Stuff We Like :: 2.24.17

home|school|life’s Friday roundup of the best homeschool links, reads, tools, and other fun stuff has lots of ideas and resources.

You may have noticed that we updated a few things on the website a little this last week. I’m especially happy to have added a poem of the week and a running reading list in the right sidebar.

around the web

Relevant to my life: How to avoid being psychologically destroyed by your newsfeed

Also relevant to my life: The strange history of compulsive book buying

Because I pretty much always like Ursula Le Guin being awesome, apparently.

I totally agree with this. Academic jargon forever! (I am still going to roll my eyes at people who say “problematize,” though. Sorry! It doesn't mean your point isn't interesting!)

I love random laws that somehow never get repealed. 


at home/school/life

on the blog: I loved Shelli’s post on how her homeschool life gave her space to explore a project of her own.

on the podcast: You guys, episode 10 fell into the existential despair crack (I think it’s next to the crack where all our pencils end up—I like to picture them wearing eraser berets and muttering about the burdens of the camel phase to each other), but episode 11 is up!

one year ago: Lisa meditates on the sound we all pause for: silence

two years ago: A child with a half-empty glass

three years ago: Flashback to our first cover


reading list

I’ve had American Youth on my list for several years now and finally got around to actually reading it. For me, it was a difficult book—good, but difficult. It’s about a lot of things: identity, truth, being a teenager, the gun debate. Next up (also from the finally-getting-around-to-it list): Jean Rhys’s Voyage in the Dark. And, of course, I’m rereading the delightful 84 Charing Cross Road for the podcast.

I picked up a copy of Razia and the Pesky Presents (I found it on this list of kids’ books to help fight Islamophobia ), and we loved it. I didn’t even know there was a woman sultan, and I loved the feminist storyline (even though some of the specifics were inventions and not historical facts).

Up next in the readaloud queue: Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom


in the kitchen 

I always end up making some kind of egg dish when people insist on eating even though I am not interested in cooking, so I am happy to report that all those hungry people dug these skillet-baked eggs with spinach and yogurt.

Cookie of the week: Almond Cloud Cookies


at home

I’m trying to convince Jason that we need to take a road trip to the Biltmore so that I can see this exhibition. Doesn’t it look awesome?

We started watching Legion, and I have no idea what’s going on but I cannot look away.

Everyone here is busy planning Purim costumes. (I think only once in all my years of parenting have my children opted to wear their Halloween costumes again for Purim. But I do love that we have an excuse to dress up twice a year!)