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Crock Pot Bread Baking (Fast Bread in a Slow Cooker)

Crock Pot Bread Baking (Fast Bread in a Slow Cooker) | Heart_Matters - Faith, Family, & Love - What Really Matters! | Scoop.it

Zoe writes:"But, bread in a crock pot? Over the years we have gotten requests from readers to develop a method of baking our dough in a crock pot. I had my doubts, lots of them. I didn’t think the slow cooker could get hot enough, I thought it would take too long, I didn’t think it would bake through or have a nice crust and I resisted trying it. I was so convinced it would be a fail. Oh, how wrong I was. "


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Bread = Love!

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, March 14, 2014 9:32 AM

This may look completely off topic, but it reminded me of  elementary lessons when I paired books with food: The Big Hungry Bear with strawberries, Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! with carrots. Imagine The Little Red Hen, or even better The Stinky Cheese Man paired with freshly made bread! Imagine how wonderful your library would smell!

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Lo intentaré y luego les diré cómo me fue.

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Bill Murray gives a surprising and meaningful answer you might not expect.

Bill Murray is asked what he wants that he doesn't yet have. His answer is honest, candid, and resonates with many of us. This is an excerpt and the full 5
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This really made me stop and think.

 

Let's TEACH and LIVE in the Here and NOW. 

 

Sounds kinda obvious, but let's not sleepwalk though life or our profession because we, and the kids, deserve our presence to really be HERE for them. I might have to blog this. I might have to try this. IRL.

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Want to be happy? Be grateful

Want to be happy? Be grateful | Heart_Matters - Faith, Family, & Love - What Really Matters! | Scoop.it

The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful.

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The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful." - Brother David Steindl-Rast 

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40 Self-Care Ideas for a Healthy Mind and Body

40 Self-Care Ideas for a Healthy Mind and Body | Heart_Matters - Faith, Family, & Love - What Really Matters! | Scoop.it
Self care is what we easily forget in today's hectic life. But if we want to be both physically and mentally healthy, we need to love ourselves more!
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Hey, this week...why not treat yourself real good!?

You deserve it!

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Get To instead of Have To

Get To instead of Have To | Heart_Matters - Faith, Family, & Love - What Really Matters! | Scoop.it
Today join me in saying that my life is a gift not an obligation and I Get To make the most of it.
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This is a terrific article by author Jon Gordon shared by my awesome principal Mr. Rick Wilson!

 

It's all about perspective! How we look at things!

I GET to work with amazing kids every day! I get to have lunch duty (don't roll your eyes!) I get to share my life with great people and I get to pray and be grateful.

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This Teacher's Pure Reaction To His Students Buying Him A Pair Of Vans Will Warm Your Heart

This Teacher's Pure Reaction To His Students Buying Him A Pair Of Vans Will Warm Your Heart | Heart_Matters - Faith, Family, & Love - What Really Matters! | Scoop.it
Protect him at al
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Aww this is the BEST THING EVER!

BE Thankful for Thanks, Ya'll!

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6 Holiday Activities for Kids That Focus on Giving

6 Holiday Activities for Kids That Focus on Giving | Heart_Matters - Faith, Family, & Love - What Really Matters! | Scoop.it
Switch your focus from receiving to giving this holiday season with these fun family acitivities.
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It's GOOD to encourage kiddos to GIVE!

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Day 8 - A Year off from being a Librarian to be a Mom

Day 8 - A Year off from being a Librarian to be a Mom | Heart_Matters - Faith, Family, & Love - What Really Matters! | Scoop.it
9.10.16 People : This afternoon we attended the wedding of two of our good friends. It's funny how sometimes you have friends tha
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Danielle is an amazing librarian. She's also an author. She's taking a year off from being a HS TL to be with her kiddos - she has twins & toddler. AND now she's going to blog EVERY Day! Not just weekly, EVERY. Day.

She's obviously nuts. READ it!

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One day about ten years ago, when I lived on Coronado Island in San Diego, I was driving around town...running errands and taking care of the daily business of living, and, like I always do whilst ...
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a lovely post by @muffybolding

and sorta exactly why I teach Middle School!

One kid, one book, one smile, one coat,

one cell phone case, one hoodie, one gift card

one side hug, one grin, one knowing nod

one "I'm here if you need me" one scratch and sniff bookmark

one kid at a time.

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▶ XTC - Senses Working Overtime (1982) (HQ) - YouTube

From XTC's album Black Sea from 1980.
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Two Englishmen have seemingly created the soundtracks to my life. @XTCFans  (Andy Partridge) & David Bowie. Thank you.


My heart belonged to Bowie in 1980 when Ashes to Ashes came out. My soul belonged to Andy Partridge that same year when Black Sea was released. I traded my Import copy of Sid Sings (Sid Vicious) for it - I still have the album & paper sleeve.


I remember dancing around my bedroom before I left for the bus stop to High School, blasting and singing this song at the top of my lungs. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Senses working Overtime!


Then changing the numbers into Russian singing them trying to make them fit. (Because I was taking Russian language in HS - it was the cold war, don't judge me) Adin, dva, tree, etc. Then screaming out

England's Glory!

A striking beauty!

(Victorian matches)

When those subtly layered tracks were heard. It wasn't until later, years later, when the Internet came around to me in the early 90's that I could Look up what was "A striking Beauty" and found out.


Thank you, Andy.

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Abe wants you to be happy. So do I.

Abe wants you to be happy. So do I. | Heart_Matters - Faith, Family, & Love - What Really Matters! | Scoop.it
Explore The Daring Librarian's photos on Flickr. The Daring Librarian has uploaded 7975 photos to Flickr.
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Why? Sometimes you have to remind yourself and
Sometimes you need a mantra!

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Hope (A Zen Perspective)

Hope (A Zen Perspective) | Heart_Matters - Faith, Family, & Love - What Really Matters! | Scoop.it
Mindfulness is being present in the given moment. Parker Palmer speaks about fidelity and faith as being linked together. The faith we have is not that we follow a predetermined, linear path where ...
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Breathe deep, smile, live NOW. I have certain things I think about when I meditate or get massage and body work done. Guided imagery. It's so important to try and get quiet, clear your mind if interfering thoughts and ideas...and just be.


I imagine a burlap sack of wheat or grain on the back of a wagon on the main street of an old west town. Strange, I know - but it works. I can hear it, smell it, feel it. I am the grain. OR sometimes just a babbling brook in a wooded green area is lovely, too!


I also think @ivon_ehd1  is pretty amazing. I'd suggest following him on Twitter.


Great post - LOVE the first 3 paragraphs! But the "battle-blind birds pecking for seeds between the corpses" sorta a little too graphic for me! LOL Darn pecking birds!

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Eminent Tech: Attention

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This is a lovely and important post to read. It made me think and feel and really, can you ask for any better than that?

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The Meaning of Memorial Day: A Military Widow Reflects on Life, Loss and Moving Forward

The Meaning of Memorial Day: A Military Widow Reflects on Life, Loss and Moving Forward | Heart_Matters - Faith, Family, & Love - What Really Matters! | Scoop.it
For so many people, Memorial Day is about the start of summer, family cookouts and trips to the beach. And while all those things celebrate the freedoms we all enjoy as Americans, for the families of our fallen troops Memorial Day is deeply personal....
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To all members of our Armed Services & Families: Thank you for your sacrifice and bravery!  This article is very moving.

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A Daily Mindful Walking Practice - Mindful.org

A Daily Mindful Walking Practice - Mindful.org | Heart_Matters - Faith, Family, & Love - What Really Matters! | Scoop.it
Before you begin your meditation, find a quiet space to walk. It could be outdoors, or in a hallway, or even a large room, walking back and forth.

Walking meditation can be a formal practice, like watching the breath. Or it can be informal, bringing awareness to this everyday activity, whenever you need to travel from point A to point B. Walking meditation gives us an opportunity to gather our awareness which so often becomes distracted or even stuck when the mind is left to its own devices. Whether moving between floors of a building, on a city street, or in the woods, it is an opportunity to guide ourselves out of the distracted autopilot we live in throughout so much of our day.

Paying attention in this way, we stay safe by remaining fully aware of whatever is around. On any walk, hike, run, or other physical activity, without effort we may mentally check out—or we can practice awareness instead.

Via John Evans
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I would try this, but I would fear that I would zone out & trip over something or run into a wall!

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Gratitude - Moving Art™

Originally Published on Oct 14, 2011 by Louie Schwartzberg A Moving Art original short. This inspirational video was well responded at TED conferences an
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Want to be happy? Be grateful. A beautiful video shared by my inspiring principal Mr. Wilson @hcpss_mhms

 

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Pre-K students send sweetest letters to the Falcons after Super Bowl loss

Pre-K students send sweetest letters to the Falcons after Super Bowl loss | Heart_Matters - Faith, Family, & Love - What Really Matters! | Scoop.it
A group of pre-kindergarteners in Georgia did their best to cheer up the Falcons after their tough Super Bowl loss.
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Awww! This is very sweet!

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Dog of the year helps 8-year-old boy with autism find his voice

Dog of the year helps 8-year-old boy with autism find his voice | Heart_Matters - Faith, Family, & Love - What Really Matters! | Scoop.it
In recent months, Xena also has been visiting with a 12-year-old girl with cancer at a children’s hospital in Atlanta and with cellmates at an Atlanta jail who train homeless dogs through the Canine CellMates program.
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This is a truly heartwarming story that my principal Mr. Rick Wilson shared with the staff in his weekly Happy Friday email! 

 

How cool is that? A principal who passes along not only Danielson tips but also heartwarming and inspiring stories?!

 

On a personal note, I wish my Autistic nephews would have had the chance to have a dog in their lives. Darn sister in law always said no! Gah! Lord, take the wheel!

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Why You Shouldn’t Work on Weekends Infographic

Why You Shouldn’t Work on Weekends Infographic | Heart_Matters - Faith, Family, & Love - What Really Matters! | Scoop.it
Why You Shouldn’t Work on Weekends Infographic What did you do over the weekend? Chances are you put a few extra hours in at work, whether in the office or on the sofa with your smart phone. Americans have a bad habit of working too much: 61% even take their work on vacation with them, which is p... http://elearninginfographics.com/why-you-shouldnt-work-on-weekends-infographic/
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Do your life and your HEART some good & enjoy your weekends! Take time off to de-stress and LOVE your profession!

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Act of kindness #24: Kindness Advent Calendar

Act of kindness #24: Kindness Advent Calendar | Heart_Matters - Faith, Family, & Love - What Really Matters! | Scoop.it
It’s almost that time of year again… time to spread a little festive kindness. My Kindness Advent Calendar works just like a normal advent calendar but instead of the usual chocolate countdown, we …
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I love this idea!

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, December 2, 2016 2:00 PM
Although I think kindness is an everyday way, this might help some teachers who are unsure how to go about being kind.
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All sizes | Coastal Cottage - Ocean View, DE | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

All sizes | Coastal Cottage - Ocean View, DE | Flickr - Photo Sharing! | Heart_Matters - Faith, Family, & Love - What Really Matters! | Scoop.it

I LOVE this sign. And this is from a girl who mostly finds putting sayings on walls a little to twee! 

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These are sayings that I could, should, & try to live by!

 

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21 Positive Quotes That Will Powerfully Influence Your Life and Work

21 Positive Quotes That Will Powerfully Influence Your Life and Work | Heart_Matters - Faith, Family, & Love - What Really Matters! | Scoop.it
can't have a positive life with a negative mind
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"You can't have a positive life with a negative mind"

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David Bowie & Iman: Is This Love Or What?

David Bowie & Iman: Is This Love Or What? | Heart_Matters - Faith, Family, & Love - What Really Matters! | Scoop.it
Let's all come together for a collective "aww shucks" because after two decades of wedded bliss, Mr. and Mrs. Jones seem to still be going strong. The examples of their shared values and similar goals are key for a relationship to thrive. David Bowie and Iman | Mr. and Mrs. Jones They met on October 1990 on…
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This makes my heart happy. My heart belonged to Bowie in 1980 when Ashes to Ashes came out. My soul belonged to Andy Partridge that same year when Black Sea was released. I traded my Import copy of Sid Sings (Sid Vicious) for it - I still have the album & paper sleeve.


Two English men who have seemingly created the soundtracks to my life. Thank you.

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Be Thankful - It's ALL about the Perspective

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In this time of year in America where we try and be thankful - maybe share this with our kiddos to show it's all bout one's perspective.

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Anne Says: Lessons from Green Gables | The Daring Librarian

Anne Says: Lessons from Green Gables | The Daring Librarian | Heart_Matters - Faith, Family, & Love - What Really Matters! | Scoop.it
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Yeah, sugary sweet with a side of snark. That's Anne of Green Gables!  Like an effin redheaded Pollyanna! That's her, alright!

(& sorta me, too!) 

Heh heh heh

[cue eyeroll]

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Under Armour Just Made This 5-Year-Old Dog Attack Survivor Feel Like A Superhero

Under Armour Just Made This 5-Year-Old Dog Attack Survivor Feel Like A Superhero | Heart_Matters - Faith, Family, & Love - What Really Matters! | Scoop.it
When a dog attacked 5-year-old Jasper Poole last April, the only piece of clothing that remained intact was his Under Armour shirt.

He was playing with his cousin at his aunt's house when the family's 2-year-old Pit Bull attacked him. According t...
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Dag, my eyes are leaking. @#$!#$ Under Armour! <3 You!

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