Chasing Lois Lowry.

In 1st grade, I got a zero on a math test. A ZERO. We were doing these things: 3 > 1    6<7   10>8  and I got every answer wrong.  All 25 questions. Wrong. My teacher circled a big, red F at the top of the page and never readdressed it with me, which really, was …

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Blindfolds and Weiner Jokes: BOOK LAB UPDATE

Um. Ya. Careful posting yourself blindfolded on the internet with "weiner" in the title. ---that's all I'm gonna say about that. Thanks for all the traffic, though. I sincerely hope the blindfold 'enthusiasts' come back to read the *ahem* happy ending. (Sorry.) The nerd in me conjured up a book experiment. I wanted to see …

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Blindfolds and Weiner Jokes: First Ever BOOK LAB.

Ya'll know I love reading, right? LOVE it. And I *adore* books. Holding books. Sniffing books. I may've even cuddled a book before. In our house, we regard books like fine china. Carefully placed on a special shelf in a particular way, there for anxious hands and adoring eyes. Yes, yes, come look at them. …

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Watch Your Back: Case in San Marcos, Texas

10:15pm "You look shell shocked." That's what my husband said when I shuffled in, half-fell on the couch, and stared at the wall. "Dahling?" he cocked his head. Just give me a minute, my hand said. A local mom reached out to me last week. Something was troubling their family and could I please come …

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Original MINDER Video (FAIL.)

Now you've seen my official MINDER book trailer, I'll safely confess I attempted making my own video before Matthew Niemann saved me. My poor little effort was doomed from the start. I was on day 4 of the flu. We're talking FOUR days of hallucination fever. Hot sweats. Cold sweats. Debilitating fatigue. I could barely …

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Scavenger Hunt for Bored Kids

I don't know about you, but my kids are aggressive psycho lunatics if they consume too many electronics. By electronics, I mean television, tablets, video games, Minecraft, Netflix, youtube, or anything else that stabs their brains with jingly noise and flash images. Even those "learning" games. DIRECT correlation. The more they consume, the bigger jerks they are. And the …

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