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Will Print Magazines Survive?

Will Print Magazines Survive?

A very interesting article – two articles, actually – crossed my screen this morning in an email newsletter from the trade publication Writer’s Digest. Their website brought together two gurus of the magazine world, both men whose writings I’ve followed and admired for a long time. Bob Sacks, known as BoSacks, offers some astute...
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Hard Work or Cakewalk?

Somehow I’ve gotten myself entangled in an interesting conversation about homeschooling in the education forums over at the national advertising/discussion site known as craigslist. The gist of the current thread of conversation is whether homeschooling is hard work or, as a poster just accused me of labeling it, a cakewalk. Many of the posters...
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Laundry Day

In a post to the HEM Networking discussion list titled “Airing the Dirty Linen”, indefatigable HSLDA-tracker Mary McCarthy expresses her opinion of last week’s NPR interview on the situation surrounding Patrick Henry College. Mary writes: “Ms. Gross continually referred to Mr. Farris as the President of Patrick Henry College leading me has to wonder...
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Posted to the AHA-HEARTS Discussion Group: Just a reminder of HEARTS’ May/June ‘Theme’ … During the months of May and June, homeschoolers associated with the organization H.E.A.R.T.S. (Homeschoolers Educating, Assisting, & Reaching-out Through Service) will be participating in various food drive activities in a myriad of communities across the United States. H.E.A.R.T.S. is requesting...
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Timeline of Katrina Flooding

I have cousins in Metairie and other suburbs of New Orleans, and after seeing my post here yesterday, one of them sent me this link to a fascinating graphic interactive animated timeline of The Flooding of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina, put together by The Times-Picayune newspaper staff. It takes a little while to...
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History of Homeschooling

In the May/June issue of Home Education Magazine, in my “History of Homeschooling” feature, I wrote about the author and educator John Holt and the founding of Growing Without Schooling (better known as GWS), the first publication for homeschooling families, founded in 1977. You can read the article free online here.
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Gulf Coast Assistance Still Needed

HEM Support Group News editor Mary Nix interviewed Susan Gilleland of the New Orleans Learning Odyssey for her May newsletter, available free to read online at the Support Group News Blog. Susan and Mary have been in touch since last August when Katrina hit New Orleans and Mary had contacted Susan to inquire if...
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HE&OS » CARNIVAL OF HOMESCHOOLING, WEEK 8   Hosted this week by our old friend Daryl Cobranchi, who writes: "…kick back and grab a cuppa (or a beer) and enjoy. The theme, such as it is, is the 5 Ws and 1 H."*   *That’s Who, What, When Where, Why – and How.  
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A Homeschool Coalition?

Almost a month ago, on December 3, in the middle of a lengthy and involved discussion about federal legislation on the HEM-Networking list, I posted some thoughts about an idea which has been on my mind for a few years. The posted message is a long one, but in it I outlined my idea...
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Salem Times- Commoner, Salem, IL – Homeschooling requires dedication from parents “Homeschooling requires dedication from parents: Families choose to accept responsibility of educating their children,” is the third article in a four part series on the topic of homeschooling. In this article, seven mothers with varying experience in homeschooling explain why they chose this...
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