Jen Varela wrote:

I had to email and tell you about what I did today. I was listening to your CD on Flow while driving in the car. There is a part of the speech where you ask people to stop their breath 1/2 way and keep doing that. I did it a few times and you mentioned we could feel lightheaded and dizzy and I was like OMG, I'm driving! LOL. I did get a little light headed, but you kept talking as I was still doing it, so I heard what you said about getting dizzy. I was able to stop and take a few deeper breaths before I got more lightheaded. Then I laughed at myself for doing that while driving! —Jen Varela

From Sandra:

There are two embarrassing errors, on that "Flow" talk. I accidentally said "concave" when I meant "convex."
The picture's down there: SandraDodd.com/mirrors

It's frustrating to me that if I find an error on a webpage I can fix it, but if I stumble over words in a recorded talk, there it is forever.

1598, not 1498 (first farming settlement of Europeans in northern New Mexico). FIFTEEN-NINETY-EIGHT. I have such a faulty number-retrieval system... Sorry.
This was recorded at the Live and Learn Conference at the Hotel Albuquerque, 10:30-noon, Sunday morning September 10, 2006. CDs were for sale for a few years, and it's here because there wasn't another way to get it anymore.

I was quite hyper that day. I'm going fast, and made those mistakes noted above. It was 1598. Seriously....


acequia: ditch (I talked about the major-domos and the acequia system, and you might not have pictured the spellings well enough to look them up)

arroyo: another kind of ditch (No, actually it's a channel where water runs when it rains. They're all over New Mexico, and can sit dry sometimes all year, but in a heavy rain, they will run, or flood. In Albuquerque, some are lined in concrete so the edges of roads and properties are safe from the erosion.)

Ojo Caliente: hot eye (In context, it means warm pools—there's a spa there. There's natural hot water, because it's along the line where the volcanic activity is in New Mexico.)

virga: visible streaks of rain below a cloud, but that don't reach the ground (click for google images; this one's not a Spanish word, but it is from Latin and has to do with the streaks)

Description from the conference program:
Liquids flow, life flows, ideas flow, learning flows. Sometimes things don't flow smoothly, or don't flow freely, or flow where we don't want them to flow, or freeze up altogether. Parents can accept, acknowledge and appreciate flow, or they can block, knock and wreck it.
Bio from that program:
Sandra Dodd is a former teacher who never sent her children to school, and whose current hobby is an ever-growing unschooling website, SandraDodd.com/unschooling. She and her husband Keith, an engineer, sing and play recorder together. Their children are teens now, and in October will be 20 (Kirby), 17 (Marty) and almost 15 (Holly, born 11/2/91).
You can download a free sound file (MP3 or other formats) here: Internet Archive

The song excerpt I sang was composed by John David Souther, and the full verse is

Faithless love like a river flows
Like raindrops falling on a broken rose
Down in some valley where nobody goes
Faithless love has found me
Thrown its chilly arms around me
Faithless love like river flows

I'll throw in here some links and quotes from the presentation:
Mirror page

From my notes:

In one way of looking at it, a person is made up of the space between the things he knows and has seen, the people he has encountered, the ideas that have affected him.

THINK ABOUT THIS in your own life:

For good or ill, your experiences create you
change you
become part of you.

If a child will be molded or affected by his experiences, then unschooling parents need to provide great experiences.

NEW experiences
Repeat experiences.
Surprising experiences.
Comforting experiences.

Dry, above; wet, below
(with reflection of the light fixture)

Building an Unschooling Nest