Sunday, July 14, 2019

New Book (new edition), problem, solution

If you're subscribed to this blog, sorry for three posts in one day, but the last one was in February. I'll tell you why: My husband, Keith, had a cardiac arrest March 3, and two more that same day, and a fourth arrest of March 11. He was in the hospital for over a month, half of that in intensive care. He's much better now! It's amazing, how well he's doing.

Meanwhile, my webpage provider made some "improvements" that nearly ruined access to much of my site. Pam Laricchia and her son, Micheal, made a little miracle code patch that saved the day (the year, the future). There are still some images missing (mostly very minor), and some formatting glitches, but I'm gradually working through it. It's like cleaning up after a flood, but it's worth doing because so many people have entrusted me with their writings and ideas. All the text is there, and most of it looks as it did before.

Ten years after its 2009 initial release, The Big Book of Unschooling is back in a new edition, thanks to Pam Laricchia's "Forever Curious Press."




In paperback: from Amazon (more bookstores will carry it soon)

Several options for ebook: Click here to choose a store and format.

If you're unfamiliar with the book, click the book image.



Questions about teeth, worries about food

Addition to page on children and dentistry, link to article, discussion, and a passage by me, about a young Kirby
http://sandradodd.com/dentist

Humorous video added to the page on orthorexia
http://sandradodd.com/eating/orthorexia

If dietary considerations are becoming like a religion, please try to relax enough that unschooling isn't hampered by it, and that the marriage and relationships are still strong. Some families have ended up with crippling problems, from an unschooling point of view. Families are important. Logic and truth are good for unschooling.

photo (a link) by Karen James

Issues, Anxiety, Negativity (rising up and above)

I've added "Emotional Challenges of Unschooling," by Amy Childs, to the page "When Parents Have Issues"
http://sandradodd.com/issues/

New, at the top, by Heather Booth, reminding parents that children grow and change:
http://sandradodd.com/anxiety.html

A quote from that page, and a link, were added to the "Negative Approaches to Peace" page
http://sandradodd.com/battle.html

While all three links here are about negativity, and would be a bit much to read all at once, those collections are important for reminding people that phrasing things in negative ways is a barrier to joy, and eventually the whole family can slump into sorrow. There are positive ideas and links within all of those.

Click on the Just Add Light link (the photo at right), and don't forget that Learn Nothing Day is coming on July 24!
photo (a link) by Roya Dedeaux

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Dishes, Instinct, Smell a baby's head

Newness—image, writing, poem by Zann Carter—at the bottom of the page on dishes:
http://sandradodd.com/dishes

New page on the benefits of smelling a baby's scalp or a child's head.
http://sandradodd.com/smell

It has a relative, created a year ago, about smelling other things, and they should be linked back and forth, and to instinct.
http://sandradodd.com/smells
(If some of those links aren't there, or working, someone let me know, please.)





"The last sunset of 2018"
by Karen James


The photo is a link.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy 2019!

I posted this at Sandra Dodd in person—
notes on gatherings and visits
. I have no "in person" plans, but I'm still building the site and writing every day.



No speaking plans for now


I announced in Phoenix in 2017 that I was going to take a break. That was mostly because of some activism I was going to participate in that could affect the conferences. Unfortunately, it was made to affect one of them anyway.

More than that, though, my husband retired, and was planning a shoulder surgery, and I had two pregnant daughters-in-law, and I was tired of being away from home. (Here you can see some of 2018 in review, including grandchildren I didn't have the year before.)

I'm still active on facebook, I still add recordings to my site, there is a YouTube collection (of other people's interviews of me, mostly), and I'm keeping Just Add Light and Stir going. Early February will see the 3000th post.

To keep up with newness and additions, please subscribe to Site News. That has a randomizer, too, so if you're in the mood to find a page you haven't seen before on my site, or to see some of my favorite photos from Just Add Light and Stir, then aboutunschooling.blogspot.com could be a good place to visit.

Thank you for your interest and kindness over the years. I also add to this collection nearly every week, as people send reviews of their own progress. http://sandradodd.com/feedback/

Photos of people at my house on Christmas Day, 2018:

Devyn, Holly, little Kirby


Original Kirby and the baby-girl Kirby, Keith, Marty, Ivan

Monday, December 31, 2018

Abundance, food, humor, relaxing

Addition, on Abundance, from New Year's 2013, by Nicole, second item:
http://sandradodd.com/abundance

New, humor, bottom of the page (and some clean up and links added elsewhere there)
http://sandradodd.com/foodreligion

There are other links there, if you want more about food, but generally speaking, relax!
Relaxation aids on my site:
Breathing (with a graphic aid) and
Peace (ditto, sort of)
photo (a link) by Karen James

Friday, December 14, 2018

Potential, change, brawling online

Something old added to the Karen James page:
http://sandradodd.com/karenjames

Growth and potential—Karen James' conversation with her teen, and self-reflection.
http://sandradodd.com/karenjames/potential

Video added; if you can smile rather than jump into indignation and fury, you're on your way to peaceful positivity.
http://sandradodd.com/indignation

photo (a link) by Olivia Turner

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Cake or death?

Musings about the Meanings of Cake, with the Spartacus story
http://sandradodd.com/cake (the original cake page)

Betty's Birthday:
How a Peace Corps worker learned what some African kids thought about a picture of a cake with lit candles.
(This was linked, then disappeared, and I found another version later. It's very good, and backs Kirby up.)
http://sandradodd.com/cakeart/bettysbirthday

New on my site, rescued and refurbished, after Caren Knox recommended it. It's about cake, and death.
http://sandradodd.com/cakeAngelfood


photo (a link) by Jen Lynch

I named this post "cake or death" because of a 1999 Eddie Izzard routine, from his "Dress to Kill" show. It's easy to find, funny, but a bit F-wordy.

This is a kid-friendly version of that part about the Church of England offering people cake all the time.



If you want to see the full section that leads up to that, which involves Hitler, colonization, and flags, here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVH0gZO5lq0 (6:48)

Saturday, November 17, 2018

New Interview, and related things



I was interviewed November 8 by a nice interviewer named Brett Veinotte, for a podcast and website he named years ago and isn't as attached to as he once was, maybe, "School Sucks." The interview went pretty well, though, and has had 641 views (maybe listens) in eight days. I start of talking VERY fast, but either I'll slow down or listeners catch up, it seems. He called it Sandra Dodd – On Unschooling and Choice"

I added that to the page of things to listen to (or to watch):
http://sandradodd.com/listen/
That probably has some other things you've missed, as I've slipped a thing or two in there.


Earlier this year, he interviewed Pam Laricchia on
The Relationship Benefits of Unschooling
. Hers is calmer and more organized than mine, I think.

The podcast and blog are quite male focussed, which was interesting to me. I'm used to a preominantly female audience, and the producer told me 70% of their listeners are male. Brett was right there, though—sharp and quick and I like him. I had a good time talking with him.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Gift of service, sweetness, peace

New writing from 2009, about making magic for children, by a mom named Alice D. Second item.
http://sandradodd.com/chores/gift

Two new links on the Deb Lewis page, at the bottom of the lefthand column:
http://sandradodd.com/deblewis/

Zann Carter, two things:
Poem about washing dishes, and brief video of a rhythmic discovery:
http://sandradodd.com/dishes
and a page with links to other things by Zann:
http://sandradodd.com/zann


photo (a link) by Rose Sorooshian

Friday, November 2, 2018

Karen James as a new mom, and other history




Addition of Karen James' beautiful writing about when she blossomed into confident motherhood
http://sandradodd.com/karenjames/#ethan

New at the top, Emily Strength, me, on living in history
New at the bottom, the history of the entire world (nearly 20 minutes long, and has a few "bad words")
http://sandradodd.com/history/




photo (a link) by Karen James

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

No bad days, Morning in the moment



photo (a link) by Eva Witsel
This was never announced, though it's been there since 2008 or so:
No Bad Days—and fewer bad moments
http://sandradodd.com/badmoment

This goes with it, but has been announced.
Moments: Living in moments instead of by whole days.
http://sandradodd.com/moment

Here's a good match, but is a step away from unschooling. In those writings (SCA-related), if it says AElflaed or Ælflæd of Duckford, that's me.
Part of self awareness is to be physically self aware.
I've gotten better over the years.

When I was younger I lived too much in my head and would look through the lens of what should be, or could be, or might be, instead of stopping for two seconds to consider what actually, at that moment, was. If I'm not careful I can be cranky before I know I'm tired, and head-achy before I know I'm hungry.
More of that one here: http://sandradodd.com/duckford/mindfulness
Back to unschooling:
"At your house it will be morning again within 24 hours, but it could be morning in your heart any second."
http://sandradodd.com/morning

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