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Sand in my head


Alone on an island
I find my sanity,
buried beneath the sand
A child’s shovel
betrays its grave!

This poem is not my usual Haiku but I wanted to share this one. I was asked the question, by my wife, the other day “Would you like to spend a week alone on an island” To which I responded “Yes, I might find my sanity.” I added, looking at my precocious 7 year old home-schooled daughter, “I am sure it would be buried in the sand with the shovel sticking in the pile.” The idea kept niggling at my brain and the above poem is the result. I hope you enjoy.

Virtual Schoolhouse

Virtual Schoolhouse

Virtual classroom
One room school, parent teaching
Customized learning

We are a homeschooling family. My wife and I decided that taking responsibility for our children’s education was the best option for us.

It’s just a little bit of Poop.


The other day my daughter was asking me about playing with some kids down the street. I remember that one of the kids was mean to her. So I used the following story to talk about being around a group with “just ONE” of anything. It worked and she realized that even just a little bit of poop can spoil the whole batch. Next time you have an issue like this give this a try.

A father of some teenage children had the family rule that they could not attend “R” rated movies. His three teens wanted to see a particular popular
movie that was playing at local theaters. It was  rated  “R.” The teens interviewed friends and even some members of their family’s church
to find out what was offensive in the movie. The teens made a list of pros and cons about the movie to use to convince their dad that they should be
allowed to see it.

The con’s were that it contained ONLY 3 swear words, the ONLY violence was a building exploding (and you see that on TV all the time they said), and you
actually did not “see” the couple in the movie having sex it was just implied sex, off camera.

The pros were that it was a popular movie – a blockbuster. Everyone was seeing it. If the teens saw the movie then they would not feel left out when
their friends discussed it. The movie contained a  good story and plot. It had some great adventure and suspense in it. There were some fantastic
special effects in this movie. The movie’s stars  were some of the most talented actors in Hollywood. It probably would be nominated for several
awards. Many of the members of their Christian church had even seen the movie and said it wasn’t “very bad”. Therefore, since there were more pros
than cons the teens said they were asking their father to reconsider his position on just this ONE movie and let them have permission to go see it.

The father looked at the list and thought for a few minutes. He said he could tell his children had spent some time and thought on this request. He
asked if he could have a day to think about before making  his decision. The teens were thrilled thinking; “Now we’ve got him! Our argument is too good!
Dad can’t turn us down!” So, they happily agreed to let him have a day to think about their request.

The next evening the father called in his three teenagers, who were smiling smugly, into the living room. There on the coffee table he had a plate of
brownies. The teens were puzzled. The father told his children he had thought about their request and had decided that if they would eat a brownie
then he would let them go to the movie. But just like the movie, the brownies had pros and cons.

The pros were that they were made with the finest chocolate and other good ingredients. They had the added special effect of yummy walnuts in them. The
brownies were moist and fresh with wonderful chocolate frosting on top. He had made these fantastic brownies using  an award-winning recipe. And best
of all, the brownies had been made lovingly by the hand of their own father.

The brownies only had one con. He had included a little bit of a special ingredient. The brownies also contained just a little bit of dog poop. But
he had mixed the dough well – they probably would not even be able to taste the dog poop and he had baked it at 350 degrees so any bacteria or germs
from the dog poop had probably been destroyed.

Therefore, if any of his children could stand to eat the brownies which included just a “little bit of crap” and not be effected by it, then he knew
they would also be able to see the movie with “just  a little bit of smut” and not be effected.
Of course, none of the teens would eat the brownies and the smug smiles had left their faces. Only Dad was smiling smugly as they left the room.
Now when his teenagers ask permission to do something he is opposed to the father just asks,

“Would you like me to whip up a batch  of my special brownies?”

Making Block type with a Potato -Homeschooling Project-


Today as Monty Python would say “and now for something completely different”

After a week of activism, blogging and such I decided to teach my daughter how to make block print out of potatoes as a bit of homeschooling work.

To do this you need the following items.

  1. A Potato
  2. Food Coloring
  3. Knife -very sharp
  4. Paper
  5. Small dish or Saucer
  6. Paper towels

After collecting the items follow the below steps.

  1. Cut the potato in half.
  2. Draw on the potato the letter you want to carve out.
  3. Carefully carve out the letter. Make sure to cut deep enough so that it leaves a good impression on the paper
  4. Pour the Food Coloring into your container.
  5. Gently dip the Potato into the Food Coloring
  6. Gently yet firmly press onto sheet of paper.
  7. Blot potato with paper towel.
  8. Repeat as desired.

The following slide show covers the above steps.

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