12 Hugs a Day

"We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth." ~Virginia Satir, family therapist   I like to walk up to my husband and kids and hug them for no reason. But there really is no such thing as a hug … Continue reading 12 Hugs a Day

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Curiosity Makes Life Suck Less

As a white woman in my thirties, I'm supposed to tell you that wine makes life suck less. I actually tested this popular method out for a little while, only to find my problems are proficient swimmers. Needless to say, the so-called "relief" was short-lived. Obviously, for the best. Alcoholism definitely does NOT make life … Continue reading Curiosity Makes Life Suck Less

Rice Cookers & Reality

I can't imagine living without my rice cooker. The rice comes out perfect every single time. It's pretty much kitchen wizardry to me. The crazy part is whether you make rice in a rice cooker or on the stove-top, the prep work is the same. Measure the rice, rinse the rinse, then measure and add … Continue reading Rice Cookers & Reality

Your Passion is Waiting for Your Courage to Catch Up

Children are the most courageous of all humans, whether their parents appreciate this virtue or not. It's why they're so full of passion, especially when it comes to getting what they want. For children, it's not a matter of if their desires of their heart are fulfilled, but when. Children know how to get what … Continue reading Your Passion is Waiting for Your Courage to Catch Up

Strange Fruit

Sometimes I feel like an unmarked seed planted in a garden. Each day I curiously and compassionately tend to my life's needs to keep myself growing, hoping I last long enough to find out what type of strange fruit my life will produce before I become worm food. Until then, I'll just enjoy the process. … Continue reading Strange Fruit

Seize the Strange!

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The Secrets of Little Birds & Children

  Early summer mornings are a good place for little birds and little children to meet. If you slow down long enough, you might get lucky enough to witness such a moment. That's what happened this morning. The sun was barely awake, and so were we. Early morning air filtered through the back screen door, … Continue reading The Secrets of Little Birds & Children

The Unspoken Rules of Unschooling {And Why Unschoolers are Strange}

The Unspoken Rules of Unschooling -You need to regularly quote one or more of the following unschool gurus (Holt, Patterson, Dodd, Martin, Gatto, and Gray) on social media. -You need to hate public school, and refer to it as prison as often as possible. Especially on social media and in public. -You need to base … Continue reading The Unspoken Rules of Unschooling {And Why Unschoolers are Strange}

My Freedom Baby

My free-spirited and sparkly first-born daughter turns seven today, the day before America's Independence Day. The timing of her entry into the world couldn't be more fitting. She lights up the world wherever she goes. She's a burst of energy, with occasional explosions. My little firecracker. My freedom baby.       ************************************************************************************ To share … Continue reading My Freedom Baby

The Way We See Other

Sometimes we let our expectations blur our appreciation of each other. Sometimes we focus so much on the effort that we forget how to enjoy each other. Sometimes we feel so emotionally in debt, we stop investing in each other. Sometimes we need to pay less attention to how we're feeling about each other and … Continue reading The Way We See Other