know that when people are first diving into the world of home-based education, they tend to be overwhelmed by all of the different options and philosophies and methods for doing so. New Homeschoolers get overwhelmed that there are so many options to choose from. Often, parents will start off with the intention to be […]

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Time to myself

July has been… not what I expected. Nearly 20 years ago, when I became a mom, I remember getting into an almost-argument with another mom.  She told me I was going to need a break.  I was indignant; “Why on earth would I ever want to spend even more than a split second away from […]

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Counting by 12’s

Happy New Year 2013!!! This gypsy mom’s life has gotten entirely more interesting, more fun, more safe, more stable, more secure, more more more more more amazing than ever before. When I compare my life today to that of exactly one year ago, I am nothing short of flabbergasted. My life is everything I have […]

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Entitled to give, entitled to receive. What do YOU need?

I want my kids to have a sense of entitlement.  They are entitled, simply by virtue of existence: * to be listened to by people who strive to understand and appreciate them on their level  * to be most greatly influenced by people who take the time to express differing perspectives in a way that […]

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Vancouver (No the other one)

Last year when we visited Vancouver we really weren’t able to get out and do much. THIS TIME however, we did and let me tell you, that city has now moved way up on the list of “places I could live as long as I still got to travel.” A few weeks ago, we attended […]

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