Wednesday, February 9, 2011

I took this picture from my balcony yesterday.  My twelve year old son saw this picture in my phone and said, "Mom, where is that, that looks like the desert!!!" Was he in denial that he lives in the middle of the Sahara Desert?  Hmm, I am wondering if in his acculturation process, somewhere he formed a survival mechanism in his mind of being somewhere else or did a picture bring home the reality of his environment? He is standing here actually laughing at himself as I type this.
The View from my balcony, Omdurman, Sudan

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Education Is

I am re-reading a book by Sonya Shafer called, Education is an Atmosphere, Discipline and Life.  It is based on Charlotte Mason's approach to homeschooling.  What does this concept mean?  When Charlotte Mason talks about atmosphere, she is referring to the home environment the child lives in. We must be very careful about our home environment.  We must ensure that we are setting a good example for our children because what they learn from us, they will take with them the rest of their lives, whether it be good or bad. Discipline  is training our children in good habits.We should take the utmost care to not allow bad habits to form. Charlotte describes discipline as train tracks the parent lays down in order for the child to travel easily into adulthood. The concept of education being Life is somewhat different than most approaches.  She believed that all information we give to our children should be living, not just dry pages in a book.  Yes, we give them instruction, but they need to see these lessons learned in action.  For example:  I was teaching my boys about solar energy and alternative living, so we made a solar oven out of two cardboard boxes, black construction paper, newspaper, aluminum foil and plastic and we used it to cook!!! Now, solar energy is living and real for them; not just something he read in a book.

These three concepts are so important and we must have a balance. The absence of either one will not produce a well-balanced child. If we only give the child the atmosphere, then the child will only learn what we already know. If we give them discipline only, they will have good character but be lacking in mental development and if we provide the child with academics only, we may raise intelligent delinquents.

Something to think about.  Our job is great, but so rewarding.

Monday, February 7, 2011

What is growing old gracefully

I was talking to my Mom the other day.  We speak very often; but we don't talk, I mean reallllllllllllllly talk often. So, yesterday we were having one of our heart to hearts and this is what she said to me. "Why don't you just grow old gracefully!!!"  WHAT....NO WAY!!! This statement sounds so boring, doesn't it?  How about growing old on rollerblades???!!!  Yeah, that sounds better.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Ebook Release

Today is the release of my ebook: Who Put Worms in the Cheese: A World Traveler's Survival Guide. It is a short guide helping anyone who wants to travel international or relocate overseas. You can purchase the book at

The Road Less Traveled

Today I sit, just pondering in general as I often do: thinking of life.  It struck me today, that my readers may want to know just how I derived at the name the Road Less Traveled.  Well, it is the story of my life.  It comes from a my favorite poem "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost.

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;        5
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,        10
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.        15
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.        20

I love this poem.  It seems that my journey through this life is always on a path with not many travelers. My attitude towards this has varied at different stages in my life.  At times, it has been a lonely road in which I desired like companions to take along with me.  And there are other times, that this path has brought me great joy and happiness.  I surely hope, that I contribute something to benefit others along the way.