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final project from my course with Shaun Levin

Shaun Levin teaching a Domestika course: inspirational for creative writing by going analog, writing with pen and paper not typing on a computer. It did shift my writing, my word usage. This is the final project for the course: A taekwondo student, we learn that the translation of taekwondo is “the Korean art of smashing with the hands and feet”; the two focal points are my hands and feet. Every…

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new blog series: the tapestry of martial arts

Writers are often told, correct or not, to write what they know, write what they love. As spring approaches, I’m going to write a series of blogs that both reflect something I’ve been learning a lot about over the last decade, and also ties in to my fiction writing. (My cozy mystery is coming along at almost 60,000 words so far!) What’s the topic? Martial arts. Tai chi. Qi gong.…

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Rebel Roots Nutrition talks food for optimal mood, focus and academic success

Carla Abate of Rebel Roots Nutrition is helping us figure out the best fuel for our kids. Find her on Instagram @rebelrootsnutrition and rebelrootsnutrition.com. She’s got some amazing recipes on her website!  Here’s inspiration and quality information from Carla, a certified Master Nutrition Therapist (MNT) and postpartum doula.  Feeding Your Kids Toward Academic Success It’s a constant challenge to prepare lunches for the week and do so with a nutritional…

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Professor Dad and Me

Homeschool science: review of Generation Genius and Science Detective

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It can be SO hard to pick out curriculum! It seems to be feast or famine–sometimes I find too many options, sometimes I can’t find anything. Last summer, when planning the upcoming school year,  I decided I wanted a more formal science curriculum. It was time to level up from the basic videos and book series like Magic School Bus. But how? I had flashbacks of sitting in science class…

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Herbal medicine

Is Xiao Yao San (Rambling Powder) over-prescribed?

Harmonizing is the central focus of the most-prescribed herbal formula (in the US) Xiao Yao San, for good reason. In both TCM and 5E, the Wood – Earth dynamic is the cog-wheel of daily life. It’s the engine that keeps it all going, the Gu qi / Spleen qi that is a foundation for every other function: building blood, circulating blood and qi, maintaining yin and yang. The Liver keeps…

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Professor Dad and Me

Professor Dad and Me: the next Chauhan family adventure

Professor Dad and Akshay building a catapult

Announcing.. Drumroll please… Professor Dad and Me!  My son has wanted a Youtube channel for a couple of years now, and I just couldn’t get myself together to make it happen for him until now. With cold weather and Covid, we’ve got the time to get this ball rolling. Well, at first it feels like pushing the darn thing uphill, but now we’re rolling on flat ground.  ProfessorDadandMe is my…

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Book Reviews Books I've published Herbal medicine

thankful for reviews from readers…

I’m so, so thankful for some of the amazing reviews readers have left for my books on Amazon. I had to come here and share this review for Beginner’s Guide to Chinese Herbal Medicine, published in April of this year. 5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended Reviewed in the United States on July 23, 2020 Verified Purchase I am a retired medical doctor wanting to develop a basic working understanding…

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Books I've published Mindful Charlotte Mason

Modern Copywork: No.1 Ladies Detective Agency

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I love books that transport me somewhere new, and Smith’s “Number 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” series does just that. I get this urge to visit Botswana after reading these stories, and imagine I could go there and visit the characters. There are twenty books in the series, and the earthy groundedness of Precious Ramotswe will remind you of all that is good and decent in humanity.    The second blog…

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Book Reviews Books I've published Mindful Charlotte Mason

Modern Copywork Series: Frances Mayes and Under the Tuscan Sun

Copywork is, to me, one of the gems of the Charlotte Mason education style. There are variations, with people staying faithful to the stricter and religious guidelines while many choose to modernize. I remember reading in Charlotte Mason groups of the opinion that ‘most of what has been published since 1980 has been twaddle’, or dumbed down, lesser-quality writing.   But I love books and I love SO many books…

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Homeschool Workbook and Calendar

In case you missed it, I published a book this year! In April Chinese Herbal Medicine for Beginners hit the shelves. Writing it was a lot of fun and work, and I totally want to do it again.   So…   I am self-publishing a series of homeschool books. The first is a print edition that is homeschool workbook, planner and academic calendar all in one. Section 1 is a…

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