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Through the Eyes of an Educator: Cultivating Compassion, Kindness, & Empathy

by Stacey Ebert / Jan 03, 2022 /
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We’ve turned the calendar page. As December has now come to a close, the lessons of the previous year hover between one year’s end and the other’s beginning. The old, the icky, the struggles, the issues of that past year shift into the focus of lessons learned and goals for a new year.

Sleep Deprivation in College Students: How to Cope?

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Sleep deprivation is a prevalent condition amongst college students. Around 70% to 96% of students get less than 7-hours of sleep every night. That is about two hours less than the recommended sleep guidelines!

Sleep Deprivation in College Students: How to Cope?

Write This: Author Lọlá Ákínmádé Åkerström on Intercultural Life, Social Issues, and Including the World

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We have long loved the creative artistry of Lọlá Ákínmádé Åkerström. She's a magnificent writer and photographer (check out our early interview with her here), a compelling speaker (listen to her TED talk!), and has a new book out that I absolutely DEVOURED. 

Winter's Music for Connection and Celebration, Solitude and Reflection

by Kerry Dexter / Dec 20, 2021 /
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Winter: it's a season of connection and celebration, solitude and reflection.

It is also a time of stories, and of music.

Quite a few of those stories have to do with Advent, and Christmas. Whether those are within your faith or not, there is much to enjoy and learn in the stories. There are many stories of the season told with no words, as well.

Winter's Music for Connection and Celebration, Solitude and Reflection

Love Italy? Read This: 103 Other Adventures In and Around Rome

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Think you know Rome? Here's a fabulous book that will show you SO much more to do, explore, eat, and learn than you ever thought possible. 103 Other Adventures* In and Around Rome - *Beyond the biggies like the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the Vatican is written by Bill Richards (whom you've met here before, with Family on the Loose columns and books!) and Silvia Prosperi.

Whether you're new to exploring Rome or an old hand, there is so much packed into this unassuming TARDIS of a book.

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Looking Back to Go Forward

by Stacey Ebert / Dec 06, 2021 /
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It’s that time of year again: the time when resolutions get made and reflections are shared; where we take stock, think back, and dream big dreams to come. It’s a funky time of year. For some families, it’s hard, hurried, and filled with hassles. For some, it’s festive, fabulous, and full of joy. For some, it’s reflective, reserved, and riddled with resolutions. 

Read This: Joy, Culture, and Celebration in Maria Pasquale's How to Be Italian

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Let me tell you about my new favorite book, How to Be Italian: Eat, Drink, Dress, Travel, and Love la dolce vita. It is beautifully written by Maria Pasquale, the author of I Heart Rome. Born to Italian parents, Maria always knew Rome was her destiny, although she was raised in Melbourne. With a formal background in political science and history, she is now an award-winning food and travel writer and journalist and contributes regularly to USA Today, CNN, Condé Nast, and The Telegraph.

All You Need to Know Before Applying to College

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Applying to college is a serious step in the lives of millions of people. Will your learning process become extremely difficult? How do you establish healthy communication with your teachers, mentors, and other students in your class? Learn the answers to these questions and much more in this post and discover the top facts you need to know before applying to college. 

All You Need to Know Before Applying to College

Music for Autumn's Landscapes

by Kerry Dexter / Nov 15, 2021 /
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Shadows slant differently in autumn light. Nights draw in sooner; there may be an edge to the wind. That wind often plays music on the rustling leaves as they turn to autumn's colors of red and gold.

It is a time of gathering as well as solitude, of reflection as well as celebration. All these take place in the frame of the natural world. Those changes and connections are subjects artists often turn to for reflection themselves.

May this music aid in your reflections and actions on the changes of this autumn season.

Through the Eyes of an Educator: The Practice & Discovery of Self Care

by Stacey Ebert / Nov 01, 2021 /
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Have you ever heard of the term self-care? Do you roll your eyes, thinking it’s all sorts of woo woo nonsense? Do you embrace it fully, relishing in those moments you make sure to take time for you? Do you think it might be nice, but when on earth are you supposed to find the time for that kind of thing? Or, do you find yourself a little bit interested but completely unsure of how to go about it? At one point or another, I’ve hit every stage of these questions. Well over a decade ago, I walked out of my first yoga class.

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