Times & Seasons Welcome Sarah Bringhurst Familia

October 7, 2011 | 13 comments
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Times & Seasons is pleased to introduce Sarah Bringhurst Familia as our newest guest blogger.

Sarah grew up in California, where she and her four siblings were homeschooled (back in the good old days when homeschooling was weird and subversive, not hip and progressive). She received her BA in Near Eastern Studies at BYU, and served a mission in Santiago, Chile.

After their marriage and the birth of their first child, Sarah and her husband Tony took their two-month-old baby on a summer field study to the Philippines, where they slept in nipa huts, backpacked into mountain villages, and caught an incurable travel bug. Since then, they’ve lived in Italy, Ireland, and most recently Tunisia.

Sarah enjoys playing the piano and folk harp, writing poetry, learning languages, and ethnic cooking. She is continuing the family homeschooling tradition, and spends way too much time cobbling together the perfect curriculum while the kids dig for bugs in the dirt. She recently returned to California with her husband and two children, and blogs about travel, homeschooling, Middle East events, and day-to-day life at Casteluzzo.com.

13 Responses to Times & Seasons Welcome Sarah Bringhurst Familia

  1. James Olsen on October 7, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Well, I suppose it’s too common now to be all that weird, but some of us are still very much into the subversive forms of homeschooling.

    Welcome Sarah, looking forward to your posts.

  2. Ben S on October 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Wahoo for another BYU NES grad! Graduate from the old program or the new program?

  3. Julie M. Smith on October 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    James, you should do a post on subversive homeschooling.

    And welcome, Sarah.

  4. Dane Laverty on October 7, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Welcome! Can’t wait to read your contributions :)

  5. Alison Moore Smith on October 7, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Welcome, welcome, Sarah! Look forward to your posts. :)

  6. Alison Moore Smith on October 7, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    P.S. I second Julies’ suggestion for James.

    P.P.S. I don’t know if our homeschooling is subversive or hip. I’ll have to ponder on that this weekend…

  7. James Olsen on October 7, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    I think Sarah should post on it – since she seems to have experienced both types…

  8. Amira on October 7, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Excellent. I look forward to your posts, Sarah.

  9. Sarah Familia on October 8, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Well, you know, subversive is the new hip. So I guess we cover it all. Thanks for the welcome!

  10. Kaimi on October 8, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Welcome!

  11. Raymond Takashi Swenson on October 8, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Welcome to T&S! As a peripatetic military family, seeing the world was part of our kids’ lives.

    I would be interested in your views in home schooling, which many public school systems seem to be accommidating more now with various cafeteria style programs and online services. My own subversive idea is that competent home schooling parents should get actual funding to cover books, iPads or other supplies in recognition of the fact that they are reducing costs for the public schools. Even being paid one half the cost a state pays local districts to educate a child would make staying at home to care for and teach your iwn kids one if the best paying jobs a young mother of three or four children could have, since it would not have the expense of child care subtracted from it. Families would be strengthened, their income would be supported, and society’s costs would be reduced by the same amount. The only losers would be teacher unions and school administrators.

  12. James Olsen on October 8, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Raymond – I agree; difficulty is the influx of subpar homeschooling that would bring about. That said, we’re living in Qatar now, and the govt here pays me a healthy stipend to homeschool. I ain’t complainin.

  13. Rachel on October 10, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Welcome Sarah!