I try very hard to feel hopeful about America in spite of our racial division. I am a grandmother, after all. I want a safe and prosperous country for my grandchildren. But since November 2016, I have been more discouraged than hopeful. Yes, the economy is thriving, but bigotry … Continue reading Advent Reflection: Holding onto Hope
I love the Bible. I hug my Bible on a regular basis for its power to inspire and change me. I named my blog The Studious Mom because studying the Bible has been my favorite thing to do since I became a Christian in 1981. Yes, my faith in God and scriptures are tested by … Continue reading The Bible is for living, not for quoting
After offering well-scripted talking points during an interview on CNN, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson choked up as he described how the recent arrest of two black men affected him personally. Spending time with the men was especially meaningful, and it has made him determined to fix the bias in his company. He said the effort is a … Continue reading Seeing Our Bias Part I: Discomfort Required
When I heard Fats Domino died, I was immediately reminded that our daughter Erica and a group of college peers had worked on repairing his house after Hurricane Katrina. Their photo appeared in newspapers around the country, and thanks to the Associated Press, I was able to find it quickly online. The special opportunity my … Continue reading From My Journal: The Quest to Raise Good Kids
I hated the idea of becoming a grandmother when my first grandchild was born three years ago today. Of course I was thrilled that my daughter was becoming a mother, but me? A grandma? I was 51, "too young," and too prideful to see myself as "old" like that. For me, being a grandmother was … Continue reading The Day He Called Me Gramma
It's August. Everything in you wants to home school and everything in you doesn't want to. Time is running out and tax-free weekend is coming up. You need to order curriculum and purchase supplies. A decision has to be made, and soon! I faced this quandary throughout my 13 years as a homeschooling mom and … Continue reading Is Homeschooling a Sacred Cow?