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  • What will you do when you retire?
    on Jun 17, 2014
    In 15 years, I am going to retire.  I recently realized that I better start cultivating some hobbies or I will end up sitting on the couch watching re-runs of Oprah's Lifeclass while eating rows of Double-Stuffed Oreos. That would not be pretty...
  • Jesus Calling....So Pick up.
    on May 10, 2012
    Around Christmas, my young cousin handed me a neatly wrapped little package and said that she hoped that I would enjoy the book; it happened to be her favorite daily devotional titled Jesus Calling. More than anything I appreciated the sweetness...
  • Simple Mentor Teacher AdviceOn occasion, I play a mentor role in the school to newer teachers.However, though I've been teaching for 25 years now, sometimes I, myself, can still become overwhelmed with the responsibilities that my job entails. Recently, I approached a much-admi...
  • What Does That Noodle & Paste Project Have to Do with Anything?
    on Jan 9, 2012 in Teacher Stuff
    My nephew's girlfriend and I recently had an interesting chat about the skills she has found are most necessary in her very demanding marketing job. Guess what the number one required skill is?Creativity. In her position as a marketing representa...
  • I Promise to Love, Honor, and Not Take Too Long to Choose a Christmas Tree
    on Dec 7, 2011 in Christmas
    Money management, conflict resolution ideas, and faith practices are all important components of marriage preparation meetings. You know what else should be in there? Christmas tree shopping habits. There are so many variables to the the Christmas t...
  • Piece on Peace
    on Dec 4, 2011 in Christmas
    In a nearby neighborhood a rooster was apprehended by animal control last week because, according an official report, it was disturbing the peace. Disturbing the peace. We don't hear much about disturbing the peace these days do we? I heard the phra...
  • A Curse on Cursive?
    on Nov 29, 2011 in A-Musings Teacher Stuff
    Today I read an interesting article discussing cursive writing and education. Is it necessary to teach handwriting anymore? Cursive brings back some entertaining memories. I remember some seriously dark days in elementary school with those cursive le...
  • Schools, Parents, Mixed Messages and a Thank You
    on Nov 13, 2011 in Parent Stuff Teacher Stuff
    My younger sister and I talk on the phone a lot regarding school and parent issues. Since I don't have any children, I often ask for her (a mother to 4) perspective when I am not sure why a parent behaves a certain way. Since she is not a classroom t...
  • What do you want...a badge or something?
    on Oct 28, 2011 in A-Musings
    Girl Scout Troop 2059. Badges. Me. Not a match. If it were 1973 and you were to look at my older sisters' Girl Scout sashes then compare those to mine, you would have to laugh. While theirs had many badges sewn meticulously-row after row, I believ...
  • A Lesson in Rice
    on Oct 19, 2011 in Teacher Stuff
    If the rice isn't right, it really doesn't matter what else you do, you're not going to be able to serve great sushi. This article makes a simple, but excellent, point about the importance of perfecting groundwork before taking on additional tasks.
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