Hurricane Kate's Mom Life

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Reading Guilt Free

Traditionally, I share my list of books that I read (or tried to read) in a year at the new year. This exercise used to hold a lot of guilt for me, ever since 2003 when I began recording the... Continue Reading →


Books of 2015

Finished Fyre by Angie Sage Car Talk: Why You Should Never Listen to Your Father by The Tappet Brothers Ruby Redfort: Look Into My Eyes by Laura Child The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley The Castle Corona by Sharon Creech... Continue Reading →

Books of 2014

Finished (may or may not have skimmed the exciting parts) Dakota Born by Debbie Macomber Dual Image by Nora Roberts Untamed by Nora Roberts Cinder by Marissa Meyer Scarlet by Marissa Meyer Cress by Marissa Myer Skeleton Key (Alex Rider... Continue Reading →

Questions for Thinking About the Movie Divergent

1. Look up the dictionary definition of "diverge." Note examples of popular ways that the word is used in culture - think of other movies, song lyrics, etc. (for example, Frost's poem that begins "Two roads diverged in a narrow... Continue Reading →

Critical Thinking Questions for the final season of The West Wing

What was your reaction to the final season? Why do you suppose you felt that way? Define catharsis. Identify points during the last episode at which you felt catharsis. Describe some ways in which you hoped some of the storylines... Continue Reading →

Discussion Questions for “Awake and Dreaming” by Kit Pearson

What is the saddest part of Theo's life before she goes to live with her aunt? Write a journal entry Theo might have written before she moved to Victoria. Why isn't Aunt Sharon's home as happy a place for Theo... Continue Reading →

Ten Books

Facebook challenges are sweeping the nation, including the book challenge. I was nominated to list ten books that have stayed with me in some way. Don't spend a lot of time, and don't think too hard, the challenge dictates. Waxing... Continue Reading →

Public Reactions to Police Inaction

Here are some of the responses I've gotten from local citizens, who agree that the police should be doing something about this situation.Some are simply sympathetic to my plight:Sorry to hear about the phone drama, btw. The editing on the... Continue Reading →

Subpar Police Protection and Service in South Bend

Office of the MayorMayor Buttigiegand Deputy Mayor Neal227 West Jefferson Blvd.South Bend, IN 46601 (sender) September 3, 2014To Whom It May Concern:This letter is to inform the mayor’s office of the inability of three different police departments to help me recover stolen... Continue Reading →

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