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Donna Kay Bryan

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  • Are You Living The American Dream?
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    Are You Living The American Dream?

    4 years ago

    What IS the American Dream? Does it still exist? Is it for anyone? A former German exchange student asks the question of her American mom, who learns that she's been living it all along.

  • Expectations in Education
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    Expectations in Education

    4 years ago

    What should be expected of students, parents, and teachers in the world of education? My time is worth more than just a paycheck. I want commitment, results, and hope for the future.

  • What I Thank You For - A Poem   (To My Mother)
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    What I Thank You For - A Poem (To My Mother)

    4 years ago

    Written to let my mother know how everything she did to make our house a home and to raise us was truly appreciated. Now seven years after her death, I find that I appreciate her all the more.

  • Steps - A Poem  (To Chris)
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    Steps - A Poem (To Chris)

    4 years ago

    A poem that reminisces about the many steps the author shared with her nephew, and wishing she could go back.

  • Volunteer to Make A Difference
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    Volunteer to Make A Difference

    4 years ago

    Are we a world of values and morals? Do we treat each other with dignity and respect? In this day of knee-jerk reactions, one author still believes we have an innate desire to help our fellow man.

  • The Many Ways of Prayer
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    The Many Ways of Prayer

    5 years ago

    How, where, and when do you pray? Who prays? Is it just the devout church-goer? Is there a right way and a wrong way? Are our prayers always answered? One writer shares her beliefs.

  • H.O.W. to Make A Difference in the Life of an Unwed Pregnant Mother
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    H.O.W. to Make A Difference in the Life of an Unwed Pregnant Mother

    5 years ago

    Pregnancy happens, that's a fact of life. Pregnancy in young unwed girls happens too -- that's a big fact of life. Society has created a broken moral compass that has led to this problem, and yet when reality hits, society turns its back. Are you ready to make a difference in the life of a...

  • H.O.W. - Our Blessings Haven't Ended, Why Have our Thanks?  H.O.W. to Keep A Gratitude Attitude in a Black Friday World
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    H.O.W. - Our Blessings Haven't Ended, Why Have our Thanks? H.O.W. to Keep A Gratitude Attitude in a Black Friday World

    5 years ago

    In a world full of horrible acts how can we find gratefulness in our hearts? How can we work to rid society of negativity? The blessings are still there, if only we know where to look. By doing so we will be spreading the blessings to others.

  • Fifteen -   A Poem
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    Fifteen - A Poem

    5 years ago

    A response to an actual event when I was barely older than fifteen. I hope the cycle was broken.

  • H.O.W. to Find and Share the Good in Your Life
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    H.O.W. to Find and Share the Good in Your Life

    5 years ago

    Humanity One World: H.O.W. to Find and Share the Good in Your Life. In the world we live in it is far too easy to wallow in sorrow and self-pity. Sometimes all it takes to find happiness, is to look around at the good that is sometimes right in front of us, and share it with someone who might...

  • How To Throw Two Christmas Parties and Enjoy Them Both - Part One
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    How To Throw Two Christmas Parties and Enjoy Them Both - Part One

    6 years ago

    The holidays are upon us with the frantic rushing to get everything done that needs to be done, and even some that doesn't. You and yours deserve time to gather and celebrate the love and fellowship of the season. But is there really time or money to throw a party? Of course there is! Why not...

  • The Truths of Foreign Exchange, (How I Became a Mother)
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    The Truths of Foreign Exchange, (How I Became a Mother)

    2 years ago

    Hosting foreign exchange students has provided many ups and many downs. Isn't that what motherhood is about? Here I share with you the highs and lows of that special type of parenthood, and the many ways it has allowed me to feel exactly like a mom.

  • The Day After
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    The Day After

    6 years ago

    A divided country, political ads, constant polls, and too much Facebook smack. It's time to get on with life and get rid of the green, fuzzy meat sauce.

  • How to Conquer Fears and Fool Your Foes
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    How to Conquer Fears and Fool Your Foes

    6 years ago

    When you are only five feet tall and one hundred pounds, people seem to think you are helpless. Sometimes you even buy into it yourself. But helpless goes away when you face your fears. Suddenly you feel petite, but powerful.

  • To My Mother On the Event of your long and painful struggle  - A poem
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    To My Mother On the Event of your long and painful struggle - A poem

    6 years ago

    After years of suffering and a lung-shaving surgery that bought her 11 1/2 years, most of it quality time, my mother passed away peacefully in her sleep one night, in her own bed. Six months prior to her death we had been told that she had less than a year left. The following poem sums up...

  • Teaching Ethical Responsibility through Literature and Writing Standards
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    Teaching Ethical Responsibility through Literature and Writing Standards

    6 years ago

    English teachers are expected to teach reading and writing, meet standards, prepare kids for statewide tests, and make learning meaningful. Teachers in other disciplines are having the same problems. Too often while stressing over "getting it all in", we ignore the "whole student." Many teens...

  • What is Education?
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    What is Education?

    6 years ago

    What is education? It all depends on your perspective. I believe that it should be student-centered, meaningful, and fun. I also believe that if it is to be successful, it MUST involve parents and the community, and needs to quit being treated like part of a political game. Call me crazy, but I...

  • Five Reasons to Get a Cat
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    Five Reasons to Get a Cat

    6 years ago

    Not a cat lover? Can't see any good reason to give a cat a home? I can think of at least five reasons even though I suffer from awful allergies.

  • Five Ways to Organize Yourself to Care for an Elderly Parent
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    Five Ways to Organize Yourself to Care for an Elderly Parent

    6 years ago

    After being faced with her father's intense health scare, and not trusting the facility that was supposed to have cared for him, the author learns "on the job" how to organize herself to do the job. Now, sixteen months later, she shares the tools that she, her father, and the rest of the family...

  • Walking the Past with Daddy
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    Walking the Past with Daddy

    6 years ago

    Geneaology research takes many forms including visiting cemeteries to "meet" dead ancestors. In this article the author tells of time she shared with her aging father walking through cemeteries to learn more about her family. In turn she revisits her own past as she is reminded of other trips with...

  • Banned Books Week Activities
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    Banned Books Week Activities

    6 years ago

    A week is not long enough to celebrate the freedom to read! Through a variety of activities, including costuming and fun quizzes you can make Banned Books Week come alive for your students!

  • Favorite Books to Teach High School Students
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    Favorite Books to Teach High School Students

    6 years ago

    As an English teacher, I have often been asked if I have any favorite books that I like to teach. There are numerous choices that allow students to learn the required literary elements and at-level vocabulary; however, I think it is equally important that what I present to my students opens a...

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