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Just another day at home/school

February 25th, 2011 by Joyce · 3 Comments

When people find out I homeschool, one of the first questions they usually ask is, “What curriculum do you use?” I’m getting used to answering the question, just like I had to learn how to answer the question that inevitably came after “Are they twins?”: “Are they identical?” No, they’re not identical. Without getting too […]

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Wednesdays

July 8th, 2010 by Joyce

What do you do on Wednesdays?  We hang around and hand out vegetables. Van Weldon from Wood Duck Farm started a CSA last year.  The farm is in Cleveland—about fifty miles north of town.   This is a little far to pick up some groceries so Joe, Van’s driver, delivers the weekly shares to various points […]

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Enough? Enough.

June 20th, 2010 by Joyce

eel•water•rock•man from Orion Magazine on Vimeo. A multimedia presentation about the last man on the East Coast who still fishes for eels with an ancient stone weir, made in collaboration with Orion contributor and artist/author James Prosek.

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Pasty white.

May 24th, 2010 by Joyce

That’s how we look when we’re out at the beach.  It’s because we use mineral sunscreens, loaded with titanium oxide (you’ll see this in makeup) and zinc oxide (the stuff in diaper cream).  With our big floppy hats, SPF clothing, and ghostlike complexions, fashionable we are not.  But neither are we sunburned.  Skin cancer, you’re […]

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Watch this; there’s nothing good on TV, anyway

May 20th, 2010 by Joyce · 3 Comments

I was trying to settle Carmen down a little bit this afternoon.  She didn’t sleep well last night and by lunch she was picking at her sandwich and wailing at the slightest misfortunes.  We rocked and snuggled downstairs while she tossed and turned, searching for sleep.  I checked the clock and wondered how to best […]

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Everything we don’t know

May 12th, 2010 by Joyce

Superficially, the world has become small and known. Poor little globe of earth, the tourists trot round you as easily as they trot round the Bois or round Central Park. There is no mystery left, we’ve been there, we’ve seen it, we know all about it. We’ve done the globe, and the globe is done. […]

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New Alarm Bells About Chemicals and Cancer

May 6th, 2010 by Joyce

The President’s Cancer Panel is the Mount Everest of the medical mainstream, so it is astonishing to learn that it is poised to join ranks with the organic food movement and declare: chemicals threaten our bodies. The cancer panel is releasing a landmark 200-page report on Thursday, warning that our lackadaisical approach to regulation may […]

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