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Those of you who know me, either through this blog or in real life, know that I am neither religious nor liberal. I have said here before that, while I believe the earth is in a warming phase, I’m not 100% sure I buy that man is mostly responsible. In my political beliefs I tend […]

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Stephanie - August 18, 2007 - 10:13 pm

My mother was a “from scratch” mama, and so am I, usually.
I buy organic because I believe that farming organically is the right thing to do.
It’s a political thing for me. It burns my butt that companies put put in fillers and use sub par ingredients – but people buy them -or else they wouldn’t make them.
Which, again, is why I (near)always buy organic or “natural”, to make a point as a consumer that this is my preference.

I don’t know that people choose green because it’s trendy, or because things have gotten so bad… half of the ingredients in things aren’t even real foods. GMO’s, and hydrogenated, just as you said.
Makes me mad. So I choose “no thanks”.
I figure if I’m willing to spend my money on it (natural), then maybe someday others will see that it’s what the people want (more money for them if they provide more natural options).
And things will change.
Your liberal :) friend.

whimsigal - August 18, 2007 - 11:23 pm

See, I like the idea of from scratch and I like the idea of organic food. Don’t you agree that it’s extraordinarily expensive to buy organic food than conventional food?

I didn’t mean to imply that all people choose green because it’s trendy because that’s not my feeling. I do think that it’s become hip to be green though. When celebrities start touting it, then it’s becoming pop culture to me.

Maybe because it’s hip it will cause the big companies to try and capitalize on it, I don’t know. As I said, these thoughts are still percolating in my brain.

I have many liberal friends and am glad I may count you as one. :)

Laura - August 20, 2007 - 3:09 am

I think it’s about subsidies for companies to use byproducts that the unhealthy junk comes off so cheaply.

Organic can be expensive, but as you start getting away from packaged food -even organic packaged food- then you can be a bit more frugal. I think of the ideal diet, whole foods (foods in their original, whole, natural form – meat, eggs, fruits, veggies, and nuts) and then I consider how every level of interference is a step in the wrong direction. Apple-good, applesauce-pretty good, apple jacks-bad. And I go from there.

I learned to make homemade granola and granola bars, we mix our own trailmix, and I preserve garden food (or farmer’s market food or the neighbor’s surplus) every summer by canning or freezing. I know where our meat comes from and I keep filling, high-protein snacks front and center (like apples and peanut butter, roasted almonds, hard-boiled eggs). We blend smoothies when we need something sweet.

And before I sound like I know it all, you can actually find a box of Apple Jacks in our pantry right now. I don’t get all heavy-handed about it, but our base meals are extremely healthy and whole.

I admire you for asking questions and digging into this – that’s always a good thing for you and your family!

whimsigal - August 20, 2007 - 3:22 am

Laura, I am a firm beliver albeit not a pracitioner of the whole foods concept. Have you ever read a book called, “The Fat Fallacy”? Really interesting reading and it changed the way I look at food.

Anyway, I think my bigger problem is that one of my children is incredibly finicky. THe other day he ate nothing but ice cream all day long. He was raised unfortunately on frozen chicken nuggets, chips, sugary cereals and the like. He won’t touch eggs, only eats broccoli or corn on the cob and gets really upset when we suggest he try something new.

It’s a struggle for me to find foods that are healthy that he will eat and I’m concerned because I really believe that ingesting all those chemicals can’t be good for you. (sigh) I feel at a loss about it really.

I try to make chicken nuggets for him but he won’t eat them because they’re different. It’s a real struggle.

I think I will try the smoothie idea though. It’s possible he’ll go for that. Any good recipes you can suggest?

Thanks for your comment, I really found it very helpful.



The other day a comment was made to me that made me realize some people still don’t get what we’re doing. Or maybe they do get it and don’t approve, I don’t really know. It was innocent enough and I don’t think there was any bad intent behind the comment but still, it gave me […]

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Stephanie - August 16, 2007 - 8:09 pm

Makes me tired, too.

My first thought probably would have been “Really? I’ve heard just the opposite! That colleges and universities are eager to accept hs kids, and that they are often well above their peers.” Which hsers do hear often, not that it matters a hill of beans.

The thing is, to any Dear Doubters… that it doesn’t matter! Another’s (school)TimeLine doesn’t matter. It’s arbitrary. It has nothing to do with the evolution of one’s intelligence, or the emergence of it. Only with the “get it all in in 12 grades” program.
Shall we judge all formally taught (hs or public or private) students by those that are allowed to learn on their own? Shall we judge all six year olds by Trev’s knowledge of dinosaurs, and another six year old’s knowledge of cars, and anothers fascination with Shakespeare or space or bacteria or molecules or geometry and numbers?
I think not.
We’re all different, for heaven’s sake.
Just because it’s “normal”, or “usual” doesn’t mean that it’s “better”.
Garbage on the side of the road is normal, and it still isn’t pretty.
– I’m not calling formal education trash, just saying that just because something “is” doesn’t mean that we have to accept it as “best”.

It’s so funny (really, it makes me laugh when I’m not all bent about it) When people that know us comment on how bright the children are (and know of their freedom) and then say something like “Just think when you really start teaching them!” Or “What have you learned lately?” I think it would be humorous if my children innocently answered them, then asked them what THEY had learned lately.

Maybe :) to the response of “don’t you have to get out your books?” you could reply “Oh, we don’t hide them away, ever. They’re right there. Whenever we find an interesting spider. For our discussions about Antartica during dinnner. While we make shapes out of the cumulus clouds. Whenever we’re trying to find Hercules or Draco in the nighttime sky.”

“It’s about celebrating the natural learning process and all the benefits that branch off from it.”
Psh. Yeah, like “being inquisitive their entire lives instead of relieved when they finally get released from the controlled institution at 17 or 18!”
I think unschooling parents are quite possibly raising natural life-long scholars. Or at least adults that will know the entirety of their lives that they can do and learn anything they wish.

Sorry to run away with it, Evie. This was mostly in support for you (only a bit for me) you don’t need to publish it!
Just wanted to agree with you.

signing off!

whimsigal - August 16, 2007 - 9:18 pm

How could I not publish that? Eloquent as always and I appreciate your support. You have a way of expressing things that I would love to say but have no idea how to get them across.

“get it all in 12 grades” program! I really loved that!

Thanks for your comment, Steph!


Sheri - August 16, 2007 - 10:58 pm

I have been mulling over this post all day. Each time I think about it, I get a little more ticked, but couldn’t put my finger on why (other than the normal stuff). Then, I was laying on the couch listening to my kids play and I pinpointed exactly why. So here goes, it’s utter nonsense! It’s not based in fact, and that person had no clue what they were talking about, period! No evidence to back them, just pure conjecture.

Do you know what a year in public school did to my daughter? Her reading level fell three grades, her self confidence diminished, and it quickly killed the “spark” that I love to see in my kids when they get excited about something. However, it in all fairness she does know how to bubble letter in a test, so I guess she did learn something.

I guess my point is,how can you battle the ignorant? They will believe what they want, think what they want, and do what they want no matter what blatant fact is staring them in the face. There is nothing that suggests that public schoolers and or privates schoolers do any better than homeschoolers. The only difference is we refuse to cram our kids full of rote rhetoric that they don’t understand. Sit down with any homeschooled kid and ask them what they feel passionate about and they will be able to tell you at length about the topic.

There will always be critics and there will always be ignorance. Keep on doing what you’re doing, enjoy your children and don’t give those people a second thought.

Brightest Blessings Evie!


whimsigal - August 16, 2007 - 11:30 pm

Well, Sheri I can tell that you’ve been thinking about that all day! That was a very passionate comment! :)

You’re right of course that I need to ignore it but sometimes that is so HARD. LOL

My own speculation is that the person who made the comment to me feels a need to defend my choice to people they encounter who don’t understand unschooling. Does that make sense? I’m trying not to assign any ulterior motive because I just don’t believe there was one.

Also, I believe the person who runs the private school probably feels threatened by the homeschooling movement. I mean, come on, if everyone did it he/she would be out of a job. It’s easier to dismiss something out-of-hand and hope that by ignoring it you won’t give it any importance and it will go away.

At any rate, I sure do appreciate your comment and your passion!