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Learning to read…

Posted by Annie on Sep 9, 2016 in Education

Kindergarten – which means “garden for children” in German – is not kindergarten anymore. It’s yesterday’s first grade, or even second. Kindergarten’s academic standards are dramatically more rigorous than even a decade ago (“find textual evidence”; “read texts with purpose and understanding”; “distinguish between similarly spelled words by identifying the sounds of the letters that […]

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Essential Oils and Health

Posted by Annie on Jul 6, 2015 in Education, high school

Our family has been experimenting with Essential Oils and I have to tell you, I’m having a blast.  Now, you might ask, “Why essential oils?”  Let me count the ways… Essential oils work, from Lavender for itching or for relaxing to Ylang Ylang for depression or as  health booster for the nervous system. I have […]

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Yosemite Firefall in Photos

Posted by Annie on Dec 12, 2010 in Activity, California, Seasonal

When Grandma was a young girl she spent her summer vacation at Yosemite National Park. She actually witnessed the real Firefall — the last Yosemite Firefall to flow was on January 25th, 1968. I’m told it was a site to behold. Today photographers come from all over to witness for themselves the spectacular event, which […]

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