My Writing

Brave Writer


My Writing

Brave Writer

My Writing - Brave Writer

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.

Brave Writer Podcast: Learning to Trust Yourself, Your Child, & the Process with Stephanie Elms

Expectation vs. Reality

When You Doubt Yourself

The Next Time You Feel Overwhelmed

Reframe Their Resistance

Keeping Enchantment Alive in High School

Does Brave Writer Intimidate You?

Email: Trust the Process


Read more at:  A Brave Writer's Life in Brief


My Writing


My Writing


My Writing - VaHomeschoolers

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. 

Lessons Learned: On Not Getting It All Done

Trusting the Process, Even in the Teen Years

Dealing with the Inevitable Homeschool Panic

It's All in How You Look at It

Shift Happens

A Case Study: Learning Against the Grain

Encouraging Reading in "Late" Readers

Book Review: Learning Through History Magazine


Read more: VaHomeschoolers Voice Article Library


My Writing

Life Without School

My Writing

Life Without School

My Writing - 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 The blog is no longer active, however, the archives remain up and it is a wealth of information.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.

It’s Not the Child

Sheltering Kids

Learning What is Not Necessary

Time is a Homeschooler's Best Friend

How Can You Learn If You Can't Read?

The "Right" Way

Knowing When To Push

A Great Lesson to Re-Learn

How Jason Learned to Read

To Label or Not to Label

Do Homeschooled Kids "Miss Out?"

Who's in Charge?

The Curriculum Question

Answers to All Those Pesky Homeschooling Questions We Get

I Don't Know How You Do It

The Isolated Homeschooler

Read more at:  Life Without School


My Commonplace Book

My Commonplace Book

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.

~ Pema Chodron, The Wisdom of No Escape

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.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke, Letter to a Young Poet

Breathe. Move. Breathe some more. Everything will get done. How much you struggle is entirely up to you.

~ Tiny Budda

“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.” 

~ Parker Palmer, Let Your Life Speak

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. 

~ L.R. Knost

All will be well, and all will be well, and all manner of things will be well.

~ Julian of Norwich


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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