Category Archives: Children

Grace

We have all met people who personify grace: kind, empathetic, forgiving. Sometimes grace is recognized through a gentle touch, an encouraging word, or just a simple smile. When I need kindness, forgiveness, or empathy God has a knack of sending … Continue reading

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Exceed Expectations through Valuing Others

As a professional educator for 21 years, I have developed thousands of relationships. Some were short, some long. Some have been shallow, some deep.                        I have collaborated with professional … Continue reading

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Empowering Youth Athletes

As many of you know I am an advocate for youth sports. The benefits of participating in team sports throughout our younger and more vulnerable years can be life-changing. Learning to compete is a valuable skill to acquire and apply … Continue reading

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Self-Discovery: Cheryl Strayed’s Most Compelling Message in WILD

I have been using Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail in my Outdoor and Survival Literature class.  I’m not completely convinced of the aesthetic value, but it’s message(s) is noble, engaging, and worthwhile. … Continue reading

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A True Spirit of Christmas

On Saturday morning, December 22, 2012, our ten-year-old daughter opened the front door to our home and found quite a surprise.  With big eyes, high voice, and harnessed excitement she turned to her mother and siblings and said, “Come look! … Continue reading

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Elementary School Recess and Healthy Competition

It’s a beautiful Fall day.  The air is cool, the wind is warm, the sun shines brightly from the southern sky melting into the crystal blue backdrop of the infinity of daylight space.  The only sound heard on the elementary … Continue reading

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Allowing Teenagers to Grow Spiritually

As a high school English teacher I have the opportunity each and every day to interact with an interesting yet complex group of people.  Teenagers are battling identity issues, emotional swings, physical development, and hormonal rushes that often lead to, … Continue reading

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A Sacred Promise: The Joy of Faith and Hope – Update

The final edits and the full interior layout will be submitted to my publisher, Mill City Press, on Friday September 30, 2011.  The production of the book has not gone as smoothly as I thought it would, but, nevertheless, we … Continue reading

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A Sacred Promise: The Joy of Faith and Hope

My second non-fiction memoir, A Sacred Promise: The Joy of Faith and Hope, is currently in the production stage of the publishing process.  I am so excited about this manuscript!  I am eager for the final product to become a … Continue reading

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California and Wisconsin High School Students Collaborate

First, thank you to Mrs. Geri Coats for agreeing to collaborate with me on this project.  Thank you, also, to all of the students who participated in this authentic learning experience.  I am proud of all of you, Seymour and … Continue reading

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