This past year has been one of major changes; marriages, grandkids, and the death of my mother, who lived with us for many years and finally lost her battle with Alzheimer's. I've also come to the end of my journey has a homeschool parent--our youngest is poised to graduate early, and I had to decide if I wanted to continue to write about homeschooling, or move on to other things.

I've decided to move on. I love literature in all forms, and wanted to focus on exploring how stories change and enrich our lives. There is still an educational element to that focus, and I still tend to view the world with my Homeschool Mom glasses. But I've retired from writing for my Every Day of Education blog, and am dedicating my energy to Wide Open Stories.

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There will sometimes be affiliate links in my posts and sidebar for products and services I have actually owned and/or used. Here and there, but not often, I accept products in exchange for my honest review--these posts begin with a disclaimer so readers have the information they need about anything I recommend up front. If you click on an affiliate link, such as the links to books and services from Amazon, and you make a purchase, I may get a small commission--at no additional cost to you. 

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