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Author Kate DiCamillo connects with young readers. (Frédéric Benaglia/For The Washington Post) Washington has a lot of ambassadors.

Author Kate DiCamillo connects with young readers

Some of them represent faraway countries that don’t always get along with the United States government. They have tough jobs! But there’s one ambassador whose mission is less stressful and more fun. 12 board games to make you a better person. Tabletop titles are an easy sell for a quiet night in with friends, or for a lazy post-roast Sunday afternoon at the pub.

12 board games to make you a better person

Board and card games can be social, relaxing, hilarious and nostalgia-inducing. Parental Deschooling: Finding Your Non-School Normal. Parental Deschooling Part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 Starting Out Right Have you decided to homeschool?

Parental Deschooling: Finding Your Non-School Normal

You probably need some parental deschooling. Parenting An Average Student. Knocking Mockingbird off its perch. The Little-Known Story of the Night Witches, an All-Female Force in WWII. In the Nazi-occupied Soviet Union, German soldiers had a very real fear of witches.

The Little-Known Story of the Night Witches, an All-Female Force in WWII

Namely, the “Night Witches,” an all-female squadron of bomber pilots who ran thousands of daring bombing raids with little more than wooden planes and the cover of night—and should be as celebrated as their male counterparts. This month marks the 73rd anniversary of the start of their pioneering service. In June of 1941, the Axis powers pushed into the Soviet Union using the largest invading force in the history of warfare. The infamous Operation Barbarossa saw about four million troops wade into Russia from the west, establishing a line that threatened to overtake Moscow itself. The offensive was one of the most violent and terrible military actions in World War II, with countless atrocities committed against the Russian people. Bryan Stevenson on Charleston and Our Real Problem with Race. Bryan Stevenson has spent most of his career challenging bias against minorities and the poor in the criminal justice system.

Bryan Stevenson on Charleston and Our Real Problem with Race

He is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, based in Montgomery, Ala., an advocacy group that opposes mass incarceration and racial injustice. What Kind of Person Are You? The Four Rubin Tendencies. « The Happiness Project. Back by popular demand–the four Rubin Tendencies (I keep changing the name of this framework.

What Kind of Person Are You? The Four Rubin Tendencies. « The Happiness Project

Any suggestions or comments welcome. Do you like the Rubin Character Index Better?) My New Book about Habit Formation, as Distilled in 21 Sentences. Every Wednesday is List Day, or Tip Day, or Quiz Day.

My New Book about Habit Formation, as Distilled in 21 Sentences.

Today: My new book about habit-formation, handily distilled into 21 sentences. As I may have mentioned, I’m working on Better Than Before, a book about how we can change our habits. It’s at the copy-editing stage now, so it’s really nearing completion — both thrilling and slightly terrifying. Love who you are « A Brave Writer’s Life in Brief. Have you noticed how easy it is to wish away your chief personality features?

Love who you are « A Brave Writer’s Life in Brief

Do you think to yourself, “I’m the wrong personality for my temperament”? You might wish for a clean, orderly home in your heart, but your personality style is relaxed Bohemian. Or you are the sort who keeps a ship-shape house, but wish you could relax when your kids make big creative messes. Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great story. Our Brain Sees Known Words As Pictures. Bryan Stevenson: ‘America's Mandela’ Early in the morning of Martin Luther King Day, 19 January, I walked up Dexter Avenue in Montgomery, Alabama, to the Baptist church where Dr King had been the pastor.

Bryan Stevenson: ‘America's Mandela’

The plain red-brick building is in the shadow of the state capitol, a grand colonnaded white house at the top end of the broad avenue. Walking up there at a chill, cloudless 7am took me past some of the stations of the cross of the civil rights movement. At the bottom of the hill is the stop at which Rosa Parks stood 60 years ago waiting to take her fateful seat on the bus home. Near the top of it is a simple stone monument that commemorates the end of the Selma to Montgomery march led by King 10 years later (and now celebrated in a Hollywood film).

Stingray Birth Caught Live On Camera. Whilst fishing in Charlotte Harbor off the coast of Florida, teenager Calvin Conger found himself playing midwife to a stingray.

Stingray Birth Caught Live On Camera

How to Savor Life. ‘Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.’ ~Thich Nhat Hanh By Leo Babauta. (5) Sarah Susanka - Timeline Photos. An Unschooler Rethinks the Importance of Reading. I was, at best, skeptical. In fact, my distrust of what I was feeling was more akin to absolute disbelief than skepticism, like the difference between atheism and agnosticism. A lifelong advocate of reading and the written word, I found it uncomfortable to consider that reading and the love of reading weren’t absolutely essential to a happy, successful, and fulfilling life. This was alien territory for me, a total departure from my previously cozy and strongly-held position. I was being ousted from my proverbial comfort zone, and it felt like both body and soul were rebelling. Whatever the question, books were always the answer, the key. Deschooling: Starting Out Right at Home. Is the adjustment period a child goes through when leaving school and beginning homeschooling.

To fully benefit from homeschooling, a child has to let go of the school culture as the norm. This is called deschooling, and it is a crucial part of beginning homeschooling after a period of time spent in a classroom. Email: Trust the Process « A Brave Writer’s Life in Brief. On Facebook the other morning, I shared that the hardest part for homeschooling families used to traditional writing programs is making the mental shift to seeing writing as a process. Like all paradigm shifts, at first the new idea (the new way of seeing) feels wrong or unnatural. However, at the same time, you feel strangely drawn to the “new” (it’s spoken to some part of you where your truth and experience reside). So you push past your discomfort and lean into the new way of understanding despite your anxiety that it may be wrong! I got the following email from Stephanie and it beautifully illustrates this shift—what it looks and feels like to live into the new.

The Advantages of Dyslexia. Actually, practice doesn’t always make perfect — new study. Brave Writer - Today's thought: Your teen has interesting thoughts... This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like. The Counter-Intuitive Strategy that Really Works–For Habits, and Much Else. Helping Homeschoolers: Information, Not Advice. Study: Homeschoolers get more sleep, may be better prepared to learn. When Facing Temptation, Are You an All-or-Nothing Person? A Quiz. A Guide for Young People: What to Do With Your Life. Every Every Every Generation Has Been the Me Me Me Generation - Elspeth Reeve - The Atlantic Wire.

Mental And Physical Toll Of Bullying Persists For Decades. Hide captionThe longitudinal British study checked in with 8,000 families across 40 years to trace the trajectory of a bullied child. iStockphoto. Risks Of Popular Anxiety Drugs Often Overshadowed. Hide captionXanax and Valium, prescribed to treat anxiety, mood disorders and insomnia, can be deadly when mixed with other sedatives. Dean812/Flickr When actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an overdose in February, the New York City medical examiner ruled that his death was the result of "acute mixed drug intoxication.

" Heroin, cocaine and a widely prescribed class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, or benzos, were found in his system. In Their Own Words: ‘Study Drugs’ After Woodson High suicides, a search for solace and answers. Crossing the Line: How the Academic Rat Race Is Making Our Kids Sick  Can Schools Help Students Find Flow? Danse.