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Books

More than 15,000 total copies sold, as of 2019.

The Art of Self-Directed Learning

Independently published in 2014

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Better Than College

Independently published in 2012

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College Without High School

Published by New Society Publishers in 2009

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E-books

Short, free, and casual.

Personal Blog Posts

Click here to browse all previous posts. The three most recent ones appear below.

Trip Report: Southern Sierra High Route

On Saturday August 3rd, my friend Julie McPherson and I embarked on a 5-day trek through the California High Sierra mountains. We followed the Southern Sierra High Route, a challenging itinerary that combines on- and off-trail travel at high elevation (9000′ – 13,300′) and extends the classic Sierra High Route (which Julie and I tackled […]

On Doing Half of a 10-Day Silent Meditation Retreat

What is Vipassana? Broadly speaking, Vipassana is an old-school Buddhist meditation technique which translates as “insight into the true nature of reality.” But I’ve always been familiar with Vipassana in a more specific sense, in regard to the 10-day silent meditation retreats offered around the world, free of charge (including room and board). Ever since […]

A Love Letter to my Readers

Dearest reader, You know me, but I probably don’t know you. Maybe you follow my Facebook posts or email newsletters. Maybe you enjoy my books, articles, or podcasts. Maybe you’ve considered sending one of your kids on a trip with me. Maybe you came to one of my talks, yet you and I never talked. I […]

Articles in Which I Appear

USA Today (April 21, 2013)

Interview with JobMonkey (February 15, 2013)

Interview with Patrick Farenga part 1 / part 2 / part 3 (January 9, 2013)

Life Learning Magazine (Nov/Dec 2012 issue)

New York Times mention of Zero Tuition College (November 30, 2012)

Daily Edventures (November 9, 2012)

Wired.com GeekMom (July 3, 2012)

Living the Unschooling Life interview (March 10, 2012)

No Beaten Path (February 9, 2012)

Unschool Examiner (April 7, 2010)

MacLean’s (October 15, 2009)

Converge Magazine (Sep 21, 2009)

Everyday Learning Magazine (Sep 3, 2009)

Self Made Scholar (Jul 20, 2009)

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