Table of contents

Tossed by the Fates is a blogged book for homeschooling parents with the American military.  At this time it is still a work in progress, with new entries added as time goes by.  This post is the table of contents to the book.

Notes to a blog:

  • Because of the structure of blogs in general (first entries are at the bottom of the heap), and because of the structure of the particular WordPress blog format (categories don’t seem to be in plain sight),
  • To make it easier to find specific information, or to see the structure of the blog, I’ve put this ‘table of contents’ as the permanent first page of the blog.
  • Chapters (categories) are listed in bold, and the subparagraphs of the chapters (the blog posts) are  the pages that are linked.  Some of the individual pages stand better on their own than others.  The book was written in the normal fashion with all the subparagraphs following each other on the same page.  When published as blog posts, the continuity is not as obvious.
  • Please note that any “automatically generated” links to allegedly “related” posts are cooked up by this particular WordPress system, and are not added by me.  I looked for a way to disable the function, but if there is a way to disable the seemingly random links, it is not readily apparent.


History of homeschooling

About this site

Site Booklets

Military Homeschooling

Military Life

  • Military life from the perspective of family members
    In the chapters on family life with one parent ‘in the military,’ the generic family will be that of an active duty husband, and a civilian wife.  This is for my convenience as a writer since all of the parents I’ve met from homeschooling families have fit this model.  I do not mean for this structure to exclude stay-at-home homeschool dads, or active duty homeschool moms, it is just that the ‘he/she/them’ constructions in sentences are just too bulky.  Also, after reading texts in which the subject seems to be the victim of back-to-back sex-change surgeries – in one paragraph the subject is male, yet in the next paragraph, the subject is female – I feel as if I have mental whiplash.  I use the word “spouse” only occasionally.  As a matter of personal taste, it is just too close in sound and spelling to the word “souse,” and I think the word clangs rather than rings.  C’est la vie.

Coping with deployment

How to start homeschooling

Making the homeschooling decision

Reasons for homeschooling


Socialization — the S-word

Sheltered children

Styles and methods of homeschooling

Public school at home

Corporate Homeschooling


Homeschooling over the holidays

After Graduation


Future topics:

  • Military jurisdictions and families
  • Homeschooling and military life
  • Homeschooling in the American states and possessions
  • Homeschooling overseas
  • Legal concerns about homeschooling
  • Record keeping
  • Support groups


Throughout the text on this site, I have inserted two paragraphs unrelated to the text.

Note:  If you are reading this at a site other than Tossed by the Fates, and no attribution is given to hard-working and generous Valerie Bonham Moon, the person(s) using this text is passing my work off as theirs, the slimy rotters.  If you paid for this information, you were schnookered.  There isn’t much I can do about plagiarists, but I thought you should know that about the site you’re visiting.

Back to the original text.

The reason for the insertion is because unscrupulous thieves copy material from sites and publish it on their sites as if they have written it.  Often, these are ‘pay per click’ ad sites, or other heavily advertised sites.  These dirtballs are too lazy to write their own material, or to hire competent people to do it, and so they steal other peoples’ work. 

Stopping  slowing down these people requires a lot of energy such as passworded sites, pay-per-view sites, purchase of hard-copies and other methods to restrict distribution.  This is a problem if writers want to make the information easily available to a large audience.  In my case, I want to support the American military homeschooling community.  If I make some money from ads, that’s gravy, but my point is to provide information.  I’m happy to do this.  What I’m not happy about is if some dirtball appreciates my information to the point of wanting to make money from it, and not sharing that money with me.

I don’t have many ways to prevent creeps from pressing Ctrl-A, Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V, and viola!  (yes vIOla — it’s a joke), ka-ching, ka-ching.  So, if they want my text, they’re going to have to read through it to find the paragraph.

Occasionally (when my schedule permits), I may run my text through one of the gizmos at a plagiarism detection site.  You can play with it, too.  If you find any sneaks, just post a link in the comments section.  Thanks for the help.

How to structure this site?

I have a book that wants to escape the prison of a notebook on a shelf.  This blog is the window to its freedom, and now that I’ve established the blog, I need to structure the content. 

In the structure, I have two choices:  blog posts or pages.  I’ve written blogs-with-posts, so I know how that structure works — the information is published on the ‘front page’ and then is replaced as subsequent entries are made.  I can see that pages are added to the sidebar, and readers can find them with a little looking, but they aren’t as obvious as a blog post.  I think, for the moment, I’ll go with the blog post format.