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Narrative NonFiction and Fake News

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The North Carolina School Library Media Association recently presented the annual state conference for school library professionals. Because I am from a family of readers, I thoroughly enjoyed this 100% virtual event planned and produced by NC school librarians. The conference was a polished, well planned collection of best practices from across the state. The event was managed with the successful coordination of event software, Facebook, email, and other conferencing tools. Sched.com was an efficient scheduling software that permitted registrants to view the entire scheduled presentation, select the presentations for the day, and add these to a personal calendar. It was the best I’ve seen for keeping up with busy conferences and keynote speakers.Pre-recorded presentations were skillfully presented during each scheduled segment of the conference. At the end of the 3 days, registrants can return to the NCSLMA website and view and all presentations. This was great! One can listen and vi…

Tutoring Children in a Pandemic

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Life and Learning in Our Community 
Leaders in our community are unsure of,  and continue to debate, the safest yet effective way for educating our children. To date, school-age children attend school one week while learning remotely on alternate weeks. Teachers must manage classrooms with both in-school and in-home students simultaneously. This type of setting was never taught in the Methods courses for Teacher Education. I sympathize with their challenges. But, I worry more (as do their teachers) about the welfare of the children.  Learning is hard even in ideal settings. Concepts, skills, ideas, and rules must be processed, understood, and applied to everyday life. It requires time for learning along with the scaffolding provided by a parent, mentor, or professionally trained teacher. These challenges are a reality in our pandemic world. Everyone suffers--those with many resources and those without resources. It is particularly hard in homes where parents are working, often in deman…
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There are a lot of great things going on at Pitt County Senior Center. I call it "the maturing in place" option.See schedule and events linked below or at this pdf link. If you are an active adult,  retired or semi-retired, and living at home I know you have felt the sting of isolation over the past few months. To date, Pitt County Senior Center reports there have been no- Covid-19 cases identified at the Center. I walk on the Greenway every Friday and pass dozens on the trail---with careful 6 ft distancing as we walk. Hopefully we will all feel safe to attend events and classes at the Center. We know mental health is just as important as physical health and we need to interact with other people to maintain good mental health. I'm grateful to churches, community centers, and nonprofits for providing electronic meetings (like Zoom), but we might also step out and take a walk on the Greenway which is part of the Parks and Recreation Center next door to the senior center. C…

Carol Adamec Brown

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___________________________________________________________________ As retired faculty member at East Carolina University, I have opportunity to teach for various programs in the College of Education. I also tutor neighborhood children at the Backyard Buddies afterschool program sponsored by Oakmont Baptist Church.Recently I began writing short devotionals for online magazines. And, I am grateful for family members (and friends), living in South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, Oklahoma (Pennsylvania, Illinois, andArkansas).___________________________________________________________________________________

You've Got Your Father's Eyes

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You often hear people say, “You’ve got your mother’s smile”, or maybe a family member may comment, “you walk just like your Dad”. In 1979, gospel singer Amy Grant released an award-winning song entitled “Father’s Eyes.”1 The lyrics go— “She’s got her father’s eyes; eyes that find the good in things, when good is not around; eyes that find the source of help when help just can’t be found…” We like to be recognized for these positive attributes. For some people, having a family resemblance may not be the best thing to think about. A lot of bad habits and negative attitudes can be characteristics of moms, dads, siblings, and other family members. Others may not have known their father or even had a chance to meet him. But, help is on the way. There is a family that nurtures and provides a caring circle of love. What does God give us? God gives us family. This is one of His best promises. We are not alone or abandoned. We are not without support and guidance. The family God gives is not th…