Author Archives: Carrie Mattern

Pearl is 7!

  And I joke a lot about what it is like living with her. Because often, living with her can be a lot. If you’ve ever seen RENT, there’s a scene with the character Maureen who is protesting by putting … Continue reading

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Leo is…twelve?!?!

Our son is 12 today, and I fail to remember all the things. No, not that his lunch is a peanut butter sandwich with Chips Ahoy cookies, apple juice, and Doritos or that he needs an extra $20 for ski … Continue reading

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Nov. 29, 2019

Isla Rose, also now known as the youngest prankster in the world, had officially turned three today. We are not sure where the time went, but we have loved laughing with her and watching her learn (aka plan pranks) each … Continue reading

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Lordy. Lordy.

My beautiful husband is 40. And as per custom, and because he also deserves the world, I want to immerse him in precious memories and words to honor what a remarkable human he is, what an understanding father he is, and … Continue reading

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#TeachLivingPoets in Flint, MI.

I have been meaning to write this for a few years, but never made time or thought that it was necessary. But at the suggestion of Dr. Parker on Twitter, and at the impending presentation I have in a few … Continue reading

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All the Good we Leave Behind.

I was cleaning out my friend’s classroom when I got the text from my husband last year: Anthony Bourdain died. My heart fell. Then looked to blame like so many do when death visits. I knew it had to be … Continue reading

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Curated by Carrie

If you’re familiar with me, you know I’m an avid reader. Within the last ten years, I’ve made literacy my focal point in the classroom, as well as outside of school within the community. Now I would like to help … Continue reading

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When She was Little.

When she was little, she would never wear jeans. When she was little, she let me curl her hair. When she was little, being on stage terrified her.                         … Continue reading

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Pearl Girl.

There is an old saying about girls and sugar and spice and while it is pretty stereotypical, it’s also pretty true of our Pearl girl. She is one minute sugar and the next spice-spice so hot it leaves a little … Continue reading

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Our Blueberry Boy is 11!

There is a song/speech that is pretty important in our family. It’s called “Wear Sunscreen.” It was a graduation speech in the 90s and has been the soundtrack of many Sunday mornings at our house to the annoyance of some, … Continue reading

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