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Inspiring the Peaceful Mother – An Interview

This interview was originally published in March 2014 as part of the lovely Olga Dossa’s “Inspiring Peace” series on being an empowered, joyful and peaceful mother.  Her amazing work on peaceful mothering, postnatal depression, and healing through yoga and meditation can be found at OlgaDossa.com – go check it out! Olga Dossa:  What was the [ keep reading ]

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What Do Unschoolers Believe? Unschooling, Defined.

Unschooling, defined? How we’re different: Unschoolers believe similar broad concepts about the nature of children and of learning, that set us slightly apart from other people. There are plenty of unschoolers who may disagree on some of the finer points, but the core beliefs are, in my opinion, fairly common ground: Unschoolers believe strongly in [ keep reading ]

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Why I almost didn’t join dĹŤTERRA

Why I almost didn’t join dĹŤTERRA Wow, what a ride it’s been. Over the past 9 months (!), I have unraveled the deceptive practices of one essential oils company and researched a ton of other ones. I almost didn’t join dĹŤTERRA, and I was even ready to toss out the entire MLM concept altogether. Only [ keep reading ]

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Why I LEFT Young Living Essential Oils – The Truth Is Out

Links updated + added July 2018 This may come as a shock, but as of August 2017, I’ve cancelled my membership with Young Living. The evidence just keeps mounting against Young Living as a company. I’m embarrassed and saddened that I promoted their products for over 3 years. Please allow me to explain why… (This will [ keep reading ]

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Unschooling: Writing your first paper EVER for Graduation

Recently, my oldest son wrote something–for basically the second time in his life. He’s 18, and ready to graduate this month. We made up a list together, tweaked several times, about what we both felt made up a well-rounded and useful list of experiences, accomplishments, things to read, and so on. Writing has never been [ keep reading ]

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On Abortion as a Birthworker

Back when I was a full-time doula, I remember having a conversation with my husband’s best friend. Something came up about abortion, and he kind of fumbled over his words and apologized to me. I was confused for a moment, then asked him directly – “Do you think I’m pro-life because I attend births?” And [ keep reading ]

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why there aren’t more lifelong unschoolers.

Where are the lifelong unschoolers? Why don’t we see more teen unschoolers?  What happens to all the unschooling communities, where the groups of little kids far outnumber the lifelong unschoolers in the group? If it works so well, why aren’t more people doing it for longer? Every fall, it seems that in the whirlwind that [ keep reading ]