International Juggling Day!

In case you missed it, earlier this week, June 18th, was International Juggling Day. It’s not too late to celebrate, find something flaming and just juggle! Recently, I was reminded of a victory taking place one day when I was about 8 or 9 years old. I had seen...

International Surfing Day – June 20th

While working on my most recent book, Homeschool Teacher’s Almanac, I discovered that today was the under-celebrated International Surfing Day. Living by the ocean when I was younger brought many opportunities: lifeguarding, shelling, fresh fish, life-long...

Gotta Reads – 2015

This year I travelled to Viet Nam, had breakfast with a king, transported myself through time and space, and conquered my life-long dream of reaching the summit of Mount Everest — all without leaving my favorite reading spot. While I really do love traveling and...

On Becoming

For 14 years in an earlier season before homeschooling my own daughter, I had the privilege to teach middle school students in public schools. Now some would say they could NEVER teach middle school, but I LOVED it. There was absolutely never a dull moment! Many days,...

Testing, Testing! One-TWO!

Testing, testing! Is this thing working? Like speaking into a microphone for the first time checking audio levels, lately I find myself testing my voice in writing. Is it true? Is it genuine? Is it pretentious, offensive, warm and inviting, cold and stilted? Will it...
Q1 Checkup – Part 2  Mission [im]Possible

Q1 Checkup – Part 2 Mission [im]Possible

In the previous post, I mentioned I would be doing a quarterly checkup evaluating how I am progressing as I work through the “To Do” lists created for each goal set in January.  Also important, I will be checking the deadlines. Am I on target? Am I ahead of schedule?...
Q1 CheckUp – Part 1         Vital Signs

Q1 CheckUp – Part 1 Vital Signs

Were you one of the millions of people who wrote New Year’s resolutions this year? Many of us did. And many have already fallen short of goals set for the new year. Perhaps you even crafted goals complete with step-by-step plans about how you would transform those...