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Judy Racine kneels on the rug, the gaggle of second- and third-graders scattered around her. The learning target is printed neatly on the easel board: “I can give kind, helpful and specific feedback.” “What does that mean?” Judy … more
Writer's block is a myth, unless you are a writer. I mean a real writer. A writer of books. Books are marathons. Laura Hillenbrand holed up for a year to write "Seabiscuit: An American … more
There are so many people who enjoy a good crossword puzzle, word search puzzle or unscrambling a word jumble. There are many folks who love a good play on words, an anagram, a pun or a great riddle. … more
When I took on the role of board of education president, I was hopeful for the opportunity to encourage diverse voices in order to address issues within the Douglas County School District. Admittedly, the road is much more difficult than I thought. … more
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As an author, I’m supposed to have a “platform.” That is, I’m supposed to have a website, a blog or two, and a social media base that numbers in the tens of thousands … more
Ghana is approximately 6,637 miles away from Colorado. That is a long way for sure, but the local efforts of some in our community are making a big difference in the future of the children living in … more
When I was 18, the summer between my freshman and sophomore years in college, I worked at the front desk of a manufacturing plant, and was the only woman on the site. One of my duties was to go into the production area and collect the time cards for … more
The boys of summer are back in action, and I wish that I were one of them. I wish that I could spit sunflower seeds all over the place and not be punished for it. I wish I could talk into my … more
Last week we talked about the power of words and their ability to build up a person, provide us with hope and encouragement, or - when used inappropriately - they can be so powerfully … more
Walking out the front door can be dangerous. Visiting Aruba during spring break is not without its risks. Visiting a Cincinnati zoo, an alligator-enlivened theme park, or a gay nightclub is not … more
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