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.
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.
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.
A poem that reminisces about the many steps the author shared with her nephew, and wishing she could go back.
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.
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.
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,...
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
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...
A response to an actual event when I was barely older than fifteen. I hope the cycle was broken.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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!
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,...