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7 ways a child can be your best teacher

When it comes to talking about parenting, we often hear Moms and Dads recite some version of the phrase “It has completely changed me.” And it’s true, but never did I imagine that a child would be the most instrumental teacher I’ve ever had without her even knowing it. In fact, until she came along, […]

The most important diet you’ll ever start

I started a new diet the other day. To begin, I cut out all the negativity. This meant, I stopped complaining and started tracking my gratefulness. I also made a list of all the energy-zapping people, thoughts and ideas that had been lingering around and dropped any need to keep them in my life. I began […]

What it’s like being a single Mom on Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day I do not wish to sleep in or receive flowers or have loved ones gather ’round as I eat breakfast in bed. Besides, when you’re a single mom, those things aren’t likely to happen anyway. But, I’m more than OK with that. In fact, what I want for Mother’s Day is what I want every other day […]

Finding magic in a Maine lifestyle after living away

These days, we rise in the morning, curtains backlit by a penetrating sun. Depending on which window you’re in front of, there is the faint shadow of a tree branch, moving slightly with the wind. Certain repetitive movement momentarily hypnotizes me. Sometimes waves making their way to shore; more frequently, my 6-year-old daughter twirling and […]

11 ways to help kids love nature more than video games

Earth Day has passed but I’m sure during that week you heard something like this: “Every day should be Earth Day.” While I whole-heartedly agree, in order for our society to appreciate the environment on a daily basis, we need to stop thinking about the three R’s for a minute and focus on something else: […]

What happens when you stop texting for 30 days?

Don’t text and drive. Don’t text in the presence of company. Don’t text at the dinner table. How about, don’t text at all? Sounds crazy, right? Well, for the next 30 days I’m about to find out just how crazy it is. As someone who works from home, I spend a lot of time bouncing […]

Life Paths: What happens when you move to a remote island

This blog is part of an ongoing series that will help showcase the different paths available to students after graduation (and in some cases, before graduation). By Erinne Magee Ten years ago my intuition told me I needed a change. So I did what any sensible twentysomething would do: I moved 8,000 miles away to a remote island […]

Life Paths: How Grief Motivated My Career

This guest blog is part of an ongoing series that will help showcase the different paths available to students after graduation (and in some cases, before graduation).   By: E.G. Moore My career started in the dark webs of a fading loss. My baby sister had died years ago, yet my grieving still hung on my heart like soggy […]

Life Paths: How I Became a School Custodian

This guest blog is part of an ongoing series that will help showcase the different paths available to students after graduation (and in some cases, before graduation). By: Emily Dort I remember sitting in my senior English class with the assignment of writing my college essay. Our career aspirations. I had this “great life” all planned out: Go […]

April Fool’s Day Is A Good Reminder To Laugh More

My 6-year-old daughter has a dollar store board book filled with jokes that she has memorized and frequently she chooses it as one of our “bedtime stories.” “Do you remember all the answers,” she will ask. “I do.” “But aren’t they still so funny?” Well, no, I think to myself. Aloud, I smile and nod. […]