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Is excellence the only goal?

I don’t think being good at things is the point of doing them. I think you’ve got all these wonderful experiences with different skills, and that all teaches you things and makes you an interesting person, no matter how well you do them. –Kurt Vonnegut My son spent a lot of time in speech therapy as a young child for Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). You wouldn’t know it now,…

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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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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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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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Black Belt Fitness: Never think you’re at a disadvantage because you start late

Ah, all those book reports from elementary and middle school… while sometimes a dreary assignment, for many of us it also conjures memories of earning free pizzas from Pizza Hut (Book It!)   I’m including a book review because in my quest as a middle age, squishy around the middle, non-athlete learning taekwondo, it answered questions and made me feel better about my path. To quote Black Belt Fitness, “Never…

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finding a reason for family mindfulness practice: The Self-Driven Child

Everywhere, everywhere mindfulness, meditation, relaxation, forest bathing, sophrology–the solutions to the cultural tidal wave of anxiety, depression and less-than-ideal mental health are explained to adults and kids.  Everyone from Buddhist teachers to Oprah and mainstream media have told us WHY we should make it a part of our day.   But change requires a catalyst, a reason, an inspiring moment that sparks the beginning; the energy and motivation to move…

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The Songs of Trees: 7 ways to use this AMAZING living book in homeschool

The Songs of Trees: non-fiction prose that reads like poetry at times.  I’m normally a pretty fast reader, and this book made me slow down and enjoy how he uses language, as well as the message he expresses. For budding botanists and tree-loving kids, here’s a description of a maple tree.  “Lime yellow flowers dust the maple tree’s canopy.  Peppercorn-size bells hang from filaments at the tip of almost every…

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Nature study as a mindful activity, part 2

I love nature study, and I love mindfulness, and I love living books.  Here’s a quick review of a book that will incorporate all three!  It’s called The Global Forest. It’s format is in shorter chapters, so you can pick and choose easily what you might read aloud to the kiddos. A living book, beautifully written, the author Diana Beresford-Kroeger is not only a botanist and medical biochemist, she has…

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Nature study as a mindful activity, part 1 of 3

Nature is one of the best teachers of mindfulness.  To be alone or quiet in nature is a reminder of that we are part of a whole that is much bigger than us.  Nature nurtures us, makes us healthier, resets our nervous system.  Cultures have always known this, but science is backing it up with studies showing the benefits of activities like “forest bathing.” Question:  Have you ever gone out…

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Slow and steady wins the race: Mindful Movements

“My kids sit for too much of the day already…now I’m asking them to sit more to meditate?” “I’m scared to even try to get my kid to sit down…they have so much energy.  How can I introduce mindfulness to them?”  “Isn’t meditation a lot of sitting?” Lots of parents and homeschoolers have questions like these.  Is the answer yes? Not necessarily! Here are a few books about incorporating mindfulness…

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