VOTE for Education – Wordless Wednesday

by Ilinap on October 22, 2014

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She Taught My Son to Read – Wordless Wednesday

by Ilinap on October 15, 2014

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OK, I lied. This isn’t really a Wordless Wednesday post, but I promise to keep it brief.

Bird is thriving in sixth grade. He won the “Voracious Vocabulary” award in first grade. He is the sort of kid who walks around with a basketball in one hand and a book in the other. Truth be told, all his reading is getting in the way of his chores and responsibilities. We’ve been tempted to ban him from reading as punishment. But he knows that’s never going to fly. Bird consumes books the way most kids consume chocolate milk. I once chided him for having a messy nightstand, a pile of books teetering like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. In true Bird form, he pointed out my own nightstand, also overloaded with books. Ahem.

You wouldn’t believe that Bird was once a reluctant reader. We beseeched his teacher to help. Mac Daddy and I had even less patience than we have today and were less than ideal teachers to encourage and support our firstborn. Bird was a clever, verbal kid who just couldn’t get the knack for reading. He loved books and tried his damnedest, yet he just couldn’t make sense of all the letters that seemingly jumbled together.

Enter Ms. Eleczko, stage left.

She taught Bird to read. I can hardly comprehend the weight of this statement. Do you remember the teacher who taught you to read? I sure don’t. I wish I did, for that is the greatest gift I’ve ever received. A teacher, somewhere along the way, gave each one of us this gift of words. Ms. Eleczko also taught Bird confidence and curiosity along the way. There is no adequate value we can put on this.

But we can demonstrate the value we put on education at the polls on November 4.

Vote for education.  





Videri Chocolate Factory – Handmade in Raleigh

October 14, 2014

Tweet Today’s installment of Handmade in Raleigh features Videri Chocolate Factory. Any idea why the brand is called Videri? I imagine they’re the coolest parents at career day. Amongst the accountants, attorneys, orthodontists, and interior designers are Sam and Starr, chocolatiers. I figure they leave a trail of decadent cocoa aromas in their path, the pied piper [...]

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Tincture Tea – 5:00 Fridays TM

October 10, 2014

Tweet   The news is spewing forth stories of ebola, flu, and enterovirus. We are bracing ourselves for the season of sickness. The germs…they are upon us. We’ve already had a couple sickies in the house, and come to think of it, my throat is feeling a tish scratchy. It’s possibly psychosomatic, but I’m not taking [...]

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Spark Metal Studio – Handmade in Raleigh

October 9, 2014

Tweet Raleigh, North Carolina is a bastion of creativity. Your ankles are lapped by creative juices on every corner of this town, be it an architect, textile artist, painter, writer, aerial acrobat, musician, chef, or jewelry maker. The local movement shouldn’t just be about food and farming. I want to celebrate local folks who are [...]

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10 Ways Having a Tween is Like Having a Toddler

October 8, 2014

Tweet Spontaneous combustion is highly possible, also known as a temper tantrum. There can be screaming and crying for (apparently) no reason. You still have to remind them to wash hands, brush teeth, and flush. At least one article of clothing is ruined on every play date. They use their sleeve as a napkin. It’s [...]

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You Spice Up My Life – 5:00 Fridays TM

October 3, 2014

Tweet Even at a young age I knew Debbie Boone was boring. I mean, really, is there anything more nauseatingly treacly than You Light Up My Life? It’s the perfect song to mock, and I have it tucked away for just when I need a karmic embarrassing moment  for tween payback. I vowed to never be boring. [...]

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Happy Birthday, Jimmy Carter! – Wordless Wednesday

October 1, 2014

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This Little Piggy Went to the Market – #FarmToPork

September 29, 2014

Tweet I am not a country girl. I don’t even like nature (I value it but I don’t want to loll about in it). I wouldn’t say I’m high maintenance as much as I suffer from a phobia of dirt and bad smells. This is also why I’m not a city girl. I’m what you [...]

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My Son Wants to Be Kim Kardashian When He Grows Up

September 25, 2014

Tweet My son asked me how Kim Kardashian got rich and famous. I didn’t really know what to say. The answer is both simple and complex. She has a raging mom who pushed her daughters into the limelight. The family searches to overcompensate for some sort of emotional cocktail of entitlement, insecurity, and narcissism. They [...]

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