A Mentor Prepares

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I spent years lying to myself about who I was. These days, I’m shocked at the lies I used to believe. See if you recognize any of these lies: I’m not good enough I’m too ________ to enjoy that experience I don’t deserve ___________ It’s silly to try so hard to reach goals when I

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Last month my book club read the book Little Britches. It is the third time I’ve read this book, and I get something different out of it each time. This book teaches so many life lessons. The boy in this book, Ralph Moody, shares the story of his family coming west and setting up a new

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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