Passionate Parenting, by Cary Schmidt, a review by Susan Karsten

If you have children, and they are in, or nearing their teens, you will want this book (if you read). One of the absolute best books on this topic I have EVER read. In fact, I am seriously thinking about starting a book discussion group based on it as a community outreach to help others. […]

Parenting Thought: Trust your Mothering Instincts, post by Susan Karsten

To write this post, I paged and paged through a book, looking for the quote. It resonated strongly with me. I couldn’t find the quote, but I shall try to reconstruct its thoughts. I wish I had this thought when I was in the beginnings of the struggle to learn how to deal with, and […]

My Son, the College Graduate, by God’s grace alone

I give ALL the credit, honor, and glory to God for any success we’ve had. God has gifted, given, forgiven, blessed. I am a weak vessel and it’s only through Him that I do anything at all “good”. That said, we celebrated our son’s college graduation on May 24. What a wonderful time to revel […]

“The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman ~ review by Susan Karsten

I dig for books. One way I dig is by reading book reviews. After noticing several raves about Neil Gaiman’s latest book, “The Ocean at the End of the Lane”, I decided to see what was so great about this slender fiction volume. In one night of reading, then skimming, I found out. Not so […]

“100 Days of Blessing” (Volumes 1 & 2) by Nancy Campbell ~ a book review by Susan Karsten

When I saw that the second volume of the “100 Days of Blessing” devotional book was now available, I ordered it immediately. For someone who gets almost all her abundant reading material from the library, or from used book stores, this is saying a lot. The devotionals are exceptional and oh, so relatable. If you […]

Poem by My Son ~ Happy Mother’s Day

I was shuffling through some darling handmade Mother’s Day cards which reside in a nook of my secretary desk. Caught up in the pile, amidst the darling cards from my three, was a humorous poem by my son. The poem, written when he was about twelve, has a spring theme (flowers), so I thought I’d […]

Music Literacy for the Home Educator – part 2

Nurturing children’s appreciation for music can be quite natural for some, but requires some planning, purposefulness, and effort. Some of the resources I used during early elementary years (ages 7-12) included Moving Freely, an interpretive dance video, and Sono Harris’s Fun Physical Fitness for the Home educational CD & book set which incorporates music. Movement […]