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  • Men Crying Among Education Conference Highlights

    With less than a month until NAA’s 2013 Education Conference & Exposition in San Diego, there’s one thing on my mind: fish tacos. And amazing education sessions, of course—but mostly fish tacos. Here are three other reasons I’m excited for June 19-22: 1. Bill Rancic. Yes, Richard Branson is amazing, and a billionaire, and he now has ties to the enviable Kate Winslet, but I’m really looking...
  • Father Knows Best

    My Dad has been a high school English teacher for over 30 years. Naturally, he couldn’t help but teach his own daughter a few things, too. 1. All of life’s answers can be found in “To Kill a Mockingbird.” My Dad is a faithful husband, but if he crossed paths with the 87-year-old author, Harper Lee, I would most likely have a stepmother. He dedicates approximately three months of each school year...
  • Remember Who You Kissed at Midnight?

    Floss daily. Exercise four times a week. These were two of my 2013 New Year’s resolutions. Now that we’re approaching the halfway point, how am I doing so far? 1. Floss daily. In the past five months, I have flossed. Now, if we want to get technical, I have not done so daily. I was just too…tired.  I did, however, get a real wake-up call last week when I was told to “only floss the teeth you want...
  • It's A Bird...It's A Plane...It's A Cicada!

      Back in summer 2004, freakish insects as big as a gerbil (give or take) and as loud as a Kardashian were slamming against the windshield of my Mom’s minivan as we headed to my high school graduation.  In the years prior, my parents had already begun worrying about how they would throw an outdoor graduation party while these ominous pests, known as cicadas, were treating our backyard like their...

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