11 December 2013
Robert MacKinnon calls it “a real turning point.” The barn was not only used as a traditional barn, but it also contained his workshop and all of his tools. “It was devastating and at the same time it was really cleansing,” MacKinnon said. “There was a building behind the barn that was basically a storage building, and it was filled with the kind of stuff that you tote around with yourself all of your life – stuff that you cannot bring yourself to throw away.” That building, too, was destroyed, with all of its contents, but the Hale-MacKinnons saw that loss as a chance for a new beginning. “It was getting rid of all of that that gave us an opportunity to look at what we wanted to do – so we both quit our jobs.” Now, he had a chance to follow his passion - adolescent education, using the Montessori method.
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