Welcome to For Random Learning Comes!
My name is Andrea LeDew. I’m a mom with a law degree who likes to write. Or a writer with a law degree who really likes children. My four children are now grown, aged 20-30, but during their young lives, I was a stay at home mom. I homeschooled the youngest two from about fourth grade on, for about ten years total. Now I am a caregiver to my 23-year-old son with autism.
My 23-year-old is interested in movies and playing with websites and social media. My 20-year-old son participated in robotics competitions at the high school level and has gone on to college to major in Computer Science and work as an intern. Their older sisters, who were traditionally schooled, love travel and plants, and languages and videogames, respectively.
Why “For Random Learning Comes“?
Our homeschooling co-op had the initials FRLC. When I took over the blog from a homeschool class, I had to think of a new way to interpret those letters. To me, the phrase “For Random Learning Comes” means that learning comes to us and to our children in many different ways and through many different channels. As homeschoolers, we must be open to opportunities as they arise, and be flexible enough to change course, when we have to. The same goes for our own adult lives and those of our children. Learning is the one ever-varying constant in our lives.
Learning is the one ever-varying constant in our lives.Andrea LeDew, For Random Learning Comes
Besides writing and being with family, I enjoy gardens, travel, mysteries, good books, and the company of friends. I live in Jacksonville, Florida.
My writing practice has gone through several stages. I was an English major in college and spent a year in Germany when I was young, before law school aged me. I worked for about five years as a lawyer before becoming a mom fulltime. I’ve scribbled in journals and written verse all my life, whenever time allowed.
On this website, I have blogged on topics relating to disability and learning outside the traditional system. I have also written a fair amount of flash fiction and poetry. My older work is in the archives, Let Bygones be Bygones. In 2018-19, I lost both my parents, just as my children were beginning to act like adults. New topics, such as politics, grief, the natural world and aging have all crept into my work as events have brought them to my attention. My ambition has always been to write longer work, which I hope you will see one day. There are a few longer stories here, but the perennial problem has always been finding the time.
In recent years, I have published a weekly newsletter. You can see samples on my Newsletter Page. Sign up, if you like what you see!
Just to be clear:
>>I have worked as a lawyer in the past, but I am not your lawyer,and none of these posts
are meant to give legal advice or create any type of attorney-client relationship. <<<
I’m just posting my personal opinions and impressions, and I look forward to hearing yours. Please feel free to comment or voice your suggestions.
(last revised 3/30/23)