Opinion, Writing

Said vs. Stated: Irritating Nuances of Language Usage

In my former legal assistant profession, I dealt with many shades of people--some so colorful they would make a rainbow appear drab. These same people were usually the ones who used language that grated on my nerves. Let me clarify. I'm not specifically talking about precise use of language ("smart" vs. "intelligent" vs. "clever"). Yes,… Continue reading Said vs. Stated: Irritating Nuances of Language Usage

Homeschool, Opinion

Secular Christian Homeschooling: It’s My Thing But It Certainly Doesn’t Have To Be Yours

Secular Christian Homeschooling--that's really a thing? I have no idea. But if not, consider me revolutionary. I am a Christian. However, I also believe in separation of religion and education (or, if you prefer, "church and state," but since I no longer adhere to the state-run educational system, maybe that's not so accurate). Specifically in… Continue reading Secular Christian Homeschooling: It’s My Thing But It Certainly Doesn’t Have To Be Yours

Homeschool, Opinion

Ditch the Deviations

I'm so over purveyors of popular penny-pinching perfectionist ploys. I've been reading all the blogs. I subscribe to all the newsletters. You know the ones. Do this and your kids will be healthy, perfect angels who don't spazz out on sugar crack, and your skin and hair will be shiny and luxurious, and your home… Continue reading Ditch the Deviations

Musings, Opinion

Close Your Mouth

"Close your mouth," my husband whispered to me as I sat in the passenger seat at the Dairy Queen drive-through window. The man taking our order stood patiently waiting. As I watched the chocolate sauce ooze down onto a vanilla cone, I got caught open-mouthed and nearly drooling. I was debating over a chocolate fudge… Continue reading Close Your Mouth