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Sparkle Weekly Wonderings

One of my last memories of my maternal grandmother was rubbing her feet as she lay in her bed, resting in between stories about life during World War II when my grandfather served as a medic. One of my fondest memories of my paternal grandfather is the second or third toast he offered at our wedding rehearsal dinner. I used to love visiting my friend Caroline who, at 94 years old, lived by herself above one of my favorite coffee shops. Our time together was short but the stories — oh, the stories!...

Sparkle Weekly Wonderings

“Buckle up!”...

Homeschool Resources: Both On and Offline

Homeschooling is an amazing oppurtunity for those who have the time and inclination to be at home with their kids all day, everyday. I won't lie — it's a ton of work. Sometimes it's not that fun, but the majority of the time it's the wildest ride. Everyday is a new journey and you never know where your child's interests will lead you. Here are some online and offline resources to help inspire and guide you if you are thinking about trying or are already in the thick of homeschooling....

Sparkle Weekly Wonderings

Here we go! School starts next week here in Austin, Texas. In our house, we’re talking new schedules and first-day jitters. We’re making shopping lists, new classmate connections, and devising homework strategies while encouraging deep breathing and can-do mindsets....

Sparkle Weekly Wonderings

It’s been a record year in so many parts of the world. In Texas, we started in June with 100-degree weather and have seen many a searing day since. (As I write this, it’s 108 in Austin.)...