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Fall Creek Falls

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You know how I am about suggesting families get out of the house and do something together that has the lowest probability of conflict and the highest probability of something memorable (meaning enjoyable) happening. Nature is perfect for this kind of thing. Day trips to public areas are affordable on even the most limited budgets. Just got back from spending …

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Winter Solstice

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  The darkest day of the year marks the point at which light gradually but inexorably begins to fill more and more of the days that follow.  Don’t forget to fill your days (and nights) with peace, love, and joy. Peace [list style=”circle”] Calm Quiet Harmony Contentment Serenity Tranquility Rest [/list] Love [list style=”circle”] Affection Concern Devotion Compassion Care [/list] …

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New Year’s Eve

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It’s the biggest party night of the year when everyone is encouraged to throw out the past and celebrate the wondrous possibilities inherent in a new beginning.  Out with the old, in with the new!  Put the past behind you.  Look to the dawn of the very first day of a new year!  Start the New Year with a bang!  …

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Encouraging Adolescent Career Interests

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I spent some time with parents from Harvest Hands during our monthly parent discussion group talking about things parents can do to encourage their kid to be aware of and examine a wide range of possible career options. In between making kids pick up after themselves and breaking up sibling arguments, parents also need to help kids develop into happy, …

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Helping Your Middle School Kid Grieve When A Teacher Dies

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Jim Benton, a teacher at Grassland Middle School in Franklin, Tennessee, died unexpectedly of an undiagnosed medical condition while on a field trip with some of his students.  Here are a couple of things to consider in helping your kid understand and deal with death when it comes to a teacher they and their friends knew in a setting like …

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Family Day Trips and Tennessee’s Fiery Gizzard

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I just got back from a weekend spent in Monteagle, Tennessee.  Monteagle is a town located on the top (elev. 1923 ft) of the Cumberland plateau in middle Tennessee.  It is a great little college town (home to Sewannee, The University of the South, an excellent small, private, Episcopal university).  Right outside of town is one of the trail heads …

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Presentation to Spring Station Middle School PTO

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Just got back from a really enjoyable visit with the folks at Spring Station Middle School (http://www.wcs.edu/sstms/).  If you haven’t seen the Summit High School/Spring Station Middle School campus, it is this new, beautiful, modern school complex out in the rolling pastures of central Tennessee!  Unfortunately for me, it is WAY down south in the county while my office is …

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The Heart and Soul of the Next Generation by Michael Bradley

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I get really emotional thinking about people who make heroic sacrifices.  It is something that maintains my hope in humanity.  The odd thing is I am not talking about the heroes you read about in the news.  You are not likely to hear of the ones I mean.   They are quiet and unassuming.  Their heroism is the ordinary, profound sort …

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Home as a Spiritual Center

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Sunday was my final visit with Reverend Mack and the folks at Trinity Church. Kim and I got to witness the baptism of two new members of the church and partake in the observance of the Lord’s supper. For those unfamiliar with this Christian ceremony the Lord’s Supper is a sharing of bread and grape juice (in place of wine) …