Question of the Day: “What is another lesson I have learned from my summer garden?”

Every morning I walk out to my garden with my cup of coffee to look at the progress my plants have made during the night. It reminds me of when my boys were little and I would constantly check on them to just make sure they were okay. Unlike with my kids, when I am…

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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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Question of the Day: “What lessons have I learned from this year’s garden?”

I have wanted a large garden for years. My obsession with plants started at a very young age. It all started the day my mom bought me an African violet when I was only five years old. My diligence while taking care of the plant was unwavering. I watched it and watered it and loved…

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Question of the Day: “Why am I drawn to make connections with women who are old enough to be my mother?”

Human connection is a funny thing. Brené Brown stresses in her research that humans are hardwired for connection. It is a basic need in all of us, and we seek it out (either unconsciously or consciously) throughout our lives. My basic draw seems to be towards older women. Many of my friendships, even from when…

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Question of the Day: “When can I ease up on my teen?”

As a teacher, I have encountered every kind of parent. There have been helicopter parents, complacent parents, uninvolved parents, lawn mower parents, and I have never really settled on what kind of a parent I am. My son and husband have often said that I am too involved and I need to back off. My…

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Question of the Day: “How can I stay connected?”

This summer, I opted to teach for the ESY program. For those of you who are not in education, this means Extended School Year. I only have a handful of students, but they are students who do not like school, tend to do poorly in school, and have no interest in doing work even during…

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“For Everything There is a Season. A Time for Every Activity Under Heaven…Turn”

I am not a religious person. The best way to describe me is “spiritual” but I also just really love words. So it is not shocking that I love Ecclesiastes 3. I first heard it at my grandfather’s funeral, but then I recognized the words from a song by the Byrds. Set to music the…

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Teaching #101: Who was your favorite teacher?

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William A. Ward Every student who is training to be a teacher is asked to write about your favorite teacher. This rather creative assignment is often followed by a similar one that asks you to write about your…

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Question of the Day: “What do I do when I realize my husband is exactly the way I want him to be?”

When my husband gets stressed out and tired, he pulls back emotionally. It is severe and quick, and he will often continue this pattern for weeks on end. He doesn’t see it, and when I call his attention to my feeling disconnected, he gets defensive and frustrated. He is always just trying to make me…

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Teaching #101: “Tough love for people who are going into teaching”

My life as a teacher started officially when I was 26. It metaphorically began when I first started giving spelling tests to my stuffed animals. Twenty years later, I can say I have learned many things, and I have had many preconceived notions of what it means to be a teacher ripped away. It took…

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