Sunday, April 3, 2022

Elvis/music boxes in musicals, Cursive writing,

Two pages cleaned up, with a new story added to the collection about unschoolers learning to write.

New story from Annie Regan, at "Cursive, unschooling, change, musings" https://sandradodd.com/cursive

"How Elvis Appears to Unschoolers," which turns into music boxes in musicals (Elvis in "Blue Hawaii," Dick Van Dyke in "Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang," and the opening song of "The Book of Mormon" https://sandradodd.com/dot/elvis
photo (a link) by Ester Siroky

Saturday, February 5, 2022

Parenting Peacefully, Fact, Food

Usually I try to save up three similar or related pages, but this one is long and important. In January 2022 I have added to the page called Parenting Peacefully, a list that Alex Arnott wrote. It's the fourth item or so.
https://sandradodd.com/parentingpeacefully
That page is long, solid, rich, and has a sound file you can hear there, or download and keep.

New to the site: Fact/Fallacy/Opinion (from The Big Book of Unschooling)
https://sandradodd.com/fact

New page, sound and pictures, about FOOD and unschooling
https://sandradodd.com/foodlisten
photo (a link) by Lydia Koltai

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Service, expanded and cleaned up

There were two pages on service, but now there are three, easier to read, links repaired:

Service as a Gift (a very good page that is not new)
https://sandradodd.com/serviceGift

New page, with info taken from the first page. Much easier to read here:
https://sandradodd.com/serviceResponse

Some writing about doing dishes...:
https://sandradodd.com/chores/dishes
Do you like your dishes?
Would you wash your dishes even if you had no children?
...was discussed https://sandradodd.com/chats/bigbook/pages_175-184_choreServe.html
and many good things were written.


photo (a link) by Sandra Dodd

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Being a partner, healing, stereotypes,

New page—a deeper look at being a child's partner
https://sandradodd.com/partners/examined

New page on peace and healing, anonymous but it's an experienced unschooler and it's good.
https://sandradodd.com/peace/healing.html

New, on Stereotypes (some humor, some puzzlement)
https://sandradodd.com/stereotypes






photo (a link) by Sandra Kardaras-Flick

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

About jobs


photo (a link) by Sandra Dodd,
of Marty at work, years ago
My old jobs page was too wide, too long, and some links had gone bad. Now it is four pages:

New main and intro page:
https://sandradodd.com/jobs/

Stories of jobs (from parents about their own jobs, and some about teen and grown unschoolers' jobs:
https://sandradodd.com/jobs/stories

The long list of jobs from the original page, with some stories listing jobs, and some outside links to lists (Australian and U.S., but much is applicable anywhere):
https://sandradodd.com/jobs/list

Excerpts from jobs section of The Big Book of Unschooling:
https://sandradodd.com/jobs/bigbook

The unwieldiness of the old page can be viewed at The Wayback Machine's preservation of it, recently: https://web.archive.org/web/20210505161722/https://sandradodd.com/jobs

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Real writing, emotional perspective, fads/labels

NEW PAGE of gathered-up writings: Real Writing (as opposed to practice writing, or writing that has no purpose or audience)
https://sandradodd.com/realwriting

A page on Emotional Perspective, a few years old, and never announced before.
A facebook memory led to it.
https://sandradodd.com/emotion

Fads and labels come and go (new page late 2021)
https://sandradodd.com/fad



photo (a link) by Sandra Dodd

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Laundry as love, therapy, and mindfulness practice

Summer MacDonald wrote:
Laundry is love. I love each person whose pants I am washing and folding. I love each meal I have shared with my family, that needed cloths and towels to wipe up the spills afterwards. (and more)
This new page is a match to the one about owning and washing dishes. It is about gratitude, abundance, service, and life.
https://sandradodd.com/laundry



photo (a link) by Sandra Dodd

Saturday, September 4, 2021

"Yes!" and Positivity and "lifting a finger"

I lifted Joyce's amendment of "Always Say Yes" and so there is new art and formatting and a direct link:
https://sandradodd.com/joyce/yes.html

NEW completely, about not sharing negativity, and why it's harmful. Accounts of more joy, photo, links:
https://sandradodd.com/sharingnegativity

New "phrase to avoid" added: "...won't lift a finger to help around the house" (plus commentary and links)
https://sandradodd.com/phrases




photo (a link) by Holly Dodd

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Site upgrades, and Don't Struggle!

The "struggle" page has a sweet new quote (up top) and a video restored.
Cleaned up, narrowed...
https://sandradodd.com/struggle

I finished the restoration of Just Add Light and Stir. Links to photos needed to be changed—all of them, in early years (from photobucket to SandraDodd.com) and then for a few years half, and all the "http"s needed to become "https," and a few other formulaic format improvements. Of the nearly 3900 posts, I changed all but about 300 (which were the most recent, and already "up to code").

I finished that earlier this month, after a little over a year of working on it a few hours at a time as often as I could persuade myself. Now I've moved on to webpages.

My advisor and rescuer in all of this is Vlad Gurdiga, who figures out little bits of code I can use to make big changes. Many pages have been made narrower, for reading more easily on a phone. Some can't be, and some I won't get to, but increasingly, gradually, things are better.

Another thing Vlad found for me was a magic spell (okay, two lines of code, and the back-end support) that will put a folder full of photos up as a gallery, and I've made my travel photos work! When you're through looking at a set, click the "x" in the top right.

Travel Photos: https://sandradodd.com/photos/travels

Some of the blogpage links from this page might have some image glitches or missing videos, but I will eventually repair them all, I hope.
photo (a link) by Sandra Dodd, at Archeon, in The Netherlands

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Ouija-Book / Ouija World / Robyn Coburn

Added image and story to the bottom of:
https://sandradodd.com/bigbook/random

Retired, somewhat; announced in a discussion, saved here:
Retirement, spiritual retreat, cocooning...

New sound file on the Robyn Coburn page! "The Early Years,"
presentation from the 2005 Live and Learn Conference in St. Louis
https://sandradodd.com/robyncoburn
(There is a player on that page, and here's a direct link.)







photo (a link) by Sandra Dodd

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Balance (Karen James), Perception

New writing on balance, by Karen James, added here:
https://sandradodd.com/balance#karen

An older page, some new images, all links recently solidified:
The Blindmen and the Elephant





photo (a link) by Karen James

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Radical Unschooling, deeper levels, "just"

Improvements, expansions, images added to:
https://sandradodd.com/unschool/radical

New page, and directory to other in-depth radical unschooling thoughts:
https://sandradodd.com/radicalunschooling

"Just" (when "just..." can be a problem)
The page isn't brand new, but has been improved, and wasn't announced before.
https://sandradodd.com/just





photo (a link to Janine's "Accesible Enlightenment") by Sandra