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by | Jun 16, 2016 | No Comments
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dis·il·lu·sion·ment noun 1. a feeling of disappointment resulting from the discovery that something is not as good as one believed it to be.   A middle-school boy An insatiable appetite for the written word   A sensitive boy feeling deeply Words are not just words They are stories Of pain…

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by | Jun 2, 2016 | No Comments
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The 2015-2016 school year is coming to a close.  I find myself caught up in the minutia of life.  I am checking off the list of things that need to get done.  In just one day, my brain has moved on from the school year and into the next phase…

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by | May 19, 2016 | No Comments
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My children are very different in disposition and body type. As I sat down to prepare for summer, I realized that their physiological needs are very different as well. We all need exercise, but we all have different needs.  What are the best activities for each of my children? I…

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by | May 12, 2016 | No Comments
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I have a confession to make…  I am addicted to travel.  Not lavish travel.  Simple and affordable travel.  My absolute favorite?  FREE travel.   Travel enables me to see worlds outside of my own.  I see different ways of living and doing things.  I feel more connected to other cultures…

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by | Mar 31, 2016 | No Comments
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I venture to say that there has probably been no one more influential in the field of social and emotional aspects of “giftedness” than Dr. Kazimierz Dabrowski (1902-1980).  He was a Polish psychologist and psychiatrist who developed “The Theory of Positive Disintegration.”  Dabrowski believes that inner turmoil is necessary for advanced…

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by | Mar 17, 2016 | No Comments
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The concept of repeat exposure has been around since the 1930’s when the movie industry realized that most people needed to see an advertisement several times before making the decision to buy a ticket. Dr. Jeffrey Lant took the concept a step further by popularizing the “Rule of 7″ in…

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by | Mar 10, 2016 | No Comments
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In a 2014 study published in the journal, Frontiers in Psychology, researchers from the University of Colorado, Boulder, found that young children who spent more time engaging in open-minded, free-flowing activities displayed higher levels of “self-directed executive functioning.”     What is executive functioning?  It is essentially the set of…

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by | Feb 25, 2016 | No Comments
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She wakes up in a cloud of dread.  It is only Tuesday and Jenna has to endure school for the rest of the week.  Her mother has been calling her name over and over again. Jenna musters up the energy to leave the warm covers and slowly gets ready for…

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by | Feb 11, 2016 | No Comments
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Where can we expect to find some of our brightest minds? On college campuses. And it is there that we also find unprecedented numbers of young people battling anxiety.  This correlation makes sense. People who are bright are innately perfectionists and struggle with anxiety. So what do we do to…

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by | Feb 2, 2016 | No Comments
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Meet Arthur Lee Land.  Arthur is an incredibly talented musician.  His creative mind concocted the notion of pulling together West African drumming, bluegrass and folk rock to form an innovative genre of music he calls “Afro-Grass Folk Rock.”   He has now added “Electro-Americana” to the mix which is featured on…

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