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Book Review of Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown I have been bothered for some time by the way we are speaking to one another, especially about politics. I lean toward the left. I guess this won’t surprise anyone who reads my blog. A student… READ MORE >>

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I am not like Stephen King. (I bet you are not surprised.) I know this because I adore stories without horror that instead have sweet characters and even sweeter endings that hit me straight in the feels. Wishtree is one of those stories. A few years back I wrote about The One and Only Ivan… READ MORE >>

One More Splash form Inktober

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One of the Inktober artists I followed is having a contest! Pick your favorite drawing and Jessica Linn Evans will throw your name in a hat to win a print. Goodluck… READ MORE >>

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To everyone who survives nursing school, especially the instructors. And to the puppy with the power to soothe. Normally, the nursing class simmered with a low-grade fear and anxiety over the next test, the lack of sleep, the insanely high homework expectations, and, on occasion, tiffs with other students. But not the day the instructor… READ MORE >>

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  My mother has always been so good at visual art that I never thought I would be able to do it. My earliest memories are of her using oils to paint Mt. Rainier while we lived in Sequim. Many years of my childhood passed by in art supply stores where my sister and I… READ MORE >>

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On the way to work, yesterday, I saw the most astounding thing. Middle schoolers marching to their doom. You remember middle school, right? Or maybe junior high? You remember walking toward the school doors and dreading the hours of social anxiety and teachers droning on at you about how to punctuate correctly or which proof to… READ MORE >>

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One of the best parts of writing for children is finding authors and their outstanding books. I picked up Fannie Never Flinched at the writing conference I went to in Spokane last weekend and read every word, shocked at how much one woman did for others many years ago. Beautifully written with incredible photos of… READ MORE >>

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“A lot of times, you are one or two questions away from very interesting fascinating things.” I turned this podcast idea over last Monday while washing dishes and folding laundry. (Life is still at a slower stay-at-home mom pace right now. Next week, I’ll go back to the more hectic teaching days.) The mystics, Rob… READ MORE >>

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