Book Censorship

If you have been following this blog for any length of time you know that I am a former high school English teacher. I have also worked for public libraries off and on for many years. I worked for the Watauga Library System in NC and the Gwinnett County Library System in Georgia. I LOVEContinue reading “Book Censorship”

Teacher Appreciation

I don’t know about where you are from but in North Carolina, USA the first week of May is Teacher Appreciation Week. Many teachers are underpaid in the US. The national average for K-12 teachers show at $64K so it does not seem so bad. The problem is they average starting teacher pay which isContinue reading “Teacher Appreciation”

Reverse Roles

When we are babies, most of us have parents that care for us, teach us, guide us and give us advice on how to grow up and take care of ourselves. Parenting is the hardest job one will ever love and it is not for wusses. Once we become adults we can choose to beContinue reading “Reverse Roles”

Why Is Life So Hard?

Life can be so very, very good sometimes. Other times it just feels like you got the bad end of a “deal”. There are plenty of reasons why people’s lives are so hard, unfortunately. But did you know that we also have some natural tendencies that makes life hard? Yup. As humans we are selfish.Continue reading “Why Is Life So Hard?”

I’m Not GOOD Enough

It’s 2022 so most of the kids who grew up in the late 90s heard the message that they are great just the way they are. I remember encouraging my own students from 1991 – 1998 to proud of themselves and not to try to live up to standards set by a society that mayContinue reading “I’m Not GOOD Enough”

Picky Eaters?

I never liked the term picky eater. One of my daughters has a huge range of foods and tastes she accepts and even loves. She can eat bitter chocolates, tea, cilantro, onions, spices, etc. The other? Not so much. But I’ve never called her a picky eater. To me, the term picky eater alludes toContinue reading “Picky Eaters?”

Pre registering to vote

Did you know 16 & 17 year old in NC can pre register to vote? I had NO idea until my daughter told me that she learned in her CIVICS class she could and would earn extra points in class for doing it. The side of me that is suspicious wonders what the government isContinue reading “Pre registering to vote”

How Do You Find The Right “MATE”?

There are all sorts of mates. Tablemates, friends, roommates, housemates, dorm mates and for some that lifelong mate/spouse/partner. When I was young I could pretty much hang with just about anyone. As long as they were not “mean” I could coexist and not be bothered by much. When I really wanted to feel like myselfContinue reading “How Do You Find The Right “MATE”?”

Girl Scouts Hire Their First Asian CEO

JoAnne texted me the news and I finally got a chance to read the whole article today. I am a fan of Girl Scouts, I truly am. I think it is a very good organization and if used thoughtfully, girls can really gain a lot from the program. There are way more positive than negatives.Continue reading “Girl Scouts Hire Their First Asian CEO”

Are Parents Responsible For Children’s Behavior?

There has been ongoing debate whether it is the parents’ “fault” or not when a child misbehaves or commits a crime. You raise your child and he or she makes decisions that may reflect on you – is that fair? Is it accurate? I don’t know. I told you I’m not an expert on anything.Continue reading “Are Parents Responsible For Children’s Behavior?”