Giveaways!

Next Friday I'm going to give away THREE books! Be sure to check back midweek (or follow the Facebook page) for details on which books and how to be eligible.And now, my family is off to Portland for the weekend. Have a good weekend! … [Read more...]

The Stories We Tell

Attempting to process one's life in public is difficult. It's challenging to avoid details that risk exposing other less public people, or details that get too intimate for my comfort. Yet how to explain my story? I fear I might have misrepresented myself in my last post. The likelier occurrence is that in attempting to present my experience safely, I actually created A Story.What's a 'Story'? It's a narrative of events that we tell ourselves to make the confusion neater and tidier, to wrap … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Educate Your Sons

Yes! A Maxim I am excited about! I agree whole-heartedly agree that our sons need be educated. I believe in education, particularly one that involves wonder, creativity and critical thinking. Lets give our boys sciences, art, music, history, literature, maths, outdoor skills, virtues, and the abilities to express themselves.And let's of course give that to our daughters.Aside from academics, which I believe are for boys and girls, I'd like to talk about some things I aim to teach my own … [Read more...]

Feri Freshman Hazing

I talk about the Magic a lot. I also call it the Current. You might call it Flow, God, the Divine, the still small voice within, serendipity - there are many names. Over the years, I have developed a sense of it, when I think I'm pulled by the Current, rather than by just my own whims. Usually what happens is an Idea comes into my or my husband's head, an idea previously unconsidered. Or an opportunity is presented to me and I am faced with having to choose Yes or No. Most of the time these … [Read more...]

Guru Purnima

Today is the full moon and this moon marks Guru Purnima, a day to honor our gurus, or teachers.As someone who has valued learning and been successful at school, I've had pretty good relationships with most of my academic teachers along the way. I am also a self-motivated, independent learner, some one who is confident in my ability to find out what I need to know. I also hate being told what to do. I tend to learn best through brutal experience. I care more about the knowledge than the A … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday

The next two Delphic maxims go together: have respect for suppliants and be accommodating in everything.Both of these maxims refer to requests. Putting the two together can be trickier than it might seem.A suppliant is a person who is asking something of you. It seems to have an air of an inferior, implying unequal power dynamics. At this point in my life, I've discovered that people who are asking me for something (beyond, hey can I borrow a pen?) are usually taking a step outside their … [Read more...]

Orange Alert

A post in which I am all kinds of vague and mangle a metaphor about traffic lights.Some readers might remember that I had a very, very challenging summer last year. This year is only slightly better. Last summer was far too busy and physically and emotionally overwhelming. This summer is far less physically taxing, but is equally emotionally challenging. I am feeling the emotional fall out - finally - from the heartbreak of the last twelve months. I am in the middle of excavating old wounds … [Read more...]


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