It’s Earth Day! Thoughts Gleaned from Squalor and Hoarding.

Compulsive hoarding, and the squalor that comes with it, often rides in tandem with a lack of self-respect or awareness. If you had a healthy self-worth, would you live, eat, sleep, and make love in these conditions? Sorry if this is somewhat graphic, but think about the most basic things you take for granted every … More It’s Earth Day! Thoughts Gleaned from Squalor and Hoarding.

10 Instant Benefits of Manual Labor and Chores

Work is incredibly valuable. I’m not talking about sitting at a desk pushing papers, tapping away at a computer, or chatting on the phone, either. Regardless of individual temperament, we all need to be regularly engaged in useful manual labor. Preferably such labor will carry us into the great outdoors as well. The other morning … More 10 Instant Benefits of Manual Labor and Chores

Learning from Parasites, Blood-Suckers, and Grinding Adversity

To everything there is a season, a reason, and a purpose (under heaven). Punches to the gut like unemployment, head lice, a scabies-like mite that once bored deeply into my flesh, and thousands of biting flies, all fit snugly into this category. Amazingly, I find myself loving each and every one of these occurrences in … More Learning from Parasites, Blood-Suckers, and Grinding Adversity

Embracing the Challenge That Comes From Observing a Successful Unschooler

Families that choose the unconventional path of unschooling for their children are rarely boring. Typically they are utterly fascinating. After all, boring people rarely have the fortitude to do anything as counter-cultural as this. Ben Hewitt and his family provide a fascinating case study of this movement that I was previously unfamiliar with. I urge … More Embracing the Challenge That Comes From Observing a Successful Unschooler

Keeping Things Simple Ensures We Keep Kids Moving and IN the Outdoors

Each and every day we need to be moving, physically that is. A perfectionist by nature, I’m working hard to not let a need for perfection squelch the “good enough.” This winter has produced an embarrassing dearth of snow in these parts. This has often made getting the kids outside rather difficult. Below-zero temperatures and … More Keeping Things Simple Ensures We Keep Kids Moving and IN the Outdoors

In Requiem

99 years. Mere months from 100. 1915 – 2015. Think of the changes that transpired in her lifetime. She was around when Spanish Influenza ravaged the population. World War I raged. A revolution rocked Russia. The automobile was still uncommon, only possessed by a wealthy few. Most families in her neck of the woods didn’t … More In Requiem