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On Grief and Love

During the last year and a half, several people close to me have died. My friend Sam died in motorcycle accident.  My Uncle Ron died from complications from stroke. My friend Patty died from ALS.  And last week, my friend and former student, Libby, the daughter of one of my closest friends, Kay and Andy […]

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Middle Grade American Humanities Wednesday AM 2018-2019

I am excited to be offering a wonderful opportunity for your middle schoolers to learn about America. This course will provide a weekly classroom discussion, activities, and projects designed to cover American literature and history chronologically with some art history and music history.  Here is a link to my working outline for the course. This […]

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Thoughts About Writing Warm-Ups: GAHHH!

Part of the problem about me getting going with writing is that I have this need to talk about the process just to “warm up.” I mean, writing warm-ups is generally encouraged anyway, but I also feel this inner pull to explain my characters and ideas and settings and TALK about my writing to my […]

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Sam’s T-shirts

(This story is unedited and includes notes to myself for future changes.) At Sam’s Memorial Service, his friends took all his old T-shirts and laid them out over the edges of the table.  There were old school soccer T-shirts, Jerseys from different national soccer teams, The Haircuts of Mao Ze Tzung, camoflauge T-shirts worn so […]

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Hiawassee Warm-ups

Hiawassee Writing Weekend 2017 I haven’t been alone in about 20 years, but I am now. It is terrifying. I am 39 years old and I’ve gotten away from my husband and three kids so that I can expunge from my brain years of ideas for fiction that have been building up. I took my […]

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Inside Out Study–All 8 Weeks FREE with Vlogs and Handouts

The eight week Inside Out Study talking about our emotions has just wrapped up, so I thought I would write a post with links to ALL the materials and videos in one place. It’s all FREE!   If you are getting this post via email, please click over to the site to be able to […]

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Inside Out Session 2: Highs and Lows Vlog and Homework

Hi Ladies! We had a great meeting on Thursday though we missed the 4 ladies who couldn’t make it. 🙂 Hopefully this post and vlog will help everyone, including our online friends, get up to speed.  But first, the inner teacher in me requires that I “pass out papers” now, so here are all the links […]

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Inside Out Session 1 and Homework

Welcome to Inside Out Week 1! For Online participants and those hoping for a vlog to watch, alas, my bangs are not cooperating, so you’ll just have to be studious and read. 🙂 Here are the full handouts that I gave out this week. Click the link to download the documents.  They are also available […]

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