Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Growing things

Think of growing—of food, of knowledge, of trees, of children. Life is ever-changing. Provide water and support if you can. Share your shade and a resting place.
photo by Holly Dodd

Monday, July 26, 2021

Speaking and writing (thoughtfully)

When people speak without thinking, they're speaking thoughtlessly. Very literally so.

When people write without thinking, they're writing thoughtlessly. No sense arguing about that. It's just better to work on being thoughtful.

photo by Ester Siroky

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Language and thoughts

Watch your language, because then you wlll see thought processes you might not have seen otherwise.

Watch your thoughts, because without doing that you can't really learn to choose better reactions.

Sandra, in a discussion, 2007
photo by Brie Jontry

Saturday, July 24, 2021

How to avoid learning

If you want to avoid learning, it's best not to look, or read, or wonder.

Don't even click links.
photo by nobody; avoid photos

Friday, July 23, 2021

Joy and flow

"Where joy is, you will find learning. Where joy is, you will find flow."
—Clare Kirkpatrick

Parent paragraph of that above—all Clare's words:
"I see lots of reasons for NOT limiting my kids' time on the computer or game playing or watching tv or knitting or reading or playing with barbies or playdough or baking or anything. Those reasons are that where joy is, you will find learning. Where joy is, you will find flow. These are all things we want to *help* our children do *if* that is what they want because we want them to learn. I could, if I wanted to, name many, many things that my children would *not* be doing if I had limited their time doing the things they love, including being on the computer and gaming."            (original)
Generate Joy
photo by Kinsey Norris

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Principles over rules

If people are living by rules, it's nearly impossible to tell what it would look like to live by principles.
Once one is living by principles, it's nearly impossible to make a move that's contrary to those principles. It doesn't happen overnight, but it's much different than just changing from one set of rules to another.
from an Unschooling Discussion post at googlegroups, November 2007
photo by Holly Dodd, of Lily Y., at a symposium

Wednesday, July 21, 2021


Choices have transformed our lives. Limitations do not transform lives. They limit lives.
photo by Sandra Dodd

If you want to listen to me talking about transformations, here. "Something big starts to change."