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Social Opportunity

Posted on December 19, 2012 12:27 am under Family
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When we decided to homeschool Miss Muffin, some of our relatives expressed concern that she would not have an opportunity for socialization. In the subsequent years, we have heard that thought expressed by friends, neighbors and complete strangers.

While traditional schools do offer opportunities for interaction, they are not the only place where socialization occurs. Read more »


Posted on October 20, 2012 1:06 pm under Family, General

Calico and Miss Muffin returned home yesterday with smiles on their faces. Calico’s school and work keep her away from home for some fairly long hours. Miss Muffin doesn’t say much, but it’s obvious that she’s missing her mother. Yesterday, Calico had a free afternoon and took Muffin to a corn maze. It wasn’t as sophisticated as the one near Memphis, but that didn’t stand in the way of their enjoyment. The visit was far less expensive than the city version and included more freebies, including animals to pet, a tractor-pulled ride, a pumpkin patch and a free pumpkin. The icing on the cake was meeting another homeschooling family. The kids had a great time together and phone numbers were exchanged.
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Critical Thinking

Posted on October 12, 2012 2:21 pm under Family
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Upon learning that Miss Muffin is homeschooled, peoples’ reactions range from hearty approval to outright horror. Some of the strongest reactions come from teachers. While many have given both their understanding and approval, others are offended, viewing her removal from traditional schooling as a criticism of themselves and other teachers.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Homeschooling breeds a deep appreciation for the work done by teachers. I had imagined that the most time consuming portion of homeschooling would be the hours spent in daily instruction. Developing curriculum, creating lesson plans and gathering resources occupy far more time, however. Read more »


Posted on August 30, 2012 12:26 pm under Family

Growing up in the lean years of the Great Depression, my parents learned frugality. How they chose to spend money, however, was as different as natural cheese and processed cheese food. Literally.

For my mother, frugality meant buying items at the lowest price or getting them for free. She didn’t buy clothes, if she could get hand-me-downs. She stretched milk with water, always bought oleo and served sandwiches made with slices of the bright orange grease that attempted to masquerade as cheese. She loved saving Green Stamps to purchase free items from their catalog. She justified her frequent impulse purchases by pointing out how much she saved. “Yes, I have enough baskets, but this one was 60 percent off.”
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Cause To Wine

Posted on August 20, 2012 1:28 am under Family
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We’ve started house hunting. Yes, I know. We just moved in last month. While no house is perfect, we really like this one a lot. The problem? Our landlady.

Her husband has cancer with a five year life expectancy. She still loves this house and planned to move back after his death. Our plan to live here for two years matched her needs. Recently, her husband took a turn for the worse and now she’s unhappy that we are in her house. She is understandably upset, but I don’t think it justifies her behavior towards us. Calico calls it weird, I find it belligerent. Read more »