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Twenty years ago, twenty years from now…

At 5:45 am (west coast time) I was jolted out of my sleep, startled by an image in that dream of a plane crashing into a building. It was the first official “homeschooling” day for us, and I was eager and excited to get everything pulled together for the beginning of our grand adventure as […]


Review: Thoughts on Belonging through a Culture of Dignity

I have been participating in a study group over the summer on the text by Floyd Cobb and John Krownapple. I’ll update this post when the course is completely over, but here is what I wrote for the final chapter in the online LMS: I LOVED the PSSM (The Psychological Sense of School Membership, Goodenow […]


Goals are Aspirational, Not Descriptive

I have been increasingly dismayed by people from all walks of life who mistake the Declaration of Independence for a description of life as it was being lived in the colonies in 1776. Some consider the Constitution and its amendments as an exact step-by-step prescription for running the country, and as if it were a […]


Prophesies

Dark times, dark of intellect, dark of hope, dark of prosperity, dark of joy, dark of freedom, dark of life. Current events. Cautionary tales a half century old (and more), based on suppositions and “if this, then that,” Toffler may have been right, Roddenberry designed it…  the ancient hermits in the desert railed against it.  […]


Lest we forget

Many of the people in the photographs in this collection died as the direct result of Nazi oppression (restricting movement, access to employment, access to healthcare, etc — based on “race”). Others would have died a natural death by now anyway even without a war. Some people may still live who experienced these times first-hand. […]


Sermons and Interpretations (delayed post)

I do NOT know when I wrote this! Probably before 2008. Not before 2007. I think it was when the boys and I were visiting friends I had met online. Here is the unedited text: The sermon was about the Martha and Mary story where Jesus tells Martha that Mary has chosen the better path… […]


Letter to my home on the importance of children

[Draft One, 12 March 2015] Did you know that before you were here, another structure inhabited the land? In the first Act of this land’s existence, there was a deep, varied garden, filled with nut trees and timber trees, with berries, with vines and flowers, and with creatures that depended on them all. Then silence […]


Thirteen years…

Almost fourteen years ago now, the house was placed in the yard (September 1999). I planted trees in front and on the sides the following Spring. Flower beds in front the year after that, if I remember correctly. And gradually the yard and the home took shape. A few years into the process, I started […]


Today, not in the garden

It has been a while again since I posted, but last night I wanted to share something with friends on a social media site and browsed through the pictures I posted here last summer. How things have changed. Hope, sadness; light, shadows; growth, decline; laughter, sighs. I have been waking earlier than my normal the […]


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