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Day 1: Homeschool Adventure

Well… we made it.

We survived our first day of homeschool.

We made it through Social Studies, Science, Math, Language Arts, PE, Philosophy and Foreign Language (although we hit some snags with our Rosetta Stone- hoping to resolve soon).

And yes, we did stop for lunch after Math and a break after PE. After all, I’m not a slave driver, and I also require food 😉

Today’s homeschool word of the day – SUCCESS!!!

Binders in hand - ready for school!


Hard at work taking Science notes

It Gets Better – with Tyler and Mikala


By Jeffrey Weston - Ape, Not Monkey comic strip

I’m Dead, Now What? Recycling With A Twist

On a recent 5 hour car ride, the topic turned to what you do with bodies when people die. My son’s biological father is passed and we had visited his grave before we left on this particular trip.

I haven’t know too many people who have died. The most recent being my own father, a few years ago. He was cremated. I still have half of his ashes which I will take to Ireland with me one day.

I hadn’t put a lot of thought into what I wanted done with my body when I die. But I know I don’t want it to be traditional. Funerals, coffins, plots… so expensive! I don’t want to leave my family with that burden.

And… it’s just too… boring. My last effort to be “green” 🙂

So I got to thinking… and researching (I can’t do anything without research first!).

Here are a few ideas 🙂

1. Donate Your Body To Science
  • Preregister your donation with a local medical school or university. You’ll be given a registration packet that covers policies and procedures; read it very carefully. More here.
2. Baby You’re a Firework
  •  Special fireworks displays which include a number of unique fireworks designed or modified to incorporate cremation ashes, allowing for a spectacular memorial event and happier farewell. More here.
3. A Diamond In The Rough
  • A certified, high-quality diamond created from a lock of hair or the cremated ashes of your loved one as a memorial to their unique life. More here.
4. Plastinate Yourself
  • Volunteer human specimens are used to make them available both for basic and continuing medical training as well as for the general medical education of the public. More here.
5. Become One With The Earth
  • Promession means that the body is transformed into an organic, hygienic soil in about six to twelve months that can then act as nutrient for new plants.Because the coffin and it’s contents are transformed into soil it becomes an important contribution to the living earth.Promession means that the next of kin can plant a tree or bush as a memorial and can see it grow into new life.

    More here.

    Me-cycling. Helping the world, even in death.

Dear Scientists

Dear Scientists,
Thanks to you, my home and world is full of ideas, education, technology, and modern medicine. Please keep doing what you are doing so that my family, friends and the world will benefit, learn and evolve. Celebrate with us in my home and with my family and friends with Knowledge, Reasoning and Integrity (and so much more). This entreaty is so dynamic! Feel free to repost. Science continually works to explain the unexplainable.
Yours Truly,

Trivia – Guess This Politician…

Name This Politician:

These are the real issues which should decide this campaign. And they are not religious issues — for war and hunger and ignorance and despair know no religious barrier.

I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute, where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference, and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the President who might appoint him, or the people who might elect him.

I believe in an America… where no public official either requests or accept instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source; where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials, and where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against all.

I believe in an America where religious intolerance will someday end, where all men and all churches are treated as equals, where every man has the same right to attend or not to attend the church of his choice, where … both the lay and the pastoral levels, will refrain from those attitudes of disdain and division which have so often marred their works in the past, and promote instead the American ideal of brotherhood.

Want to see who it is? Here is the answer.

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