Jen

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Date registered: September 17, 2011
URL: http://www.jennifermcgrail.com

Biography

Arizona

Latest posts

  1. Q & A – Algebra, Geometry, and Essays… Oh My — September 16, 2014
  2. Hitting is Hitting is Hitting — September 15, 2014
  3. An Explanation — September 8, 2014
  4. The Missing Boot — September 5, 2014
  5. Ruminations Over Coffee — September 4, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. ‘Happy Holidays’ and other four letter words — 333 comments
  2. Why My Kids Will Never Be Socialized — 203 comments
  3. Not my idea of a hero — 152 comments
  4. I stole your stuff. Now I’m holding it for ransom. — 138 comments
  5. Mom’s Rules — 73 comments

Author's posts listings

Sep 16

Q & A – Algebra, Geometry, and Essays… Oh My

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  Every Tuesday, I’ll choose a question or two to answer here on my blog, as long as the questions last. Want to ask me about unschooling or parenting or anything else I write about (which is, uh, pretty much everything)? Send them here, or post on my Facebook page.   Here’s today’s question, and it’s another …

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Sep 15

Hitting is Hitting is Hitting

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  On March 27th, 2014, an NFL player named Ray Rice was indicted by a grand jury for third-degree aggravated assault on his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer.  This past week, the website TMZ released footage of him punching Palmer, which led to the Baltimore Ravens terminating his contract. Also this week:  Adrian Peterson, another player with …

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Sep 08

An Explanation

So, last week I vanished from Facebook.  For a few days I even pulled down my blog.  And while I admitted that the whole thing made me incredibly sad,  it also felt extremely liberating. Just the idea that I could do it – that I could walk away if I wanted to, that the option …

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Sep 05

The Missing Boot

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When I was around Tegan’s age, I had a little Strawberry Shortcake doll.  She was one of my all-time favorite toys.  That was back when Strawberry Shortcake looked like this: Instead of like this: I loved that doll! One day I realized that one of her shoes had gone missing.  Total devastation.  And the worst …

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Sep 04

Ruminations Over Coffee

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My to-do list is lengthy.  For every three things we cross off the conference list (shirts, programs, attendee bags all went to print this week), another dozen new details are added. With 21 days to go, we are down to the wire. There are four over-flowing baskets of clean, unfolded clothes in my bedroom.  It’s …

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Sep 03

Things I Am Not Saying

(Note, mostly to myself, so I’ll remember later:  This is the first day my blog has been offline in many many years.  At the moment, I’m writing this not knowing if or when I’ll make it public again.  I’m essentially writing for an audience of one.  If that doesn’t make for more honest writing, I …

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Sep 02

Naked Pictures and Private Lives

Every Tuesday, I’ve been answering questions I’ve gotten about unschooling and gentle parenting.  I’ll return to that next week, but today I needed to write something else.   I’ve been sharing about my life here on my blog for over 9 years now.   I’ve always sort of prided myself on the fact that I’ve …

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Aug 29

A (Sort Of) Weekend Getaway

My new ride.  Tegan has already named it Cinnamon.

I’ve always wanted to go to Seattle.  We’ve lived in Arizona for going on nine years now, and it somehow seemed more likely that I’d finally get to go.  Arizona’s on the same side of the country at least.  But nope.  We’ve driven back across to the east coast twice now.  Gone to Florida.  Gone …

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Aug 28

Fourteen Years

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This guy turns 14 today. Since I’ve written about the kids on their birthdays every year for awhile now, I know so much of it’s already been said:  the horrific pregnancy; the perfect birth story; the non-stop screaming for the first 3 years of his life; the level-headed calm (which came later) that is so, …

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Aug 27

Book Review: 100 Days of Real Food, by Lisa Leake

100 Days of Real Food cookbook

I have been so looking forward to receiving and reviewing this book.*  I’ve reviewed many different things on my blog, but this may well be my favorite to date.  It’s a book, and it’s about FOOD!  Two of my favorite things. The first thing that you need to know is that this is just a …

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