How Consumerism Deprives Us of Creativity

Before all this, I used to buy shoes like they were going out of style. Um, yeah. You know what I mean. I bought into that silly concept that you can never have too many shoes. Now that we're in the process of shifting from being consumers to creators, I've reduced my shoe collection to … Continue reading How Consumerism Deprives Us of Creativity

Score Another One for Homeschooling

We homeschool, but on the books we're public school students. We run our homeschool through an independent study charter school, Ocean Grove. In exchange for meeting with an Education Specialist once a month to sign attendance (as if you could be absent from homeschool!), submitting work samples, taking one CA state test, and writing one … Continue reading Score Another One for Homeschooling

Ode to Giovanni

Sing in me, Muse, and tell the story of that boy, skilled in ways not measured by tests; that lifter of rocks and low spirits; who reads not books, but hearts; Giovanni The Gentle-Hearted. Giovanni of the Trees. Giovanni The Fleet of Foot. Giovanni Who Watches the Bees. Giovanni The Agile. Giovanni, Savior of Spiders. … Continue reading Ode to Giovanni

All Systems Go. Kinda, Sorta.

Nobody said this was going to be easy. Our first week on the land was all about getting our systems up and running. Shelter, check. Water: We have running water from our 10,000 gallon water tanks that were left by the previous owners. They contain water from the seasonal spring up above, which was routed … Continue reading All Systems Go. Kinda, Sorta.

For Sale: Someone Else’s American Dream

The cost of a thing is the amount of what I call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run. —Henry David Thoreau Today, we put our home on the market. A few of my colleagues who saw the listing were wowed by the photos and told me … Continue reading For Sale: Someone Else’s American Dream

Instead of Stuff: The Gift of Handwritten

So Christmas was yesterday. With all the day-after sales, folks are out en force shopping some more. Christmas was yesterday. And I still have another thought on gift-giving. Blame it on my friend. She sent me this most amazing email: "You’re receiving this email because L’s birthday is coming up (Dec 27). He’s turning 40 … Continue reading Instead of Stuff: The Gift of Handwritten