This Yankee’s Future

Confession time: I failed. Yep, I failed at my 30 Day Blogging Challenge. I got all the way through Day 28, and the wheels fell off on Day 29. I was tired. I was light headed. I was afraid I was coming down with the junk my husband is getting…

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A Para-What?

When I was a kid, one of our regular family activities is the summer was going to the local ice cream shop to get a warm-weather treat. Despite being cold for 9 months out of the year, Upstate New York has no shortage of scoop shops. Little mom-and-pop stand who…

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A Few of His Favorite Things

My 30 Day Blogging Challenge is drawing to a close, and waaaaaay back on the 8th day of this challenge I set a goal to explore more creative pursuits. Saturday, I painted a new hanging for our front door. And yesterday? YesterdayI actually pulled out my camera and actually went…

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Reading with Your Little

Some of my favorite moments in the classroom were the days we started a new novel or literature unit. I always took time on those first days to read aloud to my students. If we were starting a new novel, I’d read the first chapter while they listened or followed…

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I Did It My Way

Today is the 25th day in my 30 Day Blogging Challenge, and the topic is my biggest regret. Well, no one says it better than Frank, so I’ll let him do the talking (and add a few personal comments along the way). “My Way” And now, the end is  And…

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Failure, Our Teacher

I want my son to fail. I want him to keep falling off his bike until he figures out that forward motion-balance thing. I want him to stand in the driving shooting airballs until he finally scores. I want him to take that math test over and over again until…

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Happiness: The New [Old] Success

I remember back in my teaching days, kids would always talk about the money and fame that they wanted when they grew up. They wanted to have fancy cars and wads of cash and celebrity status. To them, three things defined success: money, fame, and the accumulation of nice “stuff.”…

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Sitting in My Rocking Chair

Worry. This is my worst habit. Seriously. I worry ALL. THE. TIME. About everything. Going broke and losing our house my son getting a rare and deadly illness my friends turning their backs on me my parents dying my husband getting Lyme Disease my husband dying on a hunting trip…

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Six Things That Make Me Sad

Today. The 21st of June. Yesterday was the longest day of the year, and now summer is already starting to wane away. Leggings. They’re not pants people. They’re never gonna be pants. Monday mornings. No explanation needed. My phone battery at 5% when I’m nowhere near a charger. Turning it…

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Forgetting and Finding Me

I’ve been a mom for almost a year now, and I’ve eagerly plunged head first into motherhood. I honestly love being a mom and participating in this my little man’s life. Everyday is a new adventure with him as he learns to navigate his world. He is truly fascinating. But,…

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