Humans + Animal Behavior: Offensive or Not?

Humans + Animal Behavior: Offensive or Not?

The Internet seems to have lost its collective brain cells again, this time thanks to boxing superstar and pride of the Philippines Manny Pacquiao’s statement on same sex “marriage”, saying, Common sense lang. Makakita ka ba ng any animals na lalaki...

What Nino Read, February 2016

Zita the Spacegirl Legends of Zita the Spacegirl The Return of Zita the Spacegirl Little Catechism on the Eucharist Hurricane and Tornado Childcraft World and Space The Hardy Boys Detective Handbook Saint Martin de Porres Star Wars The Yoda Chronicles Airplanes and...

What Nino Read, January 2016

Religion/History/Geography The Time Traveller Book of Rome and Romans Fun with Hieroglyphs Davy Crockett (COFA) Time/Life Millennium St. Augustine and his Search for Faith Martha Washington (COFA) George Washington (COFA) Stephen Biesty’s Cross-Sections: Castle...

Intimacy Through the Lens of Fear (Part 2 of a Series)

The fear of intimacy is neither rare nor new. Every person has this fear, though we experience it to different degrees. Its root of course is a fear of rejection. As we raise our children, it is our constant challenge to love them unconditionally, so that they never...

Homeschooling First Grade Science (A Sample Curriculum)

Posting this for my friend Madora who asked for a bit of guidance on how to homeschool Science with a first grader without the use of a textbook. Prior to fifth grade and often even beyond, I rarely use a textbook. I find that living books very much fit our...

How I Didn’t Teach Science

A close friend and fairly new homeschooling mom recently asked, “How do you teach science?” I told her the truth. “I don’t.” There was a time, years ago, when I would have been embarrassed to say that, because I would have interpreted my...

Permanence and the Intimacy of Marriage

A recent conversation with the 6-year-old alarmed me. He was sitting on the couch as I folded laundry and out of the blue he burst out, “I think I want to have a child, but I don’t think I’ll get married.” I tried to answer calmly, “Why...

What Nino Read, December 2015

including rereads and partially read Arts and Crafts: The Little Book of Whittling Literature: The Sword in the Tree The House on the Cliff/The Tower Treasure (Hardy Boys) Get Into Gear, Stilton! Curious George Visits the Library The Case of the Mummy Mystery (Jigsaw...

Red Salad with Tahini Sauce and Pomegranate Dressing

This is such a festive and yet simple salad that’s especially fitting for the holiday season when you’re likely to look for showy but not work-intensive dishes. The jewel-like pomegranate seeds that sometimes seem to be lit from within really liven up the...

My 6-year-old’s Christmas/Birthday Wish List

Sharing this in case it’s helpful to anyone who’s gift-planning for their own kids. A catalog came to the house a few weeks ago, and today I found these items circled in it. LOL. He just made our gift-giving easy. I’m giving the list to our older...

Elderberry Syrup

The cold and flu season is upon us once again, so I just made a batch of elderberry syrup to give our immune systems a boost, but also because it’s plain delicious and we love it. Elderberries are a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Iron and Potassium, and a...

What Nino Read (November 2015 Update)

Religion, History, Geography: The Reader’s Digest Children’s Atlas of the World On the Mayflower If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution Favorite Norse Myths Thomas A. Edison (COFA) Abner Doubleday (COFA) If You Lived at the Time of the Great...

Six Weeks Off FB: (Not the Usual) Lessons Learned

Growing in our spiritual life means that we sometimes need to do hard things. Leaving Facebook was one of those things for me. I’ve posted before my main reasons for leaving, but as I’ve been gone these six weeks I’ve been working on attaining...

AlDub and The Thrill of the Chaste

Of all the things I could write about here at Patheos, I didn’t think I’d be writing about a Filipino love team. And yet here I am, prompted by this video making the rounds. Here’s a good primer. Since I’m in the US, I comment as an outsider,...