What if something had happened when you were in high school and you couldn’t have completed it? A family tragedy, a major life mistake, lack of adult encouragement. Even the most entry level jobs require a high school diploma or a GED. Today we celebrate with those who for whatever reason didn’t finish high school in the most traditional way. They completed their GED. Today we say Hats off to you! Congratulations for sticking with it. Way to go, setting your goal and accomplishing it. What’s next? Trade school, a certification program or college? You have now overcome some obstacle and you are ready for the next thing to better your life.

You may not know us, but there are thousands of us cheering you on.

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Does this make us just a little bit crazy? bookish quote

Guess I’ve joined the ranks of real writers now. I worked and worked on a piece that I submitted to a contest and didn’t make the finals. The dreaded rejection. Yes, I was pretty bummed. But the cool thing is that I’m in the middle of a giving upNanowrimo book and a few hours after not getting chosen I went back to writing. Guess that makes me a grown up. No tantrums. No eating a gallon of ice cream. I didn’t just pick up my pencils and go home, I jumped right back into the piece I’m working on.

I have no idea where my writing will take me or if I will ever be published; but I know I love putting words together to express a thought or tell a story. So, as one more rejection goes in the experience pile, I will move forward continuing to fine-tune my craft.


libraryIt’s like explaining to your child a record player, not having a color television, VCR, not having computer at your finger tips or cassette tapes — all good things that had their day and led to other great things. But our libraries should be cherished. They are home to the tangible wonderfully smelling books that tell stories and remind of us of those who came before.


give a kid a book Today our children go back to school. My “baby” is a freshman in high school and had to read Animal Farm this summer. I thoroughly enjoyed watching him experience and discuss a classic book. While he didn’t realize it, his mind was being awakened and he was learning to think critically about some very hard topics, like life isn’t always fair. He was also experiencing a new form of writing; one with symbolism and a greater meaning.

Obviously, I love to read and I do think the ability to read and understand the message is very important in the development of a young person growing into adulthood. Children and young people need to read a lot of different forms of writing and levels of literature. They may only ready a book of Hemmingway’s once, but it will change them. Or if they survive a Steinbeck book, they will learn something of another lifetime and culture. Oh, and let them know it’s ok not to like an author’s style. Just keep them reading and they will find the genre of interest.

To my friends who have small children and you think you are sick of reading the same book over and over. Do it! And make it fun for them, give the character’s funny voices and show gestures! Just wait until you high schooler is asking you the significance of Snowballs role to the other farm animals.  You’ll wish you were rhyming with Seuss.