08.14.2015 A Desire to Obey: Tom & Julie Meekins

                                                   

I’m delighted to be welcoming Tom and Julie Meekins back to my show this afternoon.

Julie and I first met in March of 2010 and right from the start I could tell she and her husband have a heart for parents, especially those raising children with challenges.

In walking the talk Tom and Julie decided to dedicate their professional lives to helping families navigate the scary world of parenting.  They became certified in child development and health coaching and in March 2011 started a company called March Forth Family LLC to help other families needing someone who totally understood the struggles they were having.

They are also the special needs specialists for the National Centre for Biblical Parenting.

Tom and Julie have been married for 37 years, have four children and in a moment of certifiable insanity chose the homeschooling path and now have four young adults who are doing fabulously.

The last time we spoke was in October 2014 and you can find all the conversations we’ve had over the last 5 years here on this site.

 

Join us this Friday for a very informative and uplifting conversation.

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07.08.2015 Homeschool Conference Season: Gretchen Roe

I am welcoming my friend and regular guest, Gretchen Roe, to my show this Friday.

                                                             

Gretchen and her family have now been landowners for a year and she says it is quite a change from the urbanity of Maryland. We will be talking about the enterprises they have been embarking upon, slowly, and upcoming plans for the best use of their property. Although she no longer has a say so in her two boys' education Gretchen comments that all the projects they are undertaking on their 3 acre farmstead are so very homeschool, what with chickens and bees, a vegetable garden, bonfires and a swimming pool.

Gretchen and her husband Pat have six children all of whom they homeschooled.  When they moved from Maryland to Western North Carolina last year they made the seamless transition from homeschool to public school with their two youngest sons.

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Gretchen also changed jobs and went from Community Liaison for the Calvert School to representative for Demme Learning,

We will talk about the homeschool conference season that runs from February to the end of July and some of the highlights of Math-U-See and Demme Learning’s recently added Spelling-You See both innovative curricula that you may want to consider when planning your next round of studies.

Visit their website at  www.DemmeLearning.com I know Gretchen will be thrilled to talk to you.

Bring your favourite hot drink, I usually have a nice cup of tea, and join us this Friday at noon to hear about how the summer has been going so far.

 

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07.31.2015 15,000 Fire Ants in My Tub: Dr. Colin Thomas

                                                            

This week, as I work on my manuscripts, I am delighted to bring you Dr. Collin Thomas for my encore show.  Listen in anytime you want!

Dr. Thomas was one of my Zoo Keeper son’s professors at the local community college and their lasting friendship grew out of a deep mutual respect for one another on remotely connected levels.

Dr. Thomas completed undergraduate work at the University of Texas at Austin in the Plan II Liberal Arts Program and remained at Texas to complete his doctorate in Molecular Biology, he then went on to perform postdoctoral studies in cellular biophysics at the Rockefeller University in New York.

Fate brought him back to his native Texas where he currently teaches biology, genetics, and more recently, astrobiology at Collin College.

Dr. Thomas lives with his wife, two children, four dogs, five turtles, a micropig, numerous fish and arthropods in an old tumble-down house in South Dallas that he claims to be slowly renovating.

When he isn’t dealing with plumbing hemorrhages, peeling paint, rotted wood, or 15,000 fire ants in the bathtub he enjoys just spending time with his family.

Join us on Friday with your cup of tea and a biscuit to hear about the slowly evolving, but increasingly significant, change in his own disposition toward home-schooling.

 

 

 

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07.24.2015 Hot Buttons to Get Your Teen Talking: Nicole O'Dell

                                                                    

Listen to my encore show this week while I work on finishing my two manuscripts!   

Nicole O’Dell has a desire to bridge the gap between parents and teens and as a former teen herself and mother of six children she has first hand experience.

I am thrilled to welcome her today as my guest when we will be talking about topics that will get you all sticky under the collar and that’s before you even broach the subject with your teenagers!

Her new series of books, Hot Buttons, are aimed at helping parents handle tough issues with their tweens and teens before they pop up in real life.

Nicole is a youth culture expert, she writes and speaks to pre-teens, teens, and parents about how to prepare for life's tough choices. She is the author of ten YA novels, including the popular Scenarios for Girls interactive fiction series and the Diamond Estates series.

 Her non-fiction for teens includes Girl Talk, which she wrote with her two daughters based on their popular blog column by the same name, and hundreds of contributions to several devotional books.

Nicole is the founder of Choose Now Ministries and fellow radio show host here on Toginet Radio.

Join me on Friday during elevensies and take some steps with Nicole towards guiding and encouraging your teens’ commitment to good decisions.

 

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07.17.2015 What is God Doing? Tricia Goyer

 

                                      

My guest this week, for my encore show, homeschooled three of her children through high school and has one left to go!

You can listen here.  

Tricia Goyer writes books, lots of them and won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003.

Her book, Life Interrupted, was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005.

She shares Jesus' love through volunteering as a mentor for teenage moms in her community, and ministering in the Czech Republic on regular missions trips where her daughter is currently serving.

She lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with her family and the dog and once a week hosts a show called Living Inspired here on Toginet radio, Thursdays at 3pm CT. Tricia Goyer invites women everywhere to cast aside discouragement and fear to live real life, inspired!

Join us this week for a cup of Earl Grey and a rich tea as we talk about finding out what God’s doing and linking arms with Him!

Listen Now!

 

 

 

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07.10.2015 The Parent's Plate: Brenda Nixon

                                          

While I am taking a break from live broadcasts to finish writing my books listen to my encore show this week.

My guest this week is Brenda Nixon a fellow host here on Toginet radio. Her show airs on Tuesdays at 10am ET and is called The Parent's Plate.

Brenda blends practical parenting tips with child development and is an unusual and popular keynote speaker at events and workshops in more than 10 states. She says she is a media fave on the NBC TV affiliate in Columbus, OH, the FOX TV affiliate in Kansas City, and Atlanta's Kevin & Taylor in the Morning on WFSH-FM.

Speaking aside Brenda is also an author and penned the award winning book, The Birth to Five Book, as well as co-authoring, A Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts. She is a contributor to 30 titles, including several in the New York Times best-selling, Chicken Soup for the Soul, series.

Today she is going to empower your child rearing skills by offering insights and encouragement to everyone listening, so get yourself a cuppa and sit down!

 

 

 

 

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07.03.2015 Let Liberty Ring: Marlene McMillan

                                                   

Listen to my encore show this week while I put the finisheing touches on my homeschooling book! 

This week I am dog sitting which brings to mind the many McNeny household pets we've had over the years. 

My youngest and I begin the hunt for an appropriate college. 

I warn my children about their presence on-line and I ponder the many ways they express themselves.  My book excerpt is all about the theatre and the role it played in our family.

With July 4th just around the corner my guest, Dr. Marlene McMillan is joining me to talk about the liberty to homeschool and her new book, The Five Pillars of Liberty. She homeschooled her seven children amid personal difficulties that would daunt the most stalwart of us. She is a teacher, speaker and lobbyist for homeschooling and other educational related subjects.

Join us this afternoon for a powerful and interesting show.

 

 

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06.26.2015 The Aussie Outback: Rick Turk

                                             

I am taking some time off to finish writing my two books so listen here to this week’s encore show.  

After four months in Florida we are living in Lindale, East Texas which entails a lot of travelling back and forth to Dallas.  We visit our youngest daughter and our oldest son in the flat they are sharing. 

We go to the airport to pick up my son and his wife after a trip to Southeast Asia.  We spend time with them and watch the training of their birds for their new business.  

My show this week is with Rick Turk and I include excerpts from his children’s musical, Lizard Gully. 

Many years ago when my children were still too young to mind about homeschooling a colleague brought me a cassette and picture book from down under called Lizard Gully. It became an instant hit for the munchkins. 

Years later when choosing a song to dance to with my son at his wedding my heart returned to those petal picking critters in the Aussie Outback!  During my quest for a more digitally friendly version of the song, I met Rick Turk who composed this popular children’s musical.  Rick agreed to be a guest on my show to talk about his career, one day, and that day has come! 

He makes a living doing what he loves most, writing and performing music.  He admits that the key to success in this industry is pure luck.  His parents wanted him to have something to fall back on so he was packed off to University to earn a law degree, which he did.  Music prevailed and between the U.K. and Australia Rick has blazed quite a musical trail. 

Come and hear all about it from Rick who lives in Bucketty on the Central Coast of New South Wales with his wife, a recording studio named Big Ears Music, Bandicoots, Wombats and Possums! 

You’ll want to get your tea and join me this Friday. 

 

 

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06.19.2015 Changing Gears: Nancy Sathre-Vogel

                                                        

I am taking some time off to finish writing my two books so listen here to this week’s encore show.  

Hubs and I went to visit Buckingham Palace in London this week and had lunch in the palatial grounds. 

We continue sight seeing knowing our stay here is drawing to a close. 

I talk about the consistency homeschool affords and how blessed we were to be able to be so close all the time as a family, under one roof. 

I miss being on the same continent as them a lot although I am happy they all seem to be making good progress independently!    

 

My guest this week is well known in the travelling homeschool circles, not to mention the bike riding community and as I was doing my research I realized she had given a TEDx Talk to boot which I watched while thinking, ‘I’m talking to this amazing woman this week!” and indeed I am! 

I am honoured to welcome Nancy Sathre-Vogel of Family on Bikes fame to my show and I know you will be both motivated and delighted by this amazing woman. 

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs joined the ever burgeoning ranks of homeschoolers and climbed aboard bicycles with their twin sons to see the world.   

They enjoyed four years cycling as a family, first exploring the United States and Mexico before embarking on their famed ride from Alaska to Argentina, earning the boys a world record as the youngest people to cycle the Pan American Highway. 

Join me this Friday as Nancy and I talk about the value of time, the greatest gift parents can give their children.

 

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06.12.2015 Not Just for Summer: Sarita Holzmann

                                                          

I am taking some time off to finish writing my two books so listen here to this week’s encore show.  

Summer has come still and heavy to London so Daughts and I are off to buy summer clothes.  We go to see a play at our local Beckenham theatre. 

Are you into the full swing of long, hot summer days yet? 

How is reading fitting into your school’s out plans? 

Can well-written books be used as boredom busters for the whole family? 

This week I am welcoming back Sarita Holzmann, co-founder and president of Sonlight Curriculum to share with us some books for the summer she and her daughter, Jonelle, have chosen. 

Sonlight is a literature based curriculum and Sarita has the pleasure of reading all the books that land on her desk before selecting the ones that eventually end up on your kitchen table! 

She is going to be talking about this summer’s reading selections and enticing us with some excerpts. 

Come and join me on Friday with a cuppa and experience a taste of Sonlight.

 

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06.05 2015 Digital Addiction: Gretchen Roe

                                                          

I am taking some time off to finish writing my two books so listen here to this week’s encore show.  

It is July in London and Hubs and I are a long way from our family members.  The distance is greatly enhanced because of the American holiday that the English locals don’t celebrate, Independence Day.

I am thankful that our youngest is with us and we enjoy her homecomings from her job, rather late in the evening but welcome nonetheless.  

Today my on air friend, Gretchen Roe, and I are going to be talking about addiction, Digital Addiction! 

Gretchen has joined me for many a Friday chat and I think this one is going to hit home in a number of families. 

As Community Liaison for the Calvert School Gretchen fields a lot of questions from Mums, Dads and children in the homeschool trenches and she knows just what is going on in busy households similar to yours and mine, why?  She has one of her own! 

Mother of two college graduates, one junior, one freshman, a 7th grader and 2nd grader Gretchen knows her stuff and her insights are invaluable!   She presents Webinars for international home educating audiences, conducts workshops at conferences around America and has used the Calvert Curriculum for 20 years because she can homeschool for herself but not by herself. 

Is your family affected by the digital age?  Join me on Friday with a cup of tea and get some well aimed pointers on how to win your children back.     

 

 

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05.29.2015 I'm That Mum: Sue Patterson

                                                

I am taking some time off to finish writing my two books so listen to my encore show this week.  

My blue eyed cowboy and I are in England and take a train ride to Turnham Green and Chiswick house. 

I give some tips about what to do and places to visit while travelling in London. 

With me this week is Sue Patterson a self confessed, highly involved, Mum of three who loves her children as if today is the only day she’s going to have with them. 

She knows she raised them differently from other people and she wanted them to unfold naturally without unnecessary peer pressure or authoritarian squashing.

She went from soccer Mum in the suburbs to radical unschooler wherever she happened to be since she was a Air Force wife and they moved a lot.  Sue wasn’t interested in establishing her authority or catching her children doing something wrong she wanted to be a guide, someone who  had been there before, who wanted the best for them and who would love them and listen to them. 

Now that Sue’s children have flown the coop she blogs about her life and her “Motherhood in Transition” at Lifelong Learning and is a columnist for the new national publication at, The Homeschooler.  She also runs the Unschooling Blog and Pintrest Carnivals. 

Bring some tea and join me on Friday to take another look at enjoying our young adult children.

 

 

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05.22.2015 Fimby: Renee Tougas

 

                                                      

I am taking a break to finish writing two books so listen to my encore show this week.

The newly weds have bought two blue and gold Macaws, they are 4 weeks old and featherless.  

We decide not to paint our London flat in readiness for putting it on the market. 

I am excited this week to be talking to Renee Tougas who lives on the side of a mountain in the Gaspe Peninsula of Quebec in Canada. 

She and her husband homeschool their three children ages 14, 12 and 10.  They are location independent, which means they can both work from home wherever they are.  

Together they are a family of outdoors enthusiasts, designers and artists, adventurers, programmers and homemakers, naturalists, sewists and idealists and followers in the way of Christ.  So now you understand why I’m excited!  

Renee describes herself as a creative spirit with a practical perspective and down-to-earth approach.  She excels at getting things done and managing the details but doesn’t forget to smell the daisies by appreciating and capturing the beauty around her. 

Renee brings her love for intentional family living, enthusiasm for the natural world, and a passion for lifelong learning to everything she does.

This Friday she is bringing all that and a cup of tea to my show so come and join us and get to know this fascinating woman whose blog is an acronym for Fun in My Back Yard.

 

 

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05.15.2015 Midlife Crisis Begins in Kindergarten: Mariaemma Pelullo Willis

                                                       

I am taking a break to finish writing two book so this week here is my encore show.

I talk about how I deal with stress and share my love of yoga. 

While looking at obedience and the important role it plays in our lives I take a look back at my boarding school days.     

This week I am welcoming back Mariaemma Pelullo Willis a Learning Success coach who oversees the home education of her grandchildren and works with homeschooling families in assessing their individual learning styles. 

She holds a Masters degree in Education, and California Life Teaching Credentials for Regular and Special Education. Mariaemma is a sought-after speaker, trainer, and consultant for parents and teachers. She has spent the last 16 years guiding children and their families in understanding and appreciating their natural gifts and abilities so that they can discover their passions and potentials. 

Mariaemma co-founded The Learning Success Institute and has co-authored several books including, Discover Your Child’s Learning Style and Midlife Crisis Begins in Kindergarten.  

Join me this Friday afternoon to talk about tapping into our child’s unique learning styles and thereby enriching our individual homeschooling experiences.

 

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05.08.2015 Love Extravagantly: Polly Wright

                                        

I am taking a break to finish writing two books I've got on the go so this is my encore show this week.  

With the wedding over I turn my attention to the sale of our family home in Dallas.

We plan to jump on a plane straight afterwards and head for England to sell the flat there.  I enjoyed several days with my brother and his sons from London before waving them safely off at the airport. 

My guest this week is the daughter of a colleague of mine from the days when I worked in Corporate America, way before any self-respecting career woman would ever consider homeschooling!! 

Polly Wright started a ministry in 2010 called We Are Cherished which reaches out to women in the sex industry and provides the community they need when they are ready to leave. 

She is passionate for women to know their true worth and value and discover who they were created to be. 

Polly and her husband have been married for 17 years and have beautiful twin daughters together.

In 2008, God prompted her to start homeschooling their girls, little did she know that an ulterior motive was in play as all of their lives began to change. 

Polly will tell us the story of her personal journey that led to her book, Cherished: Shattered Innocence. Restored Hope. 

Join us during the noon hour this Friday and be loved extravagantly.

 

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05.01.2015 World Tour The Mama Way: Jennifer Miller

                                                                   

I am writing two books at the moment so this is an encore show!

It is also the big event of the year today!  The marriage of my youngest son to his bride.  

I share what I have found out about weddings, especially the ceremony, focusing on symbolism and imagery from the bible.  I look at traditions for brides and my house is filling up with guests, my brother and his sons are here from England.  

Jennifer Miller is back with me this week to talk about the open-ended tour of the world she and her family are embarked upon.  They have been nomads for five years now and love every minute of it, well almost. 

Today she will be sharing her favourite spot in the world and her least favourite! 

Jennifer is passing on her legacy of an uncommon childhood to her offspring and seriously homeschooling while on the road!  How does she do it?  What does a vacation look like to a family of travellers?  How do they decide what to tote with them?  What about money?  Language?  Accommodation?  What does location independent mean? 

Tune in this week to find out more about how Jennifer, her husband and four children are living their family dream.  Their lifestyle will razzle and dazzle you and you’ll want to join Jennifer by following her at www.edventureproject.com  

If it’s Friday join us with your coffee, a home made goody and a map to track the countries Jennifer is going to be talking about!

 

 

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04.24.2015 A Real Live Diva: Sabrina Justison

                                                                                  

Listen to my encore show this week while I work on writing my books.

I remember the time during homeschooling when I see clearly that my daughters may not necessarily follow in their brothers’ footsteps and take steps to modify my plans to best suit them.

My eldest son  has gone home after a whirlwind visit to London where we packed in a lot of touristy activities.

My job is to bust stereotypes and referring to my guest this week as a diva could strike some sensitive chords! But let me clarify, a diva is a Prima Donna, a first lady and Sabrina Justison, playwright, singer-songwriter and fellow thespian, is a diva in her field.

Sabrina teaches acting classes, leads one week intensive Drama Camps and talks about Performing Arts at homeschool conventions.

She is going to help me take the arched eyebrow out of reactions to theatre and homeschooling being mentioned in the same breath when we talk about theatre being really good for the whole family!

Joking aside Sabrina has taught Fine Arts, Literature, Writing, and Latin, writes blogs for the 7Sisters website, for busy, or set in their ways, or rookie, or old hand homeschoolers everywhere.

Join us with your coffee this Friday and be entertained!

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04.17.2015 March Forth Family: Julie Meekins

 

                                                                  

Listen to my encore show this week while I work on writing my books.

I look back on my boarding school graduation and the colleges I applied to. 

My blue eyed cowboy and I are still in London and we visit the newly renovated Kensington Palace and are dazzled. 

We attend Robin Gibb’s Requiem for Titanic in Westminster Hall and are looking forward to our film maker son’s visit from Texas. 

Today I am welcoming back one of my first guests from March 2010! Julie Meekins and

I talked about the diagnosis of her youngest child’s CHARGE Syndrome and the positive

measures she, her husband and family took to help her daughter progress through

the natural development of her body, step by step. Julie is a certified neurodevelopmentalist

and takes a holistic approach to child development. She has also graduated from the

Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Julie and her husband founded March Forth Family

and use their vast experience to help parents with children who have learning challenges

big and small. Join us today for a cuppa as we talk about quirky behaviours, social skills,

disorganisation and so much more.

 

 

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04.10.2015 Homeschooling on One or No Income: Gretchen Roe

                                                                 

Listen to my encore show this week while I work on writing my books.

My youngest daughter is close to graduating from her Performing Arts College in London. 

I investigate job hunting and some tips I’ve found on blogs especially for those who find themselves in the market again at over 50!

Gretchen Roe from the Calvert School is my guest this week and we are going to be talking about the challenges faced by single homeschoolers who are very creative in how they bring home the bacon while managing to home educate their children.

We will be discussing the reality of living on one income in a two income world. Provisions still need to be made for that rainy day which is a real possibility in our economically unstable world.

How do we support our spouses both financially and emotionally when the going gets tough and the coffers are empty?

Join me on Friday when Gretchen and I will talk about these difficult topics and acknowledge that God is sovereign and homeschooling is within reach despite our employment status.

 

 

 

 

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04.03.2015 Giving Up Atheism: Robert Velarde

                                                                 

Listen to my encore show this Good Friday when I talk about Lent, from Shrove Tuesday to today with my guest Robert Velarde.

Our homeschooling family would strive to keep this period of time separate from the rest of the liturgical year.  Worship played an important part and our churches always provided many tools to add to our Lenten rule.

We would observe no-meat Fridays which meant giving up our weekly jaunt to Cici's Pizza and other fast food restaurant treats.

We would endeavor to attend the weekly service of Stations of the Cross.

After the Triduum, 3 high holy days, Maundy Thursday, the last supper, Good Friday, the day of crucifixion and Holy Saturday, when new light is kindled, new members are baptized into the church and we rejoice in the resurrection.  What a lovely set of services to help us live in response to Jesus’ sacrifice for us all.

Then we would celebrate with an Easter party on Sunday.

Today, Good Friday, I have Robert Velarde, from the Wisdom of Pixar and Sonlight Curriculum, joining me and together we are going to reflect on the meaning of Lent, Holy Week and our Lord’s Passion and Resurrection.

Robert is going to be sharing his personal walk from Atheism to Christianity with us. By meditating on Christ’s redemption, particularly during this season of the church year, we all undergo renewal and personal change along our Christian walk, something we are called to do regularly.

 We will have some Passion readings from the bible and hymn book, that are heard this week in church and in the end we will take a look at Easter for the modern man and what it means in the world today.

 I look forward to you joining us this Friday for a hallowed hour to prepare us for the glory and Good News of Easter Sunday.

With cap and cup of tea in hand let’s remember who is Lord.

 

 

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03.26.2015 Sonlight Your Path: Sarita Holzmann

                                                           

Listen to my encore show this week where my oldest daughter, the child magnet, comes back to town from the boonies and decides to move into her own apartment and return to college.

Sonlight is celebrated 20 years as a curriculum company and to mark this achievement, co-founder and president, Sarita Holzmann, will be chatting with me this Friday afternoon.

Over an afternoon cup of tea we will explore the benefits of using a literature based curriculum. We will also talk about a new project with Mission India that began on October 5th 2010! 

Join us this week and discover the power of the written word.

 

 

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03.20.2015 Life After Homeschool: Laura Lee-Ellis

                                            

Listen to my encore show this week while I work on writing my books.

I make observations on how England is very different to America now that I’ve lived away for so long. 

I remember when my brother and I coped with a foreign country after my father was posted first to Beirut, Lebanon and then to Tehran, Iran. 

Daughts and I go to Germany to tour a concentration camp.

Have you ever wondered how homeschoolers feel about their education once they get to college? Laura Lee Ellis, a lifelong homeschooler, writer and speaker living in Oxford, England, tells us why she feels homeschooling uniquely prepared her for college and life and offers tips on how to make the most of a home education and thrive in higher education and fulfilling work. Join us on Friday and hear how Laura Lee Ellis challenges young people to stand out from the crowd in a positive way and live passionately and with purpose by making the most of their homeschool experience to prepare them for higher education and fulfilling work.

 

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03.13.2015 School's Out in England: Colin Slater

 

                                     

I am delighted to bring you this encore show while I finish writing my books!

Immersion is the best teacher, I talk this week about having our own family core values not someone else’s.   

I’m visiting England with Daughts as a travelling companion. 

My mother’s new flat in London still has things in boxes so there is a lot to do.     

My guest this week hails from Liverpool, England. He and his wife have been homeschooling their eight children for twenty years.

Colin Slater is now the principal of TEACH (The European Academy for Christian Homeschooling) where he is able to promote homeschooling especially in England. Mr. Slater found that the biggest opposition to Christian Education in England is the church and he will talk to me a about the way he and his wife sought God’s call to evangelism through education.

Join me on Friday and learn how our neighbours across the pond educate their children at home.

 

  

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03.06.15 Dad's Leading Your Homeschool Family: Mike Donnelly

 

                                                                     

Let’s celebrate Spring.  I talk about co-oping.  

It's finals week at the community college and my blue-eyed cowboy and I go and sit through dance, acting and singing performances. 

My climbing son is in Colorado and his beer is ready!

I am delighted to welcome back Mike Donnelly, staff attorney for the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and director of international relations.

Today we will be talking about Dads; how they can play an active part in the home school and influence their families as God has called them to do. Mike will also share his expertise and insights about parents in Western Europe who do not have the freedom we enjoy in the U.S. to choose how to raise their children without Government intervention.

Join us this Friday at 12 noon central.

 

 

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02.27.15 The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling: Debra Bell

                                                      

We get heavy snow in the night so my youngest and I went out and made the most of it.  Snow Day!

I will talk about the foundation of successful homeschooling and parenting:  Obedience, at whatever level you require it!

Join me as I speak to Debra Bell an Apologia Live Speaker. Debra has written, The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling and The Ultimate Guide to Homechooling Teens. Find out how she balanced homeschooling her children with her career as an author, speaker and educator while still keeping her sanity. Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc. is the well known curriculum company that publishes the science books by Dr. Jay L. Wile.

My scouse friend pays a cameo visit again so listen to my show.  

 

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02.20.15 Busting the Stereotype: Hannah Keeley

 

                                          

My preferred form of exercise is Jazzercise, my daughter dances at the college and my son rock climbs no wonder there is a never ending saga of laundry in our house!  I will also be remembering my homeschooling teething pangs!

This week my guest is, Hannah Keeley, host of the PBS T.V. show, “Hannah Help Me!” You’ll want to listen in and learn how Hannah balances a busy career and a family of nine. By making every moment count she cooks healthy meals, collaborates on homeschool projects and shows off her long, smooth legs. Meet Hannah with me and dare to transform your life.

My friend from Liverpool is on for a few minutes to show off her accent!  

Go on... Tune in on Friday at 12 noon Central. 

 

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02.13.15 ND: Don't Rush Child Development: Julie Meekins

 

                                                             

We're in the middle of Lent and my youngest son has a birthday, I talk about his struggle with moving on while confronted with a problem.  

My book exerpt tells about my terrible first day of homeschooling and I consider how lucky we are not to be living in Germany!

My guest is Julie Meekins, a homeschooler who refused to take the diagnosis of her daughter’s CHARGE Syndrome lying down. We will talk about her positive approach, how God worked in her life and how she was moved to become a certified Neurodevelopmentalist. Julie will explain ND to us and share how all her children worked together to help her daughter progress through the natural development of her body, step by step. Julie stresses the importance of not skipping steps and her story is one of courage and love.

Liverpool speaks again for a moment so listen up again this Friday at 12 noon CT.

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02.06.15 Calvert, School in a Box: Gretchen Roe

 

                                                             

Today I'm on about snow, our delicious dinner club with Thai food and national dress.  I explain where one of my daughter's got her name and go into the reasons for recording my children's favorite books on tape.

I am talking to Gretchen Roe this week who is the Community Liaison for Calvert School. As a homeschooling mother of six Gretchen is a user of the Calvert Curriculum and has a wealth of experience as both a teacher and mentor for Calvert users around the world. Find out more about this curriculum where each grade comes self contained in a box and can be shipped to you anywhere in the world.

Kathy is joining us again briefly this week so click below to hear it all!

 

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1.30.2015 Bombs & Books in Beirut: Linda Sacco

 

                                      

On my show today I'm talking about squirrels in our chimney, stereotyping, turning 18 again with my youngest why I started homeschooling and more on language in America and how I'm having to find synonyms in order to make myself understood.

This week my guest is Linda Sacco who traveled with her husband to war torn Beirut, Lebanon in the 1970’s and decided it was safer to homeschool her children in their house in the hills than to send them to school where they could get caught on the street in crossfire or stranded by a curfew. They experienced mortar fire and shelling but Linda was able to continue her children’s education despite several evacuations.

I will also close the show with my scouse friend so click below and listen!

 

 

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01.23.2015 Homeschooling Really is a Circus: Bev Abderahman

                                             

This is my very first show and I talk about the McNenys in Garland and how well known we are.  You’ll also find out about how I got my very own Radio Show, our involvement in the community theatre and how my English accent trips me up whenever I ask for a glass of water especially in a drive through. 

My first guest is a former circus performer and homeschooling mother of three, Bev Abderrahman. Bev talks about her days as a trapeze artist with the Shriners, how she met her acrobatic husband, and kept her growing family together by educating them on the road with elephants, lions, tigers and bears, oh my!

I will also have a special guest pop in at the end so you'll have to listen and hear her brilliant accent!  In the words of the ringmaster’s welcoming speech, Ladies and Gentlemen, Children of all Ages, join me this Friday at 12 noon Central for the greatest show on earth the circus is about to begin!   

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01.16.2015 Podcasting: Ian McNeny and Parentals

                                         

This week my son, Ian McNeny, joins me and asks all the questions!  He visited us for Christmas and brought his podcasting equipment with him to record with friends and chat with my blue-eyed cowboy and me about homeschooling.  

The result was perfect for a show on my show as well as his so we’re sharing!   

Ian is a graduate of Wild Flower Academy and Collin College in Plano where he transferred well over 60 credits to enter as a Junior at the College of Santa Fe where he worked hard for two years and completed his BA in Film Production.  He has freelanced as an assistant editor at Reel FX Creative Studios (an animation company) an editor at Tocrok Productions and the Dailies Assistant forDALLAS on TNT. 
He recently moved to California where he works for MTI Film and has his own podcasting network.  He is Owner and Executive Producer for his own company, McCook Media and has made a pilot for a potential TV series, which he is shopping in L.A.   Ian specializes in story and narrative film/video editing, Live Event editing and story and narrative screenwriting.  
Tune in this Friday at 12 noon CT and hear my Texan and me tell the back story behind our decision to homeschool.  Bring your tea and prepare to be entertained.

 

 

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01.09.2015 Why is Unique Sometimes a Challenge?: Shannah Godfrey

                                                            

Joining me this week is returning guest Shannah Godfrey, author of a successful phonics method, a scientist who has succeeded in a man’s world and a Mum who brought up and homeschool 14 children!

Today we are going to be talking about some of the struggles she had while raising young people to be contributing members of society.  We will be exploring the tendency we all have to compare ourselves to others, and pick her brains about her experience dealing with addiction and children with unique personalities who want to express themselves, their way!

Shannah is a strong advocate for direct instruction but does not believe in pushing a child until he or she is ready even if it takes him into middle age!  You may need something stronger than tea to get you through this one so treat yourself to a slice of cake a deep cleansing breath and tune in this Friday at 12 noon Central.

 

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01.02.2015 Diospi Suyana Debt Free: Dr. Klaus-Dieter John

                                                     

I am delighted to have on my show today, German Doctor Klaus-Dieter John to talk about Diospi Suyana, a hospital in the Peruvian Andes, that he and his wife, Martina, envisioned many years ago.  Their story is filled with God incidents, faith and tenacity since not everyone thought the same way they did.

My friend Marcia Washburn introduced us and Dr. Klaus has found time in his very busy schedule to talk to me about the work he and Martina, are doing in the isolated villages of Peru where over 10 million people live.  Together they shared a vision to serve some of the poorest and most neglected people in South America. They are both qualified in surgery and pediatrics and were inspired to take on the task of raising huge sums of money and building not just a health centre but a fully equipped hospital.

The story of their journey from the original dream to completion is littered with miracles and chronicled in the book 'I Have Seen God',  which tells the story of the Diospi Suyana hospital serving the Peruvian Indians. Join me this Friday at 12 noon Central and hear this remarkable story of an answer to Christ’s call.

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12.26.2014 Christmas as a Missionary: Marcia Washburn

                                                       

This week I will be bringing you the second part of my recent conversation with Marcia Washburn my very creative, musically gifted and artistic friend.

Marcia and I have talked in the past about the Shuar Indians of eastern Ecuador and her hands on electronic book, Beethoven Who? We’ve talked about encouragement for homeschooling Mums in the warm and humourous way Marcia has and the last conversation we had was about how to spread the joy during this holiday season.

She holds a Master’s in Music Education and she and her husband homeschooled their five sons in rural Colorado for nineteen years.  Marcia writes about building a firm foundation for our children that won’t crumble under pressure and has a series of e-books called Management for Moms, I have been promoting one of them Managing the Holidays.  

Today Marcia is going to be telling us about some missionaries she knows in Russia, The Central African Republic and Ecuador and how they will be celebrating Christmas far from home and the choices they have made within the different cultures.

Bring your hot chocolate this Friday at noon central and enjoy listening to Marcia talk about Christmas on three continents.

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Demme Learning: Gretchen Roe

                                                       

My returning guest, Gretchen Roe, is joining me this week for the second part of our conversation about another major change in her life. 

You will best remember Gretchen as the Community Liaison for the Calvert School for 19 years.  Recently  she began working for Demme Learning, known by homeschoolers at Math U See.  During the show today we will find out exactly why the math programme, developed by Steve Demme, works so well. 

Gretchen will also talk about their new addition Spelling You See an innovative spelling curriculum that will revolutionise how you teach your children and open your eyes as to why some of your children seem to have a natural aptitude for spelling while others struggle. 

Gretchen and her husband, Pat, and two of their six children, moved from Maryland, where they lived for 20 years, to Western North Carolina where Gretchen and Pat grew up, to live on a 3 acre farmstead and raise meat rabbits, pigs and chickens and turn two of their homeschooled children over to the local public schools.

Bring your favourite hot drink and join us this Friday at noon to listen to Gretchen and me talk about math and spelling.

 

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12.12.14 Media Angels: Felice Gerwitz

                                                    

My guest this week has her own Radio Network so is no stranger to talking up a storm about her passions.

Felice Gerwitz was homeschooling two teens when she launched Media Angels in 1994.  She then learned she was expecting a baby and not being the most organized person in the world she asked for help!  Probably in a very high voice!  Felice pulled in the troops, made a plan and with the help of her family and friends went ahead with her brainstorm and Media Angels was born as well as her third child!

Felice became innovative (homeschooling as a stay-at-home Mum and author will do that!) and was led by the Lord to launch several more endeavors including online conferences and the recent Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network.

Today she is still married to her best friend, Jeffrey, and they have five totally homeschooled children and several successful businesses.

But it’s not all work for Felice as you’ll hear when you join me on Friday at 12 noon Central to hear how she balances her life with walks on the beach, baking, reading, camping and hiking with her family, and the occasional girls day out with shopping and lunch.

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12.05.2014 Raising Grown Ups: Carol Topp

                                                                         

I am delighted to have Carol Topp joining me again this afternoon to talk to us about a presentation she made at 3 homeschool conventions this year entitled, We’re not raising Children We’re Raising Grown Ups.

Carol and her husband live in West Chester, Ohio and have two grown daughters, both homeschooled through high school and launched into adulthood!  Carol worked from home throughout her homeschooling days and authored, Homeschool Co-Ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out.  She is also the author of the Micro Business for Teens series where she gives tips and advice to aspiring young entrepreneurs. 

If you pop over to my Sociable Homeschooler page you will find her other shows where she talked to me about co-ops, how to encourage children to be entrepreneurs and her own careers.  

I am sure Carol’s words this afternoon will encourage those of you who are learning how to sow the seeds of independence as well as those of you who are newcomers to homeschooling.  Carol can be found at  MicroBusinessForTeens.com. and www.homeschoolCPA.com . 

Join us this Friday at noon CT for an interesting conversation about how to hold on to yourself while letting go of your children.

 

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11.28.14 A Complete Change of Pace: Gretchen Roe

 

                                                        

I am welcoming to my show this week my friend and regular guest, Gretchen Roe.  Since it’s that time of year we are going to be talking about the upcoming holidays and what life looks like for her now that she and her family (at least some of them) have moved. 

If you remember from our last conversation on April 18th, Good Friday, Gretchen was preparing for lots of changes in her life.  She and her husband, Pat, and two of their six children, moved from Maryland, where they lived for 20 years, to Western North Carolina where Gretchen and Pat grew up.  

We will be hearing about the 3 acre farmstead they now live on, the upcoming acquisition of livestock, clearing land and having bonfires. 

We will also talk about education and the seamless transition from Calvert to public school for her two sons, aged 8 and 15.  Gretchen says she no longer has a say so in their education but they are loving every minute with their new friends and teachers. 

Homeschooling may not last forever and Gretchen’s experience will encourage some of you who may find yourselves in a similar situation.  Bring your coffee or tea and join us this Friday at noon for an uplifting look at life and the celebration of Thanksgiving.

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11.21.14 Holidays Not Harried Days: Marcia Washburn

                                                             

This week I am thrilled to be welcoming back my very creative and artistic friend, Marcia Washburn.

Marcia holds a Master’s in Music Education and taught public school music for eight years prior to the birth of the oldest of her five sons, whom she and her husband homeschooled in rural Colorado for nineteen years.  Marcia and I have talked in the past about the Shuar Indians of eastern Ecuador and her hands on electronic book, Beethoven Who? Written for any teacher who wants to teach music but may not be fully equipped to do so!

We’ve talked about encouragement for homeschooling Mums and Marcia certainly knows how to offer that in a warm and humourous way.  Marcia is a columnist for two major home education magazines and speaks nationally and internationally about homeschooling and building a firm foundation for our children that won’t crumble under pressure.

Marcia has a series of e-books called Management for Moms and I have been promoting one of them, Managing the Holidays .  You can buy it for just $0.99. and follow some of Marcia's insightful tips for turning your Harried Days into the Holy Days God intends them to be.

Today we are going to be talking about how to Spread out the Joy this holiday season and fully enjoy those festivals God gave us in order to grow and be refreshed.

As all of us know, Thanksgiving and Christmas are hardly times we busy Mums think of as restful holidays.   Join us this Friday at 12 noon Central and find out how to turn your harried days back into Holiday.

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November 21st 2014 We Are Cherished: Polly Wright

                                      

My guest this week is no stranger to my show.  I have known Polly Wright since she was a young girl, the daughter of a colleague of mine from the days when I worked in Corporate America, way before any self-respecting career woman would ever consider homeschooling!!

Polly Wright started a ministry in 2010 called We Are Cherished which reaches out to women in the sex industry and provides the community they need when they are ready to leave.  She is passionate for women to know their true worth and value and discover who they were created to be.

Polly and her husband have been married for 19 years and have beautiful twin daughters whom they have homeschooled since 2008.

Polly is the author of, Cherished: Shattered Innocence. Restored Hope  chronicling her personal story that led her to the ministry she founded and to the life God had planned for her.

Today Polly is going to talk about difficult moments while she was homeschooling and how she came through them stronger and more in love with her creator than ever.  Join us on Friday at 12 noon Central and find ways to un leash your love and be cherished.

While you're here you may be interested in buying Marcia Washburn's latest ebook, part of her Management for Moms series, scroll down to  Managing the Holidays  and buy it for just $0.99. and follow some of Marcia's insightful tips for turning your Harried Days into the Holy Days God intends them to be.

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November 7th 2014: Finding Domestic Serenity: Daniel Evans

 

                                                 

Rejoining me on my show this week is Daniele Evans who describes herself as a woman on a journey towards intentional and meaningful living.   Daniele is a pastor’s wife and she and her husband, whom she describes as her best friend and confidant, homeschool their five children in central Pennsylvania.  Their marriage is a biblically-centered one, their parenting is grace-based and their home is peace-filled or at least striving to be with God’s help.  In true Christian style Daniele knows she is only human and likely to stumble and fall at times.  She is the author of Honoring the Rhythm of Rest and writes regularly for Home Educating Family Magasine, The Curriculum Choice, Passionate Homemaking, The Better Mom and her own blog, Domestic Serenity.  Daniele is going to provide us with some pointers to lift us up during challenging moments, inspire us to find God in the oftentimes not so perfect moments of our lives, to offer insights on ways to move through our journey and practice rest as a regular pattern in our days.  Join us for a cup of tea and a rest in the Lord’s oasis, this Friday.

While you're here you may be interested in buying Marcia Washburn's latest ebook, part of her Management for Moms series, scroll down to  Managing the Holidays  and buy it for just $0.99.

 

 

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Marriage in the Homeschool: Tom & Julie Meekins

 

With me on my show this week, where I believe homeschooling is a unique lifestyle, are frequent visitors Tom and Julie Meekins.  This remarkable couple have a heart for parents raising children with challenges.  

In walking the talk they decided to dedicate their professional lives to helping families navigate the scary world of parenting and this week they are going to be talking to me about how their marriage has fared during some of the more trying times of homeschooling. Tom and Julie have been married for 34 years, have four children and in a moment of certifiable insanity chose the homeschooling path and now have four young adults who are doing fabulously.

They both became certified in child development and health coaching and in March 2011 started a company called March Forth Family LLC to help other families needing someone who totally understood the struggles they were having.   Their many blessings and powerful witness allows them to be able educate, equip, and empower parents to reach for the best FOR their children and IN their children while being supported in the process.   Bring your tea and join us this Friday as we explore ways to find the silver lining always on the other side of every cloud.

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Artios Academy: Lori Lane & John Michael Lane

                                                           

I am delighted to have as my guests this week, Lori Lane whom I chatted with on August 1st about her company, Artios Academy, and her son John Michael Lane.   Lori is a homeschool veteran of 20 years she and her husband John have four sons ranging in age from 16 to 29, the three eldest are homeschool graduates.  Lori has spoken at Conventions, served on panels, directed and produced many children’s choirs and stage productions both in schools and community theatres.   In the fall of 2000, she began the Artios Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts as an advanced level arts program for high school students.   Lori lives in Colorado with her husband and youngest son, where she enjoys horseback riding, hiking, and skiing.

                                                   

John is a 2004 graduate of Artios Conservatory and attended North Greenville University to study Theater… and Georgia State University to study Economics.  He is currently the Director of Development for Artios and in addition to teaching several classes (Worldview, Government & Economics, and Film/Video) he is also the creator of the Artios Home Companion Series.  He and his wife, who teaches and choreographs with the Academies, co-direct the Artios Outpost Summer Camps and Internship Program during the summers.

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When Life Throws a Curveball: Laura Grace Weldon

                                                   

Laura Grace Weldon is a poet whose poems have been published, but not the ones she likes.  In a collection called Tending.

She is an author, her new book, Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything, is full of the curative value of connecting more deeply with nature.

She is an artist, a messy one at that, a tincture and meal concoctor both skills demanding courage and a degree of risk from their recipients.  She has deadlines but would rather hide in books or watch foreign films.  Laura admits that complete self-reliance is happily not her goal and farm dwelling allows her to sing to bees, feed cows, preach about hope, acknowledge the holiness of all things and find peace, sometimes.

With her husband and four homeschooled children they raise plants, animals and occasionally Caine in their simple partnership with the natural world.  Her socks have holes in them, the window molding is unfinished, there are muddy footprints by the door, but none of that matters, she and her family are together exploring ways to be themselves using ancient wisdom.

Come and meet this lovely lady again on Friday, bring a cuppa and prepare to laugh while we talk about what happens when life throws us a curve ball while homeschooling!

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Challenges in the Homeschool: Sherry Hayes

                                                    
I am welcoming Sherry Hayes back to my show this week.
Sherry is the inspiring Christian mother of 15 wonderful children and has been homeschooling for 26 years. She has seen the “graduation” of several of her children from her home in colorful Colorado and she and her husband, David, are enjoying rearing the remaining few still under their tutelage.
She has been a compassionate promoter of redemptive home educating for almost a quarter of a century and has maintained the belief that it’s God’s venue for national and world revival.
In her spare time Sherry has been a proactive advocate for homeschooling, a key speaker for homeschool support groups, and a successful writer encouraging practical Biblical family living on her blog, Large Family Mothering.
She has written two new books, Homeschool Sanity and McGuffey’s Primer Flashcards, Helps & Hints, to encourage and help to facilitate others who have decided to embark on the exhilarating journey.
This week we are going to be talking about how homeschoolers handle real life when it hits their families, be it marital struggles, our children finding themselves (also known to us as rebellion!),  health setbacks, and unexpected additions to the family...in other words when things are just not going right in the homeschool...
Bring your tea and join me on Friday at 12 noon Central for a gentle discussion about how we can best handle the ups and downs of living while holding down a bustling homeschool.
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Verbal Math: Nina Levin

                                                   

Joining me this week is Nina Levin who is CEO of Mountcastle Company, an independent publishing company with offices in California and New York City.

Mountcastle was first established in 2000 as an educational publishing company, focused on exceptional products for teaching children to read. Beginning with the company’s first (and bestselling) book, The Reading Lesson, Mountcastle Company has been committed to publishing the most effective and original products for young children.  Mountcastle Company is also the publisher for the bestselling series, the Verbal Math Lesson.

In 2012 the company got a new, fresh look and a new CEO, when Nina Levin took over the business.  Nina has since added new amazing products to the catalog for homeschooling families and is passionate about bringing the best educational products to families across the country and around the world.

Join me on Friday with your cup of tea and an alert mind to experience verbal math first hand when Nina and I enter into the world of mental arithmetic, at 12 noon Central.

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Beautiful Feet Books: Rea Berg

                                                           

My guest this week is Rea Berg who founded Beautiful Feet Books in 1984 to provide quality literature to the homeschooling market.

Rea holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Simmons College and in 2006 earned a master’s degree in children’s literature at the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature in Boston, where she was named a Virginia Haviland Scholar.

Rea and her husband Russell have been part of the homeschooling community for twenty-five years particularly in the Charlotte Mason and Classical Approach.  She speaks around the country on the joy of discovering history through literature and has written numerous guides on this topic, which have garnered acclaim in the home education community.

Through Beautiful Feet Books she and Russell have brought back into print many classic works of children's literature. Rea is a regular contributor to The Old Schoolhouse Magazine with articles focusing on Literature Based History studies, Charlotte Mason Education, and Children's Literature.

She also enjoys organic gardening, travel to historic sites (especially Paris!), dance and yoga. One of her favorite pastimes is discovering classic children's books in old bookshops.

Join us for a cup of tea and chat about the power of literature both in our lives and the lives of our children this Friday at 12 noon central.

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Simply Charlotte Mason: Sonya Shafer

                                                                 

This week I have Sonya Shafer on my show to talk about a simple method of effectively schooling your children.  Sonya is a popular homeschool speaker and writer, specializing in the Charlotte Mason Method. She has been on an adventure for nearly 20 years studying, researching, practicing, and teaching Charlotte’s gentle and doable methods of education. Her passion for homeschooling her own four daughters grew into helping others and then into Simply Charlotte Mason, dedicated to helping families explore and use this wonderful philosophy of education.   

Simply Charlotte Mason publishes her many books and provides a place of practical encouragement to homeschoolers and can be found at www.simplycharlottemason.com.  Sonya’ministers to younger mothers and those dealing with special needs, she shares her heart through IntentionalParents.com and her book This Anguishing Blessed Journey: A Mother’s Faith Journal through Autism. 

Join us this Friday live at 12 noon Central with a cup of tea and your heart.

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Finding Ourselves Within: Peter Kowalke

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

I am thrilled to be bringing a conversation I had with unschooler Peter Kowalke. a few weeks ago about how Unschooling encouraged him to questioning his life from a very early age.   Peter is a self described, lifelong unschooler whose highly praised documentary “Grown Without Schooling” followed ten unschooled graduates into the world and recorded how they fared in their individual life choices. He lives in New York City and has consulted as a homeschool expert for media outlets such as the BBC, the New York Times, The Times of India and Fox News.  You can find him at Vedanta. and read more about his charity work with The Philia Mission.  Join me this week and listen to this highly motivational conversation Peter and I had about purpose, contributions to our world and human relationships.  That’s this Friday at 12 noon CT.

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The Great Commission Transmission Network: Michael T. Hansen

 

                                                           

This Friday afternoon I’m delighted to have as my guest a homeschooling Dad who is probably the coolest father ever because he uses film, popular movies in fact, to bring the truth about Christianity to his children and all young people he comes in contact with which this week includes all of you listening to my show, so gather around! 

Michael T Hansen is a Digital Missionary and the founder of the Great Commission Transmission Network. He has over 7 years of podcasting and Internet broadcasting experience under his belt. After producing and hosting over 300 podcast episodes on a variety of subjects Michael is now focusing his time and talent in digital-new-media toward fulfilling the Great Commission as given in Matthew 28: 19, 20. Thus GCTN was created.

He is a follower of Jesus Christ; musician; recording engineer by trade; husband; father of 4; homeschooling dad; Bible student; mouseketeer; and geek. He holds firm to the truth that Captain Kirk is superior to Captain Picard in the same way that Elvis is superior to The Beatles (it’s really the other way round but shhh!).  

Join us with sparkling water or sparkling whatever you’re drinking and hear how this homeschooling dad reaches teens and young adults with the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ by producing entertaining and educational spirit-filled content using the common speech and interests of today’s youth culture.  Move over Math and Latin, enter Michael Hansen and The Great Commission Transmission Network, this Friday at 12 noon Central.

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Following the PerriPoppins Dream: Paris McNeny

                                  

I am excited to be welcoming my school teacher daughter to my show this week. Paris McNeny is a graduate of Wildflower Academy and graduated top of her homeschool senior year.  She served as a missionary to Africa on The Mercy Ships, a large floating hospital bringing hope to the forgotten poor off the coast of West Africa.  She holds the title of first born daughter in the family and takes after me in her colouring and organizational skills and her father in his empathy and joke telling.  Paris has always had a deep affiliation for children and on her return to America she attended college to earn her Associate of Arts Degree in Education and a certificate for teaching special needs children.  She has lived in Corpus Christi where she enjoyed the beach life while working as a teacher to support her studies at the local community college and to keep a roof over her head and food on her table.  She now lives in Dallas and will be talking to us about two very different forms of childcare she undertook this year.  Pour yourselves a cup of tea and join us to hear how this independent young lady is following her dream by making a difference in young people’s lives.

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Homeschooled Graduates & Careers: Malia & Ian McNeny

 

                                     

This week my oldest and youngest children are joining me again this time to talk about their careers.  They will look back on what they have achieved in the past year, how things have changed and their focus has shifted but ultimately how they are still pursuing their dreams.  Malia and Ian are both graduates of Wild Flower Academy and Collin College in Plano.  Ian wanted me to do college with him but ended up going to the College of Santa Fe for two years to complete his BA in Film Production.  He has worked as a free-lance assistant editor at Reel FX which is a post production house, he has been an editor at Tocroc and the Dailies Assistant at Dallas that aired on TNT.  He is Executive Producer for his own company, McCookMedia and has made a pilot for a potential TV series which he is shopping in L.A.  Ian specializes in story and narrative film/video editing, Live Event editing and story and narrative screenwriting.  The best place to find him on-line is Linked-In.

Malia spent a year in London at a Performing Arts School then danced on a cruise ship for three months before returning to Dallas last year, homeless because we’d sold the family homestead.  She has been nannying for a few months and has finally decided that she wants to teach dance, specifically ballet. She is still a Star Barista at Starbucks where she drinks coffee and chats with customers while earning money to pay for those little extras in life!  The best place to find her on-line is Facebook.   Bring your tea and tune in on Friday, TBA at 12noon CT to hear how these homeschooled graduates are making it in the world.

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Window to the Wild: Simon & Lindsey McNeny

                                    

This week I am delighted to bring you a conversation I had with Simon and Lindsey McNeny who reflected with me on their past year and talked about the hard work they have been doing to get their company off the ground.  Simon is my son and a graduate from Wildflower Academy where he homeschooled under the tutelage of me!  I encouraged him to spend many hours at the local animal shelter assisting with routine vaccinations, bottle feeding orphaned raccoons, squirrels and opossums and bringing many of them home thus fuelling his passion for animals.  He also spent nine years volunteering at the local community theatre on stage and behind-the-scenes performing many musicals, plays and operas which prepared him to give educational talks to the public at local schools and co-ops.  Simon has a Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Texas A&M. university and was a keeper at The Dallas Zoo where he looked after the hoofed stock, notably Okapi, Gemsbok, Bongo and Zebra. Lindsey is my daughter-in-law and was formerly a Supervisor for Natural Encounters, Inc., where she produced, choreographed, and performed animal shows all across the country at zoos including the San Diego Zoo (which won an award for Best Overall Production at IAAPA), Toledo, Philadelphia, Dallas Zoo and a free-flight bird show at the State Fair of Texas.   She also worked as a trainer and performed animal shows for the L.A. Zoo, Birds and Animals Unlimited “Animal Planet Live” show at Universal Studios Hollywood, and the Phoenix Zoo.   She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Siena Heights University.  Together they have founded a non-profit company called Window to the Wild and their goal is to increase awareness about wildlife and raise money to donate to conservation projects helping animals and the environment all around the world.   Bring your tea and join us this Friday to hear how the world is treating this young couple and particularly my graduated homeschooling son who is holding his own and hanging on to his dreams with his lovely wife!  Tune in to Toginet at 12 noon CT.

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Gloriously Unregimented: Carol Barnier

 

                                                      

My guest this week is speaker and author Carol Barnier.  You may have heard her on Focus on the Family where she’s spoken on a variety of humorous topics ranging from not being ready to be a Titus woman to why angels need a new public relations manager.

Carol has either written for or been written about in many magazines including Proverbs 31, Clubhouse Magazine, Parents Magazine, The Old Schoolhouse, Crosswalk, Thriving Family, Just Between Us, ADDitude Magazine & HomeLife.

Her latest book, Engaging Today’s Prodigal, deals with the serious topic of her journey away from God and into 13 long years as an atheist.  Other books include, The Big What Now Learning Styles, What if You're Not Martha Stewart? and Learning the How of Teaching.  

Carol may talk with humour about her first born son’s 13 surgeries, her own family’s many ADHD challenges, or her personal faith walk from being a God-denying atheist to the most grateful recipient of God’s amazing grace, whatever the topic, she speaks from the heart and her faith is solid stuff.

Carol knows why she knows what she knows.

Come along this Friday with a lovely cup of tea and be prepared to laugh out loud for real with Carol Barnier at 12 noon Central.

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Discovering the Artist Within: Lori Lane

                                                     

I am delighted to be welcoming as my guest this week Lori Lane, a homeschool veteran of 20 years and a Mum after my own heart!  Lori and her husband John have four sons ranging in age from 16 to 29.  Their three oldest sons, John Michael, Jeremy, and Jordan are all homeschool graduates.

Lori has a degree in Piano Performance and has won competitions, spoken at the National Music Teacher’s Convention and served on the panel for two National KTV Video conferences for private music educators across the country.

Lori is former director of Southside Private Musicians and Lane Music Development Centers in Greenville, SC, she has directed and produced many children’s choirs and stage productions including Fiddler on the Roof Jr., and Music Man Jr, The Diary of Anne Frank, Fabulous Fable Factory, Our Town, and My Fair Lady.

In the fall of 2000, Lori began the Artios Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts as an advanced level arts program for high school students. That program has now grown to include Artios Academy of Arts and History, Artios Preparatory, and Artios Conservatory.

In 2011, the Artios Academies of Littleton opened under Lori’s leadership. Lori now serves as Executive Director of Artios Academies overseeing and consulting with Artios Academy locations around the country.  Find out how you can start your own.

Lori, her husband, John, and youngest son reside in Colorado where Lori enjoys horseback riding, hiking, and skiing. That is, when she takes a minute away from developing courses, designing curriculum, speaking and writing for various websites and publications, as well as directing productions of the local community theater.  I told you was a woman after my own heart!

Oh…and of course homeschooling Jared, her last of four.  Bring a lovely cup of tea and join me on Friday at 12 noon CT to find out more about this busy woman and her Artios Academies.

 

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How Homeschooling Changed Us: Larry McNeny

 

                                                    

This week I’m talking to my blue eyed cowboy who has agreed to join us for a cuppa.

His real name is Larry McNeny and he toured the world with famous musicians ensuring they were in the right place, on stage, at the right time, not an easy task sometimes.  Larry worked with Stigwood. a management company, and toured with such greats as, Eric Clapton, The BeeGees, Three Dog Night, Firehouse, and Marvin Hamlisch, Linda Rondstat and the Pittsburg symphony.  He personally managed Andy Gibb and an artist and sculptor, whom he always refers to as, "quite famous."

Larry shared the homescholing years with me whenever he wasn’t out on the road as a Tour Manager for any number of impressive bands. His glamourous life got the children’s interest a whole lot quicker than anything I was trying to do with them!

Today we are going to be talking about homeschooling, empty nest, living here in Florida and how we have been affected by homeschooling.

Visit  www.roadcases.org to learn more about one of Larry’s latest projects.

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Reasonable Faith: Dr. Jay L. Wile

                                                        

 

My guest this week is Dr. Jay L. Wile best known in the homeschooling circles for his award-winning “Exploring Creation With…” series of science textbooks.

Dr. Wile holds an earned Ph.D. in nuclear chemistry and a B.S. in chemistry, both from the University of Rochester.  He has won several awards for excellence in teaching and has presented lectures on the topics of Nuclear Chemistry, Christian Apologetics, Homeschooling, and Creation vs. Evolution.

Dr. Wile and his wife of more than 25 years, Kathleen, homeschooled their daughter, Dawn, from the time they adopted her until she graduated high school.

Our family particularly enjoyed Dr. Wile’s book, Reasonable Faith the Scientific Case for Christianity, which we first read at the breakfast table in preparation for our herpetologist son’s entry onto a secular college campus.  We had been fore-warned that we risked our children’s souls by sending them to non-Christian college campuses; furthermore we were also warned by our priest that certain career choices were not considered good Christian choices, especially the science career our youngest son was embarking upon.  On finishing Dr. Wile’s admirable little book my son was so impressed by the truths contained therein he cited it in a paper, written for one of his science college professors.  The result was a request, from his professor,(hear his side of the story!) for the book and we’ve been giving copies of it away ever since!  Join me with your tea this Friday when Dr. Wile and I will be talking about fathers in the homeschool and other interesting topics that are bound to crop up!

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The Homeschooling Doctor: Dr. Terri Fites

                                                

With me today to help further dispel the stereotype of homeschoolers is Dr. Terri Fites who realized that she could not serve two masters, medicine and family.  She made the right choice and left her beloved medical career behind (sort of) to become a most loved full-time, stay-at-home, homeschooling mom.

Married for 17 years to her high school sweetheart, also a physician, who fully respects and encourages her decision (since he knew he wasn’t up to the task), Terri educates their three daughters.  She graduated first with her pharmacy degree from St. Louis College of Pharmacy, then with her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and spent her resident years training in family medicine in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Through the shedding of multiple, minor ailments and over a dozen prescription medicines in her family, she has become convinced of the remarkable role of nutrition and environment in health and shares what she has learned on her very humble blog, The Homeschooling Doctor (The HSD).

Terri firmly believes that when she made the choice to have children, she made the choice to do what it takes to bring them up emotionally, spiritually, psychologically, and physically healthy, and although she left a medical career behind, God granted her a new outlet to serve and help others, including her family.

Bring your tea and join us this Friday when we will be talking about Dr. Terri Fites' career and how homeschooling has changed her view of medicine.

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Bro-Mates: Ian & Malia McNeny

                                     

This week my oldest and youngest children are joining me to talk about how they managed to live together and make it work…really well!

They are both graduates of Wild Flower Academy and Collin College in Plano, Texas.

Ian wanted me to do college with him but ended up going to the College of Santa Fe for two years to complete his BA in Film Production.  He has worked as a free lance assistant editor at Reel FX which is a post production house, he has been an editor at Tocroc and the Dailies Assistant at Dallas that aired on TNT.  He is Executive Producer for his own company, McCook Media.  Ian specializes in story and narrative film/video editing, Live Event editing and story and narrative screenwriting.  The best place to find him on-line is LinkedIn.

Malia spent a year in London at a Performing Arts School then danced on a cruise ship for three months before returning to Dallas last year, homeless because we’d sold the family homestead.  She moved in with her oldest brother, Ian, and together they lived the perfect Ross and Monica life as the brother and sister stars of their favourite show, Friends!  The best place to find her on-line is Facebook.

Bring your tea and tune in this Friday, July 4th at 12noon CT to hear how siblings really can live together as Bro-Mates!

I'll also be engaging you with the latest and greatest from the household of the McNenys where we are half way through our house sitting assignment in Florida, have septic tank problems, power outages that change our schedules, writing that works...sometimes and avocados galore!  Are you ready?

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Whitewater Chopped Sticks: Calvin Jones

                                                              

My guest this week is renowned concert pianist, Calvin Jones.  Calvin is also a  homeschooling Dad, composer, orchestrator and producer.   This is the final show in my short series about careers and I know you’ll be as delighted as I am with this remarkable artist.  In the words of one critic, "If brilliant piano performance could be likened to a painting, Calvin Jones routinely executes a 'musical Mona Lisa.'" Aggressively contemplative, Calvin is quite a performer.  Highly accessible, Calvin's music incorporates classical and popular themes and his performances seem to strip away the action of the piano, caressing the strings. Known for his hit "Whitewater Chopped Sticks" which propelled Teresa Scanlan to win the 2011 Miss America crown and his subsequent soundtrack for "2016: Obama's America", the 2nd highest grossing documentary in history, Calvin has enjoyed a varied musical career.    His five releases "Through High Places" (1987), "Coming Home" (1990), "Uncharted Waters" (1993), "Acoustic Passion" (2005) and "Dueling Pianos" (2012) released on Sony Records have won him international acclaim.  We spoke from Ukraine where Calvin is currently touring Eurasia performing with Philharmonics to delighted audiences everywhere while continuing to produce soundtracks and prepare his new orchestral release.  Join us this Friday with a cup of tea and I will include a sampling of his music.

 

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Lifelong Unschooler: Peter Kowalke

                                    

 

Joining me this week is self described, lifelong unschooler Peter Kowalke.

Peter has been on my show several times and we have talked about his passion for unschooling and how much it has influenced his life.  His highly praised documentary “Grown Without Schooling” followed ten unschooled graduates into the world and recorded how they fared in their individual life choices. 

Peter lives in New York City and has consulted as a homeschool expert for media outlets such as the BBC, the New York Times and The Times of India.

The last time we spoke, two years ago, he had just returned from a six month spiritual sojourn in Asia.

This Friday afternoon we are going to be catching up and talking about how Unschooling led him along the pathway of philosophical exploration which eventually brought him to Vedanta and his charity work with The Philia Mission. 

Get yourself a cup of something delicious to drink and come and be mentally provoked into living your life a different way!  12 noon Central!

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Your Philanthropy: Dawn Franks

                                                     

I am welcoming Dawn Franks, to my show this week to talk about her unusual and very entrepreneurial career.  I was introduced to Dawn through my husband who met with her while we were in East Texas, about one of his projects.  Dawn is President of Your Philanthropy, a coaching and consulting firm and works with the philanthropic donor and nonprofit community. During our conversation you will learn exactly what that means!  She has 33 years of experience in nonprofit and philanthropy work in the Tyler community. She is also Executive Director of the Ben and Maytee Fisch Foundation and serves on boards for the East Texas Communities Foundation, Leadership Tyler, Bullard Economic Development Council and the Tyler Chamber of Commerce. She is past president of South Tyler Rotary Club, a member of Tyler Executive Women’s Network and a graduate of the University of Texas at Tyler. Dawn is married to Eddy Franks.  Join us on Friday with your tea and learn some amazing things about grants and non-profits that may surprise you!

Let me engage you with the latest and greatest from the household of the McNenys where we are enjoying flying fish, alligators, kingfishers, sausages and some future advice from a lawyer about Oak Brook College.

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Casting Calls: Andrei Constantinescu

                                                          

 

This week my show is the second in a short series of careers advice where I bring on guests from interesting walks of life that may be of help to young people searching for possible career opportunities.  

Andrei Constantinescu has always loved film and television.  His mom says he loved television even when he was very little and that around two or three years of age he was quoting lines from shows and recognizing actors.  One of Andrei’s earliest memories is entertaining his extended family with stories and jokes and wondering what else he could do or say to make them laugh.  For as long as he can remember he has known he wanted to be an actor or work in the film industry.  Andrei graduated from Louisiana Tech University with an MA in Theater and started work as an extra on several films, loving every minute of it!  He worked for Glorioso Casting, assisting and coordinating the extras for several projects; he also cast the Principal Roles for some non-union short films and worked as an actor, including a role in “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt.”  In the fall of 2009 he moved to New Orleans to cast with Coulon Casting; his experiences there gave him another view of extras casting and paved the way for his future move to Dallas, Texas where he worked for Cast-O-Matic on the FOX TV show, “Lone Star” in 2010. 

In the spring of 2011, Andrei was hired to cast the extras for the “Dallas” pilot on TNT and Legacy Casting was officially born.  Now he and the Legacy Casting team work on projects in Texas and Louisiana. His goal is to use Legacy Casting to find and showcase new rising talent and to give other actors a start in the industry he loves.  Come and listen to him speak on my show about his interesting career and how to make show business work for you. Friday at 12 noon Central.

 

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EntreFamily: Stephanie Langford

                                            

This week my guest Stephanie Langford is returning to tell us all about how her 54 weeks of world travel has impacted her family’s lifestyle, marriage and view of the world.  She describes herself as the blessed wife to Ryan.  She is also Mum and homeschooler to her four favorite little people, and the grateful recipient of undeserved mercy and love from her Heavenly Father.  Stephanie and her husband have spent the last year travelling and hack-schooling on a monumental journey around the world to almost 30 countries in 12 months.  While on the road Stephanie kept up her blog Keeper of the Home, inspiring and educating women on the topics of nutrition, natural homemaking, "greener" lifestyle choices, and frugal, simple living... all from a distinctively Christian worldview.   Also her medicine kit while she was on the road can be found here!  http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2013/10/my-travel-medicine-kit.html  She is the author of three books, Healthy Homemaking: One Step at a TimeReal Food on a Real Budget: How to Eat Healthy for Less, and Plan It, Don’t Panic: A Complete Meal Planning Resource and is working on a proposal for her family travel memoir.  Stephanie is going to be sharing a few stories with us about life abroad, how they were limited in their possessions by their bags, how their marriage changed for the better, and how she coped with coming to the end of herself.   Tune in on Friday with a cup of coffee or your favourite beverage and be inspired, if not to totally change your life at least to simplify some areas of it and not to be afraid to step outside your box if only for an hour!  

 

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Ten Minute Writer: Katharine Grubb

                                                 

 

This week I am welcoming to my show Katharine Grubb.  Katharine was born in northeastern Oklahoma. She was raised in the Tulsa suburbs, attended the University of Oklahoma, taught school, wrote stories and then shocked everyone by moving to Boston, Massachusetts to be with a man she had been e-mailing for nine months. She married that man, and with him had five boisterous children ages 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16.

Nowadays, she still lives in Massachusetts, homeschools her children, bakes bread, does ridiculous amounts of laundry and sets her timer to write stories in ten minute increments. She loves homeschooling and just completed her 12th year.

Katharine blogs at www.10minutewriter.com and is on Twitter @10MinuteWriter where she talks about writing fiction and nonfiction.  Join us on Friday with your tea and be prepared to laugh!!

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Engineer, CPA & Author: Carol Topp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week I’m delighted to welcome back to my show, where I dispel many homeschooling stereotypes, Carol Topp who has joined me a couple of times to talk about co-oping and finances.

We are going to be talking about the 3 major careers in her life, besides Mum and homeschooling, so tune in to learn more!

Carol and her husband live in West Chester, Ohio and have two grown daughters, both homeschooled through high school who are now looking forward to their first careers.  Carol worked from home throughout her homeschooling career and authored, Homeschool Co-Ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out.  She is also the author of the Micro Business for Teens series where she gives tips and advice to aspiring young entrepreneurs, as well as nine other books, a podcaster on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network, a host on the public television program, Starting a Micro Business, and winner of a Best Accounting blog award in 2012.

Carol's current project is creating a Career Exploration e-book for homeschool teenagers. She hopes to have it completed in the fall of 2014.  You can find her  at  MicroBusinessForTeens.com. and on my radio show this Friday.

Join us for a cup of tea and hear all about this homeschooling Mum’s terrific careers.

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The Compelling Case for Homeschooling: Mike Donnelly

                                                                    

Mike Donnelly, from the Home School Legal Defense Association, returns to my show this week wearing his legal and dad hats.  When he’s not talking to me Mike serves as Staff Attorney and Director of International Relations for member affairs and is Adjunct Professor of Government at Patrick Henry College, in Virginia.  Mike and his wife teach their seven children at home and he is a frequent speaker and writer on many home school related topics some of which he has shared with us over the years on my show.

Mike and his hard working colleagues at HSLDA defend both the American and International right to choose how we educate our children and their convictions ensure that homeschooling remains a parental choice for all of us.  Today we are going to be hearing about some good news about the Romeike family and the recent court decision that will allow them to remain in America.  Mike and I will also talk about some of the doubts parents may have when considering homeschooling.  Peer preessure is not just for our children!  

Pull up a chair and snag a cup of tea and listen in this Friday.

 

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Hurdling Our Adult Children's Choices: Barbara Frank

                                                      

This week on my show, where I seek to dispel the pre-conceived ideas about homeschooling, I’m thrilled to welcome back Barbara Frank.  We spoke at the end of January about preparing our teenage children to be sprung on the world as independent and contributing members of society.  Barbara is a homeschooling mother of two boys and two girls.  Her husband, Tim, worked from home and they were all together as a family for a long time and lived to tell the tale!   Barbara is the author of, Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagersa curriculum she wrote for her teenagers to help them live on their own with a goal of financial freedom.  She and her husband started a company called Cardamom Publishers in 2003 to publish this first book and several others followed including, Thriving in the 21st CenturyWomen of the Old Testament: 14 In-Depth Bible Studies for Teensand The Imperfect Homeschooler’s Guide to Homeschooling.  We homeschooling Mums know how to manage our time!

Barbara often speaks to home education groups about homeschooling, and is also a freelance writer/editor and former newspaper reporter whose work has appeared in Focus on the Family Magazine and The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. She has a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Today our conversation will centre round the empty nest syndrome and dealing with the disappointment of adult children whose lifestyles go against the way they were raised.  Once parents can Pass Go on that one then they can move on to what God has planned for them next.  This should be an emotional topic that I know a lot of you are facing so bring your tea and take a comfortable seat this Friday at 12 noon Central on Toginet Radio.

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The Edventure Project: Jennifer Miller

 

                            

Jennifer Miller is back with me on The Sociable Homeschooler this week, to further support my philosophy that there is no stereotyping of this movement called homeschooling!

Jennifer and her husband, Tony, with their four children, have taken a pause from their open ended tour of the world and are in New Hampshire until the end of May when they are all taking off on multiple adventures before reconvening for an Alaskan Cruise.  If you know the Millers like I know the Millers, this will indeed be a change…for a week.  I have no doubts that life aboard a floating hotel will be embraced by the whole family as yet another slice of experience to add to the uncommon childhood Jennifer and Tony are bequeathing their children.

Pop over to www.edventureproject.com to discover how the Millers have spent the last many years in uninterrupted travel choosing to invest most of their time and money in memories that keep, instead of cars, clothes, knick-knacks and noisy toys, that rust or gather dust.  Jennifer and her lifestyle will razzle and dazzle you and you’ll want to virtually, if not actually, join the family adventure wherever it takes them.  Jennifer and Tony want their children to be able to dream big, do hard things, work like crazy, serve with their whole hearts and not be afraid to fall flat on their faces in the attempt of the seemingly impossible.

Today we are going to be talking about how Jennifer is adapting to the changes occurring in her life and how she is encouraging her children forward in this last phase of childhood rather than holding onto them tightly.

Join us this week with a cup of tea and meet my Radio friend who over the course of time has dropped everything she’s doing to talk to me and inspire all of us on our journey as homeschoolers and parents.

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Beyond Buggies and Bonnets: Brenda Nixon

                                     

The last time I spoke to Brenda Nixon on my show she was a fellow host here on Toginet Radio with The Parents’ Plate. Today I am welcoming her back to  The Sociable Homeschooler ,where homeschooling is a unique lifestyle, to talk about how her family has taken on a different dynamic with the inclusion of ex-Amish teenagers whom she has adopted.  She is now known as the "Mom to the Ex-Amish" with a son-in-law, 2 adopted sons, and relationships with those who've left the most insular Swartzentruber Amish order. Today we’ll be talking about the Amish culture not found on TV or in fiction books. Brenda's blog, Beyond Buggies and Bonnets, has 70,000 readers world wide! She's writing a book about the struggles of Amish to assimilate to the "forbidden" English world, and about the life they left.

Today Brenda and I are going to be talking about how she first became involved with this strict Amish order, the challenges she faced and how her first impressions of this culture have changed.  Grab yourself a cuppa and join us on Friday at 12 noon Central.

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6 Steps to Sanity: Allison Bottke

                                 

I am thrilled to have Allison Bottke, bestselling inspirational author and speaker, join me on my show this Friday, where homeschooling is a unique lifestyle.

Best known for her Setting Boundaries ™ series from Harvest House Publishers, and 6 Steps to Sanity, Allison is an innovative, risk-taking, entrepreneurial woman whose life changed drastically when she found God to fill the empty place in her heart.

Captivating readers and audiences with a mesmerizing tale of hope and healing, Allison Bottke lives and proclaims a powerful testimony of triumph over tragedy.   Her transparent vulnerability, when addressing painful topics whether in books or on stage, enables Allison to connect with people in a very real and down-to-earth way as you will hear this week.

Her international outreach includes 29 published non-fiction and fiction books, including the acclaimed Setting Boundaries with Your Adult Children, Setting Boundaries with Aging Parents, Setting Boundaries with Difficult People, Setting Boundaries with Food, and Setting Boundaries for Women. A Young Woman’s Guide to Setting Boundaries for teen girls will release in summer 2014.

Allison is a frequent guest on national radio and TV programs around the country, including Good Morning Texas, Focus on the Family, CBN.com, the 700 Club, Day Star Network, the Dr. Laura Show, and others, so bring your coffee and come and listen to Allison Bottke on my radio show on Friday at 12 noon Central on Toginet.

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Effective Positive Thinking: Suzanne Glover

                                                             

This week on The Sociable Homeschooler, where homeschooling is a unique lifestyle, I will be talking once again to Suzanne Glover, author, motivational speaker, hypnotherapist, actress and personal development professional.  Suzanne joined me on January 17th where we broke open the possibility of re-training our brains to think positively and to let go of deep-seated beliefs we may be carrying around with us that may not be true.  Do you want to get more out of life?  Do you want to be your best?   Are you just too tired to positively overcome those negative thoughts and feelings you keep having?  Did you know that 90% of our thoughts come from the people around us?   Suzanne has a unique approach to helping people do the hard work of re-inventing themselves so they can change their unconscious, limiting beliefs about their lives.  By using positive thinking techniques Suzanne can help you tap into some extraordinary tools that work inside and out for better communication, presentation and a successful mindset.  Suzanne's life of accomplishments comes from her continued desire to re-engineer herself and those around her. She offers an intuitive approach to finding answers within ourselves and believes that we all have the power to be our best!  Curl up on a comfy couch and prepare to breathe deeply this Friday at 12 noon Central, on Toginet Radio. 

 

 

 

 

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Help Svetlana: Kim de Blecourt

                                                    

 

I’m delighted to welcome back, Kim de Blecourt as my guest this week.  Kim came on my show last year to talk about her heart wrenching experience while adopting her son from Ukraine.   Before Kim became involved with International Adoptions she spent over 13 years in corporate human resources and was a corporate trainer.  She is now on staff with Food for Orphans as their Life Changing Mission Trips Manager.

Kim's blog, Nourished Hearts, introduced me to an enterprising and remarkable community of people whom Kim seeks to encourage and inspire through her sensitive writing.  In the forefront of her ministry is the specific issues caregivers face when caring for children who come from ‘hard beginnings.’  Kim seeks to encourage others to Love Courageously especially those who are adopting or have adopted, provide foster care and/or work in orphan care ministry internationally.

Her first book, written with Ginger Kolbaba, chronicles Kim and her husband’s adoption journey of their son from Ukraine and is titled “Until We All Come Home: A Harrowing Journey, a Mother’s Courage, a Race to Freedom” (FaithWords, November 2012).

Today we will talk about Kim's crowd funding campaign with Indiegogo to raise enough money to provide her adopted son's half sister, Svetlana, with two years of private medical care to cure her tuberculosis which is in its final stages.  Svetlana is in a hospital in Ukraine where the doctors and nurses are no longer being paid.  Svetlana has no access to the fresh food she needs which is critical to her fragile health and Kim and her family are reaching out to the public in an attempt to raise the money needed to help this young woman.      

Join us this Friday for a heartwarming and true conversation that will call us to think again about what it means to be a Christian in our world today.

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March Forth Family: Julie & Tom Meekins

                        

With me on my show this week, where I believe homeschooling is a unique lifestyle, are frequent visitors Tom and Julie Meekins.  This remarkable couple have a heart for parents raising children who have challenges.  In walking the talk they decided to dedicate their professional lives to helping families navigate the oft times scary world of parenting.  Tom and Julie became certified in child development and health coaching and in March 2011 started a company called March Forth Family LLC to help other families needing someone who totally understood the struggles they were having.

Tom and Julie have been married for 34 years, have four children and in a moment of certifiable insanity chose the homeschooling path and now have four young adults who are doing fabulously.  Julie has been a guest on my show a couple of times and you can go back and hear her story about her youngest daughter diagnosed with CHARGE Syndrome as an infant. They were told she would never function as a normal child.  Julie and Tom knew that with God all things are possible; it is NEVER too late, and there is ALWAYS hope.

Their many blessings and powerful witness allows them to be able educate, equip, and empower parents to reach for the best FOR their children and IN their children while being supported in the process. Their message also encourages those who work with families and children, ministry leaders and leaders of Parent organizations and groups.

Bring your tea and join me this Friday at 12 noon central for an uplifting conversation with this inspiring couple  as we talk about their upcoming tele class concerning ADHD.

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The AT Thru-Hike 2: Renee Tougas

 

                                 

Greetings, I am Vivienne McNeny and I believe homeschooling to be a unique experience.

This week I am bringing you Part 2 of my recorded conversation with Renee Tougas about her family’s upcoming thru-hike along the Appalachian Trail.  Among other things we will be talking about the Video Series they will be making to bring the experience to our computer screens in the comfort of our homes!  A virtual peek into their lives on The Appalachian Trail as they thru-hike as a family beginning in Georgia this April.  At the moment they live on the side of a mountain in the Gaspe Peninsula of Quebec in Canada.   Renee and her husband, Damien, who has a site featuring barefoot and minimalist footwear, homeschool their three children aged 11, 13 and 15.  They are location independent and have decided to use the gift of not being tied down to an office desk and staff & PTA meetings, to take their children on a momentous hike.  They love the outdoors and spend time each week backpacking, hiking, ski-ing and walking.  Renee blogs about how she brings her love for intentional family living, enthusiasm for the natural world, and passion for lifelong learning to everything she does and that includes this adventure they are on the brink of starting.  Come along with us this Friday as we continue our conversation about the preparations for the hike of a lifetime.

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My Sweet Homeschool: Katie Leigh Sullivan

                                           

I’m thrilled to have Katie Sullivan join me on my show this week, where I believe homeschooling to be a unique lifestyle. 

Featured in both Hobby Farm Home Magazine and LuckyMag online, Katie Leigh Sullivan is an award winning blogger who has been curating inspired, online spaces since 2009.  

Katie has been with me before but it was so long ago her life has completely changed!  She’ll tell you all about it I’m sure.  What hasn’t changed is she is still a speech language pathologist with 19 years experience teaching both typical and atypical learners and still homeschools her five children, going on 7 years now.  She has twin boys with special needs who are now teenagers so she will be talking about them and encouraging those of you facing similar challenges to take one day at a time with a positive heart.  

Katie is married to her Mr. Darcy who grew up in England and is an incurable romantic, like my Cowboy.  She is a lover of fabric, good design and even better books, she encourages others to live an inspired life and reminds readers that their best years are ahead of them and not behind. 

Katie's latest projects include turning her 3,800 sq ft house with "good bones" into her own French Pemberley. She can be found writing about homeschooling at www.mysweethomeschool.com.  and at her French Pemberley home blog, www.katieleighsullivan.com.

Come along with your macaron and a delicious cup of coffee and listen to my guest this week, Katie Leigh Sullivan.  

I'll see you soon.      

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Homeschool Connections: Tarla Gernert

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My guest this week was recommended to me by one of my regulars here on The Sociable Homeschooler where I believe homeschooling to be a unique lifestyle.  Sandy Fowler of Heartfilled Holidays made the introduction and Tarla Gernert and I made it happen. Tarla earned her B.S. Degree in Elementary Education at Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia.  She has taught in public and private schools and later homeschooled her own children.  The hats she has worn over the years include university academic advisor; administrator of a large, multisite homeschool organization; advertising sales executive; piano teacher; guitar teacher; sewing instructor; real estate investor; and entrepreneur.  What we are going to be covering today is her creation, over the past 13 years, of Homeschool Connections, a successful, full-service educational program serving over 500 students each week at five campuses in southeast Michigan.  Homeschool Connections specializes in high quality academics for all grades with special focus on high school level classes and preparation for college. Classes range from digital movie making, outdoor survival skills, sculpting, and tennis to robotics, Shakespeare, research papers and physics.  I am thrilled to be bringing Tarla to my show this week to talk about her true passion, helping people figure out how best to educate their children and prepare them for the rest of their lives.  We’ll be live this Friday at 12 noon Central. 

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The Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike: Renee Tougas

Greetings, I am Vivienne McNeny and I believe homeschooling to be a unique experience.

                                    

I am excited this week to be talking to Renee Tougas who lives on the side of a mountain in the Gaspe Peninsula of Quebec in Canada.  She and her husband, Damien, who has a site featuring barefoot and minimalist footwear, homeschool their three children ages 15, 13 and 11.  They are location independent, which means they can both work from home wherever they are.  Together they are a family of outdoors enthusiasts, artists, adventurers, programmers, homemakers, and followers in the way of Christ.  Renee is self confessed creative spirit with a practical perspective and down-to-earth approach.  She excels at getting things done and managing the details but doesn’t forget to smell the daisies by appreciating and capturing the beauty around her. However, that’s not why I’m excited to feature Renee on my show this week.  Last month I managed to record a conversation we had before things got too busy for her to take a break in her local café to chat with me.  Too busy doing what you may ask?  Renee and her family are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime, thru hiking the Appalachian Trail and making a video series so we can join them virtually!!.  I’ll let Renee tell you all about it herself this Friday so bring a cup of tea to my show and get to know this fascinating woman whose blog is an acronym for Fun in My Back Yard.

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Twice Exceptional: Leigh Attaway Wilcox

                           

 

Here on The Sociable Homeschooler I believe homeschooling to be a unique lifestyle.

This week Leigh Attaway Wilcox, Children’s Book Author, Freelance Editor & Writer, Small Business Owner and Homeschool Mum is joining me.  Lots of proper nouns there to describe her unique lifestyle!  Leigh’s love for crafting stories paired with the motivation to get them published led her to join groups, societies and workshops to further her enjoyment of networking with other aspiring and published authors.  She is a charter member of an online critique group, the Serendipity Sisters and much as we would both love to spend our time together talking about writing our goal for our visit on Friday is to talk about her passion for homeschooling.  In 2012, Leigh began homeschooling her Twice Exceptional son (who lives with Asperger’s Syndrome and is also considered Gifted & Talented) when it became clear that the public school system could not adequately meet his needs.  Together they began a new educational journey and her only regret is they didn’t begin the adventure sooner!   Leigh has spoken on the local news as an advocate for children with special needs and has received awards from advocacy organizations for her parenting and advocacy efforts. She enjoys presenting, speaking and attending conferences, workshops, seminars and conventions. Leigh and her husband live in the same State as I do, Texas, where her son is a constant source of inspiration for her.  I am happy to say that amidst all the writing and speaking you’ll also find Leigh in her Texas-sized kitchen cooking and turning out gluten-free baked delights!  Bring a treat and come and join us this Friday at 12 noon Central.

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Thriving in the 21st Century: Barbara Frank

                                                    

 

Welcome to The Sociable Homeschooler, I'm Vivienne McNeny and I believe homeschooling is a unique lifestyle and invite you to join me this week with my guest Barbara Frank a homeschooling mother of two boys and two girls who have all graduated and are fully-fledged adults. Like our family they spent a lot of time together during the formative years.  Barbara’s husband, Tim, worked from home and they were all together in the house for a long time and lived to tell the tale!  Also, similar to my family, the debate about whether to go to college or not was aired and the conclusions drawn were varied and respected!  Barbara is the author of, Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagersa curriculum she wrote for her teenagers to help them live on their own with a goal of financial freedom.  She and her husband started a company called Cardamom Publishers in 2003 to publish this first book and several others followed including, Thriving in the 21st CenturyWomen of the Old Testament: 14 In-Depth Bible Studies for Teensand The Imperfect Homeschooler’s Guide to Homeschooling.  Don’t ask, we homeschooling Mums know how to manage our time!  Barbara often speaks to home education groups about homeschooling, and is also a freelance writer/editor and former newspaper reporter whose work has appeared in Focus on the Family Magazine and The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. She has a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Today our conversation will centre round letting our teens go, empty nest and the worry about adult children who are rebelling against their parents’ morals now that they have left home.  These promise to be a sensitive and timely topics so bring your tea and take a comfortable seat this Friday at 12 noon Central on Toginet Radio.

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Think Positive: Suzanne Glover

                                                       

My guest this week on The Sociable Homeschooler is Suzanne Glover, author, motivational speaker, hypnotherapist, actress and personal development professional.  That’s a mouthful when its at home isn’t it?  Do you want to get more out of life?  Do you want to be your best?  Do you want to encourage your children to think positively about who they are?  Are you worried about the path you have chosen for your family?  Do you think you may single-handedly ruin your child’s life?  Are you just too tired to positively overcome those negative thoughts and feelings you keep having?  What does letting go really mean?  If you have any of those questions running around in your head, then this show is for you!

Suzanne has a unique approach to helping people do the hard work of re-inventing themselves so they can change their unconscious, limiting beliefs about their lives.  Suzanne uses positive thinking techniques to give extraordinary tools that work inside and out for better communication, presentation and a successful mindset.  Suzanne's life of accomplishments comes from her continued desire to re-engineer herself and those around her. She offers an intuitive approach to finding answer within ourselves and believes that we all have the power to be our best!  Join me, Vivienne McNeny, this week at 12 noon Central on Toginet radio.

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For the Love of Texas: Betsy & George Christian

                        

Joining me on The Sociable Homeschooler today are a couple of writers who live in Austin, Texas.  Betsy and George Christian have written two Texas History books that are as lively and irreverent as the characters found on their pages.  You’ll find men and women you’d like to meet and some you’ll be rather glad you didn’t!  If you think teaching History is dry these books are for you.  Betsy is a writer, public affairs consultant, and community volunteer. George, a fifth-generation Texan, practices law and teaches literature at The University of Texas at Austin. They have two school-age and two adult children.  Bring along a cup of tea and listen to why History is important and relevant to the world we live in today.  Even if you’re not from the Lone Star State you’ll want to know more about why Texans don’t like being told what to do after you’ve heard my conversation with George and Betsy.  Tune in this Friday at 12 noon Central.

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Keeper of the Home: Stephanie Langford

 

My first guest of the New Year is Stephanie Langford who describes herself as the blessed wife to Ryan.  She is also Mum and homeschooler to her four favorite little people, and the grateful recipient of undeserved mercy and love from her Heavenly Father.  Stephanie and her husband have spent the last year travelling and hack-schooling on a monumental journey around the world to almost 30 countries in 12 months.  While on the road Stephanie has kept up her blog Keeper of the Home, inspiring and educating women on the topics of nutrition, natural homemaking, "greener" lifestyle choices, and frugal, simple living... all from a distinctively Christian worldview.   She is the author of three books, Healthy Homemaking: One Step at a TimeReal Food on a Real Budget: How to Eat Healthy for Less, and Plan It, Don’t Panic: A Complete Meal Planning Resource.  I caught up with Stephanie a few weeks ago in South East Asia and we talked about life, what she carries in her natural medicine kit on the road and other topics.  You’ll have to tune in on Friday to listen to us and be inspired, if not to totally change your life at least to try some of the natural remedies she has adopted over the last decade.  Start your New Year off with a few eye opening facts about foods you should be eating.

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Christmas With Friends: Renee Tougas, Julie & Tom Meekins, Sandy Fowler, Lainie & Miro and Polly Wright

Today is my 200th show and I have invited a few friends to join me and talk about Christmas, to offer some encouraging words for those who may be alone, or raising children who get bewildered by the change in schedule, to share local customs and some quick fix-its if you are behind with your preparations and to talk about the over arching meaning of this time spent thinking about one another, cooking together, enjoying the outdoors and one another’s company.

 

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Renee Tougas

My friend Renee Tougas, who blogs at FIMBY, will be joining me from a café in the small town near where she lives, works, and learns with her family in their mountain-side home, at the end of a dirt road on the Gaspe Peninsula of Quebec, Canada.

 

 

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Julie & Tom Meekins


Julie & Tom Meekins will talk about how to prepare your child for the festivities.  They have made a commitment to dedicate the rest of their professional lives to helping families navigate the scary world of raising a challenging child and can be found at March Forth Family.

 

 

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Sandy Fowler

With us so close to Christmas I hope you haven’t left gift wrapping, baking and decorating until the last minute, but, if you have, Sandy Fowler from Heartfilled Holidays is passionate about helping us design stress free holidays that will warm our hearts and feed our spirits, so drop your panic stations and listen up.

 

 

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Lainie & Miro

My friend Lainie and her son Miro who write at Raising Miro are living the history & culture of foreign lands, encountering amazing people, interacting as global citizens, serving as volunteers and naturally learning along the way.  They will be sharing an unusual Christmas custom in the Andes.

 

 

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Polly Wright

Polly Wright, whom I’ve known since she was a child will be doing an unusual outreach on Christmas evening and perhaps you will feel emboldened to support her at We Are Cherished as she steps out to carry the light into many a dark cave in downtown Dallas and Columbus Ohio..

 

Join us on Friday for Christmas with my friends, at Noon CT.

 

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Planting Churches & Creating Culture: Greg Barber

 

This week, what better than to wrap the year with a chat about church and corporate worship?  My guest popped up on my Twitter as a follower so I nabbed him and we’re going to be exploring all kinds of good things to get the brain fired up during this season when we focus on the coming of Christ and how our house looks for the onslaught of family and friends in the coming weeks.  Greg Barber is joining me to talk about his work multiplying churches, whether there’s a difference between sacred and secular, how to get the Millennials more involved and lots more.

Greg grew up in Northern California where his family was instrumental in the planting and development of Sunset Christian Center [now Destiny Christian Church]. After graduating high school he served for 2 years in the youth ministry as an intern, where his calling to ministry started to develop, and he fell for the woman of his dreams, his future wife, Kelsey.  He graduated from Northwest with his BA in General Ministry joined the team of the Church Multiplication Network (CMN) in the mid-west and is living the passion he has in his heart to see the lives of others changed, through the efforts of church planting.

As a part of CMN Greg works directly with the national Assessment, Coaching, & Training teams, that help prepare new church planters. He develops the social media, marketing, and event logistic systems for the company and writes about church culture and other topics at his blog.  In 2012 CMN had the amazing privilege to help in the planting of 391 churches worldwide.

Bring a hot chocolate and come and listen to this amazing young man who believes God has put a calling on your life and a dream in your heart.  This Friday at noon CT, I’ll be here will you?

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In the Nica Time: Michael Patterson

                                                         

I have another graduated un/homeschooler on my show today, Michael Patterson, who  will be talking to me from Central America.  Growing up Michael was involved with community service and earned the Eagle Scout Award, at 16 he traveled to Japan as an Exchange Student, on college campus he was a newspaper reporter.  He graduated from Texas State University, Magna Cum Laude  with a major in journalism and a minor in Anthropology/Archaelogy.  As an outgoing, social young man Michael parleyed his love of traveling, writing and talking to people, into serving with the Peace Corps in Nicaragua.  You can find him blogging at www.inthenicatime.com and chatting to me this Friday so bring your tea or coffee and come and hear what this young man has to say about being educated at home.

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The Aussie Outback: Rick Turk

 

                                             

Many years ago when my children were still too young to mind about homeschooling a colleague brought me a cassette and picture book from down under called Lizard Gully.  It became an instant hit for the munchkins.  Years later when choosing a song to dance to with my son at his wedding my heart returned to those petal picking critters in the Aussie Outback!  During my quest for a more digitally friendly version of the song, I met Rick Turk who composed this popular children’s musical.  Rick agreed to be a guest on my show to talk about his career, one day, and that day has come!  He makes a living doing what he loves most, writing and performing music.  He admits that the key to success in this industry is pure luck.  His parents wanted him to have something to fall back on so he was packed off to University to earn a law degree, which he did.  Music prevailed and between the U.K. and Australia Rick has blazed quite a musical trail.  Come and hear all about it from Rick who lives in Bucketty on the Central Coast of New South Wales with his wife, a recording studio named Big Ears Music, Bandicoots, Wombats and Possums!  You’ll want to get your tea and join me this Friday. 

 

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American Royalty 2: Janie Scanlan

                                                     

My guest today is Janie Scanlan who talked with me last week about homeschooling and the lead up to her daughter’s winning of The Miss America crown in 2011!  We will be continuing our conversation from where we left it on the stage in Las Vegas.  Janie is a homeschooling mother of six ranging in age from 13-26.  She lives in Gehring, Nebraska and has just bought a coffee shop in her small town, which she runs with one of her daughters.  Her husband is a child and adult psychiatrist and Janie says he leaves his job at the office.  Praise the Lord!  This week we will be talking about creativity, the tools she uses to ensure her children are well equipped for life and touch on her dreams to be a writer.  Janie is a first generation American whose children are growing into outstanding citizens as you will hear.  Tune in this Friday with your coffee and listen to what Janie has to say about keeping your children close.   

 

 

 

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American Royalty: Janie Scanlan

                                                       

My guest today is Janie Scanlan homeschooling mother of six ranging in age from 13-26.  Janie lives in Gehring, Nebraska.  Janie's husband, Mark, is a child and adult psychiatrist who leaves his job at the office.  Praise the Lord!  We are going to be talking about good old fashioned homeschooling, how we responded to our children’s bursts of independence, the roller coaster ride of raising teenagers especially when we’ve never done it before and the changing face of our homeschool as the years pass and we get older.  Janie is a first generation American whose children are growing into outstanding citizens as you will hear.  Tune in this Friday with your coffee and be prepared as we bust that stereotype!

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Moving Back Home: Larry McNeny

 

                                             

I’m thrilled to welcome back my Blue Eyed Cowboy this week to chat about the events that have been going on our life.  Making the transition from hands on parents to empty nesters has been quite a ride as he’ll tell you!   Father of the four children we homeschooled he brought his guitar, his imagination and his unique way of telling bedtime stories to the kitchen table.  His glamourous life caught the children’s attention a whole lot quicker than anything I was trying to do with them!  “What was it like travelling on a private jet with the Bee Gees?” is a must know for young, impressionable teens and my cowboy spent many a happy hour regaling them with wild and exciting stories from his career.  Today though we’re not going to be talking about his job, or how he fell in love with me on first sight, you can find those conversations in the archives, today we are going to be exploring the question, “are we ever too old to move back home?”  Tune in this Friday at 12 noon CT for an amusing and light hearted look at our homelessness! 

 

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Pitching a Temporary Tent in Seoul: Aadel Bussinger

 

                              

 

This week my military homeschooling Mum, Aadel Bussinger, is returning as my guest. The last time we spoke Aadel was all set to pitch her temporary tent in Seoul, South Korea, where her husband is deployed.   Today we are going to be talking about her move, with her three children, by herself, with a little help from her military friends.   Aadel has been married to her career army man for twelve years and they have three children whom they unschool while moving at the army’s whim! She has a personal blog, These Temporary Tents, writes for Natural Family Day and owns Homeschool Commons where she shares free public domain sources for all who want to partake.  You won’t want to miss Aadel talking about living in a culture completely different to America’s as she and her husband choose to live off base in Seoul.  Join me this Friday and don’t forget the Kimchi!   

 

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The Nomadic Life: Theodora Sutcliffe

 

 

My guest this week is fellow Brit Theodora Sutcliffe who describes herself as nomad, meaning she and her twelve-year-old son Zac, live anywhere, everywhere, and nowhere and have done so for three years!  They travel pretty much all the time after finishing their first year and realizing they couldn’t see the world in 12 short months!  Luckily Theodora is a writer which is totally  portable and you can read what she writes about the apparent mundanity of leading a life less ordinary at www.escapeartistes.com.  She sticks up photos of fabulous, crazy and just plain bizarre places the two of them have visited and rants about topics from politics to books, films to unschooling and the journey through motherhood.  Join me on Friday to share a moment of her shouty, screamy, hilarious and at times plain infuriating life.  

 

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Discovering God's Attributes: Joshua Williams

                                                        

I always like to have graduated homeschoolers on my show and my guest this week is returning to talk about how his life has taken a change in direction since he was last with me.  Joshua Williams is an English, lifelong homeschooler, the oldest son in a family of five boys and one girl.  He has taught and worked with children, mainstream home-educated and disabled, in Britain and Italy helping them to build a strong foundation for their futures.  Today Joshua is going to be telling us about the ways in which he wants to spend his life expressing creativity as a beautiful gift from and attribute of, God.  He will share his journey of self-discovery and his plans for travelling in a camper van when he marries his fiancé next year.  Bring a cuppa and join us on Friday to be inspired by this young man who has taken a path less travelled in order to pursue God’s will for his life. 

 

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Raising Challenging Children: Tom & Julie Meekins

 

                                            

With me today are Tom and Julie Meekins who have a heart for parents, especially those who are raising challenging children.  Julie has been a guest on my show a couple of times and you can go back and hear her story about her youngest daughter diagnosed with CHARGE Syndrome as an infant.  They were told she would never function as a normal child.  Julie and Tom knew that with God all things are possible and today all their children are young adults and doing fabulously!  Because of their many blessings they  have dedicated the rest of their professional lives to educating, equipping, and empowering parents to reach for the best FOR their children and IN their children while being supported in the process. They also reach out to those who work with families and children, ministry leaders and leaders of Parent organizations and groups.  Tom and Julie became certified in child development and health coaching and in March 2012 started a company called March Forth Family LLC to help other families who would need someone who totally understood their challenging situations.  Today it is my pleasure to talk to these two dedicated people whose family have a remarkable story of healing that illustrates their message: It is NEVER too late, and there is ALWAYS hope for this child!  Bring your tea and come and hear an encouraging conversation with these two inspiring people.

Tom and Julie have two teleclasses coming up, on October 16th  and October 26th

Click the links to register now!

 

 

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College Rebellion: Jessica Barker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My guest today is a graduated unschooler with an innovative outlook on life.  Jessica Barker is 23-years-old, an autodidact with a great love for traveling anywhere and learning anything.  After two highly successful years spent keeping a blog called Life Without College, Jessica started College Rebellion to reach a wider audience with a greater amount and variety of resources.  Jessica also writes for The Unschooler Experiment and offers mentorship through Zero Tuition College.  When she is not writing for College Rebellion, she spends her time tending to a grand array of flowers and vegetables, and works as a chef at a local restaurant in Burnsville, North Carolina.  Join me on Friday to be encouraged to find out what your dream is and motivated to live it!   

 

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Impressive Homeschoolers: Leah Shingleton & Karianne Lisonbee

                                                                                                                        

One of my guests this week is a homeschooled homeschooler the other was impressed by a homeschooler she met at college.  Leah Shingleton is the mother of five children and the illustrator of two phonics books, A Pretty Girl was Alpha Bette and A Funny Boy was Prince River, both written by her sister and a regular guest on my show, Shannah Godfrey.  Her friend and fellow guest with me today is Karianne Lisonbee

                                                    

who also homeschools her six children.  She and Leah met at college and have remained friends during their child rearing years.  Karianne is a Syracuse City Councilwoman who holds the best interest of her community in her heart.  Join us on Friday for some insight into how homeschooling turns out well-rounded, productive citizens who are willing and able to make a difference, in other words, how homeschooling turns out people just like you and me!      

 

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High Kicking on the High Seas: Malia McNeny

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I have one of my favourite people to chat to on my show today, my youngest child and daughter, Malia McNeny.  Malia has been sailing the high seas since August 1st and has been to fourteen countries already!  She is a graduated homeschooler, of course, who has wanted to be a performer ever since her first appearance on stage during a ballet recital when she was five.  Making her dream come true has had its ups and downs but she has worked hard!  From the community college in Texas, to a performance college in London she managed to maintain her day job as a Star Barista to pay for dance classes.  She frequented the nearby Pineapple Studios where she auditioned a couple of times a week until this job came along!  Her internet is iffy while cruising, depending on where she is, and last Sunday she Skyped me from Portugal and asked, “are we going to record a show?” and I said, “yes!”  A journal of her adventures can be found under Daughts' Thoughts on my website, Boomering.org.  Tune in on Friday when I’ll bring you the conversation we had while she was sitting in a busy little café, not MacDonald’s for a change, in Lisboa, Portugal.  Don’t forget your coffee!     

 

 

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The Passionate Warrior: Hugh deBurgh

                                                  

I have a father on my show this week whose blog, The Way of the Passionate Warrior, tells it all from the male perspective!  Hugh deBurgh writes about life, family, real men, love, relationships, unschooling and so much more!  He has dedicated his life to the parenting style of living life intentionally and is on the second leg of a worldwide travel adventure with his wife and four young children.  Hugh has also written a book, Families Without Limits, which you can pick up FREE from his website.  Tune in on Friday with a strong cup of tea and begin the process of transforming your lives!

 

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Rambling Family: Jody Halsted

                                          

This week we’re going to take a break from extreme travel and welcome Jody Halsted to talk to us about how she inspires families to travel together, anywhere.  I thought we’d come home as it were and find out how we can explore our own back yards and create lasting memories for everyone.  Jody is a family travel authority and social media educator and has been rambling with her husband and two girls for many years.  She has learned a thing or two about what makes a great family trip, how to spend days in a car without going crazy and tips to make flying look easy with your children!  In 2012 she spearheaded a campaign to bring prominence to Midwest travel with a project, called Fly in to Fly Over Country: Travel Midwest.  In 2013 Jody launched Ireland Family Vacations, a site designed to help families plan a magical Ireland vacation.  In her blog at Family Rambling, Jody shares travel tips, destinations and first hand experiences, she also writes for various online and print publications and is active in social media, sharing her knowledge via Facebook and Twitter.  Jody works with CVBs as a copywriter and FAM trip organizer.  Join me on Friday and discover how to have fun and adventure without straying far from your back door.  

 

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Changing Gears: Nancy Sathre-Vogel

                                                  

My guest this week is well known in the travelling homeschool circles, not to mention the bike riding community and as I was doing my research I realized she had given a TEDX Talk to boot which I watched while thinking, ‘I’m speaking to this amazing woman on Friday!” and indeed I am!  I am honoured to welcome Nancy Sathre-Vogel of Family on Bikes fame to my show and I know you will be both motivated and delighted by this amazing woman.  After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's children. She and her husband quit their jobs, joined the ever burgeoning ranks of homeschoolers and climbed aboard bicycles with their twin sons to see the world.   They enjoyed four years cycling as a family, first exploring the United States and Mexico before embarking on their famed ride from Alaska to Argentina, earning the boys a world record as the youngest people to cycle the Pan American Highway.  Join me this Friday as Nancy and I talk about the value of time, the greatest gift parents can give their children and hear about Momentum a long term support system for your dreams! 

 

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Raising Miro on the Road of Life 2: Lainie Liberti

                                                  

This week I am bringing you the second half of my conversation with Lainie Liberti and her son Miro who are living in Peru at the moment on their way slowly around the world.  Lainie, with some help from Miro, authors a blog and podcast Raising Miro on the Road of Life and she invites you to join them on their fascinating journey.  As we heard last week their ever changing world has been transformed into a compelling classroom for both of them and Lainie is an advocate for “life learning” at any age.  The pair have taken this philosophy to heart and are producing a family and teen oriented unschooling retreat in Peru called Project Unschool Peru.  

They are in their fifth year of travelling and are living inspired, possession-free-lifestyles, experiencing the history & culture of foreign lands, encountering amazing people, interacting as global citizens, serving as volunteers, and naturally learning along the way. Join me on Friday to hear more about the way they spend stress free quality time together every day 24/7.  Pass the biscuits why don’t you and make yourself comfortable.  

 

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Raising Miro on the Road of Life: Lainie Liberti & Miro

 

                                         

 

Continuing with my series of travelling homeschooling families it is my pleasure to welcome both Lainie Liberti and her son Miro to my show this week.  Lainie is the author of the blog and podcast Raising Miro on the Road of Life and she will be telling us the story of how she came to un-schooling accidentally while she and her son slow travel around the world.   I will be talking to Miro first to get his perspective on living and adventuring with his Mum for the last four years and then I’ll let Lainie chime in!  Together they have journeyed through 14 countries living an inspired, possession-free-lifestyle, experiencing the history & culture of foreign lands, encountering amazing people, interacting as global citizens, serving as volunteers, and naturally learning along the way. Join me for the next couple of Fridays to hear how they spend stress free quality time together every day 24/7.  Cup of tea anyone?

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Travel Experta: Marina Villatoro

 

                                                  

Twelve years ago my guest, Marina Villatoro, took a solo trip, overland, to Latin America from New York.  She travelled through Mexico all the way down to Argentina and Chile.   During this long trip she met a fascinating man who spoke flawless English while camping in the Tikal Mayan Ruins in Guatamala.  They married and have two boys and have been living in Central America for over ten years and are a multi cultural and tri-lingual family.  As Marina quips, "there’s never a dull moment in her house!"  Together they have travelled all over South America and it should come as no surprise that Mariana owns and operates a travel company, Travel Experta, to inspire other families to travel with their children.  I am going to be picking her brains about travel advice, tips and recommendations on where to eat, stay and play with your nearest and dearest.  The show is not to be missed, get your cuppa and join me this Friday.

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Fun In My Back Yard: Rene Tougas

                                            

 Renee Tougas is my guest again this week, we are going to be talking about creativity and ideals as she and her husband homeschool their three children on the side of a mountain in the Gaspe Peninsula of Quebec in Canada.   They both work from home wherever they are, a family lifestyle that suits all of them in their semi-nomadic state!  Together they are outdoors enthusiasts, designers and artists, adventurers, programmers and homemakers, naturalists, sewists, idealists and followers in the way of Christ.  Renee describes herself as a creative spirit with a practical perspective and down-to-earth approach.  She excels at getting things done and managing the details but doesn’t forget to smell the Sweet Williams by appreciating and capturing the beauty around her. Renee brings her love for intentional family living, enthusiasm for the natural world, and a passion for lifelong learning to everything she does. This Friday she is once again bringing all that and a cup of tea to my show so come and join us and re-acquaint with this fascinating woman whose blog, FIMBY, is an acronym for Fun in My Back Yard.

 

 

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S/V Totem on the High Seas 2: Behan Gifford & Family

 

                                

As promised I'm bringing you part 2 of the conversation I had with Behan Gifford, her husband Jamie and their three children aboard their sloop, Totem, which they have called home for five years.  

Behan and Jamie decided that living their dream could not be postponed for an amorphous retirement.  When asked the big question, "Why?" they respond with "Why not?"  

They homeschool while sailing the oceans and we're going to be talking about education, their family culture and expectations.  

Come and listen for more of the Why Not Indeeds on Friday at noon central.   

 

 

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S/V Totem on the High Seas: Behan Gifford & Family

 

                                

Joining me today is Behan Gifford and family on board their sloop, Totem, in Malaysia.  They school their three children on their sailing vessel and have been living on the seas for five years after deciding that “someday” needed a date and doing their dream shouldn’t be postponed for an amorphous retirement. Living on board Totem suits them perfectly although the lifestyle comes with its fair share of routine maintenance except in exotic locations. 

In the beginning when they first set sail folk expressed concerns about their sanity.  With three young children, wide-open seas, and no jobs, a few questions arose.  Here are their top ten answers! 

1. South

2. 47 foot sloop

3. Six months. Six years. Who knows?

4. Homeschool!

5. Originally thought we'd sell, but we have gold-star renters.

6. Pirates are in predictable areas, looking for Big Money boats. We will avoid both of these risk factors.

7. Sure, storms are scary. So are car accidents.

8. Routine maintenance in exotic locations
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9. Semi-retirement, whatever that is.

10. Why not? 

I'm going to be talking to Behan and her family about marriage, life, food and creativity so come and listen in, Friday at noon central.   

 

 

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Not Just for Summer: Sarita Holzmann

                                              

Are you into the full swing of long, hot summer days yet?  How is reading fitting into your school’s out plans?  Can well-written books be used as boredom busters for the whole family?  This week I am welcoming back Sarita Holzmann, co-founder and president of Sonlight Curriculum, to share with us some books for the summer she and her daughter, Jonelle, have chosen.  Sonlight is a literature based curriculum and Sarita has the pleasure of reading all the books that land on her desk before selecting the ones that eventually end up on your kitchen table!  She is going to be talking about this summer’s reading selections and enticing us with some excerpts.  Come and join me on Friday, with a cuppa, to experience a taste of Sonlight. 

 

 

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How to Get Your Kids Unplugged: Gretchen Roe

                                                       

Today my on air friend, Gretchen Roe, and I are going to be talking about addiction, Digital Addiction!  Gretchen has joined me for many a Friday chat and I think this one is going to hit home in many families.  As Community Liaison for the Calvert School Gretchen fields a lot of questions from Mums, Dads and children in the homeschool trenches and she knows just what is going on in busy households similar to yours and mine, why?  She has one of her own!  Mother of two college graduates, one junior, one freshman, a 7th grader and 2nd grader Gretchen knows her stuff and her insights are invaluable!   She presents Webinars for international home educating audiences, conducts workshops at conferences around America and has used the Calvert Curriculum for 20 years because she can homeschool for herself but not by herself.  Is your family affected by the digital age?  Join me on Friday with a cup of tea and get some well aimed pointers on how to get your children back.     

 

 

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I'm That Mum: Sue Patterson

                                           

 

 

With me this week is Sue Patterson a self confessed, highly involved, Mum of three who loves her children as if today is the only day she’s going to have with them.  She knows she raised them differently from other people and she wanted them to unfold naturally without unnecessary peer pressure or authoritarian squashing. She went from soccer Mum in the suburbs to radical unschooler wherever she happened to be since she was a Air Force wife and they moved a lot.  Sue wasn’t interested in establishing her authority or catching her children doing something wrong she wanted to be a guide, someone who  had been there before, who wanted the best for them and who would love them and listen to them.  Now that Sue’s children have flown the coop she blogs about her life and her “Motherhood in Transition” at Lifelong Learning and is a columnist for the new national publication at, The Homeschooler.  She also runs the Unschooling Blog and Pintrest Carnivals.  Bring some tea and join me on Friday to take another look at enjoying our young adult children.   

 

 

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Do Our Children Define Us? Shannah Godfrey

                                                      

This week I’m welcoming back Shannah Godfrey a scientist who has succeeded in a man’s world and still managed to raise and homeschool 14 children!  Today we are going to be talking about good parenting practices, comparing ourselves to others, the value of rebellion and whether it is reasonable to expect your child to have left home by the time he or she turns thirty!  Shannah was a gifted child who decided to wait to go to college and found herself cast in the role of stay at home mother of five and foster Mom to many.  Join me and this fascinating educator who invented the Godfrey Method, a phonics reading programme that has proven children don’t have to be rocket scientists in order to master reading.  You will definitely need to be sitting down and breathing deeply for this show, so bring your Dandelion tea and wholemeal biscuit and join me on Friday.

 

 

 

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Fimby: Renee Tougas

                                                 

I am excited this week to be talking to Renee Tougas who lives on the side of a mountain in the Gaspe Peninsula of Quebec in Canada.  She and her husband homeschool their three children ages 14, 12 and 10.  They are location independent, which means they can both work from home wherever they are.  Together they are a family of outdoors enthusiasts, designers and artists, adventurers, programmers and homemakers, naturalists, sewists and idealists and followers in the way of Christ.  So now you understand why I am excited!   Renee describes herself as a creative spirit with a practical perspective and down-to-earth approach.  She excels at getting things done and managing the details but doesn’t forget to smell the daisies by appreciating and capturing the beauty around her. Renee brings her love for intentional family living, enthusiasm for the natural world, and a passion for lifelong learning to everything she does. This Friday she is bringing all that and a cup of tea to my show so come and join us and get to know this fascinating woman whose blog is an acronym for Fun in My Back Yard.

 

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Mission to Brazil: Spencer Farris

 

                                              

My guest this week is the oldest boy of three who were homeschooled ‘from the get go.’   Spencer Farris said his school books could follow him wherever he went.  In his short life he has lived in Costa Rica and Mexico and taken frequent trips all over America in the family RV.  His travels were both pleasurable and educational adventures where he visited numerous Historic sites and learned a great deal about a variety of subjects by interacting with the people.  Spencer entered the community college at the age of 14 where he chaired the student senate, was invited to attend the national leadership camp Leadershape and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa.  At 16 he started work as an IT Administrator for a loan agency where he is currently employed.  He took a two-year work hiatus for a mission trip to Sao Paulo, Brazil where he mastered the difficult language of Portuguese.  He has been home for six months and will be marrying an outstanding girl in 2 weeks.  Join us with a cup of tea to find out how homeschooling helped this young man to develop great self-motivation.  I am sure you’ll be encouraged.   

 

                                                  

 

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How to Raise an Entrepreneur: Barbara Haislip

                                           

My guest this week is a contributing writer for the Wall Street Journal’s Small Business Report.  Barbara Haislip covers a range of topics relevant to small business and start-ups, including public speaking and the bottom line, humor in sales pitches, how to write an effective business plan, money-saving tips, how to learn from your competitors and deriving inspiration from vacations.  She holds a B.A. degree in English from Duke University and was a copy editor at The Wall Street Journal for over three decades, editing stories from the World, U.S. News, Money & Investing, and Marketplace sections of the newspaper.  She is currently a copy editor at Barron’s magazine, a financial weekly and a teaching assistant at her local middle school.  She and her husband have raised three boys who are employed and happy in their work.  Join me to day when I will be having my afternoon natter with Barbara about raising entrepreneurs

 

 

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Encouragement for Homeschool Moms: Marcia Washburn