The Day Durinda Disappeared…The Story Behind My Latest Book

The Day Durinda Disappeared

I was four years old when my baby brother entered the world and took center stage in my family - or at least, that was how I felt. Until then, everything I'd said and done had been noticed - celebrated even. Suddenly, my accomplishments were old hat, and all eyes were focused on this small, helpless ... More

The John Holt Captioning Project: You Can Help!


If you've been part of the unschooling world for a while, the name John Holt is one you will recognize. Holt's research and published works are a cornerstone of the unschooling movement. Today, Pat Farenga continues Holt's important work at Recently, Pat has teamed up with Mike ... More

Let Your Voice Be Heard


As you quite likely already know, there's no "one size fits all" to unschooling. Different families practice it in different ways. For those of you living in the UK, there is a wonderful opportunity coming up to share your unique voice about unschooling. Kate Graham, a journalist, will be ... More

The Story Behind the Santa Secret

The Santa Secret

One muggy July evening my eleven-year old son surprised me with a question. “Is Santa real, Mommy?” he asked, with saucer-big eyes. The question itself wasn’t all that surprising. I’d known for quite a while that he was getting ready to say goodbye to that magical part of his childhood. The ... More

The Santa Secret


Last year. Christmastime. My oldest son, nearly 11, was wavering in his beliefs about Santa. Dear Santa, he wrote, It's getting harder to believe, but I'm trying to have faith. I was pretty sure this was the last Christmas he'd be able to hang on to the magic of Santa. But what then? How ... More