Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Words, Oddities, Bedtime, Patience

"How words affect thought, belief and action": short podcast embedded, all links cleaned up, and I'm working on the pages it leads to.
http://sandradodd.com/words/

This page has lots of interesting things—English oddities, trivia and mysteries
http://sandradodd.com/english/oddities.html

Additions to the page on bedtime, bottom half, and replacement of a missing (working) clock. It's working in my time zone, anyway. 😊
http://sandradodd.com/bedtime.html

About patience with explaining how unschooling discussions work, added to the bottom of "Patience"
http://sandradodd.com/patience.html
photo (a link) by Jonathan Medina

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Philosophy, Benefits, Reading


Philosophy or That's what it's all about!— spruced up, slight addition in the side box. Good page.
http://sandradodd.com/philosophy.html

Benefits of reading on the Always Learning discussion (even beyond just "be a better parent"), cleaned up. Worth a read for those who missed it earlier, and worth a second read for the rest.
http://sandradodd.com/alwayslearning/benefit.html

Clean-up and photos added to an article from 2005 about how my kids learned to read, at "Three Readers"(I quoted it in Just Add Light and Stir)
http://sandradodd.com/r/threereaders.html

photo (a link) by Amy Milstein

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Food problems, sugar, "natural diet"

Touched up, cleaned up, three pages on sugar:
Sugar, gathered from various sweet discussions 😊
http://sandradodd.com/sugar.html

Sugar as a scary substance
http://sandradodd.com/eating/sugar.html

This page had lost its candy-corn lines, so while I was in there I dusted it off.
http://sandradodd.com/eating/halloween.html

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

Diets and Unschooling (added some and cleaned up; link to a long discussion on diet and human culture)
http://sandradodd.com/eating/diets.html
photo (a link) by Jo Isaac

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Peace at home, and witnesses

Big Noisy Peace has the sound file of a conference presentation. I've added a quote and image, spruced it up.
http://sandradodd.com/bignoisypeace.html

Parenting Peacfully is an older page, newly touched, sound file fully there (in Safari and Chrome, anyway)
http://sandradodd.com/parentingpeacefully.html

Two pages lead in a trail from there, and haven't been announced. The second one was finished this week.
One is "Witness" and the other is called "Where no one can see."
http://sandradodd.com/witness.html
http://sandradodd.com/witnesschicken.html


photo (a link) by Jennie Gomes
and her words are there, too

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 on 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)

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