Gentle Rain Homeschool Group welcomes author David Albert for two talks "Letters From the Front: A Dialogue on Homeschooling Younger Teens" at 6 p.m. and "Don't Worry, Be Happy" at 8 p.m. Friday, March 28.

The cost is $6 for each talk or $10 for both and the speaking engagements will be held at Bethany Lutheran Church, 451 34th St. in Astoria. Gentle Rain is an inclusive group that offers get-togethers and information for all homeschooling families. For more information, call Tonia Mock at (503) 861-7167 or e-mail

"Letters From the Front: A Dialogue on Homeschooling Younger Teens:" This workshop examines the new and sometimes seemingly strange behaviors one encounters among young teens and explores the new relationships necessary for learning to flourish. Half the time is always reserved for dialogue.

"Don't Worry, Be Happy:" Is there a way that the quality of the learning quest can contribute to our children's sense of fulfillment, and enhance their quality of living as adults? Building on the concept of "flow" pioneered by the behavioral psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, this workshop provides specific ideas that can promote optimal experience for the entire homeschooling family.

David H. Albert, author of And the Skylark Sings with Me: Adventures in Homeschooling and Community-Based Education (New Society Publishers, 1999) holds degrees from Williams College, Oxford University, and the Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago, but says, "the best education he ever received he gets from his kids." He writes a regular column, "My Word!," for Home Education Magazine. He is also author of the forthcoming book "Homeschooling and the Voyage of Self-Discovery: A Journey of Original Seeking (Common Courage Press, 2003)."


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