Where Is Your Mother?

No Good Deed Part Deux

February 22, 2010

So I’m volunteering again on the last day of the library Book Sale. Same deal: a dollar a bag, get a second bag free. This time, pickings were really down to the dregs: Nora Roberts paperback romances and movies on VHS. In walks a Mom – late 20-something with a row of ear piercings and […]

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Snow vs. School

February 6, 2010

Marylanders are notorious for panicking whenever there’s a forecast of snow. Even the threat of a few inches, creates a run on groceries stores to hoard the White Trinity: bread, milk and toilet paper. But last night, we had what forecasters can honestly call a “weather event.” About two feet, deeper in drifts. And the […]

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The Elastic Waistband of Relaxed Homeschooling

January 23, 2010

As I sit here all snuggly in my Just My Size “relaxed fit” cotton pants (Translation? Fat girl sweats), I can certainly appreciate the comfort of an elastic waistband. But I’d never wear’em out in public. Because even though the pants are stain- and pill-free, they’re not particularly flattering. And I can pretty much say […]

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Unit Studies? Too Much of a Good Thing

January 20, 2010

But hey, that’s just me. Actually that’s my son. About three years in to our home educating experience, I learned that my then-eight-year-old was not of the emersion-mindset. But, in a moment of weakness, I thought it was worth a try. We’d used the Calvert Homeschool curriculum since leaving public school after first grade. Even […]

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Ask Not What Your Government Can Do For You…

January 18, 2010

Ask what you can trust the Feds to do and not fuck it up. I got to thinking about what each citizen of the U.S. can really expect from her federal government. I’d watched parents of teens lost in Haiti after the earthquake almost demanding “The United States of America” get down there and start […]

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