Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Discovery Learning, Independence

Additions of comments to Deb Lewis's article Unguided Discovery

Reminder of a page called Discovery, with something by Joyce Fetteroll

New page, looking at a question about how to teach a young child to be independent.

photo (a link) by Gail Higgins

Monday, July 13, 2020

Resentment, "We", Peace, Monkey Platters

Somehow by accident this collection on resentment was never announced:
It's not new, but I've spruced it up. Smells like Pine-Sol now, or roses.

Addition at the bottom of "When Mom's use 'We'":

Addition of quote from Meredith, and photo, to "Advantages of Eating in Peace"

Monkeyplatters! Saved as backup to a MySpace post and sure enough! MySpace is gone.
Story, photos, list of foods.

photo (a link) by Elise Lauterbach

Friday, June 5, 2020

Pressure, Politics, Late-Night Learning

Addition and clean-up on page about what can happen if parents pressure children:

Reminder of an obscure page on politics (might be a good season, if you're reading this in Spring 2020)
It's about problems for children, if parental focus is elsewhere.

Clean up, additions of photos and links, to Late-Night Learning Comments (several people's stories)


In the past several months, my website has been moved, my photobucket photos have been moved to that new host site, the archives of some older discussions were moved there (all of that thanks to the generous and tireless work of Vlad Gurdiga), and Always Learning moved from yahoogroups to—you don't need to be a member to look around in there.

In the next few months will be the 12th Learn Nothing Day, and the 10th Anniversary of Just Add Light and Stir.

Because of all the moving and changes, I'm working every day, either some or for hours, to restore, update, shore up and solidify the images and links in and among those resources. If you find glitches, missing images, bad links, typos, I would appreciate knowing.

Thanks for reading!
photo (a link) by Chelsea Thurman Artisan

Thursday, April 9, 2020

University, Young Children, (avoiding) Indignation

Story of me (at 18) getting my younger sister into a state university, added up top.
Additional update on Pam Sorooshian's daughters, all of whom have masters' degrees now, at the bottom.

Rearrangement and clean-up of the page on young children:
I moved the list of ideas from a sidebar to the top of the page,but they came out of the chat below that. In between I collected some resources and links people mentioned or set afterward.

Addition, commentary and brief section of the film "Harvey," near the top of

photo (a link) by Nicole Kenyon

Monday, March 23, 2020

Unschooling works; Antagonism; What?

"Unschooling works," an article from 2002, and a bit of update, with links to other older writings.

Avoiding Antagonism (Us vs. Them), and avoid accepting or believing things in batches.

What does this have to do with unschooling? A poop question and less poopy answers:

photo (a link) by Nina Haley

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Structure, connections, unschooling is...,

Text of the first page of the book Moving a Puddle, about the structure of unschooling days.

Addition to connections, writing by Jen Keefe, right under the Pacman dots.

Clarity and purpose, while looking at what unschooling is:

photo (a link) by Janine Davies

Thursday, March 19, 2020

50/50; Happiness Inside and Out; Stages

Why 50/50 is a problem (new page)

"Happiness Inside and Out"—addition of some indicators of where things are in the recording, and link to a partial transcript

Stages of Unschooling—directory page, with an excerpt from The Big Book of Unschooling

photo (a link) by Lydia Koltai

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

"We," Voices, Food/Control,

Brief, new, wherein "we have had tantrums" (said the mom, of a reaction to a punishment she provided)

Addition (third item, something from 2004) to "Voices in your Head"

Long, interesting, from 2013, about food, control, negativity and its effects, and a demo of resistance to help.
"What problems can come?"

photo (a link) by Jen Keefe

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Balance (food), tooth care, slogans

How does it balance out? Additional story, and a good image is showing that had not before

Three collections of questions, answers, ideas and links about tooth care, links updated, format spruced up:

Slogans—when a phrase can be a rallying cry, or a point of irritating confusion.

photo (a link) by Vlad Gurdiga

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Bonding, Principles, French

Family Bonding, recording, image, and transcript, of an episode of The Unschooling Life Podcast, now has a page on my site: and at YouTube.

That led to some corrections and additions at the page on Principles.

The French language and translation pages have been stabilized and improved!

For eight months, I couldn't even open the admin area there, or all the "special characters" (French letters and punctuation) would have turned to question marks, in the code. Other problems caused some titles and art not to show. Now, thanks to the generous volunteer assistance of Vlad Gurdiga, a dad from Always Learning, the site was moved. He found a platform that could support its quirks and antiquity, and set up a back-stage editing area for me there. Now I've touched every French page (I hope).

photo (a link) by Sarah Elizabeth

Monday, January 20, 2020

Joy, Helping kids get along, "Chemicals"

Not new, but never announced before — more about Joy, with a coloring page:

New writing, a list of ways to help kids get along better, by Cass Kotrba, second large item:

The avoidance of chemicals can't happen, so how can we live peacefully? Jen Keefe knows. Below the strawberries:

photo (a link) by Sobia Itwaru

Friday, December 27, 2019

Website changes! Things are good.

I am happy. I am relieved.

In May 2019, things were changed at the hosting company where had been for years. It had changed hands, from yahoo small business, to a couple of other things, and one day I woke up and most links were going to the error page. Almost every link from Just Add Light and Stir was going nowhere. Many images had only error boxes.

Pam Laricchia was finishing up a new edition of my book, which has a link on nearly every page. I panicked! Pam and her son, Michael, brainstormed and wrote some code for the error page which worked well to get people through to pages. That was wonderful, even though some of the routine link images were broken.

Google's crawl did not wait around for a redirect, though, and so it became harder and harder to find anything on my site with google. That's how I locate things there myself, too.

I did appeal to the hosting company, after much frustration, and resorted to a paper letter in an envelope with a stamp, which got me a long explanation (by e-mail) that what they had done was to bring their site up to current code (and it sounded like nonsense, really) and they were sorry, blah blah.

Had I touched any of the dozens of foreign-language pages, all the code would've turned to ashes. That lasted half a year.

BUT TODAY! Today, this very day, things are all much better. The site is stable, at another host company. The images are working. The search is working. GOOGLE IS WORKING! Google has had a week to gather up some links, since was moved, but just as the site went live at its new home, Photobucket went haywire for a week. A whole week. So images that had been working before disappeared, on the site, and also in most of the early years of Just Add Light and Stir.

Vlad Gurdiga has been generous and patient, and altogether heroic, having offered to help me move. I'm grateful for his knowledge, time, ability and understanding. He's not used to helping old women maintain their cottage-industry-class html pages, but he said lots of families have benefitted from the site, and he wanted to help.

For the past seven months, if people found glitches or typos on the site, I was either afraid to or unable to fix them, but now if you find something, let me know! It will take a while to get through all the scraps of paper and notes I have to myself to fix this or that when I can, but I hope to keep on repairing and adding as long as I'm able.

Thanks for reading, and if you want to poke around a bit and look for some errors I can repair, here:

photo (a link) by Lydia Koltai

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