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Some Fourths of July

When I was a kid in Iowa, holidays meant going to the grandparents, and the Fourth of July was no exception. My dad’s family gathered at my grandparents’ farm where everybody brought a pot luck contribution to the dinner. Grandma … Continue reading

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Review: BRAIN ON FIRE: MY MONTH OF MADNESS by Susannah Cahalan

Brain on Fire is New York Post reporter Susannah Cahalan’s gripping memoir about her horrific experience with a rare brain inflammation. The attack first manifested itself behaviorally—hallucinations, impulsive actions, anxiety—so Cahalan’s case was misunderstood and misdiagnosed as mental illness. After … Continue reading

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Review: SING ME BACK HOME: LOVE, DEATH, AND COUNTRY MUSIC by Dana Jennings

Sing Me Back Home: Love, Death, and Country Music by Dana Jennings My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’m not giving Sing Me Back Home 5 stars because I think everyone should read it. I’m giving it 5 stars because … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger: Grace Anderson on “I Have a Dream”

This week our fifth-grade daughter Grace was assigned to write and illustrate her own version of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. I thought Grace’s writing and illustration were beautiful, so I’m grateful that she allowed me to … Continue reading

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To All New English Department Chairs

To All New English Department Chairs, First of all, thank you for taking on such an important, demanding job. You will make decisions that impact the literacy of every student in your school. You are the buffer between the teachers … Continue reading

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Everybody Is Somebody’s Abby

At the recent Alumni Fest celebrating our school’s 50th year, I saw a lot of former students and colleagues, and a lot of smiles and hugs. One moment though will stick with me for a long time. I ran into … Continue reading

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Grace and THE HUNGER GAMES

Our daughter Grace is in fourth grade and a strong reader. She made it through all of the Harry Potter books and always has two or three different titles going at the same time. Last week she wanted to read … Continue reading

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My Books for 2011

I keep track of the books I read in a Book Notes organizer that I bought from Quality Paperback Book Club back in 1987. I write down the title, author, and date I finish each book. This year was a … Continue reading

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What’s Not Wrong with the Flood of 2011?

Early last Saturday morning the living and storage areas of our finished basement were flooded with several inches of sewer water. Pretty nasty. Today is Thursday, and a demolition crew is still here removing flooring, paneling, and contents, and working … Continue reading

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Random Acts of Technology

Let me tell you about my Aunt Leone. She’s 83, a cancer survivor, a stroke survivor, blind except for a little peripheral vision in her right eye. She is my mother’s oldest sister and one of my last connections to … Continue reading

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