Meet Our Team
L.R.Knost – Editor-in-Chief
Editor-in-Chief, L.R.Knost, is an independent child development researcher; Founder and Director of the child advocacy and family consulting group, Little Hearts/Gentle Parenting Resources; and a mother of six children ranging from preschool to young adult. An avid reader and self-described word nerd, L.R.Knost is an internationally recognized author, speaker, and human rights activist as well as a homeschooling, cosleeping, peaceful parent. Books by L.R.Knost include secular selections The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective Discipline; Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages; Whispers Through Time: Communication Through the Ages and Stages of Childhood; and faith-based Jesus, the Gentle Parent: Gentle Christian Parenting.
Mary Kim – Managing Editor/Production Director
Managing Editor and Production Director, Mary Kim, has a background in business management, but left the corporate world to pursue his dual passions for hiking and mentoring youth as a Wilderness Guide in a program for troubled teens. He received his B.A. in Journalism and Public Relations from Southeastern University, and finds that he expresses himself most effectively through the written word. Mary is a baby-wearing, pro-breastfeeding father whose top priority is to be the best daddy he can be to his adorable daughter.
Ada J. Peck – Director of Marketing and Design
Director of Marketing and Design, Ada J. Peck, is a proud mother of one energetic toddler who makes life brighter each day. Ada has a background as a therapist working with groups and individuals coping with mental illness, drug-addiction, and incarceration. She has also worked with Social Services addressing the needs of at-risk children and working with families to educate, assist, and help to stabilize them. Ada is a second-generation peaceful parent who believes in the positive, long-lasting effects of holistic parenting and strives to implement this approach in her home.
MEET OUR WRITERS
Stephanie K. Farmer
Creative Consultant and Occasional Writer. Stephanie spent twenty years in public and private education as a secondary English teacher to both hearing and Deaf children. She is married to her best friend and is the mother of two lively girls. She is a life-long learner who is unafraid of challenge or change. She seeks to infuse her days with balance, sensitivity, and humor, and encourages her children to believe that all things are possible. Stephanie enjoys writing on life topics, and is also a social media admin for HPM.
Occasional Columnist. Linda Taylor earned her MA in Religion and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She taught for eleven years in The Religion and Philosophy Department at The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey earning the Dunbar Abston Jr. Chair for Teaching Excellence. Linda is a Kripalu Yoga teacher, prenatal yoga teacher, (CD)DONA birth doula, and hospital chaplain. Linda is a regular contributor to PhillyVoice and recently published her first book: Birth, Breath, and Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula. www.birthbreathanddeath.com
Columnist. Erica is the author of Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything and a poetry collection titled Tending. She lives on a small farm in Ohio with her family where they raise cows, chickens, and a wild rumpus. She hosts an ongoing discussion about natural learning facebook.com/FreeRangeLearningCommunity and blogs at lauragraceweldon.com/blog-2
Columnist. Myra is one of the co-founders of the Laughing Coyote Project, a non-profit dedicated to passing on the traditions of primitive skills and nature awareness. Even while not teaching, he continues to practice the skills of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Myra lives on a farm just outside of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and son. Visit the Laughing Coyote Project here: http://laughingcoyoteproject.org
Nicole is the author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves, published in seventeen languages. Parents from around the globe seek Aldort’s advice in phone/Skype sessions, workshops and web classes. Her advice columns and articles appear in progressive parenting magazines worldwide. Nicole Aldort is married and a mother of three thriving young adults. For free newsletter, as well as videos, recordings and information on personal and family phone/Skype sessions and products: www.AuthenticParent.com
Suzanne is the proud and very fortunate mother of an exceptionally healthy toddler. She gave birth in her bedroom, breastfed with a low supply receiving donations from generous mamas with an oversupply, and recently birthed her latest entrepreneurial endeavor: the Love at Work Project. She is a leadership coach and consultant, a lifelong writer and big fan of Sesame Street. She lives in Sonoma County, California. She blogs at www.leaningintolight.com