From Soviet Persecution to America

Ray and I were in St. Louis this past week to visit our son John and his family and to present workshops and to share our curriculum with homeschooling families at the St. Louis homeschool convention. We had a wonderful week. Here we are on free sandwich day at Chik-fil-A . . . . . […]

Celebrating the 4th of July a Century Ago

In thinking about what to write about the 4th of July, I decided to scour the Library of Congress for photos of Americans celebrating Independence Day. Soon I realized that several of the photos I found were approximately a century ago. For example, here is a scene from a 4th of July parade in Alaska […]

Needing and Being Needed

I admire the commitment our daughter Bethany and her husband have made to nurturing friendships with college students. She often shares their stories with me. Recently she told me about the close relationship between one of these young men (I’ll call him Michael) and his grandmother whom he greatly admires. Each Sunday and Wednesday Michael’s grandmother fixes a meal for […]

The Gift of Gumption

When you think about what you want to teach your children, don’t forget about good ole gumption. By gumption I don’t mean Merriam Webster’s first definition of “common sense,” but the second: initiative and enterprise. Think of ole Noah Webster himself. There was a man with gumption. He created a dictionary all by himself — before […]

Rearing Can-Do Kids

My mother used to tell me: “Can’t never could do anything.” It was not just a saying with her either. She lived it. It went like this: “Can you hem these fifty pairs of pants for the veterans’ hospital — today?” “Sure. I’ll do that.” “Can you make custom tablecloths for the church fellowship hall?” […]