Dreams of a Friend.

Sharing a close friend’s triumph is like you yourself achieving a goal you set for yourself.

J.S. Park: Hospital Chaplain, Skeptical Christian

Support your friend’s dreams. If they fail, you still supported them. If they succeed, you always believed in them. Otherwise, even when they succeed, it won’t feel like a victory that can be shared with you. And if they fail, they’ll feel like they disappointed you most. Support dreams, because there’s already so little passion in the world and so few of us go for the life we always wanted.

— J.S.

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shoveling snow and following Jesus

Derek Maul: Words, Photographs, and Food for the Journey

IMG_8165 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.Hebrews 12

I am now the proud owner of my very own snow shovel. I know, that sounds kind of nerdy, but it’s a fairly big deal for this relatively recent import from the sand and sunshine of Florida.

So I went directly next door and shoveled my parents’ sidewalk, and their front stoop, then a path to their car. I was having so much fun that I shoveled our own front stoop, and sidewalk…

Then I realized how tired I was…

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Blogging 101 and Photo 101 start Monday

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The next session of Blogging U. begins Monday, with Blogging 101 and Photography 101. Learn more about each course, see how Blogging U. works, and register!

And you'll get a badge! Who doesn't love a badge?

Blogging 101: Zero to Hero
March 2 – 20

Blogging 101 is three weeks of bite-size blogging tasks to kickstart a new or dormant blog. You’ll walk away with a stronger focus, several published posts, a handful of drafts, a theme that reflects your personality, a small (but growing!) audience, a grasp of blogging etiquette — and a bunch of new friends. Build blogging habits and connections to keep you going over the long haul!


Photography 101: A Photo a Day
March 2 – 27

Photography 101 helps you hone your photographer’s eye. This four-week, intro-level course is open to all, from new bloggers to hobbyist photographers to pro-shooters. Each weekday, we’ll give you a new photography theme and tip — we might share advice on composition, working with different light sources, or image editing — and the community…

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What travel really means to me…

Little Grey Box

I had been thinking of what I wanted to share with you in this week’s personal post and was having a hard time deciding, until something lovely popped into my mind and made me smile. Lately I’ve been going through a lot of old photos of my family and my childhood, as well as lots of travel photos and memories from the last 8 years. Seeing all these things has been a great way to reflect on everything that has happened and the huge changes from where I was and the path I was on to where I am now and where I’m headed.

The motivator for all the changes I’ve made is travel, the ability to go somewhere new and experience a new place and culture. It’s strange to think one thing can be so defining, but it’s also really cool to know what the one thing you really enjoy…

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“I Need a Book about the Titanic” by Lucretia Brattin

Nerdy Book Club

One subject in history has it all:  tragedy, mystery, mayhem, social classes, celebrities, science and romance.  I am referring to the story of the Titanic. In our school the “official” study of the Titanic begins in the fourth grade reading anthology.  Students read the short story Finding the Titanic by Robert D. Ballard.  This story begins each student’s quest for everything Titanic.

titanic making of a doomed shipBefore I became our school’s librarian, I taught 4th grade.  Because of this I am aware that fourth grade students will be asking for books about the Titanic. Even though we have several books in the library about this subject, I’m always on the lookout for more.  Recently, I came across a new book by Sean McCollum, Building the Titanic: The Making of a Doomed Ship.   Sean McCollum has written over 30 books in the non-fiction genre for intermediate level students.  He is…

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