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Carrie Mattern’s Blog

Is that a scratch?

I just read a piece online called, “Jupiter’s Dot and Mine. Why Life is Unfair.” I saw it on my Twitter feed, then later, Facebook, so I clicked.  I actually read it (see NY Times article, Faking Cultural Literacy for … Continue reading

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A Summer of Sunsets

Wearing dress pants to work today solidified it: summer is over. The end for you may have been Labor Day, your first day without kids at home, the last ‘hot’ one, or even your last boat ride. For me, though, … Continue reading

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All Aboard!

We began our journey to Thomas in the early morning, which was a great idea for our early risers! The train suggests an arrival a half-hour before departure time, and we did, so we were able to board immediately without … Continue reading

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Locally living

We are living on a single income. My husband returned to school last fall after 16 years serving in the military. Needless to say it hasn’t been easy, but it is much better seeing him every day while being broke, … Continue reading

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Do You Like My Hat?

I like hats. I have many of them. The latest is a 1920’s inspired black felt hat.  One of my favorite books is Go, Dog, Go! just because of the line, “Do you like my hat?” As babies both of … Continue reading

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All About Jane

If you are an avid reader of this blog, you may recall I won a prose contest in December through MANA publications. It was a second place victory for a half-finished story that I was scared to write.  I blogged … Continue reading

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Release of All About Jane: The Prologue

Since I had to cancel last Friday’s reading/signing due to the flu, I thought I would release what I was going to read aloud for my fans. Here, indeed, lies the prologue of my latest young adult book, All About … Continue reading

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A Letter of Apology

To my dear children and students, In light of recent events, I owe you an apology on behalf of my generation, as well as those that came before me. You see, we were never really taught how to research online. … Continue reading

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March is Reading Month

I don’t know how many times in the last year I have read Facebook posts asking for book recommendations. It is exciting as an educator to see that former students are still reading for pleasure, and promising as an author … Continue reading

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

So I entered a writing contest with encouragement from my Instructors as Writers Group in October. And I won second place. This was a shock to me since I entered on a whim, and the book was only half-way finished. … Continue reading

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