“New!” is a favorite adjective for advertisers. I can see why. Newness can be very exciting. It’s pleasant to visit a new place or make a new friend, and it’s fun to wear new clothes or buy a new car. However, experiencing something new doesn’t always feel comfortable. The same experience can produce different responses in […]

One Moment, Please

Mary Evelyn, her children, and I spent yesterday at the first two of three sessions of tryouts for this year’s Homeschool Dramatic Society play in September. Everybody who signs up in time gets in; she just needs to know what they can do. Our subject this year is Irish missionary to India, Amy Carmichael. Mary […]

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 . . . . . […]

The Power of Literature

According to legend, when Abraham Lincoln met Uncle Tom’s Cabin author Harriet Beecher Stowe, he said, “So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war.” Whether Lincoln ever said this to Mrs. Stowe or not, Uncle Tom’s Cabin did have a profound impact on the divided America of the mid-1800s and the impact […]

Homeschooling Freedom 2

Two of the mamas who visited with me in North Carolina during Memorial Day weekend were friends who were exploring the homeschool conference together. Both were timidly and excitedly making preparations to pull their children out of public school and begin to homeschool this fall. Both shared stories about why they were deciding to move […]