Writer’s Block, Procrastination & Vulnerability: An Introduction

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My parents and I sat together enjoying the warm Florida breeze wafting in through the open windows and sharing our thoughts with each other about life, meaning, our passions (namely, writing) and purpose (specifically, sharing our stories), and our different yet intersecting journeys.  Yes, we actually talk like that in my family. Then while I sat, … Continue reading

Beach Day

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Bright blue beach umbrellas.  Hot sand between my toes, walking toward the welcoming water.  Dark wash jeans rolled up, wide cuff just above ankles transform into shorts just above knees; flip-flop sandals slip into each back pocket. Bent over the dancing shallow water searching for seashells. Surf boards.  Sparkling water.  Sand pipers in the shallows. I’m pulled into … Continue reading

Day Tripping

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I am writing from the oldest city in America, Saint Augustine, Florida; founded in 1565. It is the oldest continuously occupied settlement of European and African-American origin in the United States. I am seated at a small table for two, although I am alone, at the Gypsy Cab. Co. Gypsy, as the locals call it, … Continue reading

Sunday Snapshots

It is Sunday and the sun is shining here in central Florida.  The past few days have been cool and dreary with overcast skies and rain; lots of rain.  But today I awoke feeling refreshed and energized.  When I went to pull back the curtains what did I find but blue skies with fat puffy … Continue reading

Saturday Morning Sunshine

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“I love the aroma of freshly ground coffee beans.  It smells like novels waiting to be written; the promise of a paragraph paused mid sentence or sip.” These are the words that fall from my lips as I

Why I Don’t Like Labels

I don’t like labels, of any variety.  I peel them off water bottles and cut them off my sweaters.  When I write, I turn my pen so I don’t see the imprinted brand; reading those words distracts me from the words I’m trying to write.  They irritate me in so many ways.  In clothing they … Continue reading

On Blogging: Giving Thanks!

I began blogging only a little over a year ago.  Why exactly I thought this was something I could or should do I still don’t really know.  I have been writing for nearly 30 years if you include all my clothbound journals filled with youthful dreams, travel logs and the written record of the many variations of … Continue reading

WORTHY ARTICLE | On Halloween by Jenna Pelias

Halloween, Worthy Books and Things

My Top 4 Favorite Quotes from this article On Halloween  by Jenna Pelias at TroubleFace Mom: 1.)  “This is the only night of the entire year that most of your neighbors and mine are going to come knocking on our doors. The only night. And what is the typical Christian response to this? 1. To go … Continue reading

Back to School: My Life-Long Love of Learning

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I love this time of year when the leaves begin to flame and the weather changes to clear days and cool nights.  I even like the gray rainy days (for now at least) that give me an excuse to curl up with a good book and a cup of tea and just…

Are You Home Schooling or Roam Schooling?

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© Una-Melina // Worthy Books & Things It is impossible to think of home education and not think of home.  However in this age of ready accessibility to information and instant communication that idea is being stretched to reach outside the little white house on the corner and…

How Should We Then Learn? Our Decision to Be Different and Home School

Our Decision to Homeschool

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Music: Classical Music Playlist for Studying

A couple of months ago I stumbled upon a blog post featuring a link to a great collection of classical music; intended to be played in the background to help you study.  It was originally posted on CBC Music around the end of the school year when many students were studying for their final exams.  Since the … Continue reading

Thanks, Mom! Encouragement for Homeschooling Moms

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© Una-Melina // Worthy Books & Things This post is dedicated to my self-taught, creative mother who totally rocked the 31st Proverb!  She taught us how to cook, clean, care for a family, shop frugally and show hospitality.  I learned that hugs and smiles, tears and laughter are part…

O Pioneers! A Personal History of Homeschooling

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I was one of the original ‘Pioneers’ of the home school movement back in 1983. My daring parents, former hippies, current musicians and artists, saved by grace out of the miry clay had such a dramatic testimony of God’s goodness that churches often asked them to come and…

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