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Cuppa reads

Friends, whether you’re trapped in the snow or trapped in another hot summer day, I hope your weekend is going well. (I have a newly-found affection for you southern hemisphere readers, after spending a few months in your territories.) I’m hovering somewhere in the middle, in southern France, where it’s cool but vacillating between drizzly (read more…)

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Keeping journals: 5 ways your kids can start now

This year, we started homeschooling our kids, mostly as a way of sticking together as a family. Because of my husband’s job as a professional baseball coach, we move a few times a year. As we began our homeschool journey, I decided pretty quickly that I didn’t want to have a million pieces of paper (read more…)

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Ongoing education: 12 tools I really dig

Of course, just like the grownups, the bulk of the kids’ education this year comes from experience. Historical sites and monuments, yes, but everyday life among different markets, navigating through countless airports and train stations with our luggage, and the subtleties of language and culture are our great teachers. But we still pursue learning in (read more…)

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Mindfulness in the empty minutes

“And in between, my mind kept wandering to those creative projects that keep calling to me, hopping along with me from moment to moment throughout my day, waving. Not nagging, not impatient, but simply there and smiling, not wanting me to forget. I won’t forget. I’ll make room and time. If only for a few (read more…)

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In praise of slow decision-making

Most of my life, I have lived in the future. When I was in junior high, I couldn’t wait to be in high school. My junior and senior years, I couldn’t wait to graduate and move on to my university years. By my early twenties, I was dying to finish school and move on to (read more…)

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