Letter from the Editor, November 2010

Submitted by James on Wed, 11/10/2010 - 05:16

Dear Homeschooling Friends,
Where do I begin? It feels a bit strange to write a letter from the editor – I never seriously thought that one day I would find myself as captain of the good ship Apricotpie. I suppose I assumed – as I assume most of us did – that our beloved Ben would guide our ship as our captain forever – well, at least indefinitely. But, there is a time and season for everything, and after ten wonderful years Ben felt that it was time for him to move on.
We have expressed it many times to him now, but I want to express again, on behalf of us all, our gratitude to Ben for creating this site and shaping its nature.
As Ben has put it so well:

"Apricotpie is a place for homeschooling students and homeschool graduates to share their thoughts, poetry, and fiction in a creative and thoughtful way with other homeschoolers.
"Its inspiration comes from: the beauty and mystery of the created world; adventure and the warrior; contemplation; the good as infinitely more powerful than evil; respect for innocence; quality over quantity; friendship born from common activity."

Apricotpie is a very special place.
In my almost three years here, I have come to appreciate many things about Apricotpie, including (but not limited to, and in no particular order):
1. It values quality over quantity.
2. It doesn't get so crowded with trivial stuff that we begin to feel lost (as we do with Facebook).
3. We can feel safe here, posting our thoughts in the form of creative writing for others to see.
4. The content of this site is unique – and I think it is a direct result of our homeschool experience and upbringing. We just tend to think and process things a bit differently than the population at large around us.
5. Although it's not necessarily overt, there is an overall Christian worldview and value system here.
6. The environment at the site fosters friendships – I have been especially struck by this fact, reading the testimonies in the posts and comments as many of us were saying our farewells.
This is a glimpse of the soul of Apricotpie.
Ben has left us a wonderful legacy, and I will do my best to lead as we all carry it on.
Thank you once again, Ben.
And thank you, fellow Apricotpie-ers, for all the writing you have done and continue to do. Thank you also for the encouragement and support you have shown me.
Hopefully, Apricotpie will continue to be a place for homeschoolers to write for many more years to come.
God bless you all!



A hearty amen to our friend and new captain James!

Formerly Kestrel

Thank you so much for taking over, James! I (as well as all of the other Apricotpiers) am thrilled that AP will be sticking around, hopefully for a very long time.

"You were not meant to fit into a shallow box built by someone else." -J. Raymond

I'm figuratively bursting with pride. Not sure what over, but the feeling is there. Let's throw a party at my house! Well, I say my house, I mean anywhere we can all gather. We'll draw up a map...

I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right. --The Book Thief

Thank you for your post. I think it's so true and beautiful how you said that all of our farewell comments showed the heart and soul of apricotpie. Definately. I actually had thought of that before. If anyone ever asks what apricotpie is, we should refer them to the farewell comments! :)

Thank you for taking over this difficult and yet rewarding position!


"Sweet is the love that never knew a wound, but deeper that which died and rose again." - Mother Mary Francis

I second Kyleigh's 'Amen', James!  Well done, and thank you!

Brother: Your character should drive a motorcycle.
Me: He can't. He's in the wilderness.
Brother: Then make it a four-wheel-drive motorcycle!

AP is definitely a site unlike any other! Which is why I'm so glad to see it continuing, and in good hands as well.

Thank you SO MUCH for doing this : ). Nothing could ever replace AP. I remember the first time i posted something, you commented on it and ABSOLUTELY terrified me. But i had never had anyone outside my family i didn't know comment on anything of mine before, so now i'm very grateful to you for your honest and helpful comment : ).

I went back and looked at that comment...

...I should have been more tactful.  I usually try not to terrify people.  :P

"The idea that we should approach science without a philosophy is itself a philosophy... and a bad one, because it is self-refuting." -- Dr. Jason Lisle

Gotta be honest, James - tact isn't your strong point. Remember Doofenshmirtz on Teenagers?

BUT, it gave me a huge thrill today to get a notification from James.apricotpie!

I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right. --The Book Thief

 Hi James! 

Thank you for taking AP over. I just have a couple of questions: 

First of all, I am interested in becoming a monthly writer. When I clicked on About at the top of the page, and then the second highlighted question, it still said that you needed to contact Ben in order to become a monthly writer. Do I need to ask him or are you now in charge of such? 

If so, what do you have to do in order to become a monthly writer? Are there any specific things or requirements?