Dana at University of Pennsylvania for a week

College coaches have been paying some attention to Dana as a rower.  One of them invited her to attend a skills development camp held at the University of Pennsylvania. It cost $1200 and she raised the money to go through donations.  She is having quite a learning experience there, and I asked her what she thinks of the place. (Of course I’d LOVE it if she studied there) she said “Mom, it is a beautiful campus! It’s got everything anyone could want. But. All around the edges of the beautiful buildings is poverty. Houses in terrible condition, obviously people who have no chance of being students here. How can the university spend all this money on all these beautiful spaces and equipment and not on their neighbors? I wouldn’t be able to stand that. They use a cartoon Quaker as a mascot! What are they thinking?”


Thoughts about Berit going to music school

First, let it be said that going to formal school for 9th grade and the rest of high school is Berit’s decision.  She is led to play the harp and she feels that her life’s work centers on both playing the instrument professionally and in teaching children to play the harp as well.  She applied to a school with roughly 1200 applicants for 100 spots in the incoming 9th grade class, and was accepted.  She plans going on to study at Curtis Institute of music in Philadelphia after high school.  Its a good plan, and we support her in following her leadings.

It s a public school, and we will have to pay a little tuition because we live outside its district.  The kids spend half the day in academics and the other half in music study.  She will have much longer days than she was used to having at home, and plenty of homework besides what she does during the school day.  I have my worries about that, but Berit feels up to the challenge and she wants to do it so much that I am shelving my concerns.  They center on my belief that stress is not a very healthy thing for kids, but – I am reminded – she is 14 and embarking on this adventure of her own volition.  I’m happy to move into a support role for her, but it is with some trepidation that I do it.

She won’t have a built in quiet time for reflection and worship each day.  She will be outside the guarded education of home.  On to being herself in the world, trying out one of her options for life.  I am so deeply proud of Berit.  I admire her sense of direction, her faith in her ability to do what is necessary to reach her goals.

Yikes! Lost posts!

I left the computer for a minute while in the manage posts screen and one of my feline friends walked on the keyboard, deleting all the posts from the main page 😦  I will try to repost them but fear that I may not have kept copies of everything.


I am very thankful, friends, for all your thoughtful responses. I’ve been “off-line” for about the last week due to having thyroid surgery, and it may take a bit of time for me to digest all your comments and respond. In the mean time, I am posting some photos and things about what we have actually done, and are continuing to do as part of our homeschooling this year.

In peace,