Question of the Day: “What do I love about my new greenhouse?”

As I have discussed before, I am in the midst of tending to my first real garden. My husband created nine garden boxes and threaded together my vegetable and flower labyrinth. Last week the plants really started exploding, and everywhere I look, I see tall green stalks and fat, ripening fruit and veg. We are…

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A Tribute to an Amazing Woman-Bessie Coleman

Based on recent events in my life and in our society, I want to bring back a post I wrote in 2015. This post was part of a series that highlighted accomplished women. Unfortunately, it fell a bit flat, but today I feel a renewed sense of energy. Women like Kamala Harris and Stacy Abrams…

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Question of the Day: “Is it okay if I am not Wonder Woman?”

Many years ago, my husband bought me a key chain with the WonderWoman logo on it. I have always loved Wonder Woman. I wore her underoos as a kid. The most recent movies are good, but my heart will always be with Lynda Carter and the series from the 70s. I fell in love with…

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Question of the Day: “Why am I so excited to start the school year?”

If you read my blog for the last two years, you will know I have contemplated leaving teaching. You would have read all about how miserable I have been and how hard it has been. These last two years took a tremendous toll. It was not just me. There is now a considerable teacher shortage…

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Question of the Day: “What does it feel like when I do a reading of a person who is in denial?”

The people I read always give me permission to read them. Most of the time, they are not sure what to expect. Almost all of them end up crying. I often end up crying. Sadness is such a powerful emotion, and many people go out of their way to not feel their sadness. They bury…

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Teaching #101: Teaching Reading Strategies in the Content Areas

Despite what many content area teachers believe, it is really important to teach reading strategies in their content area. Sixty percent of US high school students are performing “basic” or “below basic” on standardized state tests. This is unacceptable, but it is nothing new. US students have been scoring this low in reading for years.…

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Question of the Day: “What do I want my boys to remember when they get older?”

As I straightened up the kitchen this morning, I started singing Cat Steven’s Father and Son song. It’s such a beautiful song from a son to his father. Though sad, it’s message is clear: the son has learned much from his father, but he feels his father doesn’t understand him. He feels like his father…

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Question of the Day: “Does anyone else have really weird dreams???”

I once read that dreams are our subconscious mind playing with itself when our conscious minds are resting. Though I am not entirely sure if this is true, I do know I have very weird dreams, and I really want to know if other people have dreams like the one I am about to describe.…

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Question of the Day: “What is the most important theme in To Kill a Mockingbird?”

As the school year is starting up again, I am reminded of one of the most taught novels in the United States. It is Harper Lee’s one-hit-wonder. I am also quite convinced that it was written mostly by her best friend Truman Capote. You may have made note of the fact that I did not…

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Question of the Day: “What lessons did I learn from my son on our nightly run?”

My son and I have been running nightly for the last week. He’s much faster than I am, so we walk to our starting spot and then he takes off. I jog casually behind him until he is done. After he runs his distance at his own pace, he turns around to meet me and…

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Question of the Day: “How do I even know I am an empath?”

My husband is my biggest skeptic. He believes I have an uncanny and amazing ability to read people and pick up the often imperceptible thoughts and feelings of others, but he refuses to believe there is anything special about that. “You are incredibly perceptive, Kelly,” he retorts. “But to date, you have not done anything…

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Question of the Day: “What do you do when you find a parakeet by your bird feeder?”

Since moving into our new home last spring, my husband and I have really kicked up our bird-feeding game. Multiple bird feeders span our backyard. Each space is adorned with bird houses and even long, tube-like bags filled with meal-worms and thistle. We didn’t even know you could feed birds with this varied menu. But…

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