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Youth Homeschooler's Epistle

Issue 7

"Life is a succession of lessons, which must be lived to be understood."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Question of the Week:
If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?

Please reply we don't have enough people responding: Grace911

Last Week's Question:
How has homeschooling affected your life?
The way you think, act , conduct your daily life?

Got2BTru16@aol.com ( Joy ):
For better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to have and to hold, 'till graduation do us part, and for a long time after that too.
In a word, drastically.
Homeschooling has given me a good education. It's an education with a different perspective and a different emphasis than that taught by many more standard schools. Consequently I think and act differently than people from those schools. I guess. My education, experiences, and home life have all been very different from those of my peers in public or private schools.
Speaking of experiences, home schooling has affected not only the way I think but my actions (which stem from the way I think) and my daily life. With the daily life part...it's just a totally different lifestyle than many other people have.
And that's all I have to say.

Blondei007@hotmail.com ( Hollie ):
I dont have it on this message but I remember
what it was! Something about how has homeschooling effected my life..like
how I think, act, and do something else..lol
I'm really thankful that my parents decided to homeschool me. I mean, my mom
has basically dedicated the last 10 years to me and my school(my sisters
too). I think homeschooling has been really good for me. WHo knows what
I'd be like if i'd been in public school all my life! I know when I went to
kindergarden, I'd come home in just horrible moods and I like hated it. To
this day I do not like school, but I'd rather do it at home then in a class
room at some PS! I also think that I am mentally and emitionally stronger
because of being homeschooled. If I was in PS, I'd have to deal with all
the peer pressure there, and I dont have to do that at home. I mean I still
have some from my PS friends(stuff like "you've gotta have a boyfriend!"
thats the one I hear most often) and I can just tell them that I dont need
one at the moment and when it's time, God'll throw one my way. But I doubt
that I'd be able to say that if I'd been dealing with peer pressure like ALL
my life. Anywayz, I think that being homeschooled has been really good for
me, and it's made me into the person I am today!

Sabriel42@aol.com ( Savannah ):
Homeschooling has opened up so many possibilities for my life. It has given me strength to be myself and to be who I really am inside. Homeschooling has given me an education for the future and shown me all my strengths as well as my weaknesses. i feel like I am really a part of the " real world " instead of just preparing for it like they do in public school. In a nutshell, I believe it has made me a better person and has opened up a whole new road for my life.

This week's profile is
Julie Meadows

dudes! I'm Julie Meadows, simpleeme3@aol.com, 19 years but not in wisdom, going to school at WNMU in Silver City NM. My sister, JS Meadows, is a writer for The Epistle.
A typical school day for me: I get up and rush to my first class at 8, Spanish, to butcher the language and make unmusical sounds in the name of bilingual communication. Then I go kill algebra for another 2 hours. If I have gotten up early enough to exercise, I'm more efficient at both.
Lunch with two friends in the cafeteria, which looks like a hotel conference room and tastes like Chef Boyardee or yesterday's bagels. But they have a salad bar, and cereal, for which I am often thankful.
Back to the dorm to sleep, read, study (I wish), look for work, listen to music, or something. Then dinner and good conversation with my friends although often they are laughing at me or my expressions. Then back in the rooms I drink and smoke until I pass out. Hah! (At your discretion, Joy)
Homeschooling for me was a better quality education, teaching discipline, respect, and pretty much guaranteeing I loved to read and knew how to write research papers. And take tests.
It was often boring and I guess I am now OK with being bored, or at least I can survive without a TV and huge collection of CD's, and not much money, which is good, and where liking to read comes in. Current reads: David Copperfield, Like Water for Chocolate, Gates of Zion and Irish Magic. And sometimes I do sign language to a song or write stuff in my notebook, or think. Or read, think, then clunk! nod off. So!

> >
> > Falling in love.
> > Laughing so hard your face hurts.
> > A hot shower.
> > No lines at the Super Walmart.
> > A special glance.
> > Getting mail/email.
> > Taking a drive on a pretty road.
> > Hearing your favorite song on the radio.
> > The presence of God.
> > Lying in bed listening to the rain outside.
> > A chocolate milkshake.
> > Along distance phone call.
> > A bubble bath.
> > Giggling.
> > A good conversation.
> > A care package.
> > The beach.
> > Finding a $20 bill in your coat from last winter.
> > Laughing at yourself.
> > Midnight phone calls that last for hours.
> > Laughing for absolutely no reason at all.
> > Having someone tell you that you're beautiful.
> > Laughing at an inside joke.
> > Friends.
> > Accidentally overhearing someone say something nice about you.
> > Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep.
> > Your first kiss with someone.
> > Late night talks with your roommate that keep you from sleeping.
> > Having someone play with your hair.
> > Sweet dreams.
> > Hot chocolate.
> > Swinging on swings.
> > Watching a good movie cuddled up on a couch with someone you love.
> > Song lyrics printed inside your new CD so you can sing along without
> > feeling
> > stupid.
> > Making chocolate chip cookies!
> > Having a friend send you homemade cookies!
> > Spending time with close friends!
> > Riding a bike downhill.
> > When you're cuddled up in a sweatshirt outside in the fall all by
> > yourself
> > and have one really
> > good deep thought.
> > Forehead kisses.
> > Holding someone you love.
> > A spontaneous hug from a small child.
> > Your child sleeping soundly on your chest.
> > Napping in the shade of an oak tree on a warm summer day.
> > Kissing someone you really love.
> > Realizing for the first time you love someone no matter how they feel
> > toward you.
> > Realizing that you have just made someone smile, a smile from really
> > deep inside.
> > When your best friend calls you and you talk for hours about nothing
> > particular.
> > Laughing with your friends after you just had a fight with them.
> > Making someone you love happy.... really happy with no personal
> > benefit.
> > When you finally KNOW what you really WANT.
> > Making people SMILE.
> > Being tickled by the love of your life.
> > Knowing that you are receiving unconditional love.
> > Waking up next to someone you love, and feeling nothing in the world
> > matters.
> > Helping a complete stranger, and knowing that, regardless of how
> > you made a difference in that person's life.
> > Having that part on your back you can't reached scratched by someone
> > who cares.
> > Sharing memories with love ones.
> > The wind that carries the light smell of summer.
> > Being able to give your friends good advice when they need it most.
> > Taking a midnight swim during a summer night.
> > Hiking to a beautiful place.
> > Knowing that no matter how far away the people you love are, they are
> > always in your heart, and you in theirs.
> > Warm spring days spent outside having fun.
> > Knowing that are people out there that will love you no matter who


A guy walking along the beach finds a bottle and picks it up. A genie pops out and says, "Thanks for letting me out. For your kindness I will grant you one wish." The guys says, "I've always wanted to go to Hawaii, but I can't because I'm afraid to fly and ships make me deathly sick. My wish is for you to build a road from here to Hawaii." The genie says, "I'm sorry, but I don't think I can do that. Just think of all the work involved. Think of the huge pilings we'd need to hold up that highway and how deep they would have to be to reach the bottom of the ocean. And think of all the cement that would be needed. Plus, since it's such a long span, there would have to be gas stations and rest stops along the way. No, that's just too much to ask. Impossible." The guy says, "Well, there is one thing I've always wanted to know. I'd like to be able to understand women- what makes them laugh and cry, why they're so temperamental, why they are so difficult to get along with ...you know, what makes them tick." The genie thinks a second, then asks, "Do you want two lanes or four?"

Martha Stewart's Tips For Rednecks

1. Never take a beer to a job interview
2. Always identify people in your yard
before shooting at them.
3. It is considered tacky to take a cooler
to church.
4. If you have to vacuum the bed, it's time
to change the sheets.
5. Even if you are certain that you are in
the will, it is still considered tacky to
drive a U-Haul to the funeral home.

1. When decanting wine, make sure that
you tilt the paper cup, and pour slowly
as not to "bruise" the fruit of the vine.
2. If drinking directly from the bottle, always
hold it with your fingers covering the label.

1. A centerpiece for the table should never be
anything prepared by a taxidermist.
2. Do not allow the dog to eat from the table
....no matter how good his manners are.

1. While ears need to be cleaned regularly,
this is a job that should be done in private
using one's OWN truck keys.
2. Proper use of toiletries can forestall bathing
for several days. However, if you live alone,
deodorant is a waste of good money.
3. Dirt and grease under the fingernails is a
social no-no, as they tend to detract from
a woman's jewelry and alter the taste of
finger foods.

TIPS FOR DATING (Outside the Family)
1. Always offer to bait your date's hook, especially
on the first date.
2. Be aggressive. Let her know that you are interested:
"I've been wanting to go out with you since I read that
stuff on the bathroom wall two years ago."
3. Establish with her parents what time she is expected
back. Some will say 10:00 PM; Others might say
"Monday." If the latter is the answer, it is the man's
responsibility to get her to school on time.

1. Crying babies should be taken to the lobby and
picked up immediately after the movie has ended.
2. Refrain from talking to characters on the screen.
Tests have proven they can't hear you.

1. Livestock, usually, is a poor choice for a wedding gift.
2. Kissing the bride for more than 5 seconds may get
you shot.
3. For the groom, at least rent a tux. A leisure suit with
a cummerbund and a clean bowling shirt can create
a tacky appearance.
4. Though uncomfortable, say "Yes" to socks and shoes
for this special occasion.

1. Dim your headlights for approaching vehicles; Even if
the gun is loaded and the deer is in sight.
2. When approaching a four-way stop, the vehicle with the
largest tires always has the right of way.
3. Never tow a car using pantyhose and duct tape.
4. When sending your wife down the road with a gas can,
it is impolite to ask her to bring back beer.
5. Never relieve yourself from a moving vehicle, especially
when driving.
6. Don't lay rubber while traveling in a funeral procession


1) When there's only one other person in the elevator, tap them on the shoulder and then pretend it wasn't you.
2) Push the buttons and pretend they give you a shock. Smile, and go back for more.
3) Ask if you can push the button for other people, but push the wrong ones.
4) Call the Psychic Hotline from your cell phone and ask if they know what floor you're on.
5) Hold the doors open and say you're waiting for your friend. After awhile, let the doors close and say, "Hi Greg. How's your day been?"
6) Drop a pen and wait until someone reaches to help pick it up, then scream, "That's mine!"
7) Bring a camera and take pictures of everyone in the elevator.
8) Move your desk in to the elevator and whenever someone gets on, ask if they have an appointment.
9) Lay down a Twister mat and ask people if they'd like to play.
10) Leave a box in the corner, and when someone gets on ask them if they hear something ticking.
11) Pretend you are a flight attendant and review emergency procedures and exits with the passengers.
12) Ask, "Did you feel that?"
13) Stand really close to someone, sniffing them occasionally.
14) When the doors close, announce to the others, "It's okay. Don't panic, they open up again."
15) Swat at flies that don't exist.
16) Tell people that you can see their aura.
17) Call out, "group hug!", then enforce it.
18) Grimace painfully while smacking your forehead and muttering, "Shut up, all of you, just shut up!"
19) Crack open your briefcase or purse, and while peering inside, ask, "Got enough air in there?"
20) Stand silently and motionless in the corner, facing the wall, without getting off.
21) Stare at another passenger for a while, then announce in horror, "You're one of THEM!" and back away slowly.
22) Wear a puppet on your hand and use it to talk to the other passengers.
23) Listen to the elevator walls with your stethoscope.
24) Make explosion noises when anyone presses a button.
25) Stare, grinning at another passenger for a while, and then announce, "I have new socks on."
26) Draw a little square on the floor with chalk and announce to the other passengers, "This is my personal space!"

Teen Commandments

1. Don't let your parents down; they brought you up.
2. Choose your companions with care; you become what they are.
3. Be master of your habits or they will master you.
4. Treasure your time; don't spend it, invest it.
5. Stand for something or you'll fall for anything.
6. Select only a date who would make a good mate.
7. see what you can do for others, not what they can do for you.
8. Guard your thoughts; what you think, you are.
9. Don't fill up on the world's crumbs; feed your soul with on the Living Bread.
10. Give your all to Christ; He gave His all for you.

--author unknown


Links of the Week:

WKHX (Kicks 101.5) in RealAudio


Volunteering oportunities

WSB (also RealAudio)

* Periodic Table *: WebElements

AOL tips (and tricks)

Well, that's it for the seventh edition of the
Youth Homschooler's Epistle

Special thanks to: Joy Meadows, Holly and Julie Meadows

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Savannah Ruth

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