Curl Up with a Suspense Book from Colleen Coble!

The House at Saltwater Point By Colleen Coble, Thomas Nelson, The House at Saltwater Point (A Lavender Tides Novel), Colleen Coble’s second book in the Lavender Tides series features Ellie Black Blackmore, blogger and the creative genius behind Lavender Farm Homes. She and her partner, Jason Yarwood, buy and remodel homes on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula to resell to high-end clients. She and her sister, Mackenzie, seem to have their lives together, despite their tumultuous upbringing. All that changes when her…

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How to Enjoy the Art of Building and Baking

This month has five Sundays, which means this week’s Self-Care Sunday will focus on art. And freedom. Sheds, Crackers, and Art As a teacher, I have the freedom for eight weeks to go on adventures—at times, academic, at other times artistic or physical. Part of my summer vacation adventure this year includes spending time with the entire family—including my parents. By Friday of last week, everyone had arrived in Wasilla, and our artistic adventure could begin. The adventure? Build a…

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What Have We Done to the New Colossus (Lady Liberty)?

Proud to be an American I grew up thinking that I lived in the ‘land of the free and the home of the brave.’ My great country, the United States of America, had symbols and icons that proved this theory. As a country we have done a stellar job in instilling national pride through symbolism into our children. The colors that Betsy Ross stitched into Old Glory represent hardiness and valor (red), purity and innocence (white), vigilance, perseverance, and justice…

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Hope for all the Martha Type-A Doers in the World

Are You Really a Type-A Doer Like Martha? Although I’d like to believe that Martha’s sister Mary and I have the most in common, I fool myself. So much so, that when I had a chance to help my friend Katie M. Reid out with launching her new book, Made Like Martha: Good News for the Woman Who Gets Things Done, I started reading with a superior attitude. After all, I love to spend time each day with Jesus. Sure,…

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The Politics of Freedom and What it Means to You

One important aspect of self-care lies in our responsibility to continue to develop our intellect beyond the four walls of the classroom. Wheels of Freedom I remember my first bicycle—a shiny green Huffy with a saddle seat and coaster brakes. The back wheel had a set of smaller training wheels attached. I eventually learned to ride by myself (thanks, Mom and Dad), and experienced new freedom. I cut pieces of cardboard and attached them to the bike frame with a…

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The Best Vacation Destination for a Family Fourth of July

If You Happen to Vacation in Alaska If you happen to find yourself in Alaska on vacation on the Fourth of July, you’ll want to make sure and take a trip out to Seldovia. I should mention that taking a trip to Seldovia takes planning, since no roads lead to the town. You can travel by ferry, water taxi, or air taxi. My parents and I boarded the Discovery at 10:00 and took the scenic tour across Kachemak Bay. Victoria,…

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The Importance of Being Battle Ready

Are You Battle Ready? When Kelly Balarie, author of Fear Fighting, invited me to participate on the launch team of her latest book, Battle Ready: Train Your Mind to Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt, and Live Victoriously I wondered if a pacifist like me needed a book about battle preparedness. Then I really read the subtitle: Train Your Mind to Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt, and Live Victoriously. Who wouldn’t want to know how to do those things? Balarie walks the reader…

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How to Find Freedom from Worry in Five Steps

This month, the Self-Care Sunday series will focus on freedom. Join me each Sunday as I show how self-care can bring you freedom. The Negative Effects of Worry Worry wrapped its sticky fingers around me, threatening to pull me under a wave of despair. Big worries—my husband’s health, the mountain of debt built by cancer—that loomed giant and threatening. Small worries—what to fix for supper, grading papers, the girl at school who seemed depressed—that nagged like mosquitos on a hot…

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What to Expect if You Visit Denali National Park

A View of the Mountain is Never Assured If you visit Denali National Park, you probably won’t see the mountain—”the big pile of rocks that everyone comes to see.” In fact, two years ago, Pedro, Sarah, and I visited Denali and failed to see the mountain. I’ve tried since then, to see it from Talkeetna, but haze or clouds covered most of the mountain. I claimed that “I’d seen Denali,” but I had never seen the entire mountain. Other things…

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Don’t Miss The Orphan’s Wish by Melanie Dickerson

A Lonely Heroine “When does Melanie Dickerson’s next book come out?” one of my students asked me the last day of school. “Not until June 26,” I told her. Her crestfallen face made me assure her, “Don’t worry, you’ll be here for leadership session when it comes out! Maybe you won’t have to wait until August to read it!” We went on to discuss the cover of The Orphan’s Wish (she loved it), and that it would retell Aladdin’s story…

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