A Mentor Prepares

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The Scarlet Pimpernel does a lot of things right for an adventure novel. There is intrigue and action. The reader is let into some of the secrets of the book, but some are revealed towards the end. You also get a bit of history with this adventure, which I really enjoyed. The story takes place

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Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier is a novel that I first read in college. It was recommended to me by a friend. I can not remember which friend or why they thought I would enjoy this classic, but I’m glad I took them up on it. The best way I can describe this book is to

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Do You NaNoWriMo?

I wish I was a more disciplined writer. Life does seem to get in the way of writing, though. Every year, in the month of November I have the opportunity to supercharge my writing. November is National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo. Every year, writers work to get 50,000 words onto paper in

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I’ve read The Virginian three times now. The first time, I really struggled with it because it isn’t my favorite style of writing. Even though westerns are not my favorite, I recognized this book as an early example of a western style novel. I felt that reading a style outside of my regular preferences was

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In the year 2010, I read a book titled Hitler’s Private Library: The Books That Shaped His Life.  It was fascinating and I still ponder about some of the things I learned from reading it. One of the things that blew me away was how many of the books that Hitler acquired were books that I

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Alexandre Dumas illustrates some poignant points about human nature in The Count of Monte Cristo. There is a section where, within about ten pages, three of the people in the book contemplate suicide. All three decide against taking this action in the end due to one overarching reason: hope. I don’t know if Dumas is

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Homeschool Conference 2016 Recap Part 2

Day 2 of the Treasure Valley Homeschool Conference 2016 was just for the parents. We started the day with a performance by Rhythm Dancers, the dance group that I coach. The girls were a bit nervous, but the audience was clapping for them and helped them feel more comfortable. The performance was a success. I

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 The first Treasure Valley Homeschool Conference is finished! All in all, I felt that it was a success. The youth day was on Friday. We started the day with games, which helped the youth get to know each other. After that the day was filled with a variety of speakers. They learned about history, had

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Tomorrow is the first day of the first annual Treasure Valley Homeschool Conference. For me that means that today is all about getting the last minute preparations in place for it. Can I just say how much I love the last minute busyness of a project coming to fruition? I find it incredible and invigorating.