The Dog Philosopher #WisdomWednesday

In honor of back-to-school season and to encourage the worthwhile pursuit of life-long learning, I'm starting, Wisdom Wednesday,  a weekly series dedicated to the love of wisdom, philosophy.  It also happens to be a subject our family is exploring more this year for unschooling. Today's inaugural post features The Dog Philosopher, Diogenes, also known as … Continue reading The Dog Philosopher #WisdomWednesday

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Good Ol’ Septimus {A Bad Axe History Poem}

Are you from Bad Axe? Then you must, have heard of good ol' Septimus. If you're an Irwin you might be included in his family tree. In eighteen hundred thirty-three is where we'll start our history. Born in September on the fourth From Canada, our neighbor North. His family later made their way to Michigan, … Continue reading Good Ol’ Septimus {A Bad Axe History Poem}

Luck Isn’t Everything

Doing well in school is, predominantly, a sign of good luck." From the article, "Doing well in school is nothing to be proud of,  By Olivia Goldhill Someone needs to remind the unlucky children that their grades do not determine their personal worth nor their future successes or failures. Someone needs to remind the unlucky children that … Continue reading Luck Isn’t Everything

Ripening

Yesterday was a big day. One of the cherry tomatoes from the plant we've been nurturing all summer long finally begun blushing with signs of ripeness.  The kids all stood around our little plant to praise and celebrate it. They'd been waiting f o r e v e r.  This happens to be the standard … Continue reading Ripening

Bye Bye Birdy

Had a friendly little visit with a sweet young cedar waxwing this morning. Carter found it sitting on the gatepost while heading into the house. Despite getting close enough to touch it, the little bird stayed put. Carter followed suit, and stayed put, too. It was probably the most he'd stayed put in one place … Continue reading Bye Bye Birdy

Must Be Nice

After a polite greeting, the young woman at the garage sale pointed out my three boys with delight. “I've got an entire rack of name brand boy's clothes!” she cheered. My boys pretended not to hear her. I wanted to do the same. “The sweatshirts are only $20! That's less than half the price I … Continue reading Must Be Nice

The Roadside Apple Tree

The roadside apple tree stands out of place in a flat foreverness of roads that stretch between farm fields like a horizontal root system. She's small and overgrown. The shape of an apple tree, but not quite. Her fruit is familiar and different. It looks and tastes like apples, but not quite. She cultivates the … Continue reading The Roadside Apple Tree

Burning, Blinking, and Getting Better

I had no idea I'd be visiting Kyoto during my time in Shiga Prefecture, Japan last year until my Takashima City host mother gave me an itinerary sheet the day before our group was set to travel there. Our tight schedule in Kyoto that day meant visiting the most obligatory must-see places: Kinkaku-ji, Fushimi Inari, … Continue reading Burning, Blinking, and Getting Better