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Metaphors – Let’s Stop Following Them Off a Cliff

I am on Facebook often. Social media is part and parcel of being an author (The Travelers, Saguaro Books). You have to stay connected. Some parts of social media I enjoy more than others. Honestly, I find the Facebook part mostly taxing. So what does this have to do with metaphors? It's kind of a strange leap. But here it goes...

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#BooksOverLooks Blog Series: Girls Are Just as Smart as Boys – Why Don’t They Think So?

I haven't recently posted anything specifically for my Books Over Looks blog series, the purpose of which is to talk about how to help kids, particularly girls, realize books, reading, education and thought are more important than material things or how many likes they have on Instagram. A recent study that found as early as 6 years old, girls already think they are NOT as smart as boys made me think it was time for another installment.

Why Can’t a Writer be President? America’s Obsession With Visual Un-Reality

Almost everyone, at least in the US, watches TV daily. We consume shows and movies like they're candy that our parents might suddenly take away. We all have our favorite genres and actors.

T-shirt Tuesday: The Secret to Raising Smart Kids – Read Smartly

Everyone wants a smart kid right? But how do you raise a smart kid? And can you or is it just genetics?

Flowers in February – This is Not Normal: Just Another Way the World Has Gone Crazy

• This week in Northern Virginia we again saw record highs, all week. Not just one day, not just one afternoon - all week. In February in the Washington, DC area, the cherry blossoms are budding. So, let's talk about climate change and how to educate ourselves and others on this topic through information and books!

It’s Just Not That Simple – Please Stop Trying to Make It That Way

This week the US is faced with yet another policy shift - increasing deportations. Whenever I ask people who are in favor of this policy why they support it, they say it will make our country safer and get rid of illegal immigrants who take Americans jobs. Why would this be bad? Here's the thing - that answer is just too simple. If you have a simple answer to a complex problem, you're not thinking. But, why do we do this? Why do we gravitate toward an easy explanation?

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