Short Reviews

People weekly
October 22, 2001

Though she says she "couldn't see much eternal impact" of starring on Facts at the time, Whelchel, who played Eastland rich girl Blair Warner, does now. Currently on a cross-country tour to promote The Facts of Life and Other Lessons My Father Taught Me , a book of essays about her Christian faith, Whelchel, 38, says her Facts fame "gives me the opportunity to reach a wide audience." Married since 1988 to Steven Cauble, 51, a minister (with their three kids, Tucker, 11, Haven, 10, and Clancy, 8), Whelchel says she "can't go anywhere without being recognized as Blair," but has no immediate plans to act again. "If I didn't have kids, I would definitely go back-it's such a creative release," she says. "But id doesn't compare to being a mom."

September 2001

Tiffin Motorhomes Inc., of Red Bay, Alabama, has loaned a 40-foot Allegro Bus to Lisa Whelchel and her family for one year. The purpose of her national tour is to gather data for a new book, titled Discovering God in America. She previously had written a parents' book, Creative Correction: Extraordinary Ideas for Everyday Discipline.

Whelchel, who played the TV series from 1979 to 1988, is now the married mother of three.

At the completion of Whelchel's RV tour, a drawing will be held to determine the winner of a 30-day Family Dream Vacation in the same coach.

June 10-16, 2000

What would have become of snobby Blair Warner if NBC's The Facts of Life (1979-88) were still on? "Sadly she's probably be divorced two or three times, if she fell into the same pattern as her parents, as we often do," says Lisa Whelchel, 37, who played the spoiled rich girl for the show's entire run. "But it sure would be nice if she found happiness." Whelchel and husband Steven Cauble, an associate pastor with the Church of the Way in Van Nuys, California, are finding their own happiness, home-schooling their three children (Tucker, 10; Haven, 8; and Clancy,7). The former Facts brat has even written a book on child discipline, Creative Correction, due out in October. And fans might actually get a chance to see what became of Blair and her classmates if plans for a TV-movie reunion pan out. Until then, Facts reruns join Nick at Nite in the fall. Whelchel isn't surprised.: "I think there's something about friends you make when you're young, even if they're just friends through television."

HomeLife Today
The Good Medicine Club

Order, routine, planning, quiet time: all are key elements in the successful homeschool program Lisa has developed for the Cauble trio. Yet non of those words come to mind as I watch the seven moms gathered around the table on the Cauble's patio. Wild outburst of laughter and shouts of encouragement are standard conduct at these homeschooling get-togethers. Each Friday at about 1:00 p.m., the members of "The Good Medicine Club" gather to eat, talk, play games and, of course, laugh a lot.

Opening her home is one way Lisa is able to contribute to the homeschooling community in Santa Clarita. After a busy week of hitting the books at the kitchen table, everyone's ready to blow off a little steam; and this play group is just the ticket. It's obvious that these moms are comfortable with each other, but they're also quick to make a newcomer fell welcome in the group. "It's one way to get other homeschoolers in our area, or those new to our area, involved," says Lisa.

This community of homeschoolers uses the unique gifts of each individual to enhance everyone's learning experience. Lisa has compiled an extensive library of homeschooling material and resources to share with others. Packages come and go almost daily as Lisa trade and sells used of extra homeschooling materials around the country.

Tucker, Haven and Clancy are getting a dose of "Good Medicine" with their mom and friends each week and seeing firsthand how a group of people can encourage, strengthen and help each other.


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