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Miami 2017

I’m off to Miami today… Thursday morning. Unbelievable. Mom went from apparently healthy to hospice in 11 weeks. It can happen fast. Another consistent reminder, if there is something that you want to do or say, move it up. Everyone is coming together to visit and to support. So many memories flood back at times … Continue reading »

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Audi A6 Drive

I took another drive out through the Oregon desert on the east side of the Cascades.  It’s about three and a half hours from Portland to Yakima, Wa, through the Yakima Nation reservation.  It was a cool day, in the low 70’s and crystal clear in all directions. I got to the rental car place … Continue reading »

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May

May in Portland is great.  It’s about 55 degrees every night, about half the days are blue sky, and it rarely gets above 70 in the afternoon.  Sometimes it feels like it’s getting to be routine, but mostly I still feel like every day is a vacation out here. I’ve biked to work every day … Continue reading »

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April

The primary event of this month has been Rylee’s broken leg. Today she goes to the orthopedic doc for her four week follow up, to take the long-leg-cast off, get an out of cast x-Ray, then decide on treatment going forward. She’s been brave through the process of her accident, denial of the injury and … Continue reading »

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Back to Work

Having gotten to February now, we have made it all the way around the horn with the experimental year away from work.  Transitions are always interesting and enlightening, as I expect this one to be as well. I’ve gained a lot this year and learned a lot about myself and my family.  I spent the … Continue reading »

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Boston with Tate

Thanks to Kelly booking us a couple of multi-city airline tickets, Tate and I were able to make it out to Boston for a week before meeting Kelly, Rylee and Luke in Baton Rouge for the holidays.  Tate wanted to go to Boston to meet an internet friend, and I wanted to go out there … Continue reading »

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The Wealth of Nations

I finally finished the roughly 1100 pages of Adam Smith’s Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations last night.  This was the capstone book of my reading quest this year.  It sort of covers a lot of the themes I have explored in the other 20 or so books I’ve read or … Continue reading »

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Solo trip to Chicago

It’s been about ten years since I visited Chicago, so it was nice to get back out there, even if just for an overnight solo trip.  It is a great city; big, busy and of course, very windy. This was the first time in a year that I’ve traveled, lodged and eaten at someone else’s … Continue reading »

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November

November is another big milestone month.  The last significant one for me was getting into august, the half way point of the year away from work.  These milestones make me really stop and think, and we’ve passed several of these interesting inflection points this year. November has its place here because it marks the end … Continue reading »

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6 months in Portland

It’s hard to believe we’ve been in Portland for 6 months!!  Every time I cross the Willamette River, and take in the scenes of this beautiful city, I want to pinch myself.   I remember finishing loading up the u-haul for the cross country trip, thinking, “what in the heck are we doing?!  This is … Continue reading »

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Teen Freedom

Well, we reached a cool milestone here recently.  Of course we’re all traveling on the trains and buses, but now Tate is making solo trips home from school.  11 miles between towns, and he’s able to do it alone without needing to drive.  He just has his bus pass, house key and a cell phone … Continue reading »

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Village Home

A few weeks after we came to Portland, Joe and I went to check out the Village Home Resource Center. We rode our bikes to the NE Portland campus. As soon as we got there, and I saw moms and kids picnicking in the parking lot, children running around barefoot, some toddlers shirtless, and moms … Continue reading »

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Six Months

Mid August marked the six month milestone for my year off.  I spent the first quarter of the year at home in Baton Rouge enjoying my city with a new level of freedom that was a good transition into this experimental year.  We spent the second quarter mostly traveling and planning all the logistics around … Continue reading »

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2014 Book List

This is a page created to help me remember which books I read or listened to this year in roughly the order I completed them in.  Each book helps mark a very specific time in the unfolding of this year.  I hope I didn’t forget any… The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by … Continue reading »

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Unschool Family Conference

  Kelly’s vlog     Rylee’s vlog      

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Sunday Fun

It rained all day on Sunday, and it was great.  Kelly was out all day preparing food at her barter job and the kids and I stayed in all day.  Rylee taught me how to edit movies, Luke and I made a new gasket for the steam engine and Tate and I tried to get … Continue reading »

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Unschooling

  “If we give kids  the foundation to dream, they will figure out the grammar and the history the minute it helps them to reach their goals and make a difference.” – Seth Godin   We’re approaching a year and a half of Unschooling our kids and how it works is still a bit of … Continue reading »

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Battle Panic

Last week was the week of no sleep.  I stayed up really late several nights and I can say now that I prefer getting to bed in time to get an early start the next morning, I like to be rested enough to enjoy the early morning time and have a lot of daylight left … Continue reading »

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Decamping from Baton Rouge

“Winning is sometimes appreciating the wisdom of a tactical withdrawal, especially in the face of impenetrable prejudice.”  Gerry Spense   Dear Baton Rouge – I’m not breaking up with you, I’m just taking a break from you.  Don’t worry, it’s not you, it’s me.  To eeck out a life in this city, the way I want to … Continue reading »

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Getting ready for xmas

Kelly has been crocheting all day, every day for the last week or so.  Learning how to do it on YouTube.  She’s made several really cool wool hats.  All of us got one and they are really nice looking and WARM!  She’s got several wrapped and ready to be given for christmas to some family … Continue reading »

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Christopher Columbus Replica Ships

To control your cow give it a bigger pasture. Shunryu   We went to the MS Gulf Coast to see the replica ships of the Pinta and Nina.   These were hand built in Brazil as replicas and sailed here for display. Met up with a few other home school families then went to the … Continue reading »

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Our first month of spending half

Another fun family project like all the rest! We cut our spending in half this month, had a great time doing it, got closer as a family and learned a lot. I learned that the key was to have a plan, the discipline to stick to it, and that it was also a whole lot easier … Continue reading »

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Budget Experiment

10/1/2013 – We’re trying to live on a budget. Surprisingly, we’ve never done it before. Money just sort of worked itself out without a real spending plan. We saved a portion and spent the rest. The budget amount is a shot in the dark, but I figure we can make any number work, so we’re … Continue reading »

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Back to School

The back to school activity is picking up. The stores have their displays set out with all the supplies that the kids need for school. Folks at my office are going to new school orientation with their kids and are generally not looking forward to the grueling homework regimen that’s about to start up again. … Continue reading »

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Moving Day

The first day of moving into the apartment was a lot of fun yesterday.  Kelly is very driven, Tate is already so big and strong where he can help with the heavy lifting, Rylee is meticulously organized and proactive and Luke is consistently cooperative and positive.   We made several runs between the house and the … Continue reading »

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Opting Out

A lot of people have asked me why my kids and I decided to switch to homeschooling.  The answer is complicated and difficult for me to express.  The best way I can describe it is “death by 1000 cuts”.  By Luke’s 2nd grade year at The Baton Rouge Center for Visual and Performing Arts (BRCVPA), … Continue reading »

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