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Month of Thanks: Day 19


I’m thankful for the mystical things in life.  Next month I will be doing a blog series about spirit animals and the role they play in our lives.  This may sound completely crazy, but I assure you they exist. In January I want to do a series about Roman/Greek mythology.  I will probably take another mystical path in February, but I haven’t decided which path to take.  No matter what the path, mystery and mysticism is awesome to explore. Tagged: Month of thanks Original link
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Month of Thanks: Day 18


Today I’m thankful a roof over my head, food in my belly, and clothing on my back.  I know that sounds cliché and simplistic, but there are folks out there who do not have those three essential needs in their life.  I learned that those three things can be placed in jeopardy quite quickly.  Sometimes we need to remind ourselves of just how lucky we are.  The things we often take for granted are the things that other dream of obtaining.  Simply embracing the blessing of basic needs is enough to make us smile and reflect. Tagged: Month of thanks Original link
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Author Interview


Clancy Tucker Interviews Me G'day folks, see the interview on Clancy Tucker's Blog at  http://bit.ly/2jxx4To It was a lot of fun and as you can see, I'm learning to speak Aussie! Thank you Clancy. Clancy Tucker's Blog at  http://bit.ly/2jxx4To Patrick Parker Books Webpage: http://bit.ly/1ZEoYGu Amazon Author page: http://amzn.to/1izsnBH Goodreads Profile page: http://bit.ly/1pnLth0 Original link
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Bronze Award


       Six Minutes Early won the Bronze Award  in Authorsdb Cover Contest! Thank you for voting and making this happen. http://bit.ly/2gXRPqC Available in paperback or ebook editions from Amazon.   http://amzn.to/2fmAxyF Web page:  http://bit.ly/1ZEoYGu Original link
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Month of Thanks: Day 16


Today I would like to say how thankful I am to be an American.  I am thankful for the rights I have afforded to me by those who have bled and died for my country.  I am thankful for the opportunities that have been given to me as an American citizen.  I can pursue any avenue I choose.  I can even run for public office, which is quite tempting.  I have started a business.  I teach on two college campuses.  I have empowerment at my side.  That is not something everyone can say.   Tagged: Month of thanks Original link
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Book News: JET: Oblivion and JET: Duplicity now #FREE to read in #kindleUnlimited #KU


JET: Oblivion and JET: Duplicity (JET Kindle Worlds Novellas) are now available to read for FREE with your Kindle Unlimited subscription! (US Only) Featuring JET from Russell Blake’s bestselling action-adventure thriller series and characters from Kim’s action-packed Whitney Steel suspense series JET: OBLIVION After a catastrophic terrorist attack at a nuclear plant in California, JET, Mossad’s former deadliest operative, is leading a quiet life off the grid two-hundred-and-seventy miles away with her young daughter, but peace is short-lived when former FBI agent, Hal Decker, and ex-intelligence officer, Angela Donahue, track Jet down and blackmail her into helping them stop a new threat. In...
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Month of thanks: DAY 14


Today I am thankful that I had so many good years with my aunt.  She left us in December of last year.  I didn’t realize her time was so short when I made last year’s thankful posts.  I am so grateful that I spent nearly every single Friday with her last fall.  It was no coincidence.  It was meant for me to be with her during that time.  It made letting her go a little easier, but nothing will ever fill the void she has left behind. She understood the battle I face with mental health.  She faced those challenges, too.  She is the person who called me out regarding my eating disorder.  She was there when I found my first gray hair.  There are countless other things we experienced together, bu...
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Month of Thanks: Day 13


I am thankful for the spiritual understanding that I now have.  I used to live life in the dark, but no more.  Many folks wouldn’t agree with my particular preferences, but that’s alright.  My journey is just different, and that’s okay.  My beliefs don’t have to line up with yours.  My understanding of the light is all I need.  I am a solitary practitioner, and I like it that way. Tagged: eclectic , Month of thanks , rule of three Original link
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Month of Thanks: Day 11


As I said in yesterday’s post, I have been a college instructor since August 2015.  Where did all of that begin?  It began at my Alma Mater.  I was a 1998 graduate of Shawnee State University.  I always wanted to be part of the faculty there. I had been applying to SSU since 2011.  I thought that surely with a Master’s degree they would hire me.  I waited and waited and waited and gave up.  Thanks to the help of a friend, however, I was given a teaching position with the English Department.  In the Winter, Social Sciences picked me up. I have learned far more at the university than I could ever teach.  The staff, faculty, and students give me an education with each passing semester.  Some of...
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Month of Thanks: Day 9


I am thankful for my father-in-law.  Although he passed away in July, I still feel his presence.  If it weren’t for Jim, my husband wouldn’t be the person he is.  It’s true that we are not molded 100% by our parents, but they undoubtedly have a major influence on every aspect of our psychology and biology. Jim was a likeable, funny person.  His death has been a tragedy that my household has had to live with.  Last year was his first Thanksgiving in our home.  It meant so much to me to have him with us.  It’s a shame that was his last Thanksgiving with us.  Still, I cherish every minute I had with him.  Why would my life be life without Jim?  Without him I wouldn’t have my husband.  That says...
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Month of Thanks: Day 7


Today I am thankful for my work as an author.  It was a lifelong dream of mine to write books.  I started writing when I was 16, but I was writing short stories and poetry long before then.  I submitted my first manuscript at 19, but was rejected.  I continued writing, but threw most of those typewritten manuscripts away.  In 2012 I published my first draft of The Fine Line.  It was terrible.  However, when I was picked up by a publisher, it was worth it.  Winning my independence as an author was even more rewarding.  I still love writing.  I have many books in my head as well as on my flash drive.  I will get to those eventually.  Writing has helped me deal with disappointment, but it also ...
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Month of Thanks: Day 6


I am thankful for bad luck.  I know, I know.  That sounds insane right?  Think about it though.  Look at some of the roads life leads you down.  Some are dark; so dark you can’t see your hand in front of your face.  However, even when the path seems the darkest there comes a point when you have to shade your eyes from the glaring sunlight.  Every single situation that brings heartbreak and heartache also brings growth.  Without that growth, where would we be?  Where would we end up? All of the bad decisions have brought me right where I am.  All of the good decisions that turned bad, and situations that were meant to destroy me, have brought me right here.  Everything brings about change.  T...
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Giving Thanks: Day 4


Today I want to say that I’m thankful for my mom.  She taught me how to be strong through hard lessons.  She taught me what an education meant, and how important it would be to obtain one.  She taught me that the odds are typically not in our favor, but it’s up to each individual to go beyond those odds; to pull myself up by the bootstraps and go on. She is the only link I have left to my aunts, my uncle, and my grandparents.  I knew that one day we would travel this road without them, but it’s certainly been harder than either of us ever imagined.  This is our first holiday without my Aunt Evelyn.  Although I grief differently than most, I still feel the pain of her loss.  When my mother ta...
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$200 Amazon Gift Card #Giveaway (Nov. 3-13) + #Free Ebook of REFLECTION


It’s freebie Friday!  Snag a copy of REFLECTION (A Whitney Steel Novel – Book One) for FREE! Available at all major online vendors for a limited time. What Others Are Saying About REFLECTION “A deeply emotional romantic suspense that starts bold and holds you captive to the very end.” — New York Times Bestseller, Dianna Love “This was definitely an intriguingly phenomenal read. Cresswell is an amazingly captivating and suspenseful storyteller who is able to switch gears at the flip of the hat.” — Pure Jonel Book Reviews “Cinematic writing, powerful visuals, sleek, fast, utterly sexy, notches above anything we have read before!” — UP Authors “Action packed from page one…an impressively laid o...
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Get Your Geek On: Moving Ahead


Moving Ahead by Tracy Ford   The Big Three As a new doctoral learner, I have absorbed as much information as I can to take with me through the upcoming courses.   Nonetheless, there are three distinct skills that I have attained that I did not have before.   The first is Bloom’s taxonomy. At the beginning of this course, I found myself in the very basic stages of Bloom’s taxonomy.   As I worked through the discussion boards and the assignments, I realized how important it was to use the upper levels of the pyramid.   It helped me understand research, look for faults in the studies, and gaps for further research. The second important concept I took away from this course was finding credible s...
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Get Your Geek On: First Course Reflection


First Course Reflection by Tracy Wilson Abstract My passion for helping others is the driving force behind my desire to become an Educational Psychologist.  Pursuing a doctoral degree is a high-stakes quest, filled with challenges, triumphs, sacrifices, and rewards.  The first course of the program strives to prepare learners for the road ahead, addressing ethics in research and providing a fuller understanding of personal accountability as well as required individual change.  Once a learner has a firm grasp on the ethical requirements of doctoral research, topics can be investigated through literature review.  Exploring what is known and what is missing allow learners to move forward with a...
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Get Your Geek On: Re-Assessing


Re-Assessing Throughout the Life of the Program by Tracy Wilson Early in the Program:   Career Exploration and Professional Affiliations The reason I am enrolled in the Educational Psychology program is because I love teaching and aspire to be more than an adjunct instructor.   I also want to provide meaningful contributions to the field of higher education.   I do not think I am capable of abandoning the calling to teach. My intentions are focused and well-meaning.   However, reality may not include a full-time teaching position.   Therefore, exploring other career options is essential for a holistic understanding of my program.   I have to allow for a back-up plan.   The only way to do tha...
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Get Your Geek On: Professional Identity


Professional Identity by Tracy Wilson   The Career Planning Checklist (Capella University, 2016a) provides a wonderful resource for career preparation and projection.   I have taken many of the steps already outlined.   I explored the Career Center during orientation, and my enrollment advisor gave me information about career opportunities. Within the first couple of weeks attending class, I joined the American Psychological Association (general membership) and Divisions 2 and 15.   Division 2 is specifically for teaching psychology.   Division 15 is the branch for educational psychology.   Because I live in a rural area, there are no local chapters or associations to join for my field of st...
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Get Your Geek On: Ethics


Ethics by Tracy Wilson As I reviewed the studies presented in this unit, I tried to be surprised with the results.   However, I am not.   Working in child welfare showed me a side of humanity that I do not care to see again.   I saw depravity on so many levels.   So, to be surprised by the studies is difficult for me.   For example, the experiments conducted during World War II are utterly heartbreaking, but rather than being surprised, I am moved by the human indignity.   Still, I often wonder if the individuals who conducted the experiments truly believed they were making groundbreaking strides.   For instance, when Dr. Zimbardo was interviewed for a video entitled The Stanford Prison Expe...
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Get Your Geek On: Literature Review of Blended Learning


Literature Review by Tracy Wilson Abstract Blended learning is a student-centered model that incorporates face-to-face instruction with supplemental online activities.  The question remains as to whether blended learning impacts learning outcomes.  Researchers are striving to answer that question, and in doing so, a common theme is emerging.  Collaborative activities, both in the classroom and online, create positive perceptions among students, which contribute to student success.  The learners’ upbeat opinion then contributes to the probability of meeting desired learning outcomes.  Nevertheless, there are challenges surrounding technology, and there are significant gaps in research.  Some ...
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