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One More Meow!

One More Meow!

There are certain inherent issues associated with being a teacher. For instance, the question, “Do you have any tissue?” is usually accompanied by an image you can’t erase from your mind, no matter how hard you try. And sick kids, they always ask to go to the nurse standing as close to you as they [...]

Stink Bugs

My granddaughter was visiting with me this week, when she suddenly said with astonishment, “Wow, there are 26 bugs on the window.” Of course my answer was, “On the outside?” Unfortunately, her answer was “No, on the inside!” And she was right. I counted 26 brown shield shaped, dime-size brown bugs, armed with a sweaty [...]

Music in Schools

Music in Schools

Children benefit from music in schools. There is a compelling amount of research connecting music to higher order brain function, among other positive outcomes, as outlined below. With this in mind, you may want to lobby for more music in your child’s school. It is equally important to access programs that are now in place, [...]

Valentine’s Day Memories

Valentine’s Day is coming, love is in the airm and memories fill my head. Wow, I have more memories of valentines, candy, and flowers than I am willing to admit. Let’s just say, they number more than twenty one. My first memories of St. Valentine’s Day are of making hearts…red, pink, and white… small, medium, [...]

Valentines Activities to Increase Fine Motor Skills

Valentines Activities to Increase Fine Motor Skills

I. Valentine Hearts Fine Motor Lacing Supplies: Colored Felt (red, white and black) Fabric Scissors Googly Eyes Yarn Masking Tape Hot Glue Gun Directions (For one child): – Fold felt in half and cut out half of a heart. – Cut out three hearts of various sizes in each of the three colors. – Fold [...]

David Day’s “Guide to Tolkien’s World: A Bestiary”

David Day’s “Guide to Tolkien’s World: A Bestiary”

This week, I am reviewing a book that is more on the informative side of reading, though it is certainly fictional in nature: David Day’s Guide to Tolkien’s World: A Bestiary. I received this book as a gift from family, and let me just say, it is an incredible collection of information on some of [...]

‘Creepy’ with a C

‘Creepy’ with a C

I have no problem admitting I am spelling impaired.  In my opinion, Samuel Clemens was on to something when he said, “Simplified spelling is all right, but, like chastity, you can carry it too far.”  Make no mistake, I know this means I have opened myself to criticism by a certain crusty, old English teacher [...]

Where to Go For Mineral Rights Info?

Where to Go For Mineral Rights Info?

I was wondering where I would go to find if I own my mineral rights? Much would depend on how long you have owned your home. You could start with taking a look at your deed. The Registrars Office also has documents that are filed regarding mineral rights but you may have to do a [...]

Round Peg Round Hole

Round Peg Round Hole

In case you hadn’t noticed, sometimes life makes me say, “Really?”  It happened again this past week, and I was left shaking my head, wondering if perhaps I had slipped into the Twilight Zone.  It started with a garbage container at a barbecue fast food restaurant.  Thought had apparently been put into making this container.  [...]

Stranded

Ice… not my favorite topic! I do not step outside when ice is present. This past snowstorm was no exception. I kept looking at the power lines and praying they would hold the weight. Ice can look so innocent, but be so deceptive. I remember two really bad ice storms in the 80′s. The first [...]

Social Maturity

Social Maturity

Do you ever wonder why some preteens and teens seem so immature, making bad choices in their daily lives? And there will always be the child that seems to “have it together” even in those turbulent years. There are many things that garners confidence in a child, but the one we will discuss today is [...]

Wesley Chu’s “Time Salvager”

Wesley Chu’s “Time Salvager”

There’s one problem that plagues the sci-fi genre more than just about any other genre: most of it has been done before. In a genre dedicated to the flaunting of imagination, there is a startling amount of sameness among many books, with plots so interchangeable that the nuances are quickly forgotten once the read is [...]

Pack Goats

Pack Goats

I recently discovered that there is actually such a thing as a pack goat. Tell me that’s not the most brilliant idea mankind has put forth. Oh, the things I’d do with my very own pack goat. I would enroll in a college class and have it carry my books. I’d take a vacation somewhere [...]

Restless Snowy Days

Restless Snowy Days

As we push into the end of January, it seems likely that at least a bit more snow is going to come our way. Snow days do not have to be restless mornings and afternoons spent locked indoors. There are many different and fun ways to pass the hours. Whether you’re a parent staying home [...]

Dandridge Water Concerns

Dandridge Water Concerns

I would like to know if there are any indications that the water in Dandridge is clearing up? My water still has an usual color and I am afraid to wash my light colored clothes in case they get stained. I have informed the Water Department and am trying to be patient but it is [...]

Snow Days!

Well, we finally got snow… and watching the snow fall was almost mesmerizing. It was so beautiful, with large flakes falling to the earth, in numbers too numerous to count. It reminded me of the snow globes of my youth. I loved to turn them over and over in my hands, slowly watching the beautiful [...]

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