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Learning from Jennifer . . . April 2003

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As I continued my little excursion down memory lane this morning, I found the essay I submitted for the September 2003 edition of Ed Leadership. The theme of that issue was to be “Relationships,” and although I changed her name, I remembered how much a whole class of 4th and 5th graders – not to… Continue reading

Are You Listening? 1998, 2003 and 2016

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I feel like I’m starting over this morning.  In December 1998 I was just beginning to come to grips with the fact that I had actually retired. We had moved to Brookings, Oregon, 700 miles away from “home” … and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.  What… Continue reading

Three Laws of Magic for Writers

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I’m meeting with a few writer friends to listen to the SoundsTrue interview with Julia Cameron and Natalie Goldberg called The Writing Life. I’ve listened to this CD many times before, but yesterday I heard something that I have missed in the past. The question was about writers who lack confidence in their writing.  It… Continue reading

A Vision Dimmed – Feb. 2, 2013

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I wrote this as a post for Meanderings while sitting in the RV in the middle of the desert near Quartzsite, Arizona.  I was working with a homeschooling family who had decided to enroll their children in an on-line charter school.  As one of their learning coaches I was able to stay connected with them… Continue reading

Reflections on Voices and Values – June 4, 1999

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  This one makes me really sad.  I wrote it in 1999 and I still remember the thoughts that were running through my mind that day like it was yesterday.  I don’t think I ever shared it with anyone except for my husband – and maybe Molly’s mother.  The reason for that is that I… Continue reading

Resolutions in Retrospect – Dec. 30, 1998

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I just now read through “Resolutions in Retrospect” for the first time in many years.  I’ve skimmed through it as I’ve been going through my old writing … but haven’t really thought about what I discovered that New Year’s Eve in 1998. That was over 17 years ago!  I’ve taken time between Thanksgiving and Christmas… Continue reading

A Poem for Olivia – Jan. 29, 2014

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I wrote this poem the day after my daughter called to tell us that she was pregnant.  On January 28, 2014 and we were in our RV at Lake Cahuilla in La Quinta, California.  The news came as a shock for many reasons, and I’m afraid that my tone on the phone was not one… Continue reading

Parenting on Purpose – March 1998

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I wrote this piece during Spring Break in 1998 just after meeting my first nephew, Tanner.  Tanner was 6 months old.  Less than a month ago, on May 27, 2016, I got to watch Tanner giving the Salutatorian address at Oakmont High School in Roseville, CA.  He’s off to Cal Tech in the fall …… Continue reading

What’s an Evangelical Voting Bloc?

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On January 24, 2016 I heard the political commentators on CNN talking about which of the candidates for the Republican nomination for President would win the “Evangelical Voting Bloc.”  I started this blog post that night, but I have not been able to let go of it and move on. It’s now September 5, 2016,… Continue reading

Living the RV Dream

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Just after we left Brookings this year, Bruce Ellis posted a request on Facebook for articles he could publish in The South Coast Insider. Bruce started this paper as the Brookings Insider and it was intended to spotlight our wonderful community. His stated mission is:  “Keepin’ it Real and Spreadin’ the Love.” I remembered Bruce’s… Continue reading