Imprisoned In A Left-Brain Life

I've become aware, lately, of a strange paradox that exists in our society....more

10 Awkward Moments in Homeschooling

According to the most recent census about 3% of American children are homeschooled. It's a growing movement, to be certain, but still far from "the norm."  Many, if not most, people in this country live their whole lives without even ever meeting a homeschool family. Therefore their perceptions are based on those folks "on the fringe" who end up on the evening news or Dr....more

115 Reasons Why We're Still Homeschooling

When we started homeschooling a friend told us to make a list of 100 reasons why we wanted to do this. "If you can't think of 100, you don't want it badly enough. When times get hard you will need to look back at your list and remember why you are doing this." It was awesome advice. We made our original list and promised ourselves we would re-visit it annually to be sure it was still valid. The list is largely the same, but it has changed a bit as our daughter has gotten older. It has also grown a little and now includes 115 reasons. Some of them are far more weighty than others. Some of them are downright silly. ...more
it is a choice for sure! Though, this list seems a list exaggerated (I have been on lots of ...more

90 Days on the Homestead

This week we celebrate 90 days on our little miracle farm. (Click here to read about our miracle.) It has been the craziest summer I've had in memory! We've celebrated some wonderful moments and wept over more than a few. Through it all we have been wrapped in the love of those around us and I'm pretty sure that, at least once every single day, either Handsome Hippie Hubby or I have sighed and said, "I really love living here!"...more

Is It Victim Blaming?

I was told, this week, that I am a promoter of rape culture. I was called a victim blamer.If you know me at all, in person or through this blog, you can guess that I was a bit blind sided by that. I spend my life cheering for the underdog and seeking ways to help the downtrodden. It's not just that I feel it's the right thing to do. I truly feel it is my calling from God.  So when those words were said to me I examined them very closely....more

Today Is A Good Day.

I don't go out of my way to read my horoscope but on Monday I happened across mine for that day. It promised me I would feel happier and luckier that day than I ever had before.  I joked about that with Handsome Hippie Hubby. What would we do with all those lottery winnings?...more

I Don't Understand!

I recently overheard a conversation that went something like this:Elderly, white middle class guy from the Midwest #1, "I don't understand those people in Ferguson. What does rioting have to do with justice?"...more

Common Crunchy Phrases That Make This Hippie Chick Cringe

It's true. I have strong feelings about what's best for my family regarding breastfeeding, baby wearing, discipline, school, our food choices and more. I think the "granola lifestyle" is a great way to live that will bring you personal health and peace and I truly believe that those benefits ripple through our society as more people choose this path. Our lifestyle choices are carefully thought-out. We're not just jumping on a bandwagon.  For that reason, it's frustrating when people immediately dismiss us as "fruity" or "fringe."...more

Homeschool With A Side of Public

Two years ago, we thought long and hard about pulling our daughter out of public school. When we'd lived in the city we had a lot of choices as to where she could attend but when we moved to a small town the choices dried up. There was the local public school, there was the option to drive her 15+ miles one way every day throughout the Michigan winters, or there was homeschool....more