• Impact Project

    I currently teach fifth grade humanities. What this means is that the subjects that are covered are numerous, they overlap, they collide, and they require students to ponder and question. They examine global history from the 1400’s to 1865, and learn to write, read and understand nuances of language. They also take part in a service learning component called an Impact Project. Learning About the Issues This year I decided to challenge my fifth graders (9 – 11 yrs old)…

  • Pretty Litter

    Pretty Litter for Cats

    Are you tired of lugging heavy litter in from the store? Sick of dumping clumps of clay into your garbage? Cat litter does not have to be this awful. Thank goodness for Pretty Litter. This company has found an earth positive solution to the monthly (if not weekly) dreaded cleaning and replacing of our furry friend’s poop and pee. Pretty Litter is unique in that it is made out of super absorbent silica microgels infused with a “formulation of indicators…

  • Adventures in Writing

    Hi!  Lots has changed over the last month.  I’ve moved states, bought a house, started a new job, started coaching 3 volleyball teams, started teaching a youth creative writing class and…found a little sister – 2 months old/2 lbs – for my Oscar (cat) who lost his brother one month ago. PHEW! I am loving Sacramento.  It is not how I remembered it.  It has such diversity here.  From ethnicity to neighborhood vibes, a wonderful mixture – I just love…

  • Its a New Year!

    Happy New Year Everyone! As I did not win the big Powerball, I’m still teaching in Gallup, NM. 🙂 My kids and I have finally moved into a rhythm that seems to mostly work for all of us.  My sixth graders are just about through a unit on Malala Yousafzai, the young girl in Pakistan who was shot in the head (but survived and went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize) by the Taliban for speaking out and demanding…

  • My First Book, The Launch

    Hi All, A few months ago my mom found a really fun, wooden chest.  It was covered in a circus motif and painted by a local artist in her town.  With my nephew’s baby on the way, she snatched it up and sent me a picture of it.  Seeing the chest sparked an idea and I started writing a story with the thought of giving it to the parents, my nephew and his wife, at Christmas.  So I have been…

  • Coconut Oil Addiction

    I have become an addict.  I admit it, but I won’t be engaging in any 12 step programs.  I love my addiction and I keep learning more and more about how great it is.  As you know, I normally do not re-post articles on this blog, but today I came across this great run-down of what this seemingly wondrous oil can do on the Greatist website and I just had to share.  Its kind of a ridiculously long list (76 suggestions!)…