ebony_phoenix32's Journal

2 March
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*"Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls. ~ Joseph Campbell*

I'm a 28 year old, pagan mother to 6. I have four sons, ages 13, 8, 4 and 2 as well as two daughters ages 10 and 11. I'm seperated but had been married to my husband, M, for almost 12 years. He was in a car accident earlier this year and suffered a traumatic brain injury. He lives with me still and I tend to his medical and personal affairs. We live in Chicago, Illinois. my children and practice attachment parenting. I'm working on getting back to normal after several months of adjusting to life with a brain injured person.

“Religion has convinced people that there's an invisible man ... living in the sky. Who watches everything you do every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of ten specific things he doesn't want you to do. And if you do any of these things, he will send you to a special place, of burning and fire and smoke and torture and anguish for you to live forever, and suffer, and suffer, and burn, and scream, until the end of time. But he loves you. He loves you and he needs money.”
― George Carlin

“I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”

-Stephen Roberts

“...make the impossible possible, the possible easy, and the easy elegant.” - Moshe Feldenkrais

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."
— Dr. Seuss

"Uniqueness is our treasure, not normalcy" Susun Weed

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors
where there were only walls. ~ Joseph Campbell

"Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level of incompetence, then beat you with experience."
-Mark Twain

‎"The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who look on it and do nothing." -- Albert Einstein

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. ~ Frederick Douglass

"In raising my children, I have lost my mind but found my soul." ~Lisa T. Shepherd

“True learning – learning that is permanent and useful, that leads to intelligent action and further learning — can arise only out of the experience, interest, and concerns of the learner” ~John Holt

"You rock a sobbing child without wondering if today’s world is passing you by, because you know you hold tomorrow tightly in your arms." ~Elder Neal A. Maxwell.

"I suppose it is because nearly all children go to school nowadays and have things arranged for them that they seem so forlornly unable to produce their own ideas." - Agatha Christie

“I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ.” Ghandi

Anita Blake:

"Stupidity isn't punishable by death. If it was, there would be a hell of a population drop."

"I talk to myself everyone once in a while. Give myself very good advice. Sometimes I even take it."

"So raise your glass if you are wrong in all the right ways, all my underdogs. We will never be, never be anything but loud" P!nk

"In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then he made school boards."- Mark Twain

Harry Kim: When I think about everything we've been through together, maybe it's not the destination that matters, maybe it's the journey, and if that journey takes a little longer, so we can do something we all believe in, I can't think of any place I'd rather be or any people I'd rather be with.

"The founding fathers provided jails called schools, equipped with
tortures called education. School is where you go between when your
parents can't take you and industry can't take you." John Updike, The Centaur, 1963

"“What is unschooling? Unschooling isn’t a recipe, and therefore it can’t be explained in recipe terms. It is impossible to give unschooling directions for people to follow so that it can be tried for a week or so to see if it works. Unschooling isn’t a method, it is a way of looking at children and at life.” ~Earl Gary Stevens, retired HEM columnist

"Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” - Walt Disney

"Intelligence plus character, that is the goal of true education." MLK.

"You cannot teach a person anything; you can only help him find it within himself." -Galileo

"It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education." -Albert Einstein

"I hate, loathe and despise schools....School is bad for you if you have any talent. You should be cultivating that talent in your own particular way." -Maurice Sendak (author of "Where the Wild Things Are")

"Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind." -Plato

"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

"...I am not homeschooling my kids for the purpose of making them exceptional. I am homeschooling them to give them the freedom to be who they are and if that happens to make them exceptional, that is fine."

"Law courts and legislatures have totally absolved school people from liability. You can sue a doctor for malpractice, not a schoolteacher. Every homebuilder is accountable to customers years after the home is built; not schoolteachers, though. You can’t sue a priest, minister, or rabbi either; that should be a clue." ~ John Taylor Gatto

"If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed."
Albert Einstein

"The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new" - Rajneesh, Indian philosopher

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent. -Mahatma Gandhi