Quick Change

So, I was thinking about my past pets today – specifically, Juan Pablo.  Chameleons are interesting creatures.  Did you know they can completely change colors in less than 20 seconds?  They can also blend into their environment entirely, hiding among…

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Release the Pressure Valve

Sometimes deadlines converge, which can be painful. It feels like a series of tidal waves approaching that you can do little to stop. This is a common sensation in schools around this time of year – with after-school duties, grades,…

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Birds of a Feather

It was quite an impressive sight. Sitting in the middle of a completely still pond outside of Lincoln, Nebraska was a massive goose, specifically of the Snow variety. From what I understand, exponential numbers of them migrate through the area…

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Power Washing the Crazy Out

Power washing is quite the cathartic activity. It’s a spring ritual of mine. Of course, sleep had to figure into this equation, as well, since we have been on spring break this past week. But alas, I made time. And…

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Toxic Atmospheres

It’s a sad story. Residents of St. John the Baptist Parish in Louisiana are fighting back after the EPA released findings they have the highest cancer risk in the country – 700 times the national average, according to one study.…

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Negative Ear Worms

Stop obsessing. Ever notice how one little annoyance, situation or child can grab your attention and hold it against your will? It seems as though the more you try to ignore it, the more it pops back into your brain.…

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The Olympic Spirit

And with the final fanfare this evening, the flame is extinguished, and another Olympic adventure comes to a close. I’ll admit – I’m captivated by the pageantry, pride, thrill of victory, and yes, agony of defeat of the games. My…

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Let It Go

Did I mention how resilient kids are? I’m reminded of this daily at work. Young children can yell, throw things, shut down, and the next day (or five minutes later) it is as though nothing ever happened to upset them…

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Emotional Footprints

Ever hear a song and find yourself immediately transported back to prom or some other significant event in your life? Yep. That’s an emotional memory, which is a strong force in the brain. Although some cognitive information fades, the emotional…

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Squirrel

Distraction – It’s a horrible thing. Is it any wonder why our kids don’t pay attention? It’s hard to attend to any one thing when the world in which we live is moving faster than the speed of light. Novelty…

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