Startling Early Literacy Statistics

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Startling Literacy Statistics Come read with me!

I was reading a blog by Edmentum ( a blog about Educational Issues) called ‘By the Numbers; Why Early Literacy Matters’ and it gave some startling statistics such as the following:

“1 in 6 children who are not reading proficiently in 3rd grade do not graduate from high school on time –4 times greater than the rate for proficient readers1″

However, if you do this, you can make a major difference

“Children who are read to at least 3 times a week by a family member are twice as likely to score in the top 25% in reading as compared to children who are read to less frequently1″

Reading is necessary in our world. Reading and writing is a large part of how we communicate, especially in our digital age. If you can’t read and write an email, read Google searches and put together…

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“Complex Trauma: Understanding and Treatment”

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A Broken Blue Sky

The following video is one of the best videos I have watched on Complex PTSD.

If you suffer from C-PTSD, it will be very emotional to watch. But it will also be very validating of all that you went through and help you to understand your reactions to life. And will also confirm why it is important to be kind to yourself and to take care of yourself.

If you have not experienced trauma, this is the perfect video to understand those who have.

It is well worth watching for everyone.

Complex Trauma: Understanding and Treatment  by Diane Langberg

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GROUNDING

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Patricia J Grace

020Each morning I awake and try hard to calm the anxiety. No, I don’t want to get up at 4:30 so lay in bed half sleeping till after 6. Sometimes I just have to get up, but I was still so tired from the egg dying get together yesterday I lay quietly. 

A few times these past weeks I’ve had to take Xanax in the AM, a very unusual occurrence for me unless I have a medical appointment. Just a half and it helps. But more times I use meditation to get below the buzz. Most of it is irrational like believing my breathing was a problem, but it was only congestion in the back of my throat.

I ponder why this spring I’m affected with fear and anxiety when other years it just felt like big highs then some lows till leveling out by May. I think it is…

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Guilt, Acceptance, Denial?

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Loved thus quote and wanted to share it. Also, love twinkletoe’s blog. Always insightful and well written. Check it out.

Therapy Diaries

When I wrote yesterday’s blog I didn’t consciously know I felt that way until I had the words in front of me in black and white – one of the many reasons that I love to write. Sometimes I shock myself, yesterday was one of those times.

I’ve been thinking a lot since then about the guilt that I feel towards my narcissistic mother and yet at the same time, the pain I feel because of her. I find it really strange that I can be feeling two different emotions so intensely.  This morning I read a few articles on Google about guilt and it seems to be a very common theme with people raised by narcissists so I am not massively surprised but what has surprised me is that I suddenly feel a bit sorry for her.

Reading back my sentence about how I suddenly looked at my mother’s…

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Chances

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Cloudy, with a chance of…

Rain.

Time.

Opportunity.

or waste.

Will I wander aimlessly through this day or will I seize it and wring out the best it has to offer?

Each day I grow more certain that there must be a better way to live.

A better way than sitting in my recliner and waiting to heal.

Journaling and praying to a God I doubt exists.

Usually, I am moribund.  But today, I feel a quickening of my spirit.

It may disappear tomorrow, so  I must grab this lit candle that is my soul and live a different way today.

Perhaps acceptance of my limitations should be combined with persistence to overcome them.

I am wise today but tomorrow I may again be a fool.

The candle may flicker and extinguish.

But today, I will rejoice in knowing there is an ember left where I thought there were only ashes.