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TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL SEMESTER by Jean Marie Alfieri
Saturday, November 28, 2020 by Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK  Zuggy the Rescue Pug - Adoption Day

AUTHOR:  Jean Marie Alfieri

PUBLISHER:  self-published

GENRE:  Children's Picture Book

SERIES OR STAND ALONE:  Stand Alone

TARGET AGE:  5-8 years (also great for adults to read to younger kids)

 

 

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOM AUTHOR JEAN MARIE ALFIERI TO PATTI’S PORCH. JEAN OFFERS SOME TIPS ABOUT EDUCATING OUR CHILDREN DURING THIS TIME OF PANDEMIC AND ALTERNATE LEARNING.

 

 

 

JEAN IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR A COPY OF ZUGGY THE RESCUE  PUG – ADOPTION DAY.

 

 

 

TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL SEMESTER

Start 2021 the Right Way

 

 

 

by

 

 

 

 

Jean Alfieri

 

 

 

We all thought social distancing and wearing face masks would be long over by now. But the threat of Covid-19 is far from over. How can parents who had no intention of (or experience) being home-school teachers make the most of this situation? With many schools requiring at least some at-home learning, here are some simple tips to encourage a memorable learning experience AND maintain your sanity!

 

 

 

  1. Be sure to READ over the holidays. Reading is an essential skill in every class. Don’t let it get rusty over the winter break. Create family time by reading aloud. Kids can read to younger siblings and to their grown-ups. Even better, have them act out the story in a play. This may involve creating scripts for important scenes. Watch it “live” or older kids can record it “movie-style”. Make some popcorn and enjoy the entertainment!

 

 

 

Introduce your kids to some of your favorite books from when you were their age. Want to be more current? Check out the on-line resources at the library for what is trending. Also, consider the classics. If your kids have seen it in movie-form, they’ll likely enjoy reading the book!

 

 

 

  1. Stay positive. You care more about your child’s education than anyone. This makes you uniquely qualified to ensure they are learning, growing, and making the most of this school year. Your kids will likely embrace your attitude, so let them know this is unusual but okay.

 

 

 

  1. Make it fun. Happy learners are more engaged. The more interactive a lesson can be, the easier it will be recalled and the longer it will be retained. Fresh air can be invigorating, even just a short break. Get outside when the weather permits and do a lesson or two in the yard or nearby park.

 

 

 

  1. Use your resources:
  • The school has the established curriculum, tools and tips. Stay in close contact with the teacher.
  • Any subject matter experts in your extended family? Let them know how and when they can pitch in with phone or Zoom calls to discuss relevant topics.
  • Check out the wide variety of free supplemental online resources.
  • “Go to” your local Library – or utilize their virtual options.

 

 

 

  1. Plan your day. Following a routine is important for kids and grown-ups. Posting an agenda will help to ensure everyone knows the daily goal, and the necessary lessons are covered. Besides, everyone wants to know when to expect a stretch-break and when to look forward to lunchtime. Check each agenda item off your list. This visual provides an affirming sense of accomplishment!

 

 

 

  1. Don’t forget the ARTS! Many schools are forgoing music, art and gym this year. Guest speakers (such as children’s authors) have also been dropped from the curriculum. It’s a shame because these classes and interactions are essential in the development of a child’s creativity. They must be exposed to the arts to have an understanding and appreciation of them.

 

 

 

          What did you love as a kid? Whether your passion is reading, writing, drawing, painting, knitting – it started                  somewhere. Carve out some time to share your favorite crafty activities with your kids. You could also look up a            favorite author and see if they offer virtual visits.

 

 

 

  1. Allow yourself some grace. You are doing a great job – one you weren’t even formally trained to do! A great benefit of lessons from home is that you’re staying better connected with how and what your children are learning this year. It’s okay for you to have fun with it too!

 

 

 

Amazon Buy Link for Zuggy the Pug – Adoption Day  

 

 

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN A COPY OF ZUGGY THE RESCUE PUG – ADOPTION DAY BETWEEN NOW AND TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8TH AT MIDNIGHT MST.

BY LEAVING A COMMENT, YOU GRANT PERMISSION FOR YOUR EMAIL TO BE REVEALED TO THE AUTHOR IF YOU ARE THE WINNER TO FACILITATE RECEIPT OF YOUR BOOK.

 

 

 

When Jean Alfieri’s eyes locked with those of a smooshy-faced little dog who sat inside a kennel at the Humane Society, it was love! He captured her heart. She captured their many adventures in short story poems starring Zuggy the Rescue Pug.

An author and speaker, Jean and her husband live in Colorado with their “vintage puppies”. She is best known for her guided journals and short story pug poems. Find out more at:

https://www.JeanAlfieri.com

http://www.zuggythepug.com/

 

 

 

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Comments

Jackie Layton From SC At 12/8/2020 5:52:03 PM

This looks like a great book. My grandkids have two dogs and two cats. 3 out of 4 are rescues. The girls want to be vets, and I know they'd love this book.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Jackie. So glad you stopped by and are enterd in the drawing.

Natalya Lakhno From CA At 11/29/2020 2:21:12 AM

What a great story! Thank you for the chance!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Natalya. Thank you for stopping by and letting us know you were here.

Becky M Van Vleet From CO At 11/28/2020 4:11:18 PM

Also, Jean, I really appreciate your tips for homeschooling during the pandemic. I believe you are spot on for tips that can guarantee success!

Becky M Van Vleet From CO At 11/28/2020 4:10:02 PM

Jean, I have read two of your three Zuggy books, and they are delightful! You have a gift for poetic writing and your illustrator added icing on the cake. I know children will fall in love with Zuggy, just like you!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Becky. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with Jean and my readers about her books.

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10/23/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR SALLY CHAMBERS
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10/16/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR TERESA POLLARD
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10/9/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL KITTLESON
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10/3/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR PAULA MOWERY
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9/11/2015

LIFE AFTER LIFE BY JUNE FOSTER
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8/22/2015

INTRODUCING A NEW BLOGGING COMMUNITY
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8/9/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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7/24/2015

WHY WE WAIT
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7/11/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR MISTY BELLER
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6/27/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR ELIZABETH MADDREY
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6/13/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR DONNA DOUGLAS
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5/22/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
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5/9/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR LEE CARVER
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4/10/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR VALERIE COMER
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3/27/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR MARIAN MERRITT
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3/14/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR AMBER STOCKTON
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2/27/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE ALMONY
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2/14/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR JAMES CALLAN
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1/24/2015

A MODERN DAY MIRACLE
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1/16/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE PEASE
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1/10/2015

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SEVEN
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12/27/2014

AUTHOR GINA WELBORN RETURNS
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12/20/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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12/18/2014

WHAT DOES ADVENT MEAN TO YOU?
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12/14/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR PEG PHIFER
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12/8/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR JANET K. BROWN
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12/6/2014

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY WRAPS UP PURE GENIUS SERIES
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11/29/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SIX
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11/22/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR BILL GARRISON
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11/14/2014

WHAT DO YOU MISS?
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11/8/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
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11/1/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FIVE
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10/25/2014

DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
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10/19/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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10/10/2014

POINT TO POINT TO POINT
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10/5/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
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9/27/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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9/19/2014

BY THE NUMBERS
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9/15/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
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9/5/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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8/30/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
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8/23/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
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8/16/2014

SITTING IDLE
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8/10/2014

It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
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8/3/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
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7/26/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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7/20/2014

WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
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7/14/2014

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
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7/5/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
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6/27/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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6/20/2014

UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
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6/16/2014

REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
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6/7/2014

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
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5/30/2014

SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
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5/17/2014

WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
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4/23/2014

MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
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4/19/2014

PLAY BALL!
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4/17/2014

JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
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4/12/2014

ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
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4/4/2014

THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
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3/29/2014

HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
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3/26/2014

HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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3/22/2014

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
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3/19/2014

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
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3/15/2014

WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
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3/13/2014

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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3/8/2014

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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3/1/2014

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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2/22/2014

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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2/15/2014

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
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2/12/2014

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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2/8/2014

Baby, It's Cold Outside!
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2/5/2014

A Matter of Perspective
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2/1/2014

Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
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1/25/2014

Monopoly!
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1/21/2014

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
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1/17/2014

What Did You Mean By That?
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1/14/2014

Wildlife Video
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1/10/2014

My Best Reads of 2013
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1/8/2014

The Dumbest Kid in School
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1/3/2014

Good-bye to 2013
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1/1/2014

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
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12/22/2013

One Spectacular Christmas Display
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12/19/2013

Where are You Going This Advent Season?
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11/29/2013

Shared Experience
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11/24/2013

Facing the Monster
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10/25/2013

Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
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9/27/2013

I'll Be Happy When...
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5/14/2013

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
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5/5/2013

I Can't Do This!
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5/2/2013

BREAKING THE RULES
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4/28/2013

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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4/21/2013

Vulnerability to Fear
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4/17/2013

Faith and Fear
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4/15/2013

Those Temporary Interruptions
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2/21/2013

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
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2/7/2013

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
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2/3/2013

Taking Stock
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1/30/2013

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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1/26/2013

Winter - Bah Humbug!
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1/22/2013

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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1/19/2013

Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
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1/16/2013

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
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1/12/2013

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
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1/9/2013

The last Day of the Christmas Season
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1/5/2013

Accountability in the Extreme
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1/2/2013

The day after Christmas
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12/26/2012

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
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12/22/2012

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
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12/19/2012

Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
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12/15/2012

Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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12/12/2012

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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12/8/2012

News From Nashville & Beyond
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12/4/2012

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
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11/13/2012

Welcome Home!
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11/13/2012

Confessions of a first book editor
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11/13/2012

Going Home
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11/13/2012

GPCWC in Restospect
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11/13/2012

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
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11/13/2012

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
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11/13/2012

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
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11/13/2012

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
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11/13/2012

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
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11/13/2012