A Mentor Prepares

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Last year was a difficult one for me. My husband was deployed for 9 months, which meant he missed most of the birthdays and holidays. He deployed in early summer, and as we approached the winter I found myself simply going through the motions. I was so tired. Since he was on the other side

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I just finished up participating in a twelve week group mentoring program. It was intense and exciting. I accomplished a lot during the twelve weeks. First, I just want to say that everyone can benefit from more mentoring in their lives. You might be thinking, “Wait? I thought you were a mentor?” Yes, I am

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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