I Tried Wakeboarding!

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Last week was a pretty sweet week to be me. My family and I were hosted by Destination Osoyoos, promoting family-friendly getaways to a beautiful part of British Columbia. It took us about four and a half hours to get there by car, but it's a very … [Read more ...]

My 5-Year-Old CAN Read

5 year old reading and spelling

One of the most-read posts here at Strocel.com is My 5-Year-Old Can't Read, which I wrote more than four years ago about my daughter, Hannah. I wrote it after watching a four-year-old actually read words, when my daughter didn't even recognize all … [Read more ...]

Wisdom From an Elementary School Principal

lessons from elementary school principal wisdom

Every morning my son's kindergarten class starts off with reading time for the first 15 minutes of the school day. The children choose books from the class library, and parents and family members are invited to stay and read. I try to be there as … [Read more ...]

Making Your Own Cleaning Products

homemade cleaners green living enviro-mama books

Have you ever had something nagging at the back of your mind? Something that you really want to do, and have been meaning to do, but just can't seem to get around to actually doing? I've been feeling that way about a fabulous book that has been … [Read more ...]

My Writing Process

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I realize it's tedious to blog about this, but I really wish I were blogging more than I am. This is why, when the fabulous Dana at Celiac Kiddo invited me to participate in a blog tour about my writing process, I was all over it. It simplified the … [Read more ...]

What I Will do This Year

birthday year ahead navel gazing

Let's just ignore the fact that it's been more than two weeks since my last post, shall we? Home renovations are progressing (at long last), and they've preoccupied me. Also, I've been preparing to head back to school for another semester, which just … [Read more ...]

Defining Forgiveness

forgiveness friday

It's the weekend, so I'm writing another Forgiveness Friday post. I should probably change the name of this series to Forgiveness Weekends, but I like alliteration so I'm leaving it as is. Either way, once again I'm thinking about forgiveness. Today, … [Read more ...]