Monthly Archives: July 2010

The Positive and Negative Effects of Cell Phone Use On a Typical Mom’s Morning

Cell phones have become so much a part of our culture that I know they are here to stay. Still, I remember the days before they arrived and I sometimes wonder if they really make our lives better.  This morning … Continue reading

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My Struggle with Depression

I struggle with depression.  My personality type is prone to depth of emotion and thought, idealism, and I tend to over-analyze everything, so I have had trouble with “the blues” for as long as I can remember.  In my mid … Continue reading

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A Lesson Margie Taught Me

Margie is my very spoiled four-year-old basset hound.  She has been having a rough time of it lately.  She normally leads a fairly quiet and predictable life, and that’s the way she likes it.  She wakes up, goes outside to … Continue reading

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Grief, Storms and Such

I have been bone tired lately.  It is not really a physical tiredness, though it sometimes feels that way.  I think it is a soul-weariness, a kind of deep exhaustion that follows trauma.  I have written a lot about the … Continue reading

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My Bucket List

Summer for teachers is a time for thinking and planning.  Influenced by that fact, the conference I attended in June, and my impending check-up, I have been working on my  “Bucket List,” the list of things I want to do … Continue reading

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Grace and Gifts

Tomorrow is my semi-annual check-up with my oncologist.  I hate these check-ups.  I do a really good job, by God’s grace, of not thinking about my cancer battle most of the rest of the year.  Occasionally it is a three-in-the-morning … Continue reading

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A Little-Known Gem

I just finished a book that was not on my ridiculously long summer reading list, but I think it is, for sure, a life changer and I want everyone to know about it.  This is one of those situations where … Continue reading

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Debunking Debunkers or Getting My Thinking Straight

In the last few years I have seen a very disturbing trend in my classroom.  We classical educators believe in teaching students to think and that is a great thing. Unfortunately, along with all this thinking I have observed a … Continue reading

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Invisibility and Love

There is a line from Friends that we use fairly often in our family.  It comes from the scene where Mike and Monica are playing ping-pong  and Chandler is officiating.  Neither of the players are paying any attention to what … Continue reading

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God and God Alone

Last night after dinner and a bit of fellowship, Katie and Seth went home to put Alden to bed and soon after that Christy felt she and the twins needed to go down as well.  She is really blooming and … Continue reading

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