About Me

Christian.Β  Salty chick. Just think how much worse I’d be if I weren’t a Christian.Β  My blood type is caffeine. I have PTSD. I’ve done therapy, am highly in favour of EMDR, and things are much better and… I still have PTSD.Β  I own somewhere between 8 and 10 thousand books. I’ve lived in four […]


  1. Kirsten
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    I thought you might find some of these videos interesting, and I always find your views on education to be thought-provoking, so I thought I’d send them your way. They’re archived footage, many specifically about changes in education:



    Hope you enjoy!

  2. Lauren
    Posted August 13, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    I am so happy to have found this site!! It seems that I will get some good advice from people who have been where I am now. πŸ™‚ My DH and I are preparing to drive across the country to visit our family for the first time since last Christmas when we moved. I found this site while looking for ideas for food on the road. My husband is an aircraft maintainer with the U.S. Air Force . We have been married for almost two years and we have been living the military life for about 18 months. We are both new Christians, completely new to living on our own and have completely different interests (faith, family, homeschooling, green living… that sort of thing) than almost anyone else we know including our families. It is great to find websites with encouragement. πŸ™‚

    • Headmistress, zookeeper
      Posted August 13, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

      Aw, glad to ‘meet’ you, Lauren. You make me nostagic for the days when my husband was an Air Force aircraft mechanic and we spent time on the road. Have a great trip home to visit your family, and I hope you find some useful tips!

  3. Laurel
    Posted January 18, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    I have been following your blog since the FLDS debacle in Texas. Although I don’t home school my younger sister did for a number of years and I have come to greatly appreciate many home schooler’s approach to life. My husband is a former AF brat who lived in Japan for a total of 6 years. I lived there for 17 months on a church mission.

    Because our second child was born 16 weeks premature and had many serious health issues during his brief 20 week life and my husband’s work as a counselor to students with disabilities we have a significant and ongoing interest in how people deal with disabilities. Therefore, an article on CNN this week about 2 twin brothers in Belgium who were born deaf and now in their 40s had been diagnosed with going blind caught our attention. Belgium has recently changed their laws to allow mentally competent adults who are “suffering” to commit (?) euthanasia. So these two with the apparent blessings of their family decided to die last December rather than face this new challenge.

    Had you seen that news story? If I understood it correctly, Belgium is considering expanding that law to include parents making decisions about their children who may be “suffering.” Seems like the ramifications of such a law could be even more horrendous than it already is.

    • Headmistress, zookeeper
      Posted January 18, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

      I haven’t seen the story, but it saddens me so much.

  4. Cindy Belcher
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    I love your blog~I have gotten a lot of help from your insights on various issues. Thank you for taking the time to be a blessing to so many of us πŸ™‚

    Also, congratulations on the newest addition to your family. She is beautiful!!

  5. Julie
    Posted February 20, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    I am enjoying your blog. Thank you for taking the time to write!

  6. Adrienne
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Curious – first time I am looking at your site. πŸ™‚ Your grandbaby with the rare lung condition – does it happen to be an ILD? Was thinking from the first description (that was crossed out) that it seemed like it. Was just curious since our 8th baby has an ILD (also very rare) and is on oxygen (she’s 4 now). πŸ™‚

    • Headmistress, zookeeper
      Posted February 27, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

      His first diagnosis was Jeune Syndrome, but that turned out to be wrong, for which we thank God fervently. What does ILD mean?

  7. Posted March 21, 2013 at 1:54 am | Permalink

    Commie pinko, eh? Now I am intrigued. Glad to follow you for a few years now as well as to meet you guys. πŸ™‚

  8. Posted September 10, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    hello, found your blog while searching randomly for Gordon info.
    As most of your quotes came from my site http://www.janandcoragordon.co.uk/
    I’d appreciate a link to it.

    Cora Gordon was 3 years older not younger, and a couple more mistakes in there that could be better put right.

    K Bryant

    • Headmistress, zookeeper
      Posted September 10, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

      It took me a while to figure out what you were talking about- it would have been helpful to provide the link to the post you are referring to (this one: http://thecommonroomblog.com/2009/07/found-at-the-thrift-shop.html). I did link to the source of my quotes, although I just checked and learned the website is now defunct, so I updated using archive.org.
      Are you saying that the website I linked to was yours, and you’re asking me to update my link, or are you saying that the website I linked to plagiarized your work? I can’t tell.

  9. Jimi Hall
    Posted June 20, 2014 at 5:46 am | Permalink

    Your “about us” is the best introduction ever. Nice to meet you!

    I’m Jimi Hall on Instagram.

  10. Margaret Park
    Posted July 11, 2014 at 1:29 am | Permalink

    I just read your 2007 blog about children’s book illustrators in which you mention a Mary Clemmitt, illustrator. She was listed as an illlustrator in an old book you had with many illustrations. I am trying to find illustrations about this illustrator, as she was one of three sisters who were cousins of my grandmother. She lived in Baltimore, MD most of her life. Do you know of any books with her illustrations? any other info on her? Any help will be much appreciated. Thank you in advance!
    Margaret Park

    • Headmistress, zookeeper
      Posted July 11, 2014 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

      I don’t know anything else about her, sorry. But what a fun connection for you!

  11. 6 arrows
    Posted October 10, 2014 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    I made a fun discovery this week. At a public library in our vicinity, I found a piano/vocal score for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, and, in paging through the book later at home, playing the music and reading the lyrics, I came across a song entitled “The Old Gumbie Cat.” With lyrics that begin, “I have a Gumbie Cat in mind. Her name is Jennyanydots…” πŸ˜‰

    Which of course brought to mind a fine internet family of whom I am becoming rather fond. πŸ™‚

    • Headmistress, zookeeper
      Posted October 10, 2014 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

      How fun!

  12. THZ
    Posted August 15, 2015 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    Sweet, nice to meet you all! God bless!

  13. lesle
    Posted December 24, 2016 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    A kmovie in which the female protagonist becomes a book illustrator is White Valentine. I find it a charming, episodic movie, well worth watching. It is Jun Gianna’s first movie, she was 17.

    http://dramacool.to/drama-detail/white-valentine (@360)
    http://www.viki.com/videos/174914v-white-valentine/ (don’t know aspect ratio)

  14. abigail nasser
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 8:21 am | Permalink


    I’d like to inquire if it’s possible to purchase advertising space on thecommonroomblog.com.

    If there is any space available please let me know and we could discuss further details.

    Looking forward to your positive reply.



    • Headmistress
      Posted November 14, 2017 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

      SUre. Email me at heartkeepercommonroom. It’s a gmail address

  15. Cindee Nebeker
    Posted August 20, 2019 at 1:49 am | Permalink

    Does The Common Room have a Facebook presence? I thought I had found it a while back, but I’m not seeing it now (assuming I am right about finding it in the first place! ha!). I’ve followed your blog since 2005 (!) and I’ve appreciated the ongoing encouragement more than you’ll ever know!

    • Headmistress
      Posted August 20, 2019 at 8:40 am | Permalink

      We did. Facebook blocks us.

    • Headmistress
      Posted August 20, 2019 at 8:40 am | Permalink

      And thank-you so much!!

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