Careful Cultivation

Autumn is the fallow season for wheat farmers in our part of the country. It is common this time of year to see tractors slowly plowing back and forth across vast fields. Rather than planting something, they are removing something. By killing weeds and volunteer vegetation, this practice conserves moisture for the important planting to  [read more] …

Watching for the Spark

It is a tough thing being a parent. Those of us who take our responsibility seriously are ever alert, always researching, constantly thinking about the future to figure out what we need to do today. We can unwittingly use our own experiences in extracurricular activities as a model of what would be best for our  [read more] …

The Bedrock of Self-Concept

Every person has an image of himself or herself that has been forged by experience and how they see themselves in the eyes of others. Over years, we add layer upon layer of words we use to describe ourselves and grow comfortable with our place in the scheme of things. This persona is vitally important  [read more] …

The Art of Editing

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - NOVEMBER 27, 2015: Professional painters help talented children from large families to draw their guardian angel during the annual action "Angel Wings"

I should know better. You would think that after learning a lesson over and over again that I would have it figured out by now. But it seems that if the situation changes slightly, I forget my hard-won wisdom. In the last few years, I have found delight spending my free moments as an art  [read more] …

Learning to Identify “Noise”

Bossy looking middle-aged woman wagging her finger in disapproval.  Isolated on white.

I have often found that mothers with gifted kids and/or homeschooled kids tend to be research fiends. We manage to gather many facts about programs, opportunities, and requirements. We amass huge amounts of data. We also talk to anyone who has a view on a subject that might impact our children. Unfortunately there are many  [read more] …