Meet Rodney Shepard – He Shines Like A Star!!

  I truly enjoy meeting people who love their work – the people that stand out not so much because of the kind of job they have – but HOW they do it. Their spirits are invigorating, inspiring and frankly I find them contagious as I typically can’t help but smile by being in their […]

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Dr. Patrice Moulton – Sparky’s Galaxy All-Star Hall of Fame

This past week, I had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Patrice Moulton – my first professional mentor – at the American Counseling Association (ACA) Conference. I first met her in 2007 at the (ACA) in Detroit, Michigan. From that meeting, Dr. Moulton’s kind and generous actions led to me nominating her that year for the […]

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Sparky Tales Begins Today – A Foundation for Healthy Development

When I was 35 years old, I experienced a collision of events: my father passed away, the man I thought I was going to marry – thought otherwise, one of my best friends moved, I lost my job and I thought I was going to lose my home. I sought counseling about the myriad of […]

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A Good Parent Needs to Know When to Say “No”

  I have often doubted my parenting abilities and I was once again reminded of this yesterday. The crisp, frosty morning’s temperature was well in to the teens and I was doing my best to keep a cold from completely immobilizing me. My dog, Baxter, came up to me at the time of our daily […]

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The Magic of Christmas

  I love the magic of Christmas. For a decade now, our friends host a wonderful Christmas party complete with impeccable trimmings inside and out, a banquet of food, great conversations topped with the anticipated arrival of Santa. My husband has had the honor of bringing Santa to life each year. He enters with his jovial […]

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Seeking Travel Companions for Pinterest

I’ve become addicted to Pinterest.  There… I’ve said it. In theory, admission to the problem is the first step in recovery. But I’m not quite ready to set forth on that path, as I have realized what a valuable resource Pinterest can be for fellow counselors, parents, teachers and children. When I started in the […]

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Kickstarter Update

Hello everyone! Our illustrator has been in the process of bringing Sparky and Kelly to life. Four sketches of each character have been completed and we have been conducting polls of children to determine which sketches of Sparky and Kelly that they like best. We are targeting November 1 as our new date to place Sparky Tales […]

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What Are We Teaching Our Children?

I grew up in a time when people passed strangers on the street and in acknowledgement of one another an exchange of gentle nods would transpire or in some instances the words, “How do you do?” were spoken. Motorcyclists would wave hello to other motorcyclists and truck drivers would acknowledge other truck drivers – as […]

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Accepting Responsibility

Hello Readers! I have goofed!! I deleted most of the comments that have been written in response to our blogs.  I apologize. I am new to all of this and believed that the messages were all spam; however, they were not. But I acted on my belief and deleted your comments and for that I apologize. […]

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A Book on Feelings

As a counselor I’m always looking for good books on feelings. One of my favorites has been Glad Monster, Sad Monster. The kids equally enjoy this book – particularly that the pages tear out and has a mask depicted on the tear-out page (see photo). This allows the children to actually put the mask up […]

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