Movie Night: My Dog Skip

July 8 2017:

Team TLC movie night: Lillian’s choice: “My Dog Skip” –

Lillian says, “Good, pretty music, emotional, awesome, and my favorite character is Rivers.”

I say, “Love and loyalty are all that matters. Such a great movie. And, WOW! Yazoo, Mississippi! I wonder if any of my family knew Willie Morris. He would have been a tad older than them. Saw a Jitney Jungle sign in the baseball scene. That brought back memories. Will have to look up more about Willie Morris and his books. Really enjoyed this one!!”

Thomas says, “Good, funny, and I liked it.”

My Dog Skip Movie 7.8.17

 

The One Lesson I Prioritize

July 7 2017:

This has been Thomas’ first year of homeschooling and Lillian’s third or fourth year. The style of schooling we follow is more like unschooling, interest based, or child-led learning. It’s definitely not traditional homeschooling. Over the past several months I’ve had a couple of friends ask how homeschooling is going. Without any thought, I answered through my heart with this, “We are learning how to be kind humans and how to have healthy relationships.” [ 651 more words ]

The One Thing We Should Be Teaching

 

Sunset and Waves and Water and Breeze and Pelicans and Cormorants and Chipmunk and Tree

July 2 2017:

Sunset walk at Washoe Lake tonight. Wow! There’s no beach. Just WOW!

As we were driving I mentioned how badly I wanted to take them to an ocean beach. What a surprise when we arrived! Wave after wave just like an ocean beach! It felt absolutely incredible.

Thank you SO much. And bring us more please.

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July 3 2017:

First day of Water Camp for Thomas. We are incredibly grateful to Great Basin Institute for the scholarship! Doing it again on Wednesday! xoxoxo

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July 3 2017:

Sunset walk with Lillian tonight. Shade from the trees, beautiful water, light breeze …. What a Wonderful World … xoxo

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July 4 2017:

The morning of July 4th brought the return of the pelicans and their wisdom to the little lake.

Good reminders on this Independence Day … Freedom from the ego, letting emotions float through, and the ability to return from extinction. Wonderful …. xoxo ….

Cormorant wisdom visited too! I just adore these creatures. They are so graceful. Cormorants brought wisdom of patience and use of the sun as a healing agent. xoxo

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July 5 2017:

Took my morning walk in the forest this time. After dropping Thomas at camp, had some me time.

Oh my yummy! Plus, that’s some darn ice cold water! My feet were resisting after I initially plunged them into it.

This is the kind of walk that lets you know just how out of shape ones body has gotten. Lots of chipmunk wisdom reminding me that I have the ability to see the light and the shadows, the ability to carry spiritual nourishment with me, and I have mobility.

Incredibly grateful to Mother Nature. What a blessing. Spent a few minutes with the amazing tree near the end of the pictures. Mr. Tree gracefully soaked in and transmuted some unlovely feelings. Whew!!!

Now for a quick swim with Lillian before a busy busy rest of the day.

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Help Us Choose the Cover for Lillian Darnell’s Debut Book

July 3 2017

Help us choose!! Which one for the cover of Lillian’s debut book? React to whichever is your choice and if you have time, please let us know the “why” for your choice.

“Where Would You Fly
and Other Magickal Stories”

This book is a collection of tales, stories, and poems Lillian Darnell has written over the years about fairies, princesses, food, and much more.

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Movie Night: The Empire Strikes Back

July 1 2017:

Team TLC movie night – Thomas’ choice: “Star Wars V – The Empire Strikes Back”

Thomas says, “So good that I don’t know how to describe it.”

Lillian says, “Pretty good and suspenseful.”

I say, “You must unlearn what you have learned.” -Yoda ….

“Haven’t watched these since I was a teenager. It has a completely different meaning for me now and it absolutely blows my mind the difference in watching it now, as opposed to then.

Not a fan of movies with violence, yet, decided to watch the original trilogy now that Thomas and Lillian are older. Made my solar plexus all tingly! The Force is indeed strong! So glad we are watching them!”

Empire Strikes Back Movie 2017

Book Musings: The Lemonade Club

May 13 2017:

The Lemonade Club

This one’s for you, Susan Moran. You are an all star rated Michelin at all things lemon. Fly Free. Love you tons and tons.

An inspiring book about friendship, supporting one another, and our amazing and wonderful lives. This one is right up there with my favorite Patricia Polacco books! We all enjoyed this one, indeed!!

The Lemonade Club Book 2016

Book Musings: The Garden of Happiness

July 1 2017:

The Garden of Happiness

Another feel good book!! Yes. We love these kind! Neighbors transform an emtpy lot into a neighborhood garden. Space is limited and there’s no room left for young Marisol to plant something.

She finds a teeny tiny spot and plants one seed. It becomes the shining star of the garden! And there’s a surprise ending in this one too that may make your eyes sweat!!

The Garden of Happiness Book 2017

Sun Tea Wisdom and Robots and Biggest Little Photographer

June 25 2017:

Wisdom from the Sun tea! Combination of nettle tea, chai tea, and a dash of passion tea. Can’t wait! xoxo

Sun Tea 6.25.17

June 27 2017:

Sumo Bot Robot match! Thomas is learning huge life lessons with this great group! They enjoyed another match yesterday at Bricks & Minifigs Reno!

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June 30 2017:

It’s a great day to mail one of Thomas’ books. Biggest Little Photographer is on his way to Sun Valley, Nevada!! Have fun little dude!! xoxo

Mailing Biggest Little 6.30.17

July 1 2017:

You got that right Mr. Shakespeare! More chai and nettle sun tea brewing. So much enjoy the tea …. and the wisdom. xoxoxo …

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Walk With Me by Camilla Downs

Thomas and Camilla July 2016 Date Day 8.4.16 #2

Come,
Walk with me.

Do you not see,
that you have
tethered your self
to illusions.
That create the
suffering you experience.

The illusion that you
are little,
that you must
compete and attack
to survive.

An illusion that comes
not from your soul.
Your soul knows the truth.

When you feel bliss,
when you feel time
stand still,
When you are truly joyful,
When you know that all is well,
When you look into
the eyes of another
and see the universe.
When you give and receive
love to yourself,
your brothers and sisters,
animals and Mother Earth.

These are when you have
let illusion fall away
and experience the
Truth of Grandeur.

Practice, you must,
at letting go
of confusion, overwhelm,
and fear for these are
not of the Truth.

For only when you
release the tethered
cord of illusion
will you be set free.

Come,
Walk with Me
And come home
to the Truth.
~2017 Camilla Downs, Lessons from Nature