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I have been cold forever and there is no end in sight.

The last time I felt warm was in August. I was sitting on the porch, in the shade, the cats in asymmetrical puddles at my feet, and we were all simply oppressed by the heat. We were dying of it. We were melting. And we didn't even appreciate it. Since then, I've been cold. My… Continue reading I have been cold forever and there is no end in sight.

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Wintry Mix

I have a love/hate relationship with snow days. Yes, it's nice to get a break from the morning rush, the forgotten karate bag, the school drop-off line. It's nice to have the time to do the breakfast dishes before dinner dishes are created. It's nice to have a third cup of coffee at my kitchen… Continue reading Wintry Mix

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Ten Books To Introduce Kids (of any age! Adults, too!) to Shakespeare by Andi Diehn

My post is up on Nerdy Book Club! Do you read Nerdy Book Club? They’re fabulous. Smart, funny, with great taste. I’m honored to be a part of it!

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When I was about 12 years old, I decided to read A Midsummer Night’s Dream. My mom was impressed. We went to the library and picked it up, along with Hamlet, just because, and I carried them home with a reverence usually reserved for books by Madeleine L’Engle and Noel Streatfield, my usual favorites that year.

But…what were these words? This wasn’t even English, was it? I didn’t understand any of it. Within a page or two of Midsummer, I was done, discouraged, disappointed. I didn’t even attempt Hamlet. Shakespeare, I decided, wasn’t for me.

It wasn’t until about five years later, when a high school English teacher got up in front of the class and performed the “To be or not to be” soliloquy with passion and total commitment that I was willing to give it another shot. And with daily read alouds, a steady…

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