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Carrie Mattern’s Blog

This Will Do.

I haven’t had much to say in awhile, but today, when I mistakenly interrupted a man praying, I realized I have much more to say than I typically give myself credit. It was after school, and as any teacher rightly … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo Madness

People tend to think of the month of March as March Madness in most areas of the United States, but for me, November was much more terrifying and emotional. Sure I love the Cinderella team beating the ego driven top … Continue reading

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What they don’t tell you.

I am battling anxiety. I was never one to openly talk about much, but I am better on paper, so here it goes. I hope at least one person benefits from this post, or at least doesn’t feel so alone. … Continue reading

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2014 Summer Reads

Every summer I compile book lists based on the every other day post from my friends begging for a new book suggestion.  With that, my top 5 will all be made into movies soon (or already may have been so … Continue reading

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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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