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Pacific Coast Earthquake Faults

I’ve lived in California most of my life. I know what an earthquake feels like. Nothing can prepare you for that shaking of the earth. All of a sudden you feel very small. I’m curious about the San Andreas Fault — My grama lived through the San Francisco quake. I’m not too keen on living on the Pacific Plate, which […]

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Teasing Isn’t Good

Some families, friends, and associates “tease” each other. They seem to make a sport of poking-fun at one another and become expert in the “put-down”. You know what I’m talking about. It seems fun and innocent, but really it’s sarcasm. It’s making fun of someone — which is not fun for the person who is the butt of the joke. I […]

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Tsunami

Free Online Disaster Preparedness Course

Sometimes you just don’t know where to start when it comes to preparing for disasters. You have to buy things and the list can get long. And who likes to think about chaos taking over? But I know it happens and will happen. It might be easier to start by buying a gallon of water each time you go to […]

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Homemade skincare the Lazlo way

When I was about 18, I read a book about skin care in which the author shared her enthusiasm for the Hungarian Erno Lazlo skin care method. In the late 60s and early 70s, Dr. Lazlo became popular in Hollywood when Marilyn Monroe started using it and Audrey Hepburn said “50% of my beauty I owe to my mother and 50% […]

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US Population Density

Where less people live

I grew up in southern California, in Los Angeles county — county of the Angels by name alone. Sometimes I can’t understand why. Maybe it was not so crazy-populated back in the 60s, maybe it was good for me to learn how to navigate chaotic freeways. LA county covers a large area, and we lived in the suburban neighborhood of […]

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The parroting stage

When I first started to homeshool, I searched everywhere for information on how to do it. My sister tipped me off to a book about a classical education called The Well Trained Mind.  The author explains how children learn in stages, called the trivium: 1.  The Parrot Years — The Grammar Stage: Kindergarten through fourth grade 2.  The Argumentative Child […]

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When I’m Dead and Rotten

I like to write. But I don’t want to be a bore. I’m reminded of something that Peggy Noonan said in one of her books — (I’ve always liked her easy writing style.) While employed as one of Ronald Reagan’s speechwriters, she bemoaned the fact that most of the staff thought of themselves as writers. Since everyone writes — from […]

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The skill of self confidence in five steps

I try to instill self-confidence in my kids — without being a dragon mother. And you can’t be a phoney baloney when you praise your kids — they recognize it. While watching my children grow up, I tried to perceive their natural abilities and encourage them to develop those. I would say to them, “just give it a try, if […]

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Faith as a mustard seed

When I was about ten years old, I had a small glass locket with a mustard seed in it. I can’t remember where I got it, but I was fascinated by it. I knew it had something to do with faith. Plus, I’m a naturalist — I love to collect things of nature. Funny thing, I don’t know what happened […]

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Evil spirits and the priesthood

We don’t really talk about evil spirits. Even though the apostles included their experiences during the time of Christ. Early church members recorded instances as well.  I’ve always been careful to advise my kids not to engage in watching movies that embellish that dark side. It’s real, and it’s not good to fool around with it. But it came up […]

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