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  An Easter Story for Children—and Adults By Carol A Brown   When working with young children who have little or no understanding of death and resurrection of Christ, it is best to use concrete examples showing how new life actually happens.     I tutor young school children in an afterschool program sponsored by my church. Children come from many different cultures, races, and backgrounds. The one thing in common is their interest and curiosity about the life and times of people from the Bible. Children usually relate well to David and his victory over Goliath, Adam and Eve creation story, and the birth of baby Jesus (though most of the time there is confusion about whether or not Santa Claus was at the manger scene).   The most challenging story is the Easter Story. Explanations of death and burial can be daunting. Even with the death of a relative most children have not experienced the trauma of a funeral and the viewing of death in a casket. Very fe

An Anchor for Your Soul

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An Anchor for Your Soul      

Connecting With Others In Time of Peace or Time of Trial

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  No matter if we are making a call or receiving a call, it is helpful to know ways to make the most of the conversation. There was a time, when we communicated through letter writing. Then the telephone rescued families from isolation. In 2021 we can connect with both voice and vision and be able to see and hear others. See this article in how to make the most of every visit.   

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 gr

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 dema
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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 ce

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, and   Arkansas).   ___________________________________________________________________________________