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:
https://sandradodd.com/familybonding 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 SandraDodd.com 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 SandraDodd.com 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

Saturday, November 16, 2019

"Not your mom," Support, Always Learning

A look at the oddity of moms complaining that they want to be treated (in a discussion) the way we treat our kids.

New writing on the list of supportive statements, right under the list of short quotes—a longer one, and feedback.

The Always Learning discussion group has been moved from yahoogroups, where it had been since November 2001,
to its new home at groups.io ! You can read it there (and 18 years of archives, too!) or you can read and respond through e-mail.

photo (a link) by Gail Higgins

Becoming an unschooler; Rescued Archives (x3)

New writing on Becoming an Unschooler, at the bottom of this cleaned-up and rearranged page:

Archives of three groups have been rescued and ensconced on my site, by Vlad Gurdiga who knows how to do it, and did.
Yahoogroups will not keep archives, starting soon.
Always Learning is archived in two places now (having been moved to groups.io, with its archive) but two other dormant groups' archives are here now:

I was never on Unschooling Basics, but one of the founders used to send me quotes and posts to put on my site. It will be good to be able to change the links, as I come to them, to the new archive. Unschooling Discussion was given to Joyce to own and rename after the owner of unschooling-dotcom got tired of it.

photo (a link) by Ester Siroky

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Unschooling is...; Principles; Waking up for work

Addition of an explanation of how unschooling works, by Meredith Novak, to definitions directory page:

Brief interview recording added to the page about Principles

New page for a saved response about the perpetual question about of how, without childhood bedtimes, will one ever get a job?

photo (a link) by Destiny Dodd

Monday, November 11, 2019

Moderation, Books, Detox

Response to a claim about needing "a happy medium," added to the page on moderation:

Book reviews/updates on a book list I made in 2001, of books that had inspired me and that I thought could help others.

Clean-up on an antique transcript on Detoxing from school (a more pointed sort of deschooling). Good stuff.

photo (a link) by Manessah Ellender Garcia

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Help (here is some); Hate (don't do it),

Help (page updated)

Two stories / examples added at the top of the (very short) page on avoiding hating things. "I hate..." doesn't lead to a good place.
The links from those to their originals go to two newly-available things, too... you'll see.

photo (a link) by Janine Davies

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

News ("the news"), sugar, relax (don't battle)

Addition to "When the news is bad"—reasons NOT to follow news programming, if you have young children, or if you like peace

Two sugar stories added a the bottom:

New, third section down, Jen Keefe and Sandra/me about NOT struggling, not battling

photo (a link) by Megan Oriah

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.

This page has lots of interesting things—English oddities, trivia and mysteries

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

About patience with explaining how unschooling discussions work, added to the bottom of "Patience"
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.

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.

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)

photo (a link) by Amy Milstein

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