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Dear Readers:

This week we offer two more pithy articles for your edification. First, Lynn Griesemer offers "Home-Centered Living" which speaks directly to the experience most of us have who truly homeschool our children. Our second offering is "The Vaccine Controversy" by Debra Raybern, a nutritionist and herbal expert. We feel that it is important for parents to make informed decisions regarding the health care of their children and the vaccine issue is a very significant area of debate. As always, thank you for reading.

Michael Leppert


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Cool ID Tags
By Linda Pliagas

No parent wants to think about their child going missing, but if adults prepare for emergencies accordingly, a sense of calm will prevail during times of chaos.

Cool ID Tags (www.CoolIDTags.com) makes it easy and affordable for parents to take necessary precautions, and the company makes the identification tags cool so that kids want to wear them.

Besides the traditional style of wearing the ID tag on a chain around your neck, these specialized tags can also be attached to shoes, a person’s wrist or clothing. They can also serve as nifty luggage tags. The ID tags are lightweight yet sturdy and extremely affordable: One tag is only $7.95 and three tags are only $19.50.

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A Home-Centered Life
By Lynn M. Griesemer

Home is a place of freedom and comfort. Yet so many adults flee the home in search of money, meaning and self-fulfillment. I see so many busy people around me; parents with good intentions schedule all kinds of activities for their children. I often wonder what they are racing after and suspect that all of these frenetic behaviors are ways of avoiding silence and deep contemplation. There doesn't seem to be a lack of material goods and creature comforts, but there is a real yearning for love, intimacy and healthy relationships. All of this can be found in the home, but families must be willing to strive for simplicity amidst all the distractions. I used to think that homelife was unglamorous and boring when I was in the workforce. Important things only happen outside the home - so I thought. Building a strong homelife is what makes for successful marriages, strong families and a strong society. As homeschoolers, we are developing strong relationships with our children while siblings are developing strong relationships with each other. We are putting forth a full-time effort.

Embracing a home-centered life is often a slow evolution for many because home-centered lifestyles are not encouraged in our culture. Material desires and consumer habits often "require" that both parents work. Work is portrayed as more glamorous while staying home is viewed as menial. When we spend time in the home, we not only eliminate the distractions and noise in life, but we can take time to ask ourselves the important questions in life and how we can best serve the family and others. People with hectic lifestyles seem to return to the home to recharge their batteries for another day of life apart from each other.

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Destination Science - Summer Day Camps for Grades K-6
By Jennifer Nairne

It may be hard to believe, but summer is quickly approaching. Although a large portion of the country continues to shovel out of record-breaking snowfall, we all know that planning ahead for the summer saves money and a lot of time misspent worrying about it. I would know because I am an expert in procrastination. We take a long break over the hot summer months from "school", but I try to seek out any opportunity to keep learning and education part of our daily routines. Yet I always seem to wait until the last minute to find structured or organized activities for the kids to join. My kids end up participating in programs that cost a fortune (because I waited too long) and fail to engage their interests (because I waited too long). The resulting battles, tears, and money lost over the years have finally made an impression. I have decided this year will be different.

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The Vaccine Controversy
By Debra Raybern, BS, MH, CNC, Christian Nutritionist

Vaccines have been proclaimed by many as one of the miracles of modern medicine. They are credited with having wiped out many contagious diseases and saving lives. Most people in this country consider them to be a mandatory part of health care. There are however, many natural healers and concerned citizens who disagree with this point of view. These "radicals" believe vaccines do more harm than good, and are unnatural and un-necessary. The controversy over vaccines even runs deep within the Christian and home-school community. Our forefathers fought for freedom of choice to worship and obey Jesus Christ, and informed consent (regarding laws). We have the right and the responsibility to examine the data on vaccinations. It is your choice whether or not to vaccinate, but please make an informed decision. I urge you to research all the facts before your next visit to the doctor for vaccinations. It is my personal belief that God has given us an amazing body, that when properly nourished, has the ability to defend against virus or bacteria, and heal itself of disease. We must take time to learn about the wonderful healing herbs and foods God has given us for the restoration and maintenance of a healthy body, "temple," fit for his service.

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Rockbrook Summer Camp for Girls
By Michael Leppert

Serving girls since 1921, Rockbrook Camp for Girls (RBC) is proud of being the perfect place for girls to spend time together, enjoying the outdoor beauty of western North Carolina, building confidence along with new friendships that will become part of their foundations for life.

"Rockbrook’s Mission is to provide a haven for girls; a place of their own, where they can explore the beauty of nature, try new things, enjoy carefree summer living, and make some of their very best friends." Read more about the camp's philosophy at: http://www.rockbrookcamp.com/describe/philosophy.html.

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