Jenne Hiigel came to San Luis Obispo, CA to go to college and never left. She settled in and planted roots with her husband Chuck, who is a Beer Specialist (yes, that's actually his job title), and raised their three children. Their kids decided they'd had enough of structured schooling by second grade and chose to unschool instead. (But what about socialization?!) Don't worry. They all turned out okay.
A bookkeeper by trade, a writer in the wee hours of the morning, and a reader and doer in any places where spare time might occur. She owned a knitting-spinning-weaving shop for five years in the late 1990s, until it became necessary to have an actual income. She closed her store and got a real job.
Now she wants to eventually phase out her real job and write instead...but that has to wait until the mortgage is paid off, which will hopefully happen before her 70th birthday.
When allowed to pursue knowledge that is of interest to them, and to do so in a manner that works best for them, all children are intelligent, creative, and capable. Humans learn best by being able to follow their passions and interests obsessively. To take a particular topic and have it be one's sole focus, or at least primary focus, until satisfaction with the answers acquired has been achieved. Then we move on to the next topic of interest. Multi-tasking is seriously overrated.
Everything is connected, which often makes for an interesting and unexpected path of learning. The skills of knitting lead to the plants and animals that provide the fiber, which leads to the medicinal and nutritional benefits of plants and animals in general, which leads to the microscopic lifeforms that are beneficial and enjoyable to humans, which then creates a compelling desire to better connect with our natural world by going out into the world unshod.
Live • Learn • Write • Make
The skills necessary for effective and healthy relationships are universal. Mutual respect, listening, communication, playfulness, loving kindness, adaptation, compromise, setting limits, nutrition, aging, death, grief, change...these are all vital to all relationships. And not just human-to-human interaction. The learning we gain through the animals in our family are just as valuable, and just as relevant, to all other areas of our life.