Author Archives: Laura Grace Weldon

About Laura Grace Weldon

Laura Grace Weldon is a writer and editor, perhaps due to an English professor's scathing denunciation of her writing as "curious verbiage." She's the author of "Free Range Learning," a handbook of natural learning and "Tending," a poetry collection. ( She's working on her next book, "Subversive Cooking" ( She lives on Bit of Earth Farm where she is a barely useful farm wench. Although she has deadlines to meet she often wanders from the computer to preach hope, snort with laughter, cook subversively, talk to chickens and cows, discuss life’s deeper meaning with her surprisingly tolerant offspring, sing to bees, hide in books, walk dogs, concoct tinctures, watch foreign films, and make messy art.

Gifting a Week of Meals

How to help out by arrange a series of meals. This is a blessing for the family of a new baby, someone home from a military assignment, and for people recovering from illness or injury. Continue reading

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Response to Kids’ Misbehavior: “Good Old Days” vs. Now

Your great-grandparents probably committed childhood acts that would be prosecuted as crimes these days. Today even common childish behavior is being criminalized. Time to compare. Continue reading

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Design Revealed

A poem for parents of children grown or almost grown. Continue reading

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Why Learning Must Be Hands-On

Education that treats the brain apart from the body will ultimately fail. Our senses cannot be denied. They inform the mind and encode memory. We must see, hear, smell, touch and, yes, taste to form the kinds of complex associations that make up true understanding. Continue reading

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Heart Intelligence

Our physical hearts affect the way we perceive and react to the world around us. Our heartbeats are also a language, communicating with others below our conscious awareness. Continue reading

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Family Stories Form Us

Knowing stories about their families may be the best predictor of our children’s health and happiness. Continue reading

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ANNA-RF: Beautiful Proofs of Mankind’s Similarity

Mid-Eastern group ANNA-RF collaborates with musicians around the world, making peace beyond what they call “borders or other fictive ideas of separation.” Continue reading

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