Lights Out after Irene

We are still in the dark one week after Hurricane Irene and the Happymess kids are surprised at how many things in our home require electricity:  everything!

Sometimes it is more fun without lights!

One question that the kids keep asking is, “When will the power come back?”  It leads one to wonder what people did in the days before electricity was invented, which, contrary to my childrens’ belief, really wasn’t too long ago.

And, speaking of kids and electricity, this website was created by a team of high schoolers for the National History Day competition: This site explores the Rural Electrification Act and the process of electrifying America.

Once again I find myself inspired by what kids can create.

Our Fabulous Constitutional Rights

It is September and time to be grateful for the best gift of the season: the right to homeschool our children.


One of the happiest laws is a non-interference law. Each day I am forever grateful that in this marvelous country of individuality we have the freedom to educate our own children in the manner that seems right for our own families. This freedom seems like it should indeed be a natural and unalienable right. We are responsible for all aspects of our children's care. As parents we naturally make every effort to provide love, food and shelter. However, our most important contributions to our children's welfare are more subtle. Through our everyday interactions with one another we strive to create a moral framework, an appreciation for faith and love. We teach compassion for others. Our families are designed to create a nest in which our network of values and expectations can be taught to the next generation. Thus it is our unalienable right to additionally teach Math and Science and English, if we so desire. What could be more natural?

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