I started working for Brave Writer as a homeschool coach in the Homeschool Alliance the summer of 2015. It has been a fantastic experience and I am still in awe at what Julie has created over there—an accepting, supportive community focused around growth and learning in our homeschooling. A sort of "continuing education" program for homeschoolers where we focus on how our kids (as well as ourselves!) learn and grow and what we can do to support that growth.
Read more at: A Brave Writer's Life in Brief
I have been a volunteer with The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers since I first started considering homeschooling, serving on the Board of Directors from 2006-2016. I often wrote (and still write) for their amazing magazine, the VaHomeschoolers Voice. Some of those articles have been made available online.
Read more: VaHomeschoolers Voice Article Library
Life Without School
Life Without School
From 2006-2008, I was a featured author on the community blog, Life Without School. The blog is no longer active, however, the archives remain up and it is a wealth of information. I wrote some of my favorite posts over there, and although I have linked to them at various times on this blog, I wanted to pull them all together in one place.
Read more at: Life Without School
My Commonplace Book
A place to capture quotes, thoughts and yes, maybe even a poem or two which speak to me.
Meditation is a process of lightening up, of trusting the basic goodness of what we have and who we are, and of realizing that any wisdom that exists, exists in what we have already. Our wisdom is all mixed up with what we call our neurosis. Our brilliance, our juiciness, our spiciness, is all mixed up with our craziness and our confusion, therefore it doesn’t do any good to try to get rid of our so-called negative aspects, because in that process we also get rid of our basic wonderfulness. We can lead our life so as to become more awake to who we are and what we’re doing rather than trying to improve or change or get rid of who we are or what we’re doing.
Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answers.
Breathe. Move. Breathe some more. Everything will get done. How much you struggle is entirely up to you.
“Despite the American myth, I cannot be or do whatever I desire – a truism, to be sure, but a truism we often defy. Our created natures make us like organisms in an ecosystem: there are some roles and relationships in which we thrive and others in which we wither and die.”
Life is amazing. And then it is awful. And then it is amazing again. And in between the amazing and the awful it’s ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary. That’s just living heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life. And its breathtakingly beautiful.
All will be well, and all will be well, and all manner of things will be well.
LOVE AFTER LOVE
The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life
Derek Walcott Collected Poems: 1948–1984
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