Parents and Teachers

A Conversation with Jennifer Pharr Davis

Posted on August 7, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_CalledAgainQ&A_Jennifer By Gwendolyn Haley After reading Called Again, I was really eager to have a conversation with the author, Jennifer Pharr Davis. I caught up with Jennifer by phone as she, her husband Brew, and 20-month-old daughter, travel all 50 states on a book tour, and hike whenever they can. You set off on your first […]

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Home Sweet Home

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_HSH By Kim Harshberger I would like to take a minute to talk to you about jam. My love affair with jam is long lived. Jam was one of the many things my grandmother canned. I remember her pulling a quilted jar from her basement stash, bringing it upstairs, and pulling off the layer of wax […]

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Mixed Tape: Your Summer Soundtrack

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 6:00 am

Audio cassette tape By Sheri Boggs I’ve made, and received, a lot of mixed tapes over the years. The early ones were literally tapes; hand-labeled cassettes painstakingly recorded in front of the radio and full of an 11-year old’s dubious taste (Electric Light Orchestra, Donna Summer). As technology evolved, so did my mixes and I blew through stacks […]

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The Search For Rejuvenation

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 6:00 am

The Search for Rejuvenation. Taking care of yourself when life is good, so you have the reserves to make it through the bad. by Aileen Luppert I attended a job training a few weeks ago. After three days of intense conversations and reflections, I was exhausted, but optimistic about how to apply all the lessons learned. Many of the people in the room (including me) seemed to sense the enormity of what might be ahead and we went […]

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Kid-Friendly Greenbluff

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 6:00 am

Rachel talks about her favorite places to visit on Greenbluff that are all kid friendly. By Rachel Edmondson There are many things to love about Greenbluff. There’s the fresh produce you can either pick yourself or buy freshly harvested, beautiful scenery, and a variety of fun products you can buy such as lavender, jams, pies, and even gift shop items at some farms. With about 50 independent farms and vendors […]

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What To Do With an English Major

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_EnglishMajor By Cara Strickland When I was an English major in college, I was often faced with that question. The one that is rarely posed to business majors, but almost always asked of those studying the liberal arts. “What are you going to do with that?” This happened at family gatherings, occasionally in the supermarket, and […]

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Try Tri Again

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_TryTri_swim by Gwendolyn Haley It was the name that got me. After years of running around in matching Wonder Woman swimsuits with my big sister, pretending to be Linda Carter, how could I not jump at the chance of signing up for a sprint triathlon called the West Plains Wunder Woman? Never mind that at the […]

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Toaster: Free to Good Home

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_GlutenFree_Toaster By Kim Harshberger I hate the term gluten-free. It brings up a lot of negative connotations, misunderstandings, and sometimes, abject horror. It also doesn’t begin to describe the choice my husband and I have made for our family. To be clear, no one in the family has a negative physical response to gluten. We do […]

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Library Hack: eBooks and Audiobooks

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 6:00 am

Cara gives insider tips on how to get the most from our donwloadable eBooks and audiobooks. by Cara Strickland My to-read list is frighteningly long. Most of my friends are readers, and we love to give out book suggestions to each other. One good book leads to another and before I know it, my Goodreads account is bursting at the seams. My life doesn’t leave as much margin as I would […]

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Ready, Set, Kindergarten!

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_Kindergarten by Rachel Edmondson I can’t count how many times somebody has looked at my girls and told me, “Enjoy these years. They will go by so fast.” Some days I have to restrain myself from rolling my eyes as I sarcastically think to myself, “Oh yes, this day is going so quickly. It began with poop, […]

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