Things to Do (and Not to Do) on the First Day of School

Although it has been a while, I can vividly remember my very first day as a teacher. I was assigned to a class of 21 first graders who may have been as nervous as I was that September morning. I remember looking out into their forgiving faces, as I tried to check off items on […]

Woof! Woof! The Dog Days of Summer are Here!

The Old Farmer’s Almanac tells us the “dog days” begin around July 3 and end August 11 this year. The “dog” they refer to is the dog star, Sirius, the brightest star in the sky after the sun.  The ancient Greeks thought the star Sirius looked like the nose of the dog in the constellation […]

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

As my profile states, I am a Cleveland Indians fan. Inhabitants of Northeast Ohio understand what that means. You see, we have witnessed a lot of exciting baseball in our town, and we have come REALLY close to winning it ALL. But it’s been 70 years since we’ve won a World Series. My 88-year-old mother […]

School’s Out—Reading’s In

For some, the countdown is over, and for others it is nearing the end. It’s time for summer reading! A wonderful source for reading ideas is your local library. I can’t imagine a public library without a summer reading program, so check out the one nearest you. Your library website may have suggestions for books […]

Gratitude: Thank You Notes

On a recent episode of ABC’s “The Middle” Frankie finds a bag of unfinished and long overdue thank you notes under her son, Axl’s, bed. Horrified by her discovery, she issues her ultimatum. As long as he is living in her house, he is to finish the notes! Yes, it’s comedy, but in the end, […]

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It’s Derby Day!

It’s known as “The Run for the Roses” and “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.” In 2018, the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby falls on May 5. Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, will see a field of the finest Thoroughbred horses in the world compete for the first jewel in the Triple Crown. […]

Gratitude and Happiness

It’s hard to go a week without hearing or reading some reference in the news about the positive effect of gratitude on our well-being. Or maybe I am just tuned in to reading articles that focus on this subject because I find the research so fascinating. (Hence, the topic of this blog.) In January 2018, […]

Family Road Trips

I grew up in a family with five siblings and parents who were both educators. That being the case, our family vacations often consisted of our loaded station wagon making stops at historical sites in our home state of Ohio. The destinations were close enough, so overnight stays were never required. By the time I […]

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Harry Potter: A Rich Source of Descriptive Language

A recent trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios had me thinking back to my first Harry Potter memory and the treasure trove of descriptive language found in the series. Do you have an early Harry Potter memory? Mine was the summer of ‘99. I heard Oprah Winfrey talking about a […]

Honoring our Presidents

It’s February, when teachers everywhere turn to thoughts of… presidents. I, being no different, made sure to attend the updated and recently reopened Hall of Presidents attraction during my recent trip to Disney World. The video portion of the presentation appears on a panoramic screen. It tells how the Founding Fathers had a new idea […]