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Lost That Lovin’ Feeling? (Part Uno)

And that’s the voice that’s the lead in Rock of Ages? Anyway, let’s talk burnout. It hits everyone. Some of us you more than others.  I’ll focus on writing, but my advice here today could be adapted for other areas of burnout. Unless you’re Beyonce. Or Bieber. (Then we just don’t care.) First, how do […]

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I’ve Lost My Kids

Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when we first practice to deceive…the produce man. I am in trouble. A trouble all of my own making. I’ve tweeted/FB’d about this, but let me start at the beginning. I live in a semi-small town. We have a grocery store that is pretty much old school amazing. […]

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Grab a Fun Pass

I finally caved and watched the viral hit video on the little boy’s cardboard arcade. The words “cardboard” and “arcade” did not interest me. But there’s a story here. And lots of heart. And imagination. Do you remember the days when you were young and had imagination? Praying this boy never grows out of it. […]

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Whiffenpoof

Happy Friday! I have six more weeks of school left. I hope I can make it. As in make it without pinching the nose right off a student. Most days my students are angels. But some days I just wish I could bring Madea to lovingly correct one or two. I’d do it myself, but […]

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Student Quotes

When you ask your students questions, you never know what you’re going to hear in response. What would you get if you could have anything for Christmas? Male Student: Emma Watson What would your super power be? Student 1: To control my very molecules. Student 2: Super toes Student 3: I’d turn into a fighting […]

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Mega Millions

I gotta know…what is the first frivolous thing you’d buy if you won 500 million? Aside from new wheels, I’d spend money until I finally, FINALLY found a moisturizer or spf that doesn’t break me out in hives. What about you?

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March Books

What are you reading these days? Here are two books I’ve read lately. One nonfiction, one fiction. One I liked a lot, one I loved. Newbery Honor Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt. Even though this book is YA, it was recommended to me by a number of adults. You guys, you gotta read this. […]

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Bringing Down the House

As a teacher and/or adult, I know of few things that make me happier or prouder than seeing a kid step into their talent and having the world finally recognize them. When I taught drama, standing ovations were mandatory. I wanted every child to experience that. Because they are good, they are worthy, and they […]

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How to Prep For A Midnight Movie Release

Raise your switchblade if you’re going to the midnight premiere of Hunger Games! Movies that begin at the witching and sleeping hour of 12:00 in the anti-meridium. They’re not for everyone. Let’s discuss ways you might know they are not your bucket of popcorn. 1. The closing credits of American Idol are your signal to […]

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Writing Tips

I get a lot of requests for writing advice. While that brings the boys (readers) to the yard (blog) like crazy, I have always resisted that route to boost my blog hits because there are many qualified people out there talking writing, and those are the blogs you should go to. Here are some random […]

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The Blue, The Gray, The Engaged

This weekend my hometown celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle fought there. In only two days over 3400 men lost their lives. (In the original battle. Not this weekend.) I’ll share all my nifty photos later, but right now I’m busy picking out China patterns. See. I think I’m engaged. When I […]

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Tweet RoundUp

Miss out on some funny Tweets this month? Fear not. I have hunted and gathered for us all. Snooki is expecting her baby on December 21, 2012.  The Mayans knew.  @FillWerrel You know you live in the south when the weather people are saying “As you prepare, be sure to put shoes in your safe […]

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There You’ll Find Me Giveaway

My sweet friend Natalie Lloyd kindly read There You’ll Find Me and is talking about it on her blog. She’s also giving away a copy and having a fun discussion about your dream vacation. I’ve been having a good time reading the comments and seeing how many fans of Ireland we have. I’d go back […]

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Oscar Recap

Firstly, congrats to Carla T, winner of Girl Talk by Nicole O’Dell. Carla, email me your addy, girl! Okay, so Oscar’s. Did you watch? I was all excited to see  Billy Crystal at the helm again, but…I was bored. Bad bored. I thought Billy did well. Certainly better than Anne Hathaway and Franco from General […]

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Let’s Talk Movies

Don’t forget, we’re giving away a copy of Girl Talk by Nicole O’Dell and her two daughters. Go here to enter. My movie watching has slowed down a bit. I blame Downton and my new discovery of all things Bravo. Months ago I saw Young Adult. I think I’m pretty good at telling from the […]

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Thank God for Funny Friends

I have a friend. We’ll call her Carla. (Name changed to protect the animal-disliking) She does not like cats. She doesn’t really like dogs either. I swear she’s still a good person though. So she dislikes cats. Read this email I received from her last night. Some of the church girls had a get together […]

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Nicole O’Dell Giveaway

Today I’m letting author Nicole O’Dell take over the blog to tell you about her newest book, Girl Talk. Recently my friend and her two daughters co-wrote this tween/teen Q&A collection, and they’re giving a copy away.  Take it away, Nicole. Q:Which color Guess overalls go best with my Swatch watch? Q: If I hairspray […]

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