Inspiring Grit Part 1

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By Heather McMillan Grit is the inner determination to never give up. To rise again after a fall. To fight to the end. Even children can have grit. They need it to get through school and navigate peer pressure. Sadly, some kids face “real life” too soon, and a greater need for grit surfaces. For […]

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One Shining Moment Part 2

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A few more thoughts on Contentment by Heather McMillan Have you ever noticed that moments are fleeting? They don’t last. Good ones go away, and bad ones can’t stay. They are ever rushing by. One after another. Even when there is a string of similar ones in a row, they are still passing. Being content […]

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Creativity powered by Contentment

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December, and more specifically the Christmas season, gives us the MOST concentrated opportunity for practicing contentment than any other time of year. I want so many things! Especially Christmas decorations. I want to go all white…so that means completely starting over. But I want them to have meaning too…not just a bunch of things thrown […]

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One Shining Moment Part 1

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Thoughts on Contentment The winter weather in Texas is beautiful. Bright skies, cold brisk air. I jumped in my car the other day to make a grocery run. Within a few seconds, the heater was roaring at full speed, my sun glasses were perched on my nose, and I was cranking up the Christmas music.  […]

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Inspiring Grit Part 1


Uncategorized, Virtue Reflections

By Heather McMillan Grit is the inner determination to never give up. To rise again after a fall. To fight to the end. Even children can have grit. They need it to get through school and navigate peer pressure. Sadly, some kids face “real life” too soon, and a greater need for grit surfaces. For […]

January 8, 2018

One Shining Moment Part 2


Uncategorized, Virtue Reflections

A few more thoughts on Contentment by Heather McMillan Have you ever noticed that moments are fleeting? They don’t last. Good ones go away, and bad ones can’t stay. They are ever rushing by. One after another. Even when there is a string of similar ones in a row, they are still passing. Being content […]

January 1, 2018

Creativity powered by Contentment


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December, and more specifically the Christmas season, gives us the MOST concentrated opportunity for practicing contentment than any other time of year. I want so many things! Especially Christmas decorations. I want to go all white…so that means completely starting over. But I want them to have meaning too…not just a bunch of things thrown […]

December 22, 2017

DIY Ladder Tree


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We just moved to Texas, the land of short, expensive Christmas trees, from the PNW, where they grow like weeds. I wanted to buy a beautiful, tall artificial tree, but needed to wait until they went on sale. After Christmas. So, I suggested we not have a tree this year. WHAT? Ok, not gonna happen. […]

December 22, 2017

DIY Snow Balls


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Somewhere, in a designer window, I saw a large basketful of huge balls of yarn in beautiful colors. So pretty. So warm and wooly. But, too expensive. STOP THINKING ABOUT THEM! I decided to make some smaller ones. And then came the idea to create different textures and designs, like the look of warm, nubby […]

December 22, 2017

One Shining Moment Part 1


Uncategorized, Virtue Reflections

Thoughts on Contentment The winter weather in Texas is beautiful. Bright skies, cold brisk air. I jumped in my car the other day to make a grocery run. Within a few seconds, the heater was roaring at full speed, my sun glasses were perched on my nose, and I was cranking up the Christmas music.  […]

December 21, 2017

Some thoughts on patience.


Uncategorized, Virtue Reflections

Today my thoughts are about patience. Haha. My first thought is that patience is one of those words that instantly makes people feel guilty. Well, not today. Today, we are going to love it. Hopefully. You’ve encountered the beauty of patience if you’ve ever gotten up before dawn with a baby, stayed up late to listen […]

November 28, 2017

The Butterfly Review


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Every life has a story, and every story has a moral. Stories that teach virtue are beautiful to me; they present character in a non-lecturing fashion that inspires rather than enforces. they can open countless discussions about character and how it works in real life, they can model character and the consequences of not having it, they can […]

February 19, 2017

Teaching Small Acts of Kindness


How-To Guides, Virtue Reflections

“Thank you!”  “Can I help you with that?”  “I love your art project!” It is pretty amazing that these are the words of first graders. What is even more amazing is that they are choosing to use these words without prompting. As a mother of two grown children, a public school teacher for 22 years, […]

February 18, 2017

Start Their Day with Kindness


How-To Guides, Virtue Reflections

Kindness in the classroom is so important to me. Here are some tips that have helped me lead my students there every day. It all starts with with a morning meeting (The Morning Meeting Book by Roxann Kriete and Carol Davis). Our morning meeting encourages unity, and when students feel united they treat each other […]

February 12, 2017