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Learning in Freedom

Welcome to Learning in Freedom, a blog all about the learning adventures (and mishaps) of the Allen family. My four children are unschooled, following their interests and passions every day and living the lives of their choosing. The purpose of this blog is to share our every day lives (and my not-so-humble opinons) with anyone interested in stopping by. We hope this will give a glimpse of how natural learning unfolds from day to day......

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Amy Steinberg ROCKS!!!

And sings and laughs and loves and is totally AMAZING. I'm in love with her.:)
Her lust for life simply oozes out of her pores.

When we got to Acoustic Coffeehouse tonight, we asked two people if we could share their table with them. They were very accomodating and later we figured out that the guy was Amy's boyfriend and the gal was the NPR person that played Amy's music and interviewed her the day I fell in love with her music. Very cool. "I am exactly where I need to be" indeed.

Sierra had debated whether she wanted to go, afterall, she could go listen to her new favorite song "Exactly" on MySpace anytime she chose right? Well, she came along and was as enchanted with Amy as I was. The adults we met were SO totally respectful to Sierra, asking her about the picture she drew and telling her what a great artist she is. Sierra was beaming.

I was rolling the whole thing around in my head as we drove home, wondering what it must be like to be a kid growing up in this kind of environment. It's very healing to give my children the kind of childhood I wish I'd had. Only it's beyond what I wish I had...it's more about the way I wish I'd been trusted and affirmed for who I AM and giving my children what THEY choose.

Thank you Amy Steinberg for a memorable evening, for being who you are and not being afraid to let it SHINE!! You are a gem and we won't forget you.

Oh, and Acoustic Coffeehouse has some badass nachos AND we met an unschooler that's in college now who was there with her folks. That's never happened before!! The NPR gal asked about my website name and as I'm explaining unschooling to her this older couple pipe up and say "that's what WE did!" I asked "you didn't school her or use curriculum, just let her follow her interests?" Their daughter was laughing and nodding her head.
She's a junior in college now.

Some lyrics from "Exactly" (if Amy comes to your town, please don't miss her performance....she's witty, sassy, funny-as-hell and irreverant. Plus she's a damn good singer.):

~~I am exactly where I need to be
I need to be exactly where I am
I am a blessing manifest
I can undress the moment naked
time unwinds beneath my mind and
from within I find the kind of beauty
only I can find

I am exactly where I need to be
I need to be exactly where I am
I am surrendering so willingly
to be the perfect me inside
this now and truly how
else could it be
destiny she blesses me
destiny she blesses me........~~~~


Anonymous Kelli said...

Man,,,, Ren, she is SO Awesome! Thanks for telling us about her,, we're rocking out to her right now. :-D

We want her in NM!

11:39 PM  
Blogger diana said...

I am exactly where I need to be I need to be exactly where I am, I am a blessing manifest... destiny she blesses ME!
Love you!!

3:49 PM  
Anonymous Heather said...

Ren- This is EXACTLY what I needed. I'm in love with her too! I love the line...destiny she blesses me. I'm hoping she's on itunes! Thanks for sharing her!

7:24 PM  
Anonymous lesa said...

Acoustic Coffeehouse sounds like it's similar to Skipper's (Tampa, FL)... always local acoustic artists playing there... I love to go when I'm down visiting with family there.

I'll certainly check out this Amy chick... she sounds like my speed. :)

10:40 PM  
Anonymous Amy Steinberg said...

I love you Ren!!!! Thank you for all the support and love... all my very best

4:04 AM  

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