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Transgender Issues to Cause Homeschool Boom?

I received a text today from a friend concerned about local high schools going transgender in their restrooms and locker rooms. If this legislation is aimed at engendering greater understanding, it’s doing exactly the opposite, this mom reports. Apparently, a huge number of parents are considering homeschooling. They’ve had enough. And they’re all starting to…

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Benedetto Has Been to the Mountain

So we are finishing up our three-day retreat, or two-and-a-half day retreat, or two evenings and one full day and one half day retreat…. You can tell that the fresh mountain air is getting to me…. We had about three hours of free time one afternoon and my husband, Benedetto, set his heart on climbing…

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Repairing to a Retreat

I am on Cloud Nine. Over the past 24 hours my spirits have been lifted. Benedetto and I have taken a couple of days, time that we normally don’t have, since we can rarely spare two hours, much less two minutes, but we have left on a retreat. Shhh… quiet… conversation… no kids… some interactive…

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Are You Swamped, Too, or Is It Just Me?

I am over-involved. My “Just Say No” button has broken. I have no off switch. I am swamped. Some would say slammed. I don’t like slammed. “I was so slammed at work.” No, too uncultured for me. Sounds like somebody’s hitting you. I was swamped, inundated, overwrought, if you must. In essence, too much to…

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Bathrooms on a Dig

As the spring dig season shapes up, budding archaeologists face a variety of conditions. If you’re concerned about dirt, snakes, holes, heat or cold, archaeology might not be your thing. Should those concerns include bathroom issues, it’s really not for you. Lightbulb moment: An excavation might not be for me. A bit too late for…

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More Wisdom Teeth to Go

Our teens love any kind of takeout food. Apparently, they love takeout teeth, too. Petya had his wisdom teeth removed, then Pasha, now it’s time for Mashenka, who turns 18 in another month. Straight down the birth line. So today’s her day. We drove most of the night in order that she could be in…

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Monday Mottoes – #135

Hello, I’m back. Wish I could say I took a snooze, but you know how that is! Hope that all is well with you. So we’re back to Monday and believing that another outstanding, power-packed week stretches before us. It always amazes me, how very similar circumstances or situations can face two people: one rises…

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Spets Shkola and Special Ed

Other than our oldest, who had not yet been shipped off to orphanage boarding school (the Internat, not to be confused with the internet), our other three kids experienced the Russian spets shkola. This would be similar to a special ed school where mentally-challenged and some physically-challenged children were gathered. However, in the Russian orphanage…

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Concrete -versus- Abstract Thinkers

Our second son, Pasha, may have some brain issues that affect the way he thinks. These could stem from fetal alcohol exposure and one of the areas it impacts has to do with concrete versus abstract thinking. Literal as opposed to theoretical. A figure of speech or else meaning exactly what is said. He generally…

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Monday Mottoes – #133

Four people in one week. Four lives. Four families turned upside-down. As a friend, I try to reach out, give a hug, make a meal, send a card or e-mail, offer a word of encouragement. They are gone, suddenly, all four a surprise. Depending on your theology, they are either gone for good, or yet…