Tag Archives: Faith

Outside the Box Solution Nets Homeschooler a Shot at College Lacrosse

The lack of a local team didn’t stop this homeschooled athlete from earning a slot on a college lacrosse roster. This coming spring, 19-year-old Derrick Shealy will fulfill his goal of playing college lacrosse, an opportunity that almost didn’t materialize because of roadblocks that other homeschooling families may find all too familiar. North Carolina laws […]

Directions and Detours | HSLDA Blog

Directions and Detours

Even though a straight line is the shortest distance between two points, it seems we very seldom take the direct route. Sometimes it takes a bit of trial and error before we figure out where we are going, and sometimes it turns out we’re right back where we started. When we moved into our current […]

Regressing Toward the Mean | HSLDA Blog

Regressing Toward the Mean

I remember being fascinated by the concept in statistics called “Regression toward the mean,” which involves the idea that extreme cases (of either exceptionally excellent or exceptionally dismal results) are usually mere outliers and will typically be followed up with more average and expected results. This means that a truly stellar performance does not necessarily […]

A Friend In Need

One of my standard jokes about the Book of Job is that they just don’t do pity parties like that anymore. In Biblical times, it was apparently fairly standard practice to tear one’s clothes, sprinkle ashes in one’s hair, and even literally tear one’s hair out in times of profound grief; but if you read […]

Knowledge and Non-Negotiables

“I am only resolved to act in that manner, which will, in my own opinion, constitute my happiness, without reference to you, or to any person so wholly unconnected with me.” ~Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice An interesting conversation took place between myself and a child who shall remain nameless, to whom for the purposes […]

Fear Of Mights | HSLDA Blog

Fear Of Mights

I never used to be afraid of heights. I’ve ridden roller-coasters, flown on the flying trapeze in the circus, stood at the brink of the Grand Canyon, built campfires and perched on the edge of a cliff with my friends, and traversed the high ropes course many times at a family camp—as a teenager and […]

Fighting with Fear | HSLDA Blog

Fighting with Fear

One day when I was about six years old, my siblings and I (for whatever reason) decided to take turns shutting each other in an old clothes chest. It was great fun…until someone accidentally closed the sticky lock while I was inside. I don’t know how long I was in there, but it felt like […]