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Summer Puzzle

Summer Puzzle

As summer comes to an end, I’m preparing for our return to lessons and our homeschooling rhythm. I’ve walked in my mind through the seasons of the year, planning for the changes that will unfold in the months to come. The year of seasons forms a cycle like breathing; expansion at the summer solstice like … Continue reading

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Return of the Root Children

Return of the Root Children

This Spring, my daughter (aged 7 1/2) pulled out the Story of the Root Children from her kinder days. I think I tried to interest her in gnome and fairy stories, as I pondered the elemental beings from Steiner’s work, but I thought it didn’t really take, back when she was 3 or 4. Now, it’s … Continue reading

Dear Friends from Down Under

Dear Friends from Down Under

People ask me if homeschooling is lonely. It was my main worry, too, at first. And, yes, when it was wintry dark and raining for days on end, I felt alone sometimes. But it was a chance to enjoy the solitude, recharge, and gather our energy for Spring. Actually, I felt more lonely before, trying … Continue reading

Welcome Home

Welcome Home

Well, we are officially homeschoolers for real! I can’t believe we ever lived any other way! No commute, no tortured good-byes. A rhythm to the day that’s right for us — simple, simple, simple! Being around less people, less activities, less sight and sound, and just plain being together, has made such a difference for … Continue reading

Regeneration in the Wild West

Regeneration in the Wild West

Mi hijo, the little Chigüiro, ambles through an urban prairie meadow, the grasses tickling his elbows. It’s green: finally, what a relief! After six years of drought, the rains have returned to California, and with them the magic of wildflowers. I feel like I can breathe again. We peek among the grasses to find the … Continue reading

Jungle Magic in Pictures

Jungle Magic in Pictures

I recently wrote this reflection on my adventures in the Peruvian Amazon, and my reconnection with special friends from those days. Here are some vintage photos from the jungle archives, taken by Jose Choy-Sanchez, Rio Ucayali, 1999-2000! And Jose sends this, too, a little jungle background music to set the tone. The research team enjoying … Continue reading

Jungle Magic — La Magia de la Selva

Jungle Magic — La Magia de la Selva

Once upon a time . . . I was 22 and looking for adventure. As a girl I had always dreamed of the Amazon rain forest. After college, I found an American agricultural economist working in the Peruvian Amazon who was willing to take me on as an intern; all I had to do was get … Continue reading

Summer Exhale

Summer Exhale

It’s August! We have hit our stride, riding the summer rhythm. We’re relaxing into our predictable days and weeks, enjoying each other. The two kids play together so much, so cute!! No interruptions to our flow: no commute to school, no rush to be on time, no tears from making up after the separation. The jealousy of little … Continue reading

Why Seasonal Rhythms

Why Seasonal Rhythms

Urban life can feel chaotic to young children. I see it’s a stress for my daughter. The city never sleeps! The sirens, streetlights, the vroom of cars, and even the ding-ding of the streetcars continue late into the night. Work days end late and push back dinner time. It’s not easy to keep consistent bedtimes … Continue reading