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┬ávictory 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...