Have a wonderful New Year!
10 Years From Now, 50% of Us Will Have Diabetes
Today’s prompt (the last one of the year!) is just so good and so incredibly personal that it’s going in my journal rather than online. Here it is for those who want to write about it (or even mull it over):
Core story. What central story is at the core of you, and how do you share it with the world? (Bonus: Consider your reflections from this month. Look through them to discover a thread you may not have noticed until today.)
I hope you’ve enjoyed this journey with me and that you’ve been able to do some reverbing of your own. Have a wonderful New Year and I’ll see you in January!
Prompt: Gift. This month, gifts and gift-giving can seem inescapable. What’s the most memorable gift, tangible or emotional, you received this year?
It’s been a while since I wrote a Things I Love post (inspired by Gala Darling) and I thought I’d do a quick one to end 2010 on! So here are just a few things I’m loving right now…
the hunger games trilogy (I’m actually pretty obsessed, to the point of reading fanfiction once again…) nights out with my bff and our girls making new year’s decorations and poppers with the aforementioned lovelies interlibrary loans! can’t praise them enough surprise thank-you cards from editors that are so kind they make you grin ear-to-ear (as well as surprise starbucks cards) my killer new recycled journal my new monster high doll plushie honey lemon ginseng green tea a magical childhood’s make mondays magical posts amazingly delicious natural harvest glow soy candles secret random acts of kindness missions working late into the night with the christmas tree glowing at my side sharing favorite books with loved ones long weekends with my hubby love drop playing pretend magical creatures with my kiddo (particularly when I’m the goblin about to eat her) wood sprite’s new obsession with growing crystals and eating snow having netflix again after a lengthy hiatus paying off bills and being on the plus-side gorgeous star garland the prospect of a brand spankin’ new year!
This may be the most disturbing story you read today. However, it’s a very important read; not just because our tax dollars helped fund child rape, but because we need to condemn it wherever it happens and refuse to be silent when so many are tortured. Please help spread this article around, sign the petition in it, and contact your members of Congress about it as soon as possible.
Child Rape in Afghanistan
Fruitcake is For the Birds
Tea Party Report
Newspeak and Thoughtcrime at Wal-Mart
I’ve been reluctant to call what we do “unschooling” because of the connotations associated with the word, but essentially that is what we do. I still like other terminology better (such as “self-directed learning”), or, better yet, refraining from using labels in the first place; and while I’ll continue to use the generic “homeschooling” to avoid confusion, particularly with strangers, I’m also claiming the U word today.
IDEA: The Institute for Democratic Education in America
Coming Out of the Unschooling Closet
Prompt: Defining moment. Describe a defining moment or series of events that has affected your life this year.
Prompt: Achieve. What’s the thing you most want to achieve next year? How do you imagine you’ll feel when you get it? Free? Happy? Complete? Blissful? Write that feeling down. Then, brainstorm 10 things you can do, or 10 new thoughts you can think, in order to experience that feeling today.
Prompt: Ordinary joy. Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments. What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year?
I just feel like making a top 10 list for this prompt. (Click to read after the cut.)
Oh, I have to add another moment: singing karaoke on Christmas with my whole family–my mother, aunt, sisters, brother-in-law, and even my father and husband for the first time, respectively! The former and I sang “Come As You Are,” while TJ and I sang “Time After Time.” These will be some of my most treasured memories of the year.