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The opposite of regret

Posted by Tracy

July 7, 2014 FamilyHomeschoolingWhy homeschool?  No comments

In the last two months, we've been across the ocean and back, ended one school year while taking baby steps into the next, and - most significantly - we are facing the loss of our children's great-grandmother.

This is a big deal in our home. Yes, the woman was 94, but she has been a central figure in Kiki's life since she was a baby - and The Boo's, as well. She has been here to cuddle them, sing to them, spoil them with snacks and hush them to sleep more effectively than anyone else was able to. As they would get older, she would clean up behind them as they scattered toys around her living room, and she would encourage them to raid her snack closet (as always made sure she had their favorite treats). She would even switch the channel from her beloved soaps to Nick Jr. or the Disney

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“Sometimes it happens that a black cat lets you pass in front of it”

Posted by Jason

December 26, 2011 The PastThe Present  No comments

It's Boxing Day... the day after Christmas.  I was hoping to blog several times yesterday, but the reality is that the day was just too hectic and too busy.  We had a great Christmas.

But today, I'm going to blog about Minnousche.

For those of you know us, you may have been lucky enough for Minnousche to allow you into her presence. She has been an asocial cat for as long as we've known her, and she very rarely visits outside company.  In fact, she usually avoids us with her aloof manor... and it's only been when she wants something - food or maybe someone to brush her fur - that she comes to visit us.

A few months ago, we noticed the she hasn't been eating as much, and for the past few weeks, she's hardly touched her food.  She hasn't been drinking much from her food dish, and

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The Boxer

Posted by Jason

April 8, 2011 The Past  No comments


In the clearing stands a boxer 
And a fighter by his trade 
And he carries the reminders 
Of ev'ry glove that layed him down 
Or cut him till he cried out 
In his anger and his shame 
"I am leaving, I am leaving" 
But the fighter still remains... 

I am saddened today that a longtime friend, mentor and instructor has left this world. O-Sensei Lou Desmarais has been an important part of my life since I was 9 years old.   

As a karate instructor and founder of the Independent Karate Schools, he has had a positive influence on hundreds of people's lives. One of the things that I will always remember is how important it was for him to *listen* and understand what was

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