Anita Ojeda

Anita Ojeda

Anita Ojeda juggles writing with teaching high school English and history. When she's not lurking in odd places looking for rare birds, you can find her camping with her kids, adventuring with her husband or mountain biking with her students.

A Manual for Life When Bipolar Disorder Invades Your Family

.May is Mental Health Awareness Month. For this week’s edition of Self-Care Sunday, I thought I would reprint a post that first appeared on Blessed (but Stressed). Head knowledge helps us understand and change our heart attitudes. Many of you have contacted me and told me how difficult it is to explain to family members why a person with a mental illness can’t just ‘Pray and get over it.’ This book acts as a manual and provides a valuable resource…

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How to Make Your Blog Graphics Pinterest Friendly

Make Your Graphics Pinterest Friendly This week you’ll learn how to put the information that Pinterest loves in the right places so that your blog’s pins will look even more amazing. Last week, you learned that Pinterest isn’t a social media outlet (think of it as Google and Evernote getting together and having a baby). You also learned about the best practices for creating a good graphic I blog using self-hosted WordPress sites (yes, I have more than one blog).…

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How to Include More People in God’s Kingdom

Summer Plans Include Everything Summer plans have a way of changing with great fluidity in our family. As a teacher, I have eight weeks to go on adventures, visit family members, continue my education, and fortify myself for another school year. Don’t get me wrong, I love my students and my job, but as an introvert, I need some serious alone time for fortification. My husband has four weeks off in the summer, but he can’t take them all at…

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Good Reads from Irene Hannon

Another Sweet Read from Irene Hannon I love it when an author can change gears successfully to a different genre. Irene Hannon has done just that with her latest release, Pelican Point. The story takes place in the seashore town of Hope Harbor, Oregon. She has written two previous stories in the Hope Harbor series, Sandpiper Cover and Sea Rose Lane. In Pelican Point: A Hope Harbor Novel we meet Dr. Ben Garrison, ex-army orthopedic surgeon, who returns to his…

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What Happens When Family Admits You to a Psych Ward?

Psych: It’s Not Just a TV Show May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Three years ago, our family went through the trauma of discovering our daughter had bipolar disorder. Don’t get me wrong, the diagnosis didn’t traumatize us any more than a diabetes diagnosis might traumatize us. But the events leading up to Sarah’s diagnosis did traumatize us. Mostly because we couldn’t understand what was happening to our sweet, talented, friendly, compassionate daughter. You can read the entire story at…

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Do We Adapt to Injustice From Lack of Awareness?

May We Never Adapt to Injustice The name Trayvon Martin brings an instant image of a young man looking out from the hood of his sweatshirt with soulful eyes. We know the facts—a young black man walks through an ethnically diverse neighborhood when a vigilante half-Hispanic man shoots and kills him during an ‘altercation.’ Twenty years ago, the incident might not have garnered public attention. Due to social media and the Black Lives Matter movement, we have learned to adapt…

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Granny Geek’s Guide to Best Graphics Practices for Pinterest

Granny Geek Looks at Pinterest When I first started blogging, I didn’t understand Pinterest. I’d heard people rave about it, so I started an account five years ago when I started my first blog Blessed (but Stressed). After a while, I created some boards and pinned a little. I even followed some fellow blogging friends. I waited for the magic to happen. No magic. In five years’ time, I had amassed 691 followers and had 2,000 views per month. But…

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History, Mystery, and Romance Your Way into May

History: Together Forever Jody Hedlund, Bethany House Publishers, 352 pages, May 1, 2018 The second book in Judy Hedlund’s Orphan Train series features Marianne, the middle Neumann sister. Marianne, impetuous and big-hearted, struggles to find her way in life outside of her big sister Elise’s capable shadow. Elise, featured in With You Always, splits her time between Quincy, her husband’s town, and New York City. Marianne, newly employed (with the help of her influential brother-in-law) as a placing-out agent with…

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The Power of Encouragement to Change Relationships

The week’s edition of Self-Care Sunday focuses on spirituality (don’t confuse it with religion). Part of my spiritual walk involves growing in areas where I demonstrate weakness. I confess to not having a natural talent for encouraging others. I’ll share a lesson I learned about troubled relationships and encouragement. Trouble “Can I borrow your cell phone?” she asked me the first week of school when I stood outside on playground duty. “What grade are you in?” I asked. “Fourth. I…

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When I’m Stuck at a Genius Bar Miles From Home

Stuck at the Bar I’m stuck at a Genius Bar waiting for my scheduled 6:15 Genius to show up and magically solve my problems. He shows up at 6:50. I struggle to remain patient and civil when he informs me that he can’t fix my computer tonight. They don’t have batteries for my computer in stock. Replacing it takes time. I did not have time. A visit to the Apple store requires a 3 1/2 hour drive, a personal day…

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