Archive for September 2007

Timor Omnis Abesto

September 20, 2007

“Let Fear Be Far From Us All”

I have been meaning to write about phobia’s lately and this weekend I found out something interesting.  I was at the Celtic Festival and, in looking at information about my family, I found out that thi is the motto on our family crest.  So, I figure something is telling me I should stop procrastinating and write about it.

After posting the top 10 searches awhile back, I have come to find out that polydactilism really is a highly searched subject.  Not a day goes by that someone doesn’t find my blog by searching for polydactilism.  Who would have thought?  Anyway, somehow, my polydactilism post turned into a phobia post (graffiti?)  So, I started looking into different phobia’s that exist.  Here are a few things I found out.  (See?  We are always learning!)

Before I go on, I have to say I would classify myself as low on the phobia scale.  But, I am terrified of going to the dentist!  I would rather do just about anything in the world than go to the dentist.  I suppose someday my teeth will fall out and I’ll have to go.  But, until then, I avoid dentists at all cost.

So, without further interruption, here is a list of some unusual phobia’s.  It amazes me that there are names for these- which means there are people who have them!  And, how terrible it must be to go through life dealing with them!  Let me make it clear this post isn’t to “make fun of” people with these phobias- only to make people aware that they exist.  I certainly didn’t know most of them existed.  I knew of the typical clowns, leaving the house, snakes, spiders, etc.  But, the more unusual fears are just as significant for those who have to deal with them.  Most of my research leads me to believe the main cause of any phobia is a childhood trauma- whether remembered or stored somewhere in the person’s brain.  This fact makes me wonder what some children went through as children to fear such things.  So, now, as I promised awhile back to give you without further interruption (I guess I lied) here is a list of some unusual phobias.  Please feel free to share your own that you have heard of or experienced.

 Ablutophobia- Fear of washing or bathing
Aerophobia- Fear of swallowing air
Ambulophobia- Fear of walking
Anablephobia- Fear of looking up
Arachibutyrophobia- Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth.
Chaetophobia- Fear of hair
Chronophobia- Fear of time
Dextrophobia- Fear of objects at the right side of the body
Geniophobia- Fear of chins
Genuphobia- Fear of knees
Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia- Fear of long words

Kathisophobia- Fear of sitting down
Levophobia- Fear of objects to the left side of the body
Nomatophobia- Fear of names
Stasibasiphobia- Fear of walking
Verbophobia- Fear of words
Deipnophobia: Fear of dining and dinner conversations.
Diplopiaphobia: Fear of double vision3

Gymnophobia: Fear of nudity. Synonyms: Nudophobia.
Ideophobia: Fear of ideas.

Osmophobia: Fear of smells.


The Power of Color

September 20, 2007

I just told my son to do his vocabulary in green today.  He looked at me like I was crazy.  But, he went and got his colored pencils and is now writing his answers in green, anyway.

At the homeschool conference I went to last spring, I came across a booth that I found fascinating.  I misplaced the info until last week.  So, I never got a chance to try out these theories.  But, here I go with another experiment.  Let me know if you want to play along to.  The more feedback, the better!

Here is the site that discusses the basis of the effect of color on reading, writing, and general well- being. The site also has some tests on it to find out what colors are most comfortable for the viewer.  But, although I found the information interesting, I did not find the site extremely useful since I had no intention to go to a testing center and have my son get colored glasses. 

That became the incentive for me to hunt up my papers from the conference.  I remembered the people from the booth had given me a sheet with a list of colors and their uses.  Then, I would be able to determine the colors needed and go to my favorite place (the office supply store!) and pick up report covers in the colors needed.  So, here is the list I found and the website of the booth that I got it from.  They have a variety of tools for all different learning needs.  And, the prices are extremely reasonable!

Yellow- first color processed by the brain- has ability to improve comprehension up to 70%

Blue or pink- lower blood pressure and respiration- release neurotransmitters in th brain that calm

Red- color of activity- promots ideas more effectively- increases language fluency

Blue- has the potential to increase willingness to read up to 80%- a motivational color

Green- increases recall of rote material 60- 78%

Let me know if you have tried this.  I am curious to see if it will have any significant changes.  They recommend the colored lenses for adhd, dyslexia, headaches, etc. 

Go Cubs Go!

September 20, 2007


I think I’ll be holding my breath for the next 10 days!  For as long as I can remember, I have been a huge Chicago Cubs fan!  The benefit of my job is that I can listen to the games on the radio because I drive around so much.

So, this has been an exciting season for me.  And, now it’s getting down to the last 10 days and we do not have a comfortable lead.  So, each game is a nail bitter.  And, I suspect it will be a duel with the Brewers until the bitter end.  If you are a Cardinals fan, I must say I am no longer worried about you even coming close!  And, although that gives me great pleasure to say, I am still anxiously waiting until I can say that about the Brewers as well!

Don’t get me wrong.  I am the one year after year, at the beginning, middle, and end saying they are going to the World Series.  I am the one arguing that they will catch up in the end.  I do have confidence in my team- or at least most of them.  And, it’s those few I don’t have confidence in that leads me to the holding my breath, nail biting 10 last days!

Algebra Game Sites

September 19, 2007

Here are the sites I found to help with algebra properties.  Some of them have other math games, too.  So, even if you aren’t doing properties you might find something useful here.

Free Homeschool Resources

September 19, 2007

I just got this link from my homeschooling support group.  I haven’t done anything more than browse through the first few posts.  I can tell already this is going to be a great resource for me!  Not only has she done the searching for me, but everything on there looks like free resources!  Those are my favorite kind!

The most recent post is a bunch of links to Civil War sites.  That is just perfect for me right now.  It seems I am now finding Civil War info everywhere.  We could probably take a whole year to study everything in depth.  But, we probably won’t.

Now, if only I could find some great sites for algebra.  That is my next quest since I need to work on making practicing algebra properties more enjoyable for everyone involved.  Like that’s possible!

Anyway, check out this site.  I’m sure you’ll find something worthwhile. 

I Need a Vacation!

September 19, 2007

One of the joys I have found on our homeschooling journey is that we can take a wonderful, relaxing vacation and avoid the summer rush!  I love being able to go places and not have a swarm of people and cars everywhere.  Also, the price of gas usually goes down, which really adds up to quite a savings when we are driving a long distance. 

One of the other cool aspects about vacation since we started homeschooling is that we can coordinate our trips with what we are studying.  Last year, we went to the Henry Ford museum ( and Greenfield Village.  Although my son didn’t like my constant questions relating exhibits to his school, he absorbed the information anyway.  And, quite a few times, he commented that an exhibit was something that he remembered studying.  How cool is that?  Before, we rarely knew what he was learning until he was on to the next thing.  So, we never had the chance to bring it to life.  Now, it’s time to make up for lost time!

So, next week we will all be on vacation.  Bringing geography into the trips is easy.  (Except for the fact that I hate stopping when I am on my way somewhere and we will have to stop to pick up information in all of the states we go through!)  We are blessed to live close enough to many great museums to make day trips possible.  So, I am sure that will be on the agenda for the week. 

Next Saturday is National Alpaca Day.  (Of course, you already knew that, I know!)  Although he doesn’t know it, this will be a class in itself.  My son, who works at the alpaca farm, will be there for the day helping with the open house.  This will give him a chance to demonstrate some of his speach skills that are required for 8th grade.  I have talked to the owner of the farm about writing a letter confirming his mastery in some of the skills.  If I told my son this, he would likely be nervous, but without knowing, he will do quite well.  He has taught me everything I know about alpacas! 

So, we are very excited to be visiting family this weekend, spending time together, and learning without even trying!

Life Lessons

September 18, 2007

Today was “one of those days”.  After rushing around all morning to get my work and everything else done, my son and I drove 1 1/2 hours to go to the visitation for a very dear friend of mine.  Yes, he was 65 years older than me, but, nonetheless, he was a very dear friend to me. 

Consumed with my own sadness, it was only minutes ago that I asked my son how he felt about it all.  His response was that he was not excited about going to the visitation- about actually seeing a dead person laying in a coffin.  But, that he knew he had to go.  I’ll take that as a pretty grown up response from a 13 year old boy.  In fact, I would guess that would be an honest response from a lot of people. 

The older he gets, I think the more he absorbs from life experience.  And, today was definitely one of those times.  Homeschool lessons today were definitely harder than most- for both of us.