Saturday, August 27, 2016

Inside, outside

Where I didn't expect to see it, there was a small, quiet, mysterious depth. A beautiful plant was growing from it.

It reminded me of every good thing about learning and parenting.
photo by Sandra Dodd

Friday, August 26, 2016

More or less

I often think back to the things I learned in La Leche League, from readings and other moms. If you nurse a child a long time does it make him dependent on the mom? Seems to be the opposite. If you hug a child every time he wants a hug, does it make him want a hug-a-day for life? You WISH!

The more they get, the less they need.

Quote from a very-early online chat for homeschoolers,
late 1995 or early 1996,
Photo of Kate Koetsier and her 10th Birthday cake
by her mom, Cathy, several years ago.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Then what?

With logic, or engineering, storytelling, sports or tricks, it's fun to wonder about the result one change or action will have.

Mindfulness is about remembering that what I'm doing right now is going to have an effect on what will happen next, not just in my own life, but in other people's lives.
photo by Sandra Dodd

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wordless moments

Sometimes living lightly means letting things pass without comment. Words can be fun, but there is fun without words.
photo by Janine Davies

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Upward and onward

 photo IMG_3596.jpgOur future doesn't need to be a repeat of our past.
—Karen James
photo by Sandra Dodd

Monday, August 22, 2016

Play as work

 photo IMG_0978.jpgPeople like to say that play is the work of children

Why think of something as "work" when it's light and fun? When you see that learning can happen all the time, play can be play.
photo by Brigita Usman

Sunday, August 21, 2016


One country's trash is another country's mysterious antique treasure. photo IMG_3539.jpg
photo by Sandra Dodd
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