December 2009

Green Resolutions That Pay for Themselves

Green Up

Going Green is great, but I wonder how fast the savings in energy costs overtakes the purchase and installation costs?  So, I sat down with my calculator and my favorite website and worked it out how long it would take for changes made today, NEW YEARS 2010, to start paying for themselves.  (Computed for a […]

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Homeschool: An Insult to Public Ed?

Simplify

“There are children every year, that you think, If I could take that kid home with me for a year, he’d be an amazing student.” –Mr. Ivory My husband is a public school teacher.  He has a noble profession and I admire it and him.  Actually, especially him as he is one of the top […]

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Getting the Best Deal on Poultry

Simplify

I found myself staring at leg quarters and whole chickens and split breasts and whole turkeys today.  All on sale.  No idea what was a good buy.  How much meat is on a split breast versus a leg quarter?  How does a whole bird compare to boneless/skinless breasts?  It’s a mystery. After a great deal […]

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Make a Felt Board

DIY

I’ve been meaning to make a felt/flannel board for years and never got around to it. Nosing around I heard that glueing the fabric to the board is supposed to interfere with the static that helps the figures stick to the board.  I’m not sure how true this is, but since I preferred a no-glue […]

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Creating a Voice

This is a much talked about topic in writing circles: “We’re always looking for a unique voice.” “A bright new voice.” “This piece has such incredible voice.” “This manuscript has no voice.” “These editorial suggestions will kill the voice.” “I just don’t care for her voice.” It’s obnoxiously vague, but you’ll be talking about it […]

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