Monthly Archives: May 2013

Seven Myths about Teachers

Myth #1:  They work from 9-3 and have summers off. Facts: They arrive early and stay late. They go home and grade papers, plan lessons, make things to use in class.  They work in the summer and take classes too. … Continue reading

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Book Briefs: Let Summer Reading Begin!

A recent Facebook post by my sister Madeline: So for the class I’m taking, I have to write a 5-page review of a book! A book review should be 5 sentences, NOT five PAGES!! Bring on the B.S, I suppose… … Continue reading

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Graduates: Show Courage

It’s graduation season and with that, commencement speeches. Two recent speeches have resonated with me so far this spring. President Obama, addressing the Atlanta, Georgia- based Morehouse College, a historically all-black male school founded after the Civil War, invoked Dr. … Continue reading

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Peace Corps Postcard #3: Where’s Warren?

What makes any experience memorable are the people you meet. My parents are still in touch with several people they met while serving in the Peace Corps. My mother, a justice of the peace, has officiated at a few weddings … Continue reading

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College Graduates: Finding their Place

By the end of this week, we’ll be driving home from Ohio, with our daughter, a new college graduate. With her diploma in one hand and a bartending license in the other, she’s hoping to find her place in the … Continue reading

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Peace Corps Postcard #2-Cultural Exchange

This is the second installment in my mother’s stories about being a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia. In comments to her first piece, many asked how this came about. My father was a poultry farmer who retired from farming in 1982. … Continue reading

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Peace Corps Postcards: Tunisia

In 1989, my mother and father, then 59 and 61, joined the Peace Corps and were sent to Tunisia to work on a poultry husbandry project. For the training period, July- September, they were based in Hergla, a fishing village … Continue reading

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