Door County Fav Photos!

We had an amazing time, took many many photos. I Below are my favorites! Anderson Dock was iconic, stunning sunset! Anderson Dock Sunset Every so often you take a photo that just happens to turn out perfect...this is the one!!! Favorite Lake Beach Photo Cana Island Lighthouse...I love the white lighthouse against the brilliant blue [...]

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Back From Door County! Part 2

The water is where its at in Door County! We took a 2 hour cruise, the captain was very informative about the area. We heard great things about our dinner destination, Wickman House in Sisters Bay. Great vibe, food and service was amazing! Fresh Bread and Butter Deviled Egg - Wickman House style! No trip [...]

What Happened to My Reader? by Sarah FitzHenry and Jared Passmore

Beautifully written article!

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“What happened to my reader? Last year, he was in the library every week picking out books. I had to take his book away at meals. Now, I can’t get him to read anything. It’s like he has no interest in it.” This mystery baffles parents, librarians, and teachers alike. As students pass through middle school and into high school, many of them stop reading for pleasure. Loving adults beg, cajole, bargain, mandate… but nothing works.

            Let’s get one thing out of the way: It’s not your fault. It’s not your child’s fault, either. Major neurological changes take place during middle school years, and these developments affect the way pre-adolescents view the world. While these changes are happening internally, their lives are changing externally, too; homework demands increase significantly, athletics and other extracurricular commitments take up more and more time, and social interests become a principal focus. Additionally, the…

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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" [...]

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

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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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