The Teacher I Never Got to Thank

    May 10, 2017
    teacher appreciation week

    Brittany, Ms. Marie Halpin, and our buddy (and yearbook classmate) Jill

    Andrea, Ms. Marie Halpin, and our buddies (and yearbook classmates) Sommer and Jillinda


    Can I tell you something? I hated high school. Like really, really hated it.

    Some people thrive and blossom in high school and remember it as the best years of their life. But it was not that time or place for me.

    Let’s just say I was a work in progress. I was shy and self-conscious with a lot of learning about myself to do, and high school isn’t exactly a time of life I look back on fondly.

    So when a brief thought popped into my head recently that I should reach out to my former high school yearbook teacher, I kinda didn’t pay it much attention.

    It would have been so easy.

    “Look her up. Send a note,” the thought persisted. Continue Reading

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    Senate Rule 19: Learning to Play Nice

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    Tips for Contacting Your Congressional Office

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    January 30, 2017

    Thoughts on Refugees Coming to America By: Andrea “All Mormons are welcome in Missouri! You’re welcome, too!” I giggled a little bit as I listened to Senator Kit Bond, a Republican senator from Missouri, warmly invite…

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    Five Tips for Maintaining Civil Discourse on the Internet By: Andrea I glanced at the clock. It was 1:04 a.m. I was wide awake. My mind was racing a million miles a minute over a debate…

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    January 23, 2017

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    January 18, 2017

    By: Andrea I don’t recall how many wedding presents my husband and I gave this past year. A half dozen,  maybe more? But I can easily count how many thank you cards we got in return: two. Just two.…

  • Thank you, Mr. President

    January 11, 2017

    Reaction to President Obama’s Farewell Address By: Brittany “The most important office in our democracy is citizen. . . . Each of us must accept the responsibility of citizenship, regardless of which way the pendulum of…

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