Easy Out-of-the-Box ideas for Valentines Day

Are you like me, and roll your eyes at all the commercials for jewelry and fancy dinners for Valentine’s Day? It’s like all the brand new cars with big red bows on them at Christmas time. Completely ridiculous for most people I know. So let’s talk about the gifts that really work!

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Third Week of January Reading Challenge Updates

While my intention may be to update my progress on Reading Challenges each week, I will definitely need your help to remember! Here are my updates for Week Three of January.

Stop the Winter Blues – Self-care in Covid

We all need to take care of ourselves (I’m terrible at self-care) and even more so this year. A global pandemic takes its toll on everyone. Add to that the standard Winter Blues, aka SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), and many of us need a little pick-me-up right now.

Review of Orkney:: Romance, Magic and Murder on the Scottish Isles by Yaakov C Lui-Hyden

Orkney:: Romance, Magic and Murder on the Scottish Isles by Yaakov C Lui-Hyden pulls you in and won’t really release its talons until long after you have finished reading. This book is abrasive and filled with adult language and themes, but so very enjoyable.

Best gifts of 2020 – worth repeating

I think we can all agree that the Holidays of 2020 were not normal. For so many they meant being alone or separated from others that normally celebrate with us. Many had a more permanent loss of a loved one. What most of us had were gifts. Maybe they were gifts that we bought for others. Some were bought for loved ones, some were bought for strangers in need, some were bought for ourselves. What were the best gifts?

Forget Resolutions; Time To Prioritize

You know those days where you feel like you can’t accomplish anything because there is so much to do? I am totally in that funk right now. I have so many things that I need to do and that I want to do, that I have like five to do lists going. I tried to do a longer range and a shorter range…

Blogging tools: a stack of books and an ipad

First Week of January 2021 Reading Challenge Updates

o be fair, I feel a little like I cheated with my two completed books of the year as they are far shorter and simpler than my normal reading. But, I justify it by the fact that I not only read them, but I am also guiding students reading through them, so there is an awful lot of analysis of character, inference, predictions, etc.