Saturday, September 23, 2017

Reality, for reals

These three links were brought here four years ago, but one has additions, and they're a good set.


New link added to page on reality (and note there that I created reality!)
Would you rather live in a stone-age village? Early 19th century sod house?
http://sandradodd.com/reality/

Unschool World, another sort of alternate reality
http://sandradodd.com/unschoolworld

Potential problems with Reality TV and unschoolers
http://sandradodd.com/problems/realityshows

The photo is by Bea Mantovani, and is a link.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Respect (problems), points, cursive



Today's links are to quite philosophical ideas—even the one on cursive writing ('joined up' writing, in the UK). Anyone thinking these things are off topic and can't help them unschool can go here instead: http://sandradodd.com/beginning, or check elsewhere around this announcements blog for something that does look fun.


"Some problems with respect"—newly on my site, but written in 2010.
http://sandradodd.com/respect/problems

Earning social points, and how they can be spent
http://sandradodd.com/points

Older page on cursive writing, never announced here, some photos were lost but thanks to The Wayback Machine, I could grab and replace them as they used to be.
http://sandradodd.com/cursive

photo (a link) by Janine Davies

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Not changing, changing slowly, changing quickly!


A story of NOT Changing—how people can plan and prepare and provision themselves and not actually accomplish any unschooling
http://sandradodd.com/change/not

August 31, in a presentation at the Free to Be Unschooling Conference, I said "Gradually move toward doing it right now."
It was amusing, so I told the audience I was writing it down. I have added it to the bottom of both of "Gradual Change" and "Do It", each with a link to the other page:
http://sandradodd.com/gradualchange
http://sandradodd.com/doit

painting and photo (a link) by Karen James

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Big Book, new feedback, abundance, Deb Lewis on peace



Quote added where there was a link before. Page clean-up.
http://sandradodd.com/bigbook/random.html

New quote, even with the top of the book-cover image:
http://sandradodd.com/bigbook

New by Caren Knox (near top) and Sandra Dodd (near the bottom):
http://sandradodd.com/abundance

By Deb Lewis, about peace, but it's on the indignation page:
http://sandradodd.com/indignation

photo (a link) by Lydia Koltai

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

"Deserve," fear-based action, change


"I deserve..." or "ALL children deserve..." is a signpost taking you down a brambly path.
http://sandradodd.com/deserve

Joyce Fetteroll, on fear-based actions; added at the bottom here:
http://sandradodd.com/foodfear/

Stories of How Families Changed (not a new page, but not announced before):
http://sandradodd.com/change/stories.html

photo (a link) by Lisa Jonick

Friday, August 4, 2017

Quotes, focus, ideas-not-individuals


New quotes added:

Emily Strength quote added to Do It
Meredith Novak quote added to Beginning
Sandra Dodd quote added (in Spanish in a graphic, and then the English original) to Quotes

It came up again, someone recommending "Non-Violent Communication" as an unschooling tool.
That's a problem.
http://sandradodd.com/nvc

Learning to participate in discussions of unschooling ideas: It's not personal.
http://sandradodd.com/notpersonal

photo (a link) by Gail Higgins

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Food as religion, fears and health


I don't consider any of these pages "finished," but they all have the starts of good collections.
Before about 2012, I wouldn't have thought they had anything to do with unschooling, but increasingly people are finding it difficult to unschool because of their dietary beliefs.

Food as a religion
http://sandradodd.com/foodreligion.html

Credentials (lack of value, in unschooling discussion)
http://sandradodd.com/foodfear/family

Choosing food fears over families, with a beautiful account by a mom named Nicole, box on the left:
http://sandradodd.com/foodfear/nutritionist

Health is NOT improved by nagging, says a study from the University of Copenhagen.
http://sandradodd.com/nagging

photo (a link) by Hannah North

Monday, July 31, 2017

Request for help, and many anniversaries


So on July 23, I asked for donations, with this link:
http://sandradodd.com/2017/

After September 2 (the 7th anniversary of Just Add Light), I won't ask again until 2020.

Thanks to those who have already helped!

AND ANOTHER THING (lots of things): It's been nine years since I reminded anyone about this feedback page:
http://sandradodd.com/feedback/

photo (a link) by Shonna Morgan

Monday, July 10, 2017

The fabric of life


Turns out there's a phrase I've used several times, "fabric of life".
http://sandradodd.com/Fabric

There was already a "fabric of life" page with writing by Schuyler Waynforth. I introduced it on this blog in 2013, though it wasn't quite new at that time. I didn't want to dilute the beauty of that page, so I made the new page with a capital F in Fabric. Later, whichever one you guess will lead to the other, too.

quoting from 2013:
The Fabric of an Unschooling Life (new page I had not previously announced):
http://sandradodd.com/fabric

photo (a link) by Sandra Dodd

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Comparisons and judgments


None of these are introductions to unschooling, but are about ideas at a more philosophical level. Some people like such things, and others don't.

Clean-up and additions (good ones!) to three pages considering judgment:

New writing, second item in right-hand column:
http://sandradodd.com/chats/comparisons

Addition of "All sin is equal?"
http://sandradodd.com/judgment

Additions and cleanup to a page about sleep, advice and defensiveness:
http://sandradodd.com/goodorbad

And one more bonus page, in which I implore unschooling parents to respect what their children love.
http://sandradodd.com/crap

photo (a link) by Sandra Dodd

Monday, July 3, 2017

Instinct, smells, defend yourself, divorce


Instinct—something beautiful by a nearly anonymous mom, and the beginning of a collection,
http://sandradodd.com/instinct

Smells and smelling (and instinct)
http://sandradodd.com/smells

An older page never yet announced, cleaned up, a bit harsh, but says this important thing:
"If someone can't defend a position to other unschoolers, how will they do with the relatives or the social workers?"
http://sandradodd.com/defendyourself

Addition to page on prevention of divorce (box, right), and follow links too if you haven't been there before.
http://sandradodd.com/divorce

photo (a link) by Sandra Dodd

Friday, June 16, 2017

Socialization, "just", Robyn Coburn

New writing, second item, about finding social experiences for children:
http://sandradodd.com/socialization

New page on problems with adding "just" to an otherwise powerful phrase.
(Not counting "Just Add Light and Stir," which is a reference to old advertisements for instant foods.)
http://sandradodd.com/just

New, Pam Laricchia interviewed Robyn Coburn. I've saved Pam's beautiful into, and more, as part of my Robyn Coburn collection:
http://sandradodd.com/robyn/interview

photo (a link) by Megan Valnes

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