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In a message dated 1/4/2004 9:26:14 AM Eastern Standard Time,
mclean.w@... writes:
<<I love and want to read all of your experience and your
opinions. I was thinking of putting this group on daily digest. My
question is what works for you? Got any tricks on how to keep up.>>

I agree; this list has a lot of mail! I think that's what is so good about
it. I've only been on a short time, and I already feel like I know people
here. I love all the discussion!

But if I don't read any mail for a day or especially for 2, I feel like I'm
behind. I try to check my mail for just a few minutes 2 or 3x a day. This
isn't always easy with 5 children who also want to use the internet frequently!
We are looking at our budget with a goal of cable internet access by Spring
which should speed things up a bit and allow us to stay on all the time. (We
have certain times of day now that we have agreed not to use the internet so
family and friends can call us.)

I don't think receiving email in digest really helps. Then you have so much
to read at once! I would feel that was overwhelming, and the perfectionist
part of me would probably want to read everything right away. Sometimes I
delete items in threads that aren't of particular interest to me. Sometimes I just
skim things if I'm in a hurry. I also respond to fewer things if I'm short
on time or if it's late. I find that threads have a way of coming back, and if
there's something I really want to say, I can always say it later!

--Jacqueline, who just added a lot more for you to read!

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I've long preferred non-fiction to fiction. When people see my non-fiction
collection some of them say "Have you READ all those books!?" No, I haven't
read every word in every one. Some I have twice. Some I never intended to.
But I know generally what's in there.

And so I see homeschooling info online as not just a non-fiction book but as
a river of information that's not going to stop flowing anytime soon. Go
once in a while and take a dipper or a bucket or dangle your feet, but don't feel
like you failed because you couldn't save the whole river to examine it
carefully. There will be more flowing tomorrow.

And if you like best parts, there are still pools on info online too. If
you just go to google.com and put in "unschooling" and whatever you're wondering
about, you'll find things to read.

If not, try "homeschooling" and your other topic, but that could net you a
bunch of advertisements for things to buy about it. Still, with google, it's
easy to skim for something that looks good.

And that's how I use my non-fiction books, is knowing generally what's
available in there, bookmarking my favorite parts, and learning how to use the index.