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About shelljob

I am an educator and life-long learner, exploring new adventures as a teacher-librarian and graduate student. This blog is part of a course on Web 2.0 that I am taking. I am also the parent of a philosopher, a velcro dog and two independent cats. They all manage to keep me humble and grounded!

Speed of sound …

Nighttime is dark and silent in the town where I grew up, surrounded by towering trees and mountains. As children we knew to come home when the streetlights turned on, as it would soon be too dark to play. The … Continue reading

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Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection …

My desire to communicate using the written word started in grade 2, when the encyclopedia salesman sat in the living room with my parents. I wandered in and saw volume H of the New Book of Knowledge, and as they … Continue reading

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Islands in the stream …

I remember my first crush – it wasn’t on a celebrity, or a boy at school. It was Laurie in Little Women, who was soon joined by Gilbert in Anne of Green Gables. I was drawn to their playfulness, loyalty, … Continue reading

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I’m so glad we had this time together …

The Carol Burnett show premiered the year I was born and carried on for 11 seasons. I grew up admiring Carol and her team of performers – who can forget how Harvey Korman would crack up in his scenes with … Continue reading

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My dream is to be free …

Along with my love of performance previously documented in an earlier blog post, my other earliest memory is of the chalkboard in our playroom. I loved to draw on the board and tell elaborate stories about what I had drawn … Continue reading

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I believe in the power of you and I …

Wikipedia states that “Belief is the psychological state in which an individual holds a proposition or premise to be true.” As young children, we carry unquestionable belief in the existence of Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy. Parents work to … Continue reading

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Teach every child to raise his voice …

Go out and tell our story. Let it echo far and wide. Make them hear you, Make them hear you. Make Them Hear You, from the musical Ragtime. Performed by Dwayne A. Thomas Looking Back … my voyage as a … Continue reading

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