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September’s Lessons-From Crazy to Crazier

Crazy Things I Learned in September 1. The Milbert’s Tortoiseshell is a crazy-beautiful butterful (and it posed so nicely on a yellow flower). I had no idea that such a butterfly existed. But, you know me. I see something beautiful and I want to take a photo. Once I load the photo into Lightroom, I have to label it (ok, I don’t HAVE to, but I can find it easier if I assign labels), which means I have to figure out…

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Do You Delight in and Collect Kids’ Quirky Conversations?

Why I Should Collect The Things My Students Say My students crack me up. I’ve had the privilege of teaching teenagers for the last 28 years, and every week involves a good belly laugh over something one of them said or wrote. Unfortunately, I’ve failed to collect all of their funny sayings over the years. Just think of the collection I’d have by now! During my mixed-grade study hall, Kyle—a constant work-avoider, wanted to know who got to sit in…

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31 Days of Housekeeping Hacks for Self-Hosted Word Press Bloggers

Housekeeping Hacks to Tidy Up Your Blog Four years ago, someone suggested that I start a blog. I knew nothing about blogging (I confess I had never even READ a blog post), but I took the advice and started my first blog, Blessed (but Stressed). I’d love to share all the hacks and tricks I’ve learned along the way, and encourage you to go ahead and start a blog. I’ve discovered that blogging provides a creative outlet that I didn’t…

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Fairy Tales for Young Adults

If you’re looking for a graduation gift for a young reader, look no further! (Ok, I loved the book and I’m not exactly young). If you love fairy tales and medieval intrigue, you’ll love The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson. If you’ve read The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest you’ll remember the mysterious Margrave of Thornbeck (Jorgen Hartman’s employer). You don’t need to read The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest first to enjoy The Beautiful Pretender. The reclusive margrave needs a wife and he needs…

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