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Living Freedom by Claire Wolfe. Musings about personal freedom and finding it within ourselves.

Want to Comment on a blog post? Look for and click on the blue No Comments or # Comments at the end of each post.

Archive for the ‘Homeschooling’ Category

Claire Wolfe

Wednesday links

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015


Claire Wolfe

The strange case of Alecia Faith Pennington

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Young woman takes to YouTube to bemoan her total lack of government ID and ask for aid from the public. She says her parents will not help her get the government docs that will enable her to work, fly, bank, file taxes, etc..

Some of the basics.

Her F*c*b**k page, with updates.

Parents deny her assertions about them. But much moon-battery and creepitude appears to be involved.

The family seems amazingly messed up, which means a sideshow becomes the main attraction.

The real question, of course, is why anyone requires such lifelong “official” recognition from government merely to function in everyday life. That’s the gigantic, trumpeting woolly mammoth in the room that everyone’s managing to ignore.

Good luck to Alecia Faith and her family. Good luck to us all.

(H/T to D.A.)

Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, January 19th, 2015

*The article gets JPFO’s name slightly wrong and says I was an employee when I was always an independent contractor. Minor details, but I couldn’t find a way to contact the author to give him a non-public heads-up. Very good article nevertheless.

Claire Wolfe

Unschooling in the wild

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

A.G. dropped this fantastic unschooling article into comments. I’m bringing it forward because this is fabulous, fun, and encouraging. Well-written, too.

The fact that it’s running in Outside magazine is even better. Non-political ‘zine; lots of open-minded readers who might get wild new ideas.

The article is excerpted from the upcoming Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World by Ben Hewitt, father of two untrammeled boys. The book looks like an absolute must-read for freedomista parents — and heck, even freedomista non-parents.

Claire Wolfe

A new look at Earthineer

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

If you haven’t visited Earthineer in a while, you might want to take a new look.

Dan Adams has recently added the long-awaited marketplace and barter sections where members can trade with each other. Though they’re still new and smallish, he’s got something quite promising there both for “rural engineers” and for foodies. Earthineer is a labor of love for Dan and it shows in the quality of the presentation.

Among other things, he’s planning to build privacy into the trades, so only the parties involved will have long-term records of their transactions.

Also, Dave Duffy has assigned me an article on Earthineer and I’d love to hear some opinions and questions other than my own.

Claire Wolfe

Weekend links

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Oh, now that’s just mean …


Claire Wolfe

Tuesday links

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
  • Apparently neither the Fourth nor the Second Amendment apply when it’s for your own good. (H/T PB from comments.)
  • The real problem, of course, would be solved by getting rid of government schools and all their rigid one-size-fits-allism. Still, this short video is an interesting analysis of what’s being done to boys. And to society’s future. (H/T MJR)
  • Related to the story Gunny alerted us to the other day, the intended target in that Texas case has been ordered to recant her statements to the press. As a condition of parole. Can you spell “First amendment abuse”?
  • What if female bodies in classical paintings were photoshopped as they are in modern ads? Ugh! (Amusing, but still ugh. Also: naked lady alert. But it’s okay because it’s Art.)
  • So you think nobody’s manipulating the metals markets? Here’s a known case where Barclays (remember them from the Libor manipulation scandal?) deliberately screwed with the gold market to cheat one of their own customers out of $3.9 million. Braaaazen.
  • Oh, so that’s what that new “trigger warning” BS is all about. Been hearing that phrase and wondered if it was some new antigunnery. Nope. Just more politically correct, infantilizing silliness from the crowd who believes their widdle feewings should never be hurt. No doubt, though, that anything more dangerous than a plastic spork will “trigger” some poor soul’s hysteria.
  • What Americans are really afraid of. Hint: It’s not terrorism. Anybody else notice that four of the top five and five of the top eight basically amount to the same thing? Or are at least as closely related as the Dionne Quints?
Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, March 31st, 2014
Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, June 17th, 2013


Some are highly tested and reliable; others less well vetted. Some are open source; some maybe not. But considering the alternatives …

Claire Wolfe

Fed up with the safety nazis ….

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

… who are denaturing science as they’re trying to denature everything else … a Microsoft nerd put a nuclear reactor in his garage and invited smart kids to come play with it.


The project aims to reimagine what science class might look like, and nudge dozens of kids into careers in science and technology.

It started with a guy named Carl Greninger, and his realization that tight budgets and fear of lawsuits have pushed out much of the fun, dangerous stuff from high school science labs, leaving “nothing sharper than silly putty.

“I walked into a classroom and I saw a science teacher. And he had a string and a paper cup. And he says, well, we’re studying physics, and I looked back at the kids and I saw the word ‘lame’ tattooed across their foreheads. And I said, I can do better than this in my garage” ….

Great story. Great everyday — or maybe not quite everyday — act of helpful subversion. :-)

Claire Wolfe

Tuesday links

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Soldier getting message from parents thanking him for fighting for freedoms they don't have

Source. And just think — we’ve gotten so much freer since Russmo created this oldie-but-goodie!

(Thanks to the feeder of needy Panda bears.)

Claire Wolfe

More thank yous, catching up, and Tuesday news

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Happy New Year — even if it is already old news.

Whew. What a couple of months its been. I’ve been deadlining solidly since at least early November, and though it’s interesting work (art, mostly), I’m tired.

This week is the biggest push of all, so in a minute here I’m going to turn the blog over to MJR (who found and sent a host of interesting newsbits) and get back to work on my assignments.


But first … some more thank yous.

Thanks to JS and SC at Paladin Press, I got a photocopy of that Playboy article about Peder Lund that I was questing for in vain. Good title: “The World’s Most Dangerous Publisher.”

Even though I belong to (perhaps) the less dangerous part, I feel proud to be associated with such an entity.

Thank you to everybody who offered to send copies of the article or who went out and found clever ways I could have gotten it myself.

More thanks … When I blogged on Christmas eve, I hadn’t yet received all my gifts. Since then, I’ve gotten several more. But not one of the new arrivals came with a “from,” so I’m giving public thanks in hopes the senders will see it here.

Thank you — Secret Santa — for the beautiful book on painting light and shadow with pastels. (I also see that a pad of Stonehenge paper is on its way, which I’m guessing might be from the same mystery sender.)

And oh my. Thank you, Secret Somebody for the handmade chocolates and the unbelievable treat of California dried apricots hand-dipped in dark chocolate. Mmmmm. I know these must have come from somebody who knows my address, and I’m tempted to go randomly thanking people who live in New England. But whoever you are, know that your gift is delicious and is being savored.


Now, on to the news. Most of today’s items come coutesy of MJR, though I did manage to lift my head up from the drawing board long enough to come up with one or two.

  • If you expose unsavory, inhumane, or unhealthy practices in the food industry you may be a terrorist. Does that make you the next candidate to be “disappeared” into military custody forever?
  • New AT&T/NSA conspiracy theory. (ADDED: Not new; this is from 2006. Still all too relevant.)
  • Just in case you’re not feeling sufficiently paranoid.
  • I’m really starting to like Cenk Uygur. For a liberal and all. I might not agree with solutions he’d propose. But he’s one of the few in the mainstream who recognizes how serious things have gotten and that it’s not just about phony “left” and “right.”
  • Are guns & ammo the new silver & gold? Some interesting stats …
  • Anonymous publishes A Survival Guide for people who might be ending up in a revolution.
  • Do you remember the Michigan woman who, last summer, faced months of jail time for growing her veggies in her front yard instead of her back yard? When JS sent a link about her, I realized there’s been no follow-up & I wanted to see what happened to her. Good news: she won — though not without more hassles.
  • The veggie lady also has a fine, fine blog. And I call your attention to her very recent series, “The Confidence Game.” It’s about how we ordinary people are losing confidence in our abilities to do things that ordinary people have been doing for centuries. She begins with why people question whether we’re “qualified” to teach our own children.


Finally, another thank you. That was a great comment section on Friday’s blog dithering about going offshore. Even better than usual.



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