Relieved … Graduated!

"You are 1 credit short to graduate, contact me ASAP to discuss your options." When she got the email that she was one credit short to graduate 14 days before graduation...she immediately responded to the email from her advisor as well as called her.  In typical fashion, as soon as her advisor hit the "Send" [...]

Adulting

I read an article the other day that started me thinking about Adulting. Check out the link below...it was my inspiration! Life's Souvenir's This word...for me it means accepting responsibility, taking care of myself, budgeting, having grown up meals made at home on the stove, making sure I have my life in order! A big [...]

When Does a Father Grow into a Dad?

I was blessed to grow up with a dad that took care of his family, provided for us, made sure we had what we needed to grow into successful adults.  My dad modeled parenting for me.  His parenting style evolved over the years as his children got older.  The reality is being married, having kids, [...]

The Key to Summer Reading? Invest in Children’s Reading Lives All Year — Nerdy Book Club

It’s easier to maintain my reading life in the summer. Scorching Texas days provide excuses to lie under the ceiling fan and read all afternoon. Occasionally, I stay up all night binge reading—burning through epic historicals or fantasies in one sitting. I travel quite a bit during the summer, and books keep me company. […] via [...]

Underground Reading!

Are you an urban commuter in New York state?  Do you use the subway?  Would free eBooks while riding the subway interest you?  This idea is pure genius!!  Its provided by NYC public libraries, New York State, MTA, and Transit Wireless.  Read the New York Times article for all the details below: Underground Reading Check [...]

My Story through Blogging

When my father was ill twenty years ago...he decided to write his autobiography.  He knew he was terminally ill and he had to quickly get down his thoughts.  Family members worked with him to get this very important project done before he passed away.  We, my brothers and sisters all received a hardcover autobiography book [...]

Stay open to magic. — Thriving Under Pressure

This sounds just like #growthmindset!  The ability to step outside the comfort zone... https://www.youtube.com/embed/a8g89ErqFfk?feature=oembed Openness isn’t the end. It’s a whole new beginning. In order to achieve something new, we have to be willing to try something new. Positive Psychology Education At the start of my positive psychology talk with 250 educators, I discuss how [...]

On Building a Picture Book: Failure and Finding Your Voice by Vern Kousky

This article inspired me since its all about “the journey”. #failforward #perseverance

Nerdy Book Club

I first came up with the idea for The Blue Songbird during a trip to the Japanese galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is a place I often go when I have a spare moment or two. The rooms are generally quiet and dark and much of the work there has an illustrative quality that seems to me both modern and timeless. On this particular visit, a collection of books from the 18th and 19th centuries was on display. These books were wordless, composed entirely of woodblock prints, and centered around a distinctive theme.  In short, they were the picture books of their time. One such book was The Korin Album by Nakamura Hôchû. The page to which the book was turned showed a flock of birds in flight. All save for the last had their beaks open as if in song. As I examined the print, I…

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Easter Bread Divided by 4!

  There is something about these holidays that makes me feel nostalgic.  My husband and I used to go to one of his relatives during the holidays.  Often when we were there during the visit, his relative would gift us with Easter Bread.  This went on for a number of years, and one day I [...]