It’s Fall!

Let’s face it–lots of us have been feeling fall-ish for a while now.  I’m actually eating a pumpkin spice muffin as I’m typing this. And speaking of pumpkin spice, click here for an indication that we’ve gone way too far with the obsession with this particular flavor! But I digress–fall is here! So here is…

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The Value of a Smile

You’ll agree that smiling is contagious, right? I mean, didn’t you smile when you saw this photo? I sure did. I discovered lots of smiling photos on a fellow teacher’s Pinterest board. She maintains a board of smiles: smiling kids, smiling adults, and even smiling animals. I love this idea and intend to create my…

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The ACE Test

I just took the ACE test, which measures adverse childhood experiences. My result? It was a zero, which means I’m lucky. I grew up in a household that was supportive and loving. My parents didn’t abuse me, take drugs, have a mental illness, or get divorced. (Some sources say that the national average of 2…

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