The Family

Rachel Allison I’m going to admit to something that very few people know.  During those crazy busy years when my children were at home, I never read the newspaper.  I just didn’t have time. Every waking minute I was occupied with feeding, clothing, cleaning, teaching, arbitrating,...

Rachel Allison I’m visiting my daughter and son-in-law this week in Wisconsin.  During the course of our telephone conversation weeks ago, I asked my daughter what her children needed…new nightgowns or skirts?  They love Nana’s home-sewn flannel nightgowns and “twirly” skirts. I was surprised when she...

Rachel Allison Moms and Dads, do your homework where your children are concerned…I wish I had. My young children spent their summers in southern Colorado surrounded by beautiful ten-thousand foot mountains, and near several streams where they fished for hours most every day.  If they weren’t fishing...

Maddi Gillel Editor’s note:  This is the third in a series on education.  To see “The High Water Mark,” go here, the second article, “The Nose Dive,” is here. The value of the second cycle is that many have learned the hard way what works to make...

Rachel Allison All four of my sons are Eagle Scouts.  I helped all four of them prepare for any situation as they packed for those monthly campouts and annual scout camps.  I watched them think through the “what ifs” of all the situations for which the...

Maddi Gillel Editor's note:  This is the second in a series on education.  To see "The High Water Mark," go here. The second phase began around 1887.  There were those who wanted to experiment with ideas to make changes in the system: 1-The populist movement demanded that the...

Rachel Allison Reading Ann Bailey’s article about the studies that have come out against the Federal Government’s Head Start preschool program must be discouraging to those whose intentions may have been positive and even altruistic.  But the years of time and effort and billions of dollars...