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Musings from the Porch

January 12, 2018

I can hear...the water trickling through the ice machine...the clock ticking above the basement door...the occasional drip of the rain on the house...and that’s it.  Amazing how loud silence can be.  I should light the gas logs and cozy up with a book on the couch, but...

May 7, 2016

Eve dove off the back of the boat into the sea.  She came up for air, treading the smooth glassy water, and looked around her.  The sun was just dipping towards the western horizon; a light that hit the sea and spread like molten gold.  The deep purple of night was mov...

February 28, 2016

Following the internet rabbit hole this morning, which for me usually involves Digg, my blog reader, led me to a quote by someone named Alfie Kohn.  This brought up a conversation I had with Ben and Sam (my 13 and 10 year old boys) last night.  

Here's the quo...

November 6, 2015

I've been thinking a lot lately about the creative process.  What does it mean to take an idea, a dream, a thought, an image, and bring it to life.  Hopefully, the process is smooth.  Ideally, the process is painless. But that's not always the case.  Our art doesn't al...

October 18, 2015

This morning I woke up for some reason thinking about the book "A Severe Mercy."  I honestly can't remember what thread of thought led me there.  But it led me to look up stuff about the author, Sheldon Vanauken (who, by the way, converted to Catholicism in 1981), whic...

September 23, 2015

Well...I guess it's going ok.  

We knew that it would be challenging.  Of course it would be more difficult to have someone else's schedule instead of our own.  There's some flexibility, but not much.  If a kid gets behind it is tough to catch up.

Let me backtr...

September 19, 2015

Here we are, six weeks into the school year.  

How's it going?  How are YOU doing?

Me...let's see.  The thing about homeschooling is that it's hard.  But...you know what?  So are most things in life.  At least the things that you want to be good, or great.  If you send y...

August 19, 2015

What do I want to do?  

I want to travel.  

I want to have a home, a stable place to come back to.  I love my house.  There are days, months even, when I love my town.  But I also long to escape it.  

I have traveled.  I have been to other countries; Canada...

August 11, 2015

A quick Google search will show you that families where both parents work and homeschool are not uncommon.  

Add ours to the mix.

I have been working at the same ER in our small town as a nurse for the last 13 years.  I work "per diem," which means that I am no...

August 10, 2015

With two of my boys, we will be continuing where we left of in May/June.  Reading Eggs, Math and Spelling for Jude.  For Sam, a variety of curriculum, but nothing new.  Ben will be starting with Georgia Cyber Academy this year.  

Georgia Cyber Academy is...

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