When People Don’t Understand Why You Are Different

When Scene 5 opens in He is Near, Mimosa’s home village is loud and lively. It took some coaching to get our actors and actresses comfortable with that, but by opening night last Thursday, they had it. In fact, the same was true for the entire play. Whether they had to act playful or mean, thoughtful […]

You Can Plant Seeds Like Amy Carmichael

The play, “He Is Near,” performed by homeschoolers in Cookeville, Tennessee, last week told the story of Northern Ireland-born missionary Amy Carmichael and people God touched through her ministry in southern India, in particular a girl named Mimosa. The story begins in the garden at Dohnavur Fellowship, which Amy founded in 1901 when a girl named Preena, […]

A Canadian Woman Who Served

Yesterday morning Ray and I gathered with other members of the Nashville, Tennessee-based, Timothé de Montbrun Heritage Society at the Maison de Mère d’Youville (Museum of Marguerite d’Youville) for our first activity in Boucherville, Quebec. Like my ancestor Timothy Demonbruen (names and other words were spelled in a variety of ways in early American and Canadian […]

Lois Lenski, Children’s Author

One of my favorite memories of our homeschool years was the year we studied regions of America. That’s when I discovered old and frayed hardcover editons of Lois Lenski’s regional fiction books in the Urbana Free Library. I guess the most famous of Lenski’s regional books is Strawberry Girl, which won the Newbery Medal in 1946. […]