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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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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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countdown to my book release!

After working for months, it finally seems real! Chinese Herbal Medicine for Beginners is being published in less than a month, and I’ve got some great photos and previews of what it is going to look like. The publisher did an amazing job illustrating it with beautiful color photographs. The book is written for the complete beginner to Chinese herbal medicine, so no previous knowledge is necessary. If you like…

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the ancient health secrets of martial artists

How can it help me? Why would an athlete with an injury, a runner dealing with runner’s knee, your Grandpa with a bad back, your Aunt with shoulder pain, care about all this martial arts remedy mumbo jumbo?   Because they spent CENTURIES developing ways to: Strengthen themselves for training Prevent injuries Treat new injuries Care for chronic issues and ongoing pain   Martial arts are ancient. Sources suggest that…

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Top Five Topicals for martial artists (and anyone who works out!)

The top five topicals for hard-training athletes (martial artists, kickboxers, CrossFit enthusiasts)   Basically you have two kinds of “remedies” with ancient roots in martial artists but so helpful for anyone who works out and has aches or pains. External, to use topically on a joint, muscle or area that hurts, aches or needs TLC Internal, to take internally, like a liquid, decoction, tablet or capsule. (Later, we’re going to…

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The tooth fairy’s evil sister, the puke fairy

In over a year of taekwondo, if I’m famous for anything, it’s probably for having to throw up during any and every belt test and morning class.   Seriously.   Every belt test, and a morning sparring seminar.   Evening classes every week? Nope, nada. Zilch. Zippo.   I hate throwing up. Pregnancy was awful because I was nauseous about 14 hours a day.   At a belt test a…

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is this what will make me quit?

Maybe this is it. I’ve only ever looked at my next belt, and tried not to worry about how far I’d eventually go with this, but how I feel right now? This could be what drives me to quit taekwondo. It is so freaking embarrassing. I got sick in the sparring seminar. Just like my belt tests. Just like my kickboxing classes. Why???? I’ve been going to kickboxing classes in…

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A book is coming! Beginner’s Guide to Chinese Herbal Medicine

Sometimes things are moving at a snail’s pace when suddenly, something happens, a catalyst is added, and that snail’s pace is pedal-to-the-metal caffeinated. In September I was asked by a publishing company if I would be interested in writing “A Beginner’s Guide to Chinese Herbal Medicine.” I submitted my writing sample, not at all confident I would be chosen, but figuring what the heck, why not? I did, indeed, get…

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astronauts and cottonballs

Last night, I sat with family and friends and listened to Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space. She’s awesome (MD, dancer, engineer, Lego figurine, the list goes on), and so was her presentation. She had so much of value and substance to say about many things. One thing was exactly what I needed to hear, though. She was asked how she dealt with people who were negative or…

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