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Hollyland: A Feel-Good Novel for All and a Must-Read for Every Artist and Art Educator

Patricia Leavy, one of our favorite authors, is back at it with a novel I couldn’t put down. In fact, Hollyland is the novel we’ve been hoping Leavy, an acclaimed arts researcher, would write. You see, in addition to being a prolific novelist with an unmistakable voice in women’s fiction, Dr. Leavy is also a world-renowned scholar. There’s no hyperbole here. She started receiving lifetime achievement awards at the age of 35!

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Can I Become a Great Leader?

If you're new to the business world, you might wonder if it's possible to become a great leader. After all, don't studies suggest that leaders are born and not made? Not quite, since there are many ways you can become the leader your company and team needs through an online course leadership!

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Working Class Coffee: Extraordinary Coffee, Outstanding Ethos


Coffee is so much more than a magnificent beverage—it’s a labor of love. From the farmers that grow the beans to the roasters that craft the deliciousness, the entire process is one to be cherished (and the results, enjoyed!).

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4 Tips to Improve the Behavior of Your Students

For teachers, creating a classroom environment where students feel safe and respected while also fostering an atmosphere of learning can be a difficult balancing act. If your students are not behaving as expected, it can make teaching more challenging and ultimately impede learning.

Here are four tips to help you improve your students' behavior and create a positive learning environment for everyone. 

Music for the New Year and Possibilities of Hope

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Jan 16, 2023 / 0 comments

It is winter in the northern hemisphere now, January.

I have always found this time of year time for reflection, for creativity, for seeking peace, and of course, for wondering and considering about what the new year will bring.

Music for the New Year and Possibilities of Hope

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It's All About the Art: BIG Wall Décor

BIG Wall Décor, based in Michigan, is an innovative, two-part wall art system that is making large, statement wall art easy and affordable to own."Everyone deserves to feel proud to show off their home. We're on a mission to make it easier and more affordable for everyone to have significant art. Art that's massive. Made by real artists. Something that is unique. Artwork that matters to you. Little, generic canvases just don't have the same impact as massive wall art, you know?” explains founder Nick Ford, Big Wall Décor.

Questions of Curiosity While Exploring Newfoundland

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Jan 14, 2023 / 0 comments

This summer, my husband and I undertook a move. A relocation from Massachusetts to Arizona has been undertaken by others, no doubt. We decided to make things a little more interesting than a direct route. We headed north. Our circuitous route is winding us through Newfoundland, Portugal, and North Carolina. When one would think to take the southerly route from the Carolina’s to Arizona in the winter months, we will make Bugs Bunny’s famous right turn at Albuquerque to get to Bozeman, Montana. Then, we’ll drive to Arizona.

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Human Rights and Reproductive Rights: A Compendium

From birth to death, our only assured companion throughout life is the body in which we exist

We use it to express who we are, through our voices, our actions, and occasionally through an odd-placed piercing. On the surface, the notion of an external force being given executive control over the most individual and personal aspect of life is absurd, yet bodies have become commodified, and bodily autonomy is facing an ever-increasing stream of barriers. 

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Curiosity, Wonder, Promise—stepping into a new year

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Jan 09, 2023 / 0 comments

We’ve turned the calendar page. It’s a new year, a new month, a blank slate; we begin again. We’ve been here before, yet we’ve never been here before. We’ve flipped the page, started a new something, and entered into the unknown prior to this, but it’s never been today before and never will be again. 

Deep breaths—how will you greet this day? 

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Curiosity, Wonder, Promise—stepping into a new year

Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes: The Rouse Simmons (the Christmas Tree Ship)

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Dec 24, 2022 / 0 comments

The approximate 6,000 ships that have succumbed to raging storms attest to the power of the Great Lakes. As I traveled, writing and compiling information for my three-volume travel series that explores Michigan's coasts, I heard or read the tales left behind by those ill-fated ships. They add a somber, but compelling backdrop to Michigan’s waterways.