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On Writing Dread

There are two questions that every writer is asked at every event they attend: how did you get published and where do you get your story ideas from? Today I’ll tackle the latter. Stephen King would agree with me that … Continue reading

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Want a Good Book to Read This Summer?

Each year I post a few book suggestions for the upcoming summer. This list is composed of something for everyone whether you are looking for inspiration, a thought provoking read, a “fun” read, or something that gives you pause. Here … Continue reading

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Fiction as Reality: The World in Which We Live

I hosted a Socratic Circle a few years ago in class after reading Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World with Accelerated English 11 students. We were discussing the idea of utopia vs. dystopia, but I should step back a moment for … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Baby!

I am stealing this tradition from a friend of mine over at http://thatswhyiloveyou-amie.blogspot.com. She’s also the magnificent running momma of my daughter’s best friend, Emerson. In lieu of Claire’s birthday, I thought I’d update the blog. Plus I have loads … Continue reading

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“Your Milk is Dancing Today, Momma”

I don’t recall a lot about my first few years as a mother-and that’s typical I think. Days are a sleepy blur and getting a shower was what I referred to as a good day. I was not educated about … Continue reading

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Friday’s English Work

Instead of making checklists or assignment sheets, Mattern students will view this page for their computer tasks. ALL students must first read before asking questions. Come to the front desk today with any questions. Ask 3 before me. English 11 1. … Continue reading

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Learning through Travel

Paul and I are not very good at remembering to pack toys for our children when we travel. For Paul, it is not a necessity. The military planner inside him has to make sure each and every item we take … Continue reading

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For my juniors, who tend to flounder.

The Day We Went Outside “Find a poem,” I asked them, “outside where it’s nice.” They stared blankly, through sleep-filled hungry eyes, And then a girl interrupted the crickets chirping with, “Um, Mrs. Matter-ren, like, why did you hide poems … Continue reading

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Snake Eyes

Recently my son came home with a stuffed snake that he and his auntie bought at a garage sale while visiting family in MN. His snake was wrapped around his waist while he slept in the car, and upon arrival … Continue reading

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On the road, er, track, again…

As a child I recall countless trips to For Mar Nature Preserve, Kensington Metro-Park, Cedar Point, and even Canada’s Wonderland! My brother and I learned a great deal from our parents by traveling as much as they could afford. Looking … Continue reading

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