Cafe Terrace at Night Vincent Van Gogh – 1888 Artists often dream of “making it” in their chosen field and becoming a household name. But what does this look like in real life? Let’s take a glance at a few artists who […]Read more "Motivating Monday – In Good Company"
“Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda “Much to learn, you still have.” – Yoda Today marks the first day of school for my English students and me. Countless teachers are pinching themselves, thinking, “Was summer break just something I dreamed?” and countless students are mourning the loss of their unlimited video […]Read more "The Art of Inspiring Students"
“I believe beauty will save the world…but art only has power if people slow down enough to see it.” – Seth Tummins Seth Tummins decided to learn how to create oil paintings in December 2009. Little did he know at the time that this decision would alter the course of his life. Now […]Read more "Christian Artist Feature – Seth Tummins"
Remember the good old days, when you used to stay awake at night dreaming of summer? No school, no homework…just two months of relaxation and fun – right? If you’re a parent, you’re probably laughing uncontrollably right now. Why? Because you know that cabin fever sets in after two weeks are through, and being stuck […]Read more "A Parent’s Guide to Surviving Summer"
Have you ever had one of those days? You know, the “I-really-don’t-think-I-can-do-this-today,” and “I’d-rather-be-a-wimp-and-stay-in-bed” kind of days? We all feel weak from time to time, especially when life continues to overwhelm us with new challenges. The wonderful truth is, we don’t have to muster the strength to make it through our […]Read more "Motivating Monday – Work with the Strength of 1,000 Men!"
“The bridge between a dream and reality is work.” – Jay Leto, Actor When I began blogging about two years ago, I really knew nothing about it. I was that clueless employee who asked a co-worker, “So…how does this Twitter thing work?” My goal from the beginning was to try and reach 1,000 followers, and […]Read more "Join the “Big 1,000” Blogging Party!"
“It’s bigger than imagination.” – Ark Encounter Slogan Two weeks ago our family drove out to Williamstown, Kentucky where we walked through Noah’s Ark. No, I’m not kidding! Ark Encounter, a theme park that opened in July 2016, features the largest replica of Noah’s Ark that exists in the world today. The construction is […]Read more "Encountering the Ark"
“If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. It’s the hard that makes it great.” – Tom Hanks Now that we live in the mountains, our family has begun a summer tradition of picking fresh cherries from a nearby mountain orchard. The kids love hunting for the “perfect” cherry, which would […]Read more "Motivating Monday – Delicious Lessons from the Cherry Tree"
“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” – Ernest Hemingway When learning to write descriptively, English students are encouraged to include all five senses in their narratives. The result is usually a lengthy, “over-dressed” description that flows almost as well as an iron brick. So […]Read more "Writer’s Wednesday – Undressing Your Prose"
My family and I jumped into action this summer and hiked over 15 1/2 miles during our first week out of school! The New Mexico scenery was beautiful and we had a good time together as a family. Perhaps the best part of all, however, happened when we got lost. The other day we hit […]Read more "Motivating Monday – Off-roading through Life"