Category Archives: books

Recipe: Peanut Butter Muffins

I love muffins. They’re fast, easy, inexpensive, and easily adaptable to any meal. If you’re facing the dinner hour and find yourself staring at the kitchen cupboards, mind totally blank, then why not make muffins, brew a pot of tea, … Continue reading

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Alternative Lifestyle Challenges

Because I am essentially an ordinary person, my chosen alternative lifestyle is not one to provoke hate mail, rabid Tweets, and major national news stories. I figure that what goes on in my bedroom — with my Kindle and the … Continue reading

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Too Impatient to Homeschool

In twenty years of homeschooling, the most frequent comment I have heard about the activity, from people who don’t do it, is: “I could never homeschool! I’m simply not patient enough!” This one ties, actually, with the most frequent question, “How will … Continue reading

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Food Stamps and Finances

I ran into a blog post this week that asked, Is using food stamps a sin? You’ve got to admit, the headline was catchy. The writer described her pastor’s stance on the issue (“Yes, it’s a sin”) and to her credit, she … Continue reading

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Homeschooling: What Does a Normal Day Look Like?

When you homeschool, it’s easy to get obsessed with the word “normal.” By its very nature, homeschooling is countercultural, so from the first day you start classes, you’re not normal, culturally speaking. Because you have no paradigm or standard from … Continue reading

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Recipe: Homemade Corn Tortillas

Why make your own tortillas? Try these reasons: 1) They’re fast and easy, especially if you get a designated tortilla press. As much as I tend to do things the hard way, I knew that trying to slap slap the corn … Continue reading

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Are You Too Ordinary to Make a Difference?

As a writer, my primary focus is on ordinary life and ordinary people, because for all that politicians, writers, seminar speakers, and the movie industry talk about real, regular human beings, they don’t get it. I’ve always enjoyed Hollywood’s interpretation … Continue reading

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Recipe: Poor Man’s Cottage Potatoes

Cottage potatoes are like roses — we all use the same name, but no one cottage potato dish is identical to another. My cottage potatoes are crispy little squares of crunchy on the outside, mmmmm on the inside, especially when … Continue reading

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Homeschooling Young Children

On a regular basis, I troll through various Facebook pages (“troll” is a such a nicer word than “stalk”) and run into post after post that looks like this: “I am homeschooling my five-year-old for kindergarten this year and I … Continue reading

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Is the Bible Boring?

One summer when I must have been insane, I agreed to join a small women’s Bible study given by a deaconess at the church we then attended. “You must be insane,” the Norwegian Artist commented when I told him. “You … Continue reading

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