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Times are hard and disappointment can overwhelm us. It's important to reach out to your family and friends and check in from time to time. You never know what a simple hello can do for someone. In fact – it’s quite possible your kindness could be even more beneficial to you.

What can we expect for the future of education with a variety of instructional models and the altered formats across our world? A trickle down effect over the coming years may be a possibility. Read on for an explanation of this theory.

What began as a business model to gain engagement, growth, and advertisement through the dawn of social media has evolved into something with a life of its own.

There is no way to describe the feelings that churned inside as I walked toward a beautifully sculpted park in Berlin last year. Scouring the corner, I tried to visualize her image. It had been years since my German daughter, Franka, said goodbye to me at the airport, tears budding in our eyes. We both […]

Times are hard and disappointment can overwhelm us. It's important to reach out to your family and friends and check in from time to time. You never know what a simple hello can do for someone. In fact – it’s quite possible your kindness could be even more beneficial to you.

What can we expect for the future of education with a variety of instructional models and the altered formats across our world? A trickle down effect over the coming years may be a possibility. Read on for an explanation of this theory.

What began as a business model to gain engagement, growth, and advertisement through the dawn of social media has evolved into something with a life of its own.

BOOK REVIEW Jojo Moyes has outdone herself with a novel set in the mountains of Kentucky during the Great Depression. The Giver of Stars draws you in with immediate tension as five strong willed women dive into the roles of pack-horse librarians on a mission to spread literacy despite any obstacles. Complications of every kind […]

BOOK REVIEW The Scent Keeper is Erica Bauermeister’s heavenly work of art. This story is a unique coming of age journey for Emmeline as she grows up on an island with only her father. She is taught to navigate the world through the wildly complex sense of smell. The author is vastly talented in her […]

BOOK REVIEW Lauren K. Denton’s newest Southern novel, The Summer House led me through a tranquil path, curled up on my porch swing. This journey takes place in the peaceful town of Safe Harbor, Alabama, where I would love to stroll along the water’s edge and visit the endearing characters of this novel. Two strong […]

BOOK REVIEW Lisa Wingate doesn’t shy away from giving a heart wrenching portrayal of individual suffering caused by some of the greatest injustices ever faced. Her newest release, The Book of Lost Friends is giving me a front seat view of historical events of the 1875 period of Reconstruction in the deep South of Louisiana.  I’m […]

BOOK REVIEW Diane Chamberlain’s Big Lies in a Small Town grabbed me from the first line. She crafts a tale that expertly weaves the past of Anna Dale, an artist in a 1940 North Carolina town with present day Morgan, already living with regrets and secrets of her own. Morgan is cornered into reconstructing the post […]

Once my mother became a widow, she shocked me. She had always been a humble woman who wore house dresses and toiled on the farm, devoting her life to church. This quiet little lady learned to drive, despite my serious concerns, then went on to travel all over the country and on to Egypt, Africa, […]

There is no way to describe the feelings that churned inside as I walked toward a beautifully sculpted park in Berlin last year. Scouring the corner, I tried to visualize her image. It had been years since my German daughter, Franka, said goodbye to me at the airport, tears budding in our eyes. We both […]

Would you like a magic formula for improving your mood, energy, and warding off many diseases and health conditions? Most of us do, but laugh at the simplicity or the likelihood that this is really that important or helpful. 

Sliding my blouses across the rod in my closet like an accordion, I pulled loose the final choice for our trip to Boston. Rolling the shirt up, I pressed it into the side of our carry on for the two day trip to see the Bruins. Leaning over the bulging case, I weighed my final […]

When facing uncertainty in the midst of a global pandemic, racial strife, political upheavals, raging wildfires, and sweeping hurricanes; who do we trust? The future can seem like blurry images instead of the sparkling scenes we once dreamed. 

Gardening – Could there be more to it than food fare and pleasant scents? When I moved into the college dorm room I brought along my favorite clothes, posters, and my battered tennis racket. Just before leaving me to fend for myself, my mother waltzed in with something strange. A cactus plant. I eyed the […]

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Hi! I’m Sharon.

Despite a socially demanding life as a school psychologist, adjunct college instructor, & writer; I often long for solitude and moments of reflection. If you could use a spark of joy, information, encouragement, or maybe a kick in the pants; join me.

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