I don't blog too much about our home business but at times it is inextricable from our home education. If you've wondered why I haven't been visiting, Barefoot season has officially begun and our traveling book store hit the road with its first event of the year. This weekend I attended the Old Deerfield Arts & Crafts Fair, which is considered the oldest running craft fair in New England. Highlights include: hosting a book signing with award-winning author Josepha Sherman. Though well known in the genres of science fiction and fantasy, it is her retelling of folktales and fairytales that I love. A horse whisperer herself, here she is signing Magic Hoofbeats, a collection of magical horse tales from around the world.
Since it was a two-day signing, Josepha spent the night at our house. Oleg had made us a fabulous lamb and asparagus dinner and, as exhausted as we were, I was able to ask (almost) all the questions I wanted. Josepha's family is from Russia and, I found out, true intelligentsiya: Josepha has a degree in Archaeology, she worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art before becoming a full-time writer, and her family founded the Moscow Symphony Orchestra.
At our booth.
Talking with people at these events is always a high point. Suzanne, a mother of five, came up and introduced herself, saying she'd seen the Mothering article. It turns out she has also been a home educator for the past 12 years - using Charlotte Mason's methods! I liked her so much that I could have talked with her for a good long time - were it not for the business at hand.
When I started the accounting yesterday, I saw that she left her blog url. Suzanne, it turns out, is the incredibly talented and accomplished "Titus 2 lady" of Blueberry Cottage and The Domestic Adventures of Not Quite Donna Reed. So now you, my dear friends, can meet her too!
There's no place like home...