The mind

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This post features an important quotation for all those who are teachers.

Chape Fitness

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.” Plutarch

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In America, 1.2 million Children Have Lead Poisoning!

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This post is very important for the safety of the children of our country.

K. D. Dowdall

1.2 million children in the US have lead poisoning. We’re only treating half of them. Several states are doing an abysmal job of testing at-risk children for lead poisoning.

Trump has signed an executive order, for those who may not know, to eliminate all Regulations on Lead use in the USA (this includes bullets, paint, metals,  possibility of water and food contamination and etc.  Updated by Sarah Frostenson@sfrostensonsarah.frostenson@vox.com Apr 27, 2017, 4:30pm EDT. tweet · share. Thousands of lead poisoned children, who are …and more » from Health – Google News http://news.google.com/news/url?  www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/4/27/15424050/us-underreports-lead-poisoning-cases-map-community […]

via 1.2 million children in the US have lead poisoning. We’re only treating half of them. – Vox — Sam Feaster

The worse states are, for the 39 states the reported to the CDC are:

Georgia

Tennessee

Florida

Kentucky

Kansas

Arizona

New Mexico

Nevada

10 other states declined to report to CDC

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Beyond Telling a Story

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This is an extraordinary post!

A Teacher's Reflections

I tell stories.  It began many years ago during lunchtime in my classroom with my preschoolers.  I told a story about my childhood, The PeanutMan, which has become a classic story that children beg for, along with at least fourteen other stories.  Yes, my stories actually have names.  Imagine that!

My storytelling grew.  They were all true, and every time I told a story I began with, “It happened like this”.  That phrase has now become a magnet.  When children hear those words, they are glued to my story.

Storytelling was also the start of my writing.  I began writing newsletters to the parents and families of my preschoolers.  I realized that telling children about my childhood adventures was as important as telling parents about the meaningful things that happened in my classroom.  Both mattered.  Both made a difference.  My writing grew tremendously because parents needed to know not only…

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Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society Book 1 by Charles F. French is now in Muhlenberg College’s Trexler Library!

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I am very proud to announce that my novel Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society Book 1 is now in the Muhlenberg College Trexler Library. As an English professor and advisor of adult English majors at the Muhlenberg College Wescoe school, I am  honored to have my work included in the library!

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Please follow the following links to find my novel:

ebook

Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:

interview

Quotations on Inspiration

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“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

                                                                    Mahatma Gandhi

 

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“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

                                                                    Albert Einstein

 

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“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

                                                                   Theodore Roosevelt

What is One of Your Favorite Books?

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I am a teacher, a writer, and a lover of books. I cannot remember a time when I could not read, and the simple act of reading a book is one of the best pleasures in life.  So, I was thinking today about a book, one of my all time favorites: The Shadow Of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, that I am using in an Independent Study at Muhlenberg College. This novel is brilliant, funny, witty, Gothic, romantic, and deeply engaging.  Can you tell I love it?

Here is a quotation from the back cover of the paperback:

“Wondrous . . . masterful . . . The Shadow Of The Wind is ultimately a love letter to literature, intended for readers as passionate about storytelling as its young hero.”

Entertainment Weekly, Editor’s Choice

So, I ask you: what is one of your favorite books?

 

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Please follow the following links to find my novel:

ebook

Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:

interview

Share Your Writing!

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Hello to everyone! I want to offer an opportunity for all writers who follow this blog to share information on their books. It can be very difficult to generate publicity for our writing, so I thought this little effort might help.  All books may be mentioned, and there is no restriction on genre. This include poetry and non-fiction.

If this event is successful, I will do this about once a month.  To participate, simply give your name, your book, information about it, and where to purchase it in the comments section. Then please be willing to reblog and/or tweet this post. The more people that see it, the more publicity we can generate for everyone’s books.

I hope this idea is successful, and I hope many people share information on their books!

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Please follow the following links to find my novel:

ebook

Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:

interview