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A Summer of Passages

I hope you have noticed that I have been MIA this summer.  It has been a summer of passages, and I have been trying to wrap my mind (and heart) around it.  I have attempte to blog about each separate summer passage, but words escaped me (this is a rare occurrence).  Today, on this official last day of summer, I will take one more stab at wrapping it all into one blog.

Not long after school dismissed, my kids began visiting their oldest brother, Tiger, (who gets the Oldest Brother Award).

Scholarship for Branson Fans

Just a quick head's up today: is offering a $1000 essay scholarship for fans of Branson shows.  Give it a try!

Visit for details. 

New York State of Mind

I have always wanted to be a travel writer.  Doesn't everybody?  

I remember years ago when I attended a writer's conference with a wonderful friend and editor. 
A Chamber of Commerce rep was showing us around the city--and by that I mean lunch, coffee and tickets to a MLB game. Curious,  I leaned over to her at some point and asked, "Exactly what kind of people do you try to connect with in your job?"  

"Writers like yourself," she said. 


The Give and Take

Getting a scholarship is exciting, but winning one does require work.

If your high school student needs some traction to search for and win scholarships, point him in the direction of the Scholarship Diva, whose son has just been named one of the recipients of the Truman Scholarship.   Impressive stuff. 

Let your kids know it is not out of reach for them. Help them explore scholarship possibilities, and remind them what Henry David Thoreau said:  Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.

The Goodness of God

Our son, Ben, graduated from the West Point Prep School last weekend (USMAPS). 

Being the practical mom that I am, I am inclined to hop in the car with the Captain for a simple trip where just the two of us run up to attend the festivities and bring him home.  But, as his nickname implies, Captain Fun wanted to take the crew along. (Family fun would be scarce without him, I know.) 

We took all who were available and could afford to miss a few days of school--the four youngest kids and Grandma.
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