Sunday, March 19, 2017

Red Bud goes Crazy!

This tree it tall and thriving, in 2017. I think it was 2013 when the photos above were taken, and for some reason I never finished the post I started about it.

Holly and I were out looking at it the other day and I said I didn't know where it's mom-plan was. She turned and pointed and said "right there..." where there used to be a tall stump, when we first moved in, and she said it used to bloom right on the stump.

That stump has been gone for years. Either, maybe, a seed survived, or maybe, possibly, this tree came up from the roots of the parent tree. It's tall and healthy, though!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Sticks, lashed, flat—Korean historical dramas

A length of sticks, lashed, usually on an inside wall, but in this illustration, hanging outside. They don't look at them, or talk about them, or touch them, in any of the shows I've seen, but the set dressers keep putting them in there. I've seen them in three or four or more of the "sangeuk" (historical dramas)—set in the Joseon period, 16th-18th centuries, mostly. They've been in poor rooms, and nicer ones (though not in palaces or offices, that I've seen).

My best (wild, foreign) guesses are that it's a calendar (remove a stick each day?), or fire-starting wood that will be dry because it's inside (or resin-rich fatwood, maybe).

I hope someone knows.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Black and white butterfly?

June 2015, east side of the Sandia Mountains, above Cedar Crest, New Mexico

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Plagiarism #5 Jan Hunt's list

I'm not looking for the person's name; I know who it is. I want help with documentation. Thanks.

Starting middle of the second page there, it's from this:

Maybe the parts before and after that list are lifted, too; I hope someone recognizes some of it. has two unschooling search forms, but they don't cover Jan Hunt's page. So it might be worth searching for a distinctive phrase and Jan Hunt, if you think more might be from her site.



Plagiarism 4 abundance and guests

The left is a quote with some paraphrasing from a Just Add Light that links to this page:
How much do you need to own to touch a child gently? How much money do you need to have in order to smile?

Look at what you have rather than what you don't have. Look at what is in the world beyond your family and your neighborhood, and rejoice that your child might be able to go out someday and experience things you've never seen or heard or touched or tasted.

Sometimes Just Add Light has original text, but usually i t's a quote from something in my book, on my site, or in a discussion (Always Learning, or Radical Unschooling Info, or a Wednesday chat).

The righthand side is close to some things from this page, I think. I'm doing this quickly because I'm leaving for Australia tomorrow, so I'm not reading carefully. If anyone finds a word-for-word passage, I'd appreciate a note below. Thanks.

Guests in your home, and in your life

Some people enjoy the idea that we choose our parents when we're in some incorporeal waiting room somewhere. Others get a kick out of the idea that they will meet the same souls they "knew before" to work things out. Sometimes those beliefs become justifications for bad parenting or slack friendship, because one can always say "Well this is the way it was fated to be." I'm not interested in helping anyone justify the mistreatment of others, so if the beginning of this paragraph is the way you see your relationship with your child, please skip to the next page.

If you're still here, this is what helps me when I am stuck for how to act: I think of my child as a guest in my home. He didn't really choose to come here; I brought him here myself. When there were siblings, he didn't choose to have them. Even a child who says "I want a sister" rarely knows what he's talking about; by the time you can produce one he's on to wanting a motorbike or something. No child has a nine-month attention span, and by the time a newborn is a playmate, a year or three have passed. Don't ever blame a child for having a sibling regardless of how much he expressed a fantasy wish for a playmate who lived there.

Being new to the world, and you being his host (and partner), any light you can shed on the mysteries of the world, and any clues you can give him on what's likely to happen and what's expected of him would be good for all concerned. Advise him what might happen at a wedding reception, or a birthday party, or at a place he's never been to before. Show him how to eat a new food he hasn't seen. Help put him at ease if he's nervous. Provide him all the coaching and reassurance he wants, and no more than he wants.
Find ways to accommodate his everyday needs. Step stools, low drawers and shelves, a low hook for his coat and hat, a small chair and table, some snacks he can get to without asking—consider those to be requirements rather than luxuries. Be courteous and generous.


That's cut and pasted (by me) from the word file of The Big Book of Unschooling (which I wrote).

Plagiarism 3

I have said for 20 years that my child needed to be safe in his own home.
One of the quotes on the left seems to be a misquote of that.

Some of the others seem very close to things I've written, but I'm not sure if they're cut and pasted.

Other phrases on these pages seem familiar, too. Sometimes it seems "unschooling" is replaced with "progressive parenting" and that not much else has changed.

The search at the bottom of this page might help: Google might help if something is lifted from a site not covered by that search.

And if nobody can find anything, that's worth knowing, too. Thanks, anyone who has any time to check.

Plagiarism 2 Q&A with suspicious answers

Some of the phrases look very familiar.

I have a site search for my site, and one at the bottom of this page that adds Joyce Fetteroll's site and Pam Laricchia's. I'm thinking some of those things are from Joyce's site (and maybe some phrases from mine).