An Interview With James Stobaugh

Confession time. I am a book-aholic. I love books! I was recently asked a question: “If you had to be stranded somewhere for a full week, would you prefer to be stranded in an amusement park, on a tropical island, or in a library.” Well, that’s a no-brainer. Of course a library!

My favorite pastime is to curl up next to a fire in the woodstove with a cup of coffee and a good book. I am a nerd. I admit it. Other women can’t pass up a new outfit or a new pair of shoes or purse or a Starbucks…but I can’t pass up a new book. Continue reading

No Child Left Behind

No, I’m not getting political.  Rather I’m being reflective.

You see, I feel this school year was in many ways a failure.  It was a tough year.  “Joy” wouldn’t be a word I would use as a common characteristic of the year.  Though I had planned a very academic year, as we plowed through the work load, somewhere along the way we lost momentum. Add health problems and a crazy travel season (with Schoolhouse Publishing) to the mix.  Joy was no longer our fuel, and we limped through to the finish line.  Our “highly academic” year ended up being highly deficient.

Why? Continue reading