Our beloved Hank the Cowdog was laid to rest on March 5, 2014. Alyssa and Ron were with him to the very final heartbeat. Hank's health was deteriorating and just before Christmas, he was unable to walk and barely lift his head. He was out in the backyard near the fountain. He seemed to have … Continue reading Goodbye, Hank – RIP
We are in the final month of having a teen in our family. It's really hard to believe that "the baby" is turning 20 next month. I mention this, because when they were younger, I never would have thought that "Parenting Tips" would even BE a necessity when kids are grown. Not so. They are … Continue reading Parenting… It Ain’t What It Used to Be!
Today, Katie graduated from the New York Film Academy. Her first time in a cap and gown. After studying in New York and then taking her second year in Los Angeles, she finished with an associate degree in fine arts. For a lot of people, the college degree is the big deal. But for Katie, … Continue reading Endings and Beginnings
Before May is over, I wanted to share another "mom" post. I wrote this for my Teen Time column in The Homeschooler, the new national magazine for homeschoolers! When people are uncomfortable, they tend to rely on axioms and phrases that may or may not have any validity at all. Raising teenagers can sometimes put … Continue reading “I’m not your Friend, I’m your Mother!”
Happy Mother's Day ... to all the moms I know 🙂 I collected a few great video tributes to Moms. I really love Maria Shriver. And, look at the mom she had! No wonder! And if you were curious about the History of Mother's … Continue reading My Tribute to Moms
When I first stumbled upon Pinterest, I had no idea what I was playing with. Initially, it seemed like a fairly simple bookmarking system for those more visually inclined. This worked for me, because I am. But as word of Pinterest spread and I became more adept at using it, I felt like something new … Continue reading The Unschooling Pinterest Connection
Why are those two words never paired together? I've been reading about families who try to create environments that might coax their sons to write more. So I think it's time to share how we dealt with writing, when my son was growing up. I never really paid a lot of attention to Michael's penmanship … Continue reading Boys & Writing: Our Journey