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Follow homeschoolers Nadia and Aidan as they travel the USA! Each book in this series explores a new state and a new research topic. Along with their parents and pet turtle, they find adventure and learning everywhere.

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Archive for October, 2007

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Topics: cheese,cookbook,food,lowfat,McDougall,photographs,vegan,vegan recipe,vegetarian

Vegan Recipe Websites

I’ve been asked for my favorite sites with great vegan recipes. Here they are: Fatfree Vegan Site McDougall Recipes (you have to use their search to find specific recipes in their archives) Site (both vegetarian and vegan recipes) site (both vegetarian and vegan recipes) However, when I really want to make a particular […]

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Topics: empowerment,environmentalism,mindful parenting,photographs,Unschooling,vision boards,zen

Wonder Falling

Ever notice the intense wonder in a young child’s eyes? Wonder why the older children and adults you meet don’t have it any more? I’ve spent a lot of time wondering about this very thing. When my first daughter was a baby, I wanted her to keep this sense of pure amazement as long as […]

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Topics: Arizona,curing diseases,empowerment,food,lowfat,space,Tucson,vegan,vegetarian

Kitt Peak and Tohono O’odham Diet

My family and I spent yesterday afternoon exploring Kitt Peak and the Tohono O’odham reservation area (just west of Tucson, Arizona). It is GORGEOUS there! This is not to be underrated. It didn’t hurt that the weather was perfect (although it usually is with its 300+ sunny days per year), of course, but the photographs […]

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Topics: censorship,empowerment,photographs,writing

Writing Truth

“If a writer is so cautious that he never writes anything that cannot be criticized, he will never be able to write anything that can be read. If you want to help other people, you have got to make up your mind to write things that some men will condemn.” From Echoing Silence: Thomas Merton […]

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Topics: empowerment,mindful parenting,photographs,television,Unschooling

"Meanest Mom in the Whole Wide World"

It has come to my attention that there is a rather large group of women in the world that are proud of the fact their children consider them to be the “Meanest Mom in the Whole Wide World“. So proud, in fact, that their goal for their children is for them to become mean parents, […]

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Topics: Barnard,curing diseases,food,lowfat,McDougall,PCRM,vegan,vegetarian

Healthy and Hearty School Lunch Choices Needed

When I was a child, I was taught the four basic food groups (the Meat Group, the Dairy Group, the Fruit and Vegetable Group, and the Cereals and Grains Group). Seems as though the Federal Health Guidelines haven’t changed very much. Public and private school children are still being fed an unhealthy diet that causes […]

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Topics: curing diseases,empowerment,food,lowfat,McDougall,PCRM,vegan

My Food Gave Me Headaches

Dr. McDougall is famous for saying, “Sick people take medicine. Healthy people don’t take medicine.” I LOVE THIS! It was an epiphany for me the first time I read it. Astounding! Did this mean that I shouldn’t be taking regular over the counter headache medicines, as well as vitamins and prescription drugs? Yes. Any and […]

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Topics: empowerment,mindful parenting,Unschooling,zen

Talk to Strangers — I dare you not to

“Don’t talk to strangers.” I hear the parents at the park telling their children again. I’ve never said this phrase to my kids. I have, OTOH, modeled talking to strangers thousands of times. Every new person we meet is a stranger. Every waitress, every pilot, every dance class teacher, every other parent in a playgroup, […]

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Topics: Barnard,cookbook,curing diseases,food,lowfat,McDougall,PCRM,vegan,vegetarian

Cholesterol Free Diet

I keep hearing (and reading) about cholesterol lowering drugs. Random strangers at parks, checkout lines, and luncheon meetings tell me their woes about having high cholesterol. It makes me feel like climbing on a rooftop and screaming at the top of my lungs, “A VEGAN DIET IS A CHOLESTEROL FREE DIET.” As my friend Peggy […]

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Topics: Arizona,environmentalism,food,homeschooling,pets,photographs,Tucson

Arizona Pumpkin Patch

My daughters and I visited Agua Linda Farms pumpkin patch this afternoon with one of our local homeschooling groups. While clearly the patch (and the other vegetables growing on the farm) needed irrigation, we still found the farm beautiful. We love the scenic mountains in the background, although I personally miss Iowa’s silos. The typical […]

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