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Why National Pi Day means so much to me

Mar 14, 2014
Why National Pi Day means so much to me

Breakfast of champions, really.We're having significant leftovers for dinner. Yes, significant. Two kinds of pie--the beefy guinness-y pot pie variety, and razzleberry goodness, a la mode, of course.Why significant? Well, for one, it's National Pi Day ...

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Placer County Online
Sierra College Presents Award Winning Film Director and Writer, Peter Bratt

Rocklin, CA—As part of the Sierra College Latino Film Festival, The Puente Club at Sierra College Rocklin Campus, will present award winning director and writer, Peter Bratt, who will discuss his film La Mission. The discussion will take place on Monday, March 24, from 2-3:00 pm, in Rm. D-12, in Professor Sandra McDonald’s Social Science 50, Ethnic Images in Film class....

The Blue Muse
Paper note-taking: Not old-school… genius

Feb 21, 2014
Paper note-taking: Not old-school… genius

Is the pen mightier than the laptop? Apparently so.
One of the first things my university students learn about me is that I maintain a rather draconian policy on electronics in the classroom.

Generally, if I see a cell-phone, that means a 50 point penalty, or a 1/3 of...

MidLifeBloggers
On Valentine’s Day: For All Who Are Loved

Feb 12, 2014

It was a privilege – a gift – to be that person, something she gave me even as I lost her. I helped her to die, and in so doing she helped me to live. She was my mother-in-law, and I loved her fiercely.

MyCup2Yours
Redesigning Your Website: A Few Nuggets of Advice

Feb 9, 2014
Redesigning Your Website: A Few Nuggets of Advice

I’ve gotten some questions recently from friends and readers about starting a website or redesigning a current one. So I thought I’d put this post up (that I wrote for my agent Chip MacGregor’s blog a while ago), in case you missed it. Hopefully, by sharing my experience, it will help you in your...

MyCup2Yours
My book cover! (And how much I love it!)

Jan 27, 2014
My book cover! (And how much I love it!)

I’m so excited to be able to share the cover of my book Finding Mommy Bliss, coming out this spring from Hallway Publishing:      I’m truly grateful that the amazing designer Ben DeRienzo was able to design the cover. And can I just tell you how much I love it?! I love it! It makes me want...

MyCup2Yours
I’m Joining in on SnippoWriMo (and my new Snippet is almost done!)

Jan 22, 2014
I’m Joining in on SnippoWriMo (and my new Snippet is almost done!)

I’m excited to share that the Snippet App–the reading and publishing app I’ve talked about before–is hosting SnippoWriMo this month. (I’m joining in and am looking forward to having my second Snippet published. It’s called Little Bits & Pieces of Happiness and was inspired by this story about my daughter Katie. More info on that to...

mamawolfe
Persistence

Jan 12, 2014
Persistence

You probably have no idea how close I was to giving up. Seriously. Sometimes all the new-year-resolution-I’m-going-to-do-it-this-way-this-year talk backfires on me. It’s my stubborn streak, I know.  You’ve got to do it for the right reasons, that little voice kept whispering to me. Tell your stories. Use your voice. Share your words. Sigh. Here...

Enter the Between
In the Eye of the Beholder

In the Eye of the Beholder

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, what about ugliness? How do we define ugly? What repulses us? And why?I poised these questions at Visionary Fiction Alliance in a review of Dean Koontz's latest release, Innocence, in which little by little, ste...

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The Blue Muse
New Year’s goals: Thinking back, looking ahead

New Year’s goals: Thinking back, looking ahead

Auntie Shawna and baby Satyana. If you guessed that my favorite experience of 2013 involved finishing the dissertation or graduating with a PhD or learning how to fly, you'd be close. All of those milestone definitely make the Top 10 Life List at ...

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