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Crazy Bird Lady

My husband Darren tells me that I am like a weird cat lady, but with birds instead of cats.  One of my favorite things to do is lay in a hammock in the backyard and read.  One day last year as I was laying under our big oak tree, I noticed a red cardinal flying […]

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Reflections from the One-Room Schoolhouse

“A shield around stove distributes heat more evenly. Perhaps not necessary while school is small.” – County Superintendent’s Report to Teacher with Accompanying Suggestions. Clay County Kansas, January 25, 1911                   This helpful suggestion was provided to my grandmother, Emma Pocock, 110 years ago as she taught in a school house in Clay County Kansas. […]

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Turning Regrets Into Thanksgiving!

In meetings or outings, I often hear the words, “I regret____”…from a parent, teacher, or myself. As I look back over the years, I have many “regrets”.  However, maybe they are better phrased as opportunities to grow. I am so thankful that the Lord is my Father! The peace that Christians carry with them along […]

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What I Learned From Life in a “Row Home”

A good portion of my childhood was spent living in and around “row homes” in Northeast  Philadelphia. A defining characteristic of a “row home” is the fact that your home is literally in a row with others and you share a wall with the homes on either side. There are no front yards, just a […]

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How I Ended up as an English Major: Finding My Passion and a Job I Loved

I remember the days during my junior and senior years of high school in Mrs. Oncu’s class, discussing novels and scrambling to finish timed writings. I frequently thought to myself, “When will I ever use this?” I always had a knack for math and writing, which is an unusual combination for most people. History and […]

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Raising a Good Citizen in a World Gone Mad

Ronald Reagan famously reminded us that, “freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction.”  If we value the freedom of speech, rule of law, and religious liberty that make America quantitatively different from, say, China or Venezuela, we must pay attention to what we’re teaching our children.  The […]

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To Overcome Procrastination

LCS 6th graders have a new elective offered this year called Study Skills.  In this 9-week course students focus on understanding and applying what current brain research says about how our brains learn and remember information.  It is a class filled with practical applications for everyday life.  I asked the first class of students what […]

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When An Unknown Future Is… Okay!

What did you want to be when you grew up? How many of us are doing just that? I remember being in high school and even college and feeling very jealous of the people who had a set plan for the career they envisioned. I was following a path, but I was far from 100% […]

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Will my LCS graduate be prepared for college and beyond?

What kind of academic and career opportunities will be available to my LCS student upon graduation? Will the LCS high school program prepare them for the college of their choice? Will they be ready for the transitions that will face them upon graduation? Parents and students are increasingly anxious these days about some of these […]

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Lessons From “The Kissing Hand”

The Kissing Hand is one of my favorite books to read to my new K4 friends. The storyline is about Chester raccoon getting ready to start school but he feels apprehensive and doesn’t want to go. After crying to his mama, Mrs. Raccoon, shares some wise motherly counsel. “Sometimes we all have to do things we […]

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