The commandment to search Isaiah

I always hear about keeping the commandments. But what are they? It’s not that easy to name them all ....more

Pacific Coast Earthquake Faults

I’ve lived in California most of my life. I know what an earthquake feels like. Nothing can prepare you for that shaking of the earth ....more

Teasing Isn’t Good

Some families, friends, and associates “tease” each other. They seem to make a sport of poking-fun at one another and become expert in the “put-down”....more

Free Online Disaster Preparedness Course

Sometimes you just don’t know where to start when it comes to preparing for disasters. You have to buy things and the list can get long. And who likes to think about chaos taking over? ...more

Homemade skincare the Lazlo way

When I was about 18, I read a book about skin care in which the author shared her enthusiasm for the Hungarian Erno Lazlo skin care method....more

Where less people live

I grew up in southern California, in Los Angeles county — county of the Angels by name alone. Sometimes I can’t understand why. Maybe it was not so crazy-populated back in the 60s, maybe it was good for me to learn how to navigate chaotic freeways ....more

The parroting stage

When I first started to homeshool, I searched everywhere for information on how to do it. My sister tipped me off to a book about a classical education called The Well Trained Mind....more

When I’m Dead and Rotten

I like to write. But I don’t want to be a bore. I’m reminded of something that Peggy Noonan said in one of her books — (I’ve always liked her easy writing style.) While employed as one of Ronald Reagan’s speechwriters, she bemoaned the fact that most of the staff thought of themselves as writers ....more

Faith as a mustard seed

When I was about ten years old, I had a small glass locket with a mustard seed in it. I can’t remember where I got it, but I was fascinated by it. I knew it had something to do with faith ....more

Potpourri that lasts 50 years

In 1976 I made a batch of potpourri that was supposed to last 50 years. I still have it. And it smells great ....more