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|Tiki Bar with stove and lights|
Worrying is like a Rocking Chair... lots of action, but going nowhere.In my case, telling me I was playing the What If? Game was meant to help me. But it was also meant to get my mom a little peace and quiet. Unfortunately, it ended up minimizing what I was thinking about. It made me be even more critical of myself, thinking,
Ron with Katie, Alyssa & Michael in the tent
|Playing in the sand at South Padre (Sue & Katie)|
|On the road to Alaska...|
stopping off to explore Yellowstone
|All of us together before |
Michael left for the Peace Corps, Katie left for NYC, and Alyssa got engaged
"Then you'll see. It is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself."
1) The Impossible might not be.
2) The next time I find an obstacle, I have a couple pretty strong talismans in my pocket:
“At the beginning I had no idea a discovery would be made in my lifetime,” Higgs, 83, said at a press conference in the Old College at the University of Edinburgh, where he worked from 1960 until his retirement in 1996. “It’s very nice to be right sometimes.”http://public.web.cern.ch/public/en/lhc/lhc-en.htmlScience is always changing, always checking itself, always looking for explanations. And sometimes, when they make a discovery, it opens all kinds of nearby doors that before seemed shut. So this week is a big deal - we might be a little bit closer to finding out more about the mysteries of the Universe.
Here's a scenario:
A parent is new to the idea of unschooling and seeks out more information. In doing so, they feel criticized for something they're doing. They are told it's not in alignment with unschooling. They throw up their hands, and say "Oh! Well then I am not an unschooler!" And walk away.
|Double Piggy Back Rides|
|Ron & Michael|
|Ron & Katie hiking in North Carolina|
|Never too young to hike Enchanted Rock!|
|Typical evening...or anytime|
|Backyard Hockey with Katie & Michae|
|Dry Ice Experiments turned into Mad Science!|
|Michael learning to ride Gilly|
|Learning to sail with Katie & Alyssa - Folsom Lake|
|Helping Alyssa pet a Bat Ray (Monterey Bay Aquarium)|
|Just a cute picture of Ron & Michael (1991 Welcome Home)|
"Children are willing to expose themselves to experiences. We aren't. Grownups always say they protect their children, but they're really protecting themselves. Besides, you can't protect children. They know everything."“. . .from their earliest years children live on familiar terms with disrupting emotions, fear and anxiety are an intrinsic part of their everyday lives, they continually cope with frustrations as best they can. And it is through fantasy that children achieve catharsis. It is the best means they have for taming Wild Things.”
“Peter Rabbit, for all its gentle tininess, loudly proclaims that no story is worth the writing, no picture worth the making, if it is not a work of imagination.”“I think it is unnatural to think that there is such a thing as a blue-sky, white-clouded happy childhood for anybody. Childhood is a very, very tricky business of surviving it. Because if one thing goes wrong or anything goes wrong, and usually something goes wrong, then you are compromised as a human being. You're going to trip over that for a good part of your life.”
“If there's anything I'm proud of in my work--it's not that I draw better; there's so many better graphic artists than me--or that I write better, no. It's--and I'm not saying I know the truth, because what the hell is that? But what I got from Ruth and Dave, a kind of fierce honesty, to not let the kid down, to not let the kid get punished, to not suffer the child to be dealt with in a boring, simpering, crushing-of-the-spirit kind of way.”"And Max, the king of all wild things, was lonely and wanted to be where someone loved him best of all."
“But the wild things cried, “Oh please don’t go - we’ll eat you up - we love you so!”And Max said, “No!”The wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws but Max stepped into his private boat and waved goodbye.”“And [he] sailed back over a year