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Virtual Book Review Tour

Unique. That is the word I would use to describe Deborah Ann Davis’s novel and her main character. I loved that the main character wasn’t some casanova or supremely popular kid. He was a bit geeky and had plenty of problems that stemmed from that. It made him compelling and easy to get behind as a character.

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How Science Geeks Cruise

Here is the cruise version of the Geek-Mainstreamer Gap, the famous GMG. (Okay, I made that up, but you know it exists. Think about high school.)

The other cruisers had lovely earrings carved out of black coral from Belize and polished to perfection. I had an untreated piece of black coral in its natural form, IMG_1562complete with an embedded shell.

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The CT Renaissance Faire

The CT Renaissance Faire will have you wiggling with delight. Imbibe some mead. Chomp on a turkey leg. Watch entertainers on a variety of stages. Get your fortune told. Join a parade. Be a spectator at a joust. Learn about old-time crafts. Listen or sing along to music. Relive history. Attend Knight School. Be enchanted by fairies. Gobble Dragon Ice Cream.

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5 Ways to Build Good Homework Habits

2. Work in a public area of the house. Avoid disappearing into a back bedroom somewhere. A measly two hours of homework can easily morph into a labor that extends into the wee hours of the morning, concluding when you fall asleep over the computer without completing your assignments.
Why? Because there are too many distractions.

External Distractions: Instagram. Tumblr. Twitter. Facebook. Pintrest. Email. Chats. MySpace. Music. TV. Gaming. World-building… Internal distractions: Daydreaming. Musing about a crush. Plotting against a foe. Worrying about finishing…

And what about the distraction of legitimate research? Once you delve into the unknown, countless worlds open up to you just waiting to be explored. It’s very hard to stay on course.

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Unsolicited Advice for Freshmen

Here is my unsolicited advice for freshmen starting high school. (Freshmen, listen up!)
Keep a tight rein on your freshmen.
Parents, your kid may look more mature and responsible than ever—and s(he) could very well be—but the beginning of the school year is not the time to extend latitude.

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Fireflies

There is one species of Firefly that has also developed the ability to flash out the secret code of a completely different firefly species. The unsuspecting male shows up expecting to get jiggy with it (What? Fireflies don’t keep up with slang.), and WHAM! They get eaten.

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Happy Earth Day!

If you shorten your shower by ONE MINUTE, you can save 10 gallons of water for every shower. If you shower daily, that’s 70 gallons a week. If you get 1 other person to shorten his/her shower by one minute, that would be 140 gallons of water you would be responsible for saving. Be a planet hero!

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Girlfriends Night Out

If you live in the Greater Hartford area, come join us for this fundraiser. You never know how your charitable acts will touch another person. Create a Ripple Effect Friday, April 17th at Parkade Cinemas in Manchester.

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CTRWA Interview

Have you been given any great advice on writing fiction, or do you have any to impart?
The people who like the same things you do will like your work. The people who have different preferences than you will prefer other types of work than yours. Your job is to figure out how to get your book into the hands of like-minded readers, and not take it personally if someone doesn’t prefer it.

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A Competitive Perspective

No matter how you train, or how much you prepare, you cannot control whether you win or lose because you cannot control who shows up to compete against you, whether in sports, in grades, or in job interviews. But no matter who shows up, you can control whether you do your best.

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The Conundrum of Curls

Every curly-head has good hair. One careless statement creates a Ripple that can negatively affect a pretty little girl’s self-perception. Words can have a powerful impact. Today we see all types represented in the media. I wish they had been more common 20 years ago. Oh well, at least they’re here now.

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