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When Mothers Earn Our “Stripes”

“Mom, you are beautiful, but check out your stripes in this picture.”  My daughter is on the verge of 8, and we are on a double decker bus in London heading somewhere; she is examining the morning’s photos she has taken with my phone. Stripes?  I’m confused until I glance down at the screen to… Continue reading When Mothers Earn Our “Stripes”

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Growing Up is Hard: Just ask April Flowers and Teenagers

“I can’t believe it’s happening,” overhead in the back seat by a friend’s kid. “What’s happening?” I inquire, honestly believing we are talking about an upcoming test or someone’s behavior or an eagerly anticipated event over the weekend. “Puberty is happening.  Well, it isn’t exactly happening at this minute, but it’s going to. What I… Continue reading Growing Up is Hard: Just ask April Flowers and Teenagers

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Wanted: One Fabulous Principal

Dear Experienced Administrators, We are in need of an excellent administrator, but before your read the OFFICIAL information regarding the application, please check out these student testimonials about how much they love their school.  They care as much about who comes next as parents and staff members do: Jillian wrote, “So here are several reasons… Continue reading Wanted: One Fabulous Principal

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Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

There was a time when many schools in NH did not honor Martin Luther King, Jr or other Civil Rights leaders with a holiday.  There was a time when many schools in the United States did not honor humans like Martin Luther King, Jr. period.  There was a time when many Americans did not understand… Continue reading Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

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Why Mentoring Matters– Both to Children and Adults Alike

January is National Mentoring Month, which is cool on many fronts, but mostly because a local baby has been born in our community whose mission is to foster mentoring relationships between young women and their more experienced counterparts.  This “baby” is Virago, a new program falling under the Bridge Project, coordinated by Life Coach Tracy… Continue reading Why Mentoring Matters– Both to Children and Adults Alike

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“Maybe That’s Just What We Look Like Now?”

My dear friend Jolene celebrated her 44th birthday tonight, and we joined her for tree decorating, catching up with her teenage sons who grew too quickly, and, of course– eating good sushi.  I’ve told the story of my friendship with Jolene easily one thousand times, but I’m not sure I’ve ever written about it.  Moving… Continue reading “Maybe That’s Just What We Look Like Now?”

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For Those Veterans Learning to Be Soldiers

Our school recently sent batches of letters to soldiers completing their Basic Training down in Ft. Benning, Georgia thanking them for their service this Veterans’ Day.  A recent graduate, Liam Clark, is there, just one of the thousands of young men and women learning to be soldiers.    They maybe don’t feel like Veterans yet,… Continue reading For Those Veterans Learning to Be Soldiers