High School


I need a summer

I need a summer

I feel weary. It's that time of year. It's that time of life. All the school year-end fuss and effort, deadlines and parties, the drama production. A long string of hard-working days, interspersed with "special" days (read: days with more work), punctuated by some bad news days. Ugh.

Post-production

Post-production

I'm pretty sure I'll look back on these particular Mays, when our kids were teenagers in a homeschool co-op musical theatre production, with nostalgia and fondness. So I do my best to be present for the experience, which is easier said than done.

Sitting front row to a person's becoming

Sitting front row to a person's becoming

It has been especially delightful to see the threads connecting their early childhood and their late teen/launching years. And I know it will just continue. This delight, this joy as they engage with and contribute to the world, beyond childhood, outside our home as adults.

A vegan teen (and other interest-led learning wins)

A vegan teen (and other interest-led learning wins)

A video interview of Brienne and my mom, Karen Toews, about her vegan diet. Brienne explains why she's vegan and how she maintains a vegan diet in and un-vegan world.

The rewards of parenting in young adulthood (a birthday in the woods)

The rewards of parenting in young adulthood (a birthday in the woods)

I feel grief about these years being nearly over, all that time spent together, the beautiful mundane punctuated by exciting adventures, the whole thing steeped in love. I feel so busy trying to keep up with it all that I'm afraid I'm missing it, even while living it, even while I'm wishing it was done!

Lighting Design, Homeschooling Freedom, and Project-Based Learning (an interview with the Warfels)

Lighting Design, Homeschooling Freedom, and Project-Based Learning (an interview with the Warfels)

An interview where we talk about design and the importance (and sometimes complexity) of lighting in our lives and where we explore the potential of homeschooling not just on our kids' education but our own career paths and family culture. And see how it all comes together in one family's experience with project-based learning and living.

Enthusiastic living, free learning, and self-knowledge

Enthusiastic living, free learning, and self-knowledge

What makes you feel alive? Catherine lives her life as a response to this question. And in doing so she challenges others, simply through her example, to reflect on their own decisions.