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Been to Bean?

So we have this really cool museum here in Utah on BYU campus.It's called the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum.I've always known it as the "Bean Museum."I remember as a kid my dad took us all there a few times. I remember how amazed I was by all the animals there, especially the white tiger.. ....more

A Steamy Saturday…

It’s MARVELLOUS what a difference a little water makes… We miraculously managed to get under some storm clouds last week – 55mm at the house and 20mm up the paddock. Better than a kick in the shins! I was away getting more treatment (no chemo thank goodness) when it hit, and arrived home last night ....more

Ceramic Art Tile Giveaway – Gratitude For My Readers

I am so excited today because I am giving away a ceramic art tile! I’m celebrating each Saturday during the month of November with art giveaways for my readers. I hope you are having as much fun as I am ....more

His name is Asher: 3 years home

With the first step through the doors the familiar smell of the institution assaults my nose, the heavy odor of cooking smells overwhelming me. Five of us squeeze into the tiny elevator as I try to suppress the urge to point out it was only built for two, maybe three people. ...more

How To Survive Being Fired

Author Wayne Dyer recently told a story about doing an interview at a radio station where a huge layoff had just taken place. As he walked down the halls, he saw employees packing up their offices. “Congratulations!” he called out ....more

14 Catapults for Kids to Create and Experiment With

This week’s Share It Saturday...more

5 Simple Steps: Turn Your Bad Reactions Into Good

We often find ourselves reacting in a negative way in situations in which we feel are out of our control. It is true that the actual situation might be out of our control, but the way we respond to that situation is something we can take control of and make it work for us. I'll explain five simple steps on how to start reacting to unpleasant situations in a way that shifts your brain and happiness ....more

Unschooling Q & A

Lifelong LearningUnschooling Q & AI answer unschooling questions for the Texas Unschoolers’ group each month in their newsletter, TexUns News. I’m including them here at my blog. If you have any questions you’d like me to address, ask away!Q: If I unschool the kids, what will we do about gaps? The curriculum makes sure I don’t miss anything. ~Mom of 3A.The truth is, Mom of 3, everyone has gaps in their learning. There’s no way your curriculum – or any curriculum – can be sure to touch on every piece of knowledge out there. And then, when you add in your child’s attention to the material, and how it might fade if the resources are boring or not what he’s interested in – you will have paid a lot for curriculum that doesn’t do what you were hoping: Avoid gaps.BUT! There’s good news! There’s no finish line, or graduation date – learning is an ongoing process for life. And, honestly, that little phone in your child’s pocket (or it will be in his pocket when he’s older) will answer any question he might have, tiny fact he might have missed, or fill any gap he notices along the way.Q: I don’t really understand what deschooling is. I heard there’s some formula for when it should be completed. ...more

Gratitude & Journals

Lifelong LearningThe world can bombard us with negatives: frightening news events, inconsiderate people, disappointing interactions. But research is showing that cultivating a sense of gratitude can help us switch our focus and remind us of the good things happening in our life right now. Establishing a daily practice of identifying “What Went Right Today,” and feeling thankful for it, can do wonders for our happiness and health. Let’s help our kids figure out how to do this too. Setting aside a little time to recall moments of gratitude associated with our daily life can help create a life filled with gratitude and thankfulness. If your children are younger, how about a little quiet time with Mom or Dad remembering a few positive things from their day? Did something happen today that they handled well?Did someone say something that made them happy?Did they experience something exciting or see something new? If your kids enjoy writing, how about a Gratitude Journal? There’s no right or wrong way to create one – whatever works best for you is your answer. Record somewhere between 3-5 things you’re grateful for on that particular day. You can write a quick list, or expand a little on each one. So here are some suggestions for your journal – modify as you like:...more