Monthly Archive: December, 2010

2010 Draws to a Close Today

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I’ve had quite a year professionally and personally.  As many readers of this blog know, 2010 was the year Ruth and I published our book, Day by Day.  However, what you may not… Continue reading

of Thee I Sing: Giveaway Announcement

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Find out if you won a copy of Barack Obama and Loren Long’s book of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by watching the short video below. If you missed the… Continue reading

Where are we running?

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“Race to Nowhere” is a documentary that has been talked about, but has not been widely advertised like “Waiting for Superman” was earlier this year.  From what I’ve heard, “Race to Nowhere” is… Continue reading

Intentions.

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Many years ago I began making a list of intentions instead of resolutions for the new year. It is just a slight word change and yet it makes a difference in my mind.… Continue reading

President Obama’s Book + the Final Giveaway of 2010

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Last month President Barack Obama published a picture book, of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters, which is illustrated exquisitely by Loren Long.  I received a review copy of it while… Continue reading

The Final Slice of Life Story Challenge of 2010

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Stories Matter

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“If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive.” —Barry Lopez Stories… Continue reading

A Good Movie for the Vacation

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A few months ago I set my DVR to record “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” the 1995 film with Richard Dreyfuss.  The movie remained in the DVR for months.  Finally, when my husband and I… Continue reading

Merry Christmas

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27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.… Continue reading

Baseball & Two December Holidays

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Family.  Friendship.  Generosity.  The great American pastime.  Interracial and interfaith friendships.  All of these topics are woven together artfully by Sharon Robinson in a new book, Jackie’s Gift.  This is a true story… Continue reading

Charro Claus Giveaway Announcement

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I’m having technical difficulties with my Flip Camera (i.e., with uploading the video to my computer).  Therefore, I’m going to announce the name of the person whose name I picked out of the… Continue reading

A Persuasive Touchstone Text

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Karen Kaufman Orloff wrote I Wanna Iguana, which quickly became one of my favorite texts to use with my students to teach voice in persuasive letter writing.  She’s out with a new book,… Continue reading

The Eve of the Eve of the . . .

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Hannah, my oldest daughter woke up this morning and said: Today is the eve of the eve of Christmas eve. I paused and counted the days back from Friday, smiled and said, “Yes,… Continue reading

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Thinking About Others

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Most schools in this area are on break. However, my daughters’ school is not one of them. They continue to go to school through Wednesday. Today I volunteered in my first grade daughter’s… Continue reading

Needs vs. Wants — Winner Announcement

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I finally purchased a Flip Video Camera since the video feature on my regular camera broke several months ago.  Hence, today’s giveaway announcement follows on video below.  My apologies for some of the… Continue reading

Rethinking and Rewriting Princess Stories

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My best friend and I are both expecting daughters in 2011.  We’re been friends since my freshman and her sophomore year of college.  We’ve been in each other’s weddings.  We simply cannot wait… Continue reading

A Book Party

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I am sitting here, humbled and grateful. My school hosted a Book Party/Signing for me yesterday. I am fortunate to work for a school who values professional development and celebrates together when good… Continue reading

Bilingual Christmas Story + A Giveaway

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I’ve been looking for a good story about Christmas to share for quite a few weeks.  Most of the books I’ve received were either too religious for use in public school classrooms or… Continue reading

Social Bookmarking

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I attended a workshop led by Troy Hicks yesterday. It was exceptional. Everyone brought their own laptops and he led us through day of trying things out, setting things up, and thinking things… Continue reading