Thankful Thursday: Back to School!

I cannot be the only one…who is thankful their child has gone back to school after a long, long winter holiday. ...more

New study says math is not an innate skill

Researchers in Norway studied a group of fifth graders and showed that math is not an innate skill, but rather something you learn with practice (making your brain connections stronger).They tested 9 types of math - including addition, subtraction, multiplication, calendar and clock work. The tests were both orally and in writing. As the researcher pointed out, there is little correlation between solving a normal addition problem and addition in the form of a word problem. Why? Because up to 20 % of Norwegian boys in middle school have problems reading....more

A Holiday Extravaganza

The “Made-By-Me Workshop, Holiday Boutique & Bake Sale, Book Fair, Hot Chocolate Bar, Holiday Extravaganza” was an event that started out as just a simple bake sale....more

Life Changes?

Well these past few months have been interesting. I'm making more changes, when it comes to my future and being able to get the heck out of this city. I'm grateful for much of what it has given me, but if I stay here, I will shrivel up and die....more

Math, Coding and Explore

I want my kids to do super well in school.  They tested well on their state stardard test but they are so lazy.  Imagine if they read the question and thought about the answers, they can be competitive for higher awards like college scholarships.  All they care about is beating their electronic games.  Why not beat the entire nation on your SAT scores?  How can I make reading and studying fun?Today's goal is to make it through the day without anyone yelling at me. ...more

Best Friend Forever, literally

NaBloPoMo Prompt: Tell us about your first friend....more


In the fall of 1973, 21 children started first grade at St. Joseph School.  In May of 1985, 11 of them graduated from Knoxville Catholic High School.  Those 11 kids spent more time together than they probably will spend with anyone else, ever, other than the members of their nuclear family....more

What can you do with an English Degree?

Being a University student is probably one of the hardest things I've had to do so far in my life. Why? Well I had to move out of my home, and live with strangers. I don't get to see my family or my friends as much as I would like and I always seem to be lacking in the money department. Even getting student loans and working part time I'm scrambling just to pay my rent and let alone my phone bill, groceries etc. ...more

NaBloPoMo: Study Spots

Exam season is upon many college and university students and the struggle to find a spot in the library is near impossible. To be honest, I'm not one to be able to stay for very long at the library, unless it's inside one of the study rooms which, unfortunately, have to be booked ahead of time. Here are a few spots that I have found some sort of peace of mind and actually got work done (save for that 1-hour break I give to myself because I think I deserve it)....more