Old Enough To Speak?

Walking the line between providing your children with a moral, ethical or cultural compass with which to function in society and allowing them the freedom to form their own opinions and be their own person can be tricky....more

The Disappearance of Joy

What do you remember about kindergarten?I remember:...more

TED Ed Kids' Videos Show Welcome (and Unexpected) Inclusion of Same-Sex Couples

As a lesbian mom, I'm always on the lookout for children's books and media that are inclusive of same-sex relationships. I was thrilled, therefore, when I discovered two such videos from TED Ed, the educational branch of the organization that puts on the thought-provoking TED Talks. One of them was particularly unexpected....more

Paper note-taking: Not old-school… genius

 Is the pen mightier than the laptop?...more

Silent Witness

Statistics reveal that one in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. But what is rarely discussed is the impact that this has on children.  The silent witnesses who hear or witness violence against their mothers....more

I'm becoming a better woman by remembering the girl I used to be

This past Sunday I celebrated my 33rd birthday. Actually, I celebrated all weekend, spending time with family and friends and eating entirely too much cake.The highlight of the weekend, however, was a big blue poster I found tacked to my classroom door Friday morning....more

Does Homeschooling Need To Be Re-Branded?

Image source: http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/Bill_NyeLast week my Facebook feed was full of discussion about the "Big Debate" between Ken Hamm and Bill Nye.  They were discussing creationism vs....more

Degrees of Separation

After that, things went downhill quickly at work. I mean, within weeks. The Dentistry “event” that kept getting deferred in planning finally came upon us, with no real curriculum. It was used, along with the silly “t-shirt” incident, as ammo against me during a performance review....more

What Makes A Sacred Space?

When you think of a sacred space, do you think of a church? A special room in your home? A place in nature?Sweet Hippie Daughter has been involved in a drama program at a nearby university for the past 4 years.  When we started she was in the first grade and she was getting in trouble Every. Single. Day....more

Wineducation: Age it or Drink it?

One of the perks of my love of wine is that people gift me bottles for most any occasion, dinner parties, birthdays, and the Christmas holidays have all added a nice selection to my wine rack (if only there could be more reasons).  With all these beautiful bottles of wine comes the lingering question if whether some of the higher end bottles we should drink right away, as in, “Thank you for this…now let’s pop the cork of this bad boy,” or be saved as in, “Thank you, we will save this lovely bottle for a special occasion.” ...more