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. (lauragraceweldon.com) She's working on her next book, "Subversive Cooking" (subversivecooking.com). 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.

The Ache to Make

What I do requires no movement other than typing and no strain other than the effort to keep my wandering mind on the screen. Continue reading

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Sprouting Plant Advocates

I try to explain that my kindhearted son felt he was sticking up for a friend of his, that sometimes following the rules doesn’t always serve the higher good. The teacher doesn’t agree. The next day Kirby is punished. Continue reading

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11 Reasons Sing-Songy Names and Rhymes Are Important

Maybe you call each other nonsense names. Maybe you naturally make up tunes to ease a frustrating experience. Maybe you recite the same chants you learned as a child. Here are some reasons why this is so beneficial. Continue reading

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I Can’t Hear You, I’m Reading

Lost in Book Syndrome. Apparently we don’t always grow out of it. Continue reading

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Evoking the State of Flow

How do we foster the state of flow in ourselves and our children? Continue reading

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Carter, Mason, Hunter: Vocation Names for Boys

When we give boys names once based in occupations, are we unconsciously hearkening back to a time when a man was known by his expertise and good reputation? Continue reading

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The Magic of Fresh Air for Babies & Other Beings

What babies can teach us about going outside. Continue reading

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