Category Archives: Writing Project

Ushering in the New Year with a Flourish

By Heather Hollands “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” ~Annie Dillard My one-word resolution for 2013 is “flourish.” I like one-word resolutions because they guide you throughout the year but don’t restrict you to … Continue reading

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Soon summer will be a “figment” of our imaginations (Heather and Amy)

“The beginning of a book – the first chapter, really – is a revelation to me.  I can’t outline anything else, or even really think about what comes next in the story, until that first part is there on the page.  And … Continue reading

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What My Mother Taught Me About Shakespeare (Amy)

“The cathexis between mother and daughter—essential, distorted misused — is the great unwritten story. Probably there is nothing in human nature more resonant with charges than the flow of energy between two biologically alike bodies, one which has lain in … Continue reading

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Reaching out to the next generation of teachers (Heather)

When I was in high school, I didn’t consider becoming an English teacher. Sure, I loved to read and write, but I had different plans. My senior English teacher Mrs. Elaine Moore suggested several times that I should go into … Continue reading

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Surprise Me

~Guest Blog by Joe Routhier It shouldn’t surprise me that members of Congress don’t get it.  It shouldn’t surprise me that there are large groups of community members , even parents, that don’t get it.  It shouldn’t surprise me that … Continue reading

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March Madness: We Need a Win in Education with the NWP (Heather)

For many, March equates to basketball madness; even President Obama filled out his NCAA Tournament bracket.  Fewer people think of March as Education Month.  Obama has juggled a packed schedule with matters to address in Libya, Japan, and elsewhere — … Continue reading

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Word…to the Mic: Teacher Starts New Program to Encourage Writing and Sharing (Heather)

“This is a feel good place.” ~Debbie Goldsworthy Poets and storytellers head toward a lunchtime gathering place, where they will participate in an open mic reading. They see a sign outside the door, listing their names. Music draws them in, … Continue reading

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Getting Connected in the Snowy Upper Peninsula: A Message from President Obama to Our Community and to America (Heather)

“Connecting our people. Competing with the rest of the world. Living within our means without sacrificing what’s required to win our future. We can all do this. We’ve done it before.” “If you can do this in the snowy wilderness … Continue reading

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How can teachers stop killing the love of reading for students?

“You do not have to burn books to destroy culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” ~ Ray Bradbury (quoted in Readicide by Kelly Gallagher) Four years ago, I received a Michigan Reading Association Award for Educator of the … Continue reading

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Join us for “The Story Line,” an exhibition of family stories and local histories (Heather)

“Often the butter pat fell in the oven, as it was hard to see with teary eyes.” ~Ida Karttunen                    When my great-grandmother Ida (Nisonen) Karttunen arrived in America from Finland, she settled with her husband and daughter … Continue reading

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