Author Archives: Christine

Hard Lessons

We live in a neighborhood that is in transition. That’s a nice way of saying that we live in an area that is; labeled as blighted is often a dumping ground for the unwanted sometimes called the ‘hood (even by … Continue reading

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Not That Kind of Gross

This morning I was looking up the requirements/restrictions on claiming an elderly parent as your dependent. Em peered over my shoulder, “Gross income? That’s silly.” Homograph This Homographs are words that are spelled the same and sound the same but … Continue reading

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Back to Homeschooling?

Back to Homeschooling? Last fall, still reeling from a particularly harsh assessment of my parenting skills by my eldest, I found myself doubting everything, including homeschooling. And so I enrolled Em in public school, unsure if it would be a … Continue reading

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Cat Box Roca and Other Stories

Twitter, the internet in general, it can be a huge time suck and sometimes it is just good for a belly laugh or two. I was browsing through Twitter and saw a retweet posted by another dystopian author. Meg Elison … Continue reading

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Schedule and Routine Makes a Difference

  When I was homeschooling, one of my biggest challenges was dealing with an ever-changing routine. This mainly had to do with my work schedule cleaning houses, which fluctuated around my clients’ needs and schedules. No one day was the … Continue reading

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Teaching Responsibility

Apparently, it is crunch time in my daughter’s little academic world. And it is interesting to see how she reacts to it. Menopause has its benefits – I’m far more patient now than I used to be. If I were … Continue reading

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Highest Score in Fifth Grade?!

Em came home yesterday and informed us that she had scored the highest score among all of the fifth graders in the school in reading. “It was nine hundred something,” she said, “and the second highest score was Azule, she … Continue reading

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Learning in Action – Flow Charts!

As we settle into the school year, the weeks have flown by. Em is doing well – happy, well-liked by her teachers and the other students, and applying herself in class. Last week was her first parent-teacher conference… Quarterly Parent/Teacher … Continue reading

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Great Minds Think Alike

Eleven Years Ago Today Eleven years ago today I had just spent one uncomfortable night in a hospital bed, hooked up to far too many monitors. I was sure that “today was the day” that I would get to meet … Continue reading

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How About a Mental Health Day? (and other stories)

As the weeks and months have marched on, I can see clearly the path that this blog will be taking. I’m sharing that vision, along with an Em update, below… Great Grades “Hey Mama, I almost forgot, here’s my quarterly … Continue reading

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