Challenging Assumptions - a newsletter by Wendy Priesnitz

When I first began writing professionally about 45 years ago, I knew that one of my goals was to help people understand the world we are living in. Maybe that’s the goal of all writers! At any rate, I realized early on in my almost 50-year-old writing career that my mission was to challenge old assumptions and present new perspectives on how we live in our families and our communities, and on our planet. I believe that the physical, mental, economic, and social health of our families and our environment are all interconnected and are a reflection of the everyday choices we make.

Over the years, I’ve owned and edited four magazines, worked as a freelance journalist, written multiple books, and contributed to many more. I’ve trained low income women to start businesses, managed an art/craft gallery, run my own craft businesses, dabbled in politics, and much more. My work has encompassed eco-friendly living; life learning (aka unschooling and self-directed learning); non-coercive, respectful parenting; social change; environmental stewardship; as well as locally-based and micro business.

The topics you’ll read about here, as well as in my books and articles, involve embracing smaller-scale, local ways of doing things, and becoming more self-reliant in the way that we think, educate ourselves, work, eat, create, and live. As I age and retire from active publishing/editing and activism, my writing topics reflect my recent and current states of mind. Some of what’s here is memoir, some of it is more journalistic in style, a bit of it is poetry. These days, I’m mostly enthused by tapestry weaving, an art I taught myself a few years ago.

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Rethinking how we live in our families and our communities, and on our planet.


Writer, editor, retired magazine publisher, weaver, gardener. Over a 50+ year career, I have acquired some notoriety as an advocate for kid’s rights, school-free learning & the environment.