Saying Goodbye to Testing Trauma & Data Disorder

This time of year teachers and students start to twitch because it’s testing time. It seems the weight of the world is on their shoulders and out of their control. National standardized tests are such a limited and short sighted way to judge a person’s learning. In school, Dale participated in  annual tests and what seemed … Read more Saying Goodbye to Testing Trauma & Data Disorder

Fall Reflections

  While out raking leaves I had a flashback to last fall when I was getting calls and emails from Dale about his college experience and frustrations. He reported the positives and was really trying to make the most of his choice, but the underlying feeling was that he needed something different. Of course, the … Read more Fall Reflections

Sharing Meals, Building Community

What more can you ask for? Good company, good food, good conversation. A means of nourishing our bodies as well as our souls. For me there is no better way to introduce new people and nurture ongoing relationships than sharing meals with friends. Depending on your group you can celebrate milestones, commiserate and support each … Read more Sharing Meals, Building Community

Making Connections: Book Review 52 Cups of Coffee

Coffee with new 52 Cups book, read an interview with author Megan Gebhart at http://www.lisanalbone.com/2011/08/making-connections/

Today I was thinking about my wonderful friends and how they often also serve as mentors, or help me make an important connection that comes just when I need it. But what if you went out seeking those types of connections or mentors? And spent time meeting with them and reflecting on what you learned? … Read more Making Connections: Book Review 52 Cups of Coffee

August Angst

The time is now here To face your great fear: “What Should Do We Do With The Kids This Year? I mean, educationally speaking, my dear.” Public or private or homeschool, maybe? But Unschool or Charter, what will it be? What’s most important? How to Decide? What’s best for them or what’s best for me? What … Read more August Angst