Being in Southern California, it means something very different to me than it does to someone in more northern latitudes. For us, it means the return of Santa Ana weather patterns with hot, dry winds that blow dead pine needles around and strip the deciduous trees of their leaves, making you wonder if it is ever going to cool off. While I enjoy these winds, not everyone does, and my husband is stuck removing all of those leaves from the pools he services. But Fall is notable for another windy reason – hurricane season.
Thanks to hurricane Harvey, our friends in Houston and many of the surrounding areas have been hit particularly hard, and our thoughts and prayers go out to them. What I continually find refreshing, is the high volume of people reaching out to help those in need. I have seen photos and videos of every-day people putting their own lives on the line for strangers, and even pets. It is heartwarming, to say the least, and I get a little teary-eyed thinking about it. It also adds evidence to a belief my husband and I hold: When a crisis strikes, people don’t rise to the occasion, they fall to the level of their preparation and base character traits.
Nowhere is this more obvious than the areas that Harvey has impacted.
We are seeing people by the thousands offering to donate money, time and supplies. I am so proud of the homeschool community. Vendors offering to replace curriculum, homeschool families offering curriculum and more…the list goes on. We have donated as well, and will continue to do so for as long as we can. I am also proud of the individuals whose homes have been destroyed. As soon as the waters began to recede, you got in there and started taking care of things, you didn’t wait around. If you or anyone in the path of the hurricane would like a subscription – contact us. It’s a small thing, but any bit of normal in a world of chaos is a good thing. We’re giving away a few subscriptions. We’ll also give you a discount if you prefer to pay (or we’ve reached the limit of free subscriptions that we can give out).
Now, to the business at hand – this fall issue. Fall has been such a challenge to finish – with our school year starting, and that of everyone else, it seemed that we came in just under the wire. But that’s okay. I’m so excited to share the new downloads included with this issue. First is a Latin Unit Study – it’s perfect for the beginner, as well those with a little more experience. Also, the back cover is something special: You can either trim it off the back of the magazine, or download a printable file. It’ll fit right into a binder slip-cover for your planner. The links to download these are on the contents page. An extra little printable on page 13, it’s goes perfectly with the mushroom activity.
Learning Tangent is Gail’s brainchild. When it all goes down, she has to get the magazine out the door and on its way to subscribers. She has four kids, of whom she and her husband David homeschool two. She enjoys a wide range of activities including weaving, photography, writing, is a musician (both a teacher & performer), calligrapher, and is an avid sci-fi- & fantasy reader. You’ll generally find her busy doing whatever it is she wants to on a given day.