Sunday, March 30, 2008

Quote of the day

What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult. - Sigmund Freud

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Saturday, March 29, 2008

I absolutely love this quote

Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.

- H. Jackson Brown

I need to check my email more -

I checked my mail today and I'm finding all kind of things. Great opportunity for homeschoolers interested in the performing arts. It is this Monday so hopefully those interested will still have time to make it out. Sadly, my Monday is spoken for

Anyway, here it is:

StarLight Productions is excited to announce registration for our Spring
Homeschool show
Rodger's & Hammerstein's


All homeschooled students ages 9-18 are welcome to register.
Auditions will be held for placement, but all who register will be cast
in the show.
Parents of younger students should contact us regarding the possibility
of being included in the program.

Walk in registration (and mandatory parent meeting) is
Monday, March 31 at 12:00
StarLight Studios
16300 Crenshaw Blvd. Suite 206
Torrance, CA 90504
(Across the street from El Camino College).

Rehearsals will be held on Mondays from 12-4pm at the Studios
(Lead characters may be required to come to occasional Thrusday evening
Performances will be at the
Hermosa Beach Playhouse
the weekend of
July 18-20.

We realize that summer is almost upon us we will allow some flexibility
to accommodate family vacations/camps. We will likely schedule some
additional rehearsals to help make up for lost time. Please come to
registration prepared to list any conflicts and planned absences so we
can organize our schedule accordingly.

Registration for this show is $375 and includes Tuition, Costume Fee and
a show T-shirt! You can pre-register online via PayPal (for credit card
payments) at our website: or by check at the Parent Meeting on
March 31. If planning to register in person on March 31, please "rsvp" ahead of
time by sending an email to the address below so we are able to plan
for the first day.

We're looking forward to welcoming some new faces to our StarLight
family! Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions at

Reminder: The Link Conference is next month

The Link Homeschool Conference
April 25th, 26th and 27th

Renaissance Hotel, Agoura Hills, California
(near Los Angeles)

The Speakers this year are:

John Taylor Gatto (

Diane Flynn Keith (

Andrew Pudewa (

Dr. Mary Hood (

Jim Wiltens (

and more!

Enjoy over 35 workshops for children including make your own video,
cake decorating, gourd making and more! For More Info and To Register...

Please visit The Link Conference website at:

For a conference program and a discount coupon please call 805-844-8917

-a huge thanks to Diane Flynn Keith the Editor of for posting at one of my e-groups. The date had slipped up on me


Friday, March 21, 2008

Japanese Lessons

I've actually gotten a few 100% on my Hiragana quizzes. That means it is sticking! For me it isn't just about the grade it is the fact that I don't want to just learn to pass a test but learn for life.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

VOYA Cover Photo Contest for Teens

I found this while web surfing today and wanted to share for those who may have interested young adults in their family.

VOYA's Cover Photo Contest for Teens:

Teen photographers' own creations appear on the front cover of Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) magazine. On the theme of "Teens on the Planet Read," VOYA wants photographs that express the relationship between teens and the world of reading. Images should portray teens with any type of reading material: books, magazines, comics, computers, their own creative writing, media of any kind—even participating in library programs or other events. Pictures might be taken in teens' bedrooms, libraries, classrooms, or outdoors—anywhere on the Planet Read.

Photographs taken by teens must be submitted through a librarian, teacher, or other adult sponsor, and are accepted throughout the year. The contest is ongoing.

Submission Guidelines

  1. Standard 4x6-inch or larger color prints are preferred. High-resolution digital photos of at least 300 dpi are accepted if sent as tif or jpg files. Low-resolution digitals cannot be considered.
  2. All photos must be marked clearly with the name of the photographer and a suggested photo title or caption. For prints, use a sticky note on the back of the photo. For digitals, place the information in an e-mail to
  3. A cover sheet or e-mail must accompany all submissions, containing the teen photographer's name, age, e-mail, street address, city, state, zip code, and phone number; along with the adult sponsor's name, title, library/school/organization, street address, city, state, zip code, phone, and e-mail.
  4. Tips for Winning Photos: Avoid amateur snapshots. Photos must be well composed, well focused, and capable of sharp reproduction when enlarged. Seasonal themes, humor, and unusual poses catch the editor's attention. Award-winning photos from a local library or school photography contest are welcomed.
  5. Mail photo prints to:
    VOYA Cover Photo Contest
    4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200
    Lanham, MD 20706

    E-mail digital photos to

Teen photographers whose pictures are published will receive a $50 prize and three copies of the magazine.

Homeschool Tournament Results

Not sure how I ended up at the Log Cabin Democrat website but this was a nice story to read, so I thought I would share. I've always found stories I like in the smaller papers:

Lady Falcons win homeschool basketball national tourney

OKLAHOMA CITY The Faulkner County Homeschool Lady Falcons defeated the Houston Wolverines 67-52 Friday to win the 16-under 5A national title in the National Homeschool Basketball Tounament here.

Maura Ferrell led the Lady Falcons with 18 points. Haley Bolieau, Libby Quattlebaum and Jennifer Passmore all scored in double digits with 17, 16, and 12 points, respectively. Lexi Dather finished out the scoring with four points.

Bolieau, Dather, Ferrell and Quattlebaum were named to the all-tournament team. Sharon Parks was awarded the Christian Character Award.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

This is one of my favorite quotes:

Circumstances tell about WEAKNESSES
Ongoing behavior tells about CHARACTER

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Family Square Dance - Sunnyvale

This came through on one of the homeschooling lists I'm a part of. I only wish I lived near Sunnyvale. I really think it will be a lot of fun. If you are a homeschooler who can reasonably make it. Please try. It is a better alternative, than sitting around wishing for activities. Support the ones that are out there.

Want to try a fun, family-oriented activity with a bunch of fellow homeschoolers without any dependence on the weather? This is not your grandpa's square dance. We dance to a variety of high-energy music and kick up our heels and have some fun.

I hope you will join us for this upcoming square dance to be held:

Tuesday, March 4th, 6:30-8:00pm
Cupertino Middle School
1650 S. Bernardo Ave.

At the door pricing: only $4 per person (up to $16 max per family)

Contact for more information. Please feel free to forward this information to other homeschoolers as well.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Young African American Women's Conference 2008 - Pasadena City College

Here's a conference that you might like your daughters or someone you know that are preparing for high school or college to attend (African American girls 12-18 years of age).

Maybe you know a young lady who would be interested in attending this conference in Pasadena.
The registration fee is $5.
Please go to for more info, and pass it on.

Young African American Women's Conference (YAAWC) 2008
Change, Challenge, and Choice
The Pasadena Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and its partners, which include Pasadena City College, the City of Pasadena Commission on the Status of Women, Pasadena Unified School District, Women at Work, Metropolitan Community Action Services Corporation, and HBCU Campus Tours, will host the Sixth Annual Young African American Women's Conference on Saturday, March 29, 2008, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Pasadena City College.
The full-day innovative and interactive conference is designed to inspire, motivate, and increase African American girls' (12 to 18 years of age) awareness of the changes and challenges they will encounter on their journey through life, and the choices they might make to ensure their future success and well-being. Workshop topics will range from how to start a business and dressing for success to graduating from high school and getting into college. In addition, conference attendees will learn about various career paths.
Amy Petersen, also known as Dena Cali, as in Pasadena, California, will serve as the keynote speaker for the conference. Ms. Cali is a versatile entrepreneur who has managed to capitalize on her wealth of knowledge and experience within the beauty, fashion, and entertainment industries. Chimene Davis and Bonnie Rutherford, two accomplished producers, will serve as the closing speakers. They will present their feature length documentary film, Origin of Rainbows: Colorism Exposed, and will lead an interactive discussion following the viewing.
Delta Sigma Theta's goal is to engage 300 girls in and around the Pasadena/Altadena area in the conference. The registration fee is $5, which includes breakfast and lunch as well as a host of exhibits, speakers, and workshops. For more information regarding the conference, please visit

Oregon Trails II

I've finally finished my second travels and - I think my score was lower than the first. Even though I traveled as a doctor, I suffered 2 deaths from cholera. Out of the 3 that made it to the end 2 were in good shape and 1 was in fair,.

I admit as a parent I didn't read a lot of the guide. Another lesson to pass down. I must ask when it comes to "games" do you ever assume you know what to do?

My final score was 3,466 which didn't even rank in the Top Score listing. Oh well. I am going to read the instructions and


Definition for the Day (Vocabulary)

epiphany (noun)

1) a divine manifestation

2) 12 days after Christmas; celebrates the visit of the wise men to the infant Jesus