Saturday, October 15, 2005

Favorite quotes from Radical Christian Unschoolers discussion board

Children, like adults, feel most like cooperating with those who treat them with
kindness, respect, understanding, and dignity.

Try to make your choices and set your limits based on the unique
circumstances and qualities of your own family, not on the ideology of
what "defines" unschooling.


Funny how, even as an adult, the school system inspires, practically
demands, dishonesty in order to combat its absurdly illogical control


Here is a neat story to tell the kids while carving a

A woman was asked by a friend, "What is it like to be
a Christian?" The woman replied, "It is like being a
pumpkin. God picks you from the patch, brings you in,
and washes all the dirt off of you. Then He cuts off
the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes
the seeds of doubt, hate, and greed. Then He carves
you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of
you to shine for all the world to see."

Peaceful familes

Here's the original post on the yahoo groups radical christian unschoolers discussion board:

I would like to respond to the parents of the angry and fearful ones.

My husband and I are Health Ministers with Hallelujah Acres.

I have a 12 year old son. I have discovered that diet greatly affects one's peace of mind.

The crunchier, the better. Try giving your children lots of raw fruit if they won't eat raw vegetables.

Avoiding sugar, caffeine, and white flour--not to mention artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, and preservatives--contributes to a peaceful attitude.

Also, I'm sure getting to the bottom of the anger and fear is important.

What are they angry about? What are they fearful about?

Usually, love will conquer all. A loving attitude from the parent can solve most problems. Make sure all your actions and reactions are inspired by love.


Unschooling discussion

Here's a reply to a post on the Radical Christian Unschoolers discussion board. Check it out at yahoogroups/

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
Date: Sat, 15 Oct 2005 07:55:23 -0400

Dear Jill,

I hope you don't mind me asking you some health related question. I considered
going on the Hallelujah Diet about a year ago. I haven't really done it,
although I have made some attempts. I tend to be kind of "all or nothing" and
that makes it difficult for me to stick to.

Our family isn't exactly on the SAD because we live in Asia and our diet has
changed somewhat accordingly. We eat less meat, but still some, and more fruit
and vegetables.

The diet, as I've read about it, says organic is best and Barley Green is
important. Since I can't really do either of those, I wonder how effective it
would be to become a vegan/vegetarian.

Please give me your thoughts.


Here's my reply:

Hi, Jayme, nice to hear from you.

I have done extensive research on health and nutrition, and have used my body (and the bodies of my family) as guinea pigs for my research.

I have found that, as long as I consume mostly raw fruits and vegetables in combinations that are pleasing to my taste and not detrimental to my body's wellbeing, I am very comfortable with just a fruitarian (mostly raw fruit and vegetable) diet.

I don't always take my barley green, or my B-12 and digestive enzymes, which is recommended by the Hallelujah diet. Although I think the Barley green helps, I believe good health and healing can be achieved through a fruitarian diet. If a person is already healthy, eating just fruits and vegetables in their natural state raised organically in a rich environment would probably keep you healthy. Since I was raised on the SAD diet, my body is deprived in various ways, and needs extra nourishment to heal. We juice carrots and celery every other day and I take digestive enzymes with cooked food. I try to avoid grains entirely as I have digestive problems when I eat them (leaky gut). An occasional egg will fix any B-12 problems I develop.

If you find you can't stick to the diet entirely, make a gradual change to strive toward a mostly raw food diet. Gradually, your taste buds will adapt, the raw food will taste better, and you won't need the salt and sugar to season it.

I find when I crave chicken or chips, I am craving natural sodium and healthy oils. Try lots of celery (juicing is handier), and more nuts. Avacodos are good for fats if you like them.

I strongly encourage you to eat a mostly raw fruit and vegetable diet, with little or no cooked food. Anything cooked is used mostly for carbohydrates, and is hard to digest. Your body is just going to crave something more--in a raw state so that maximum nutrition is derived from it.

I strongly encourage you to juice vegetables to give your digestive system a break and speed up healing.

The white poisins are: sugar, flour, salt

Avoid caffeine, chocolate, nicotine, and alchohol
Avoid preservatives, sodium nitrates, msg's

You will feel 20 years younger, and have much more energy, need less sleep, never be sick.

It works!

Friday, October 07, 2005

Luke had to get naked for the photographer. I don't know why they always want to embarrass children like that, but he was glad to comply. Posted by Picasa
Kylie wouldn't sit still on the spot for the photographer, so Granny snapped a photo impromptu. Posted by Picasa
Kylie is finally caught on camera! Posted by Picasa