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Visual journal page 36: The Wedding Ring Incident
This visual journal page is about the day my husband buried his wedding ring. I have heard many ways people have lost their wedding rings. Lea...
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Story Bazaar LA: A Visual Journal Journey
I have been visual journaling for the past 8 years primarily for myself and my students. But, and a couple of weeks ago I packed up one of my ...
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Teaching Abstract Art: When the Simplest Concepts are Actually the Most Complex
Abstract art is one of my favorite types of art and it’s an art form that I always include in my high school art curriculum. It can be h...
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Visual Journal Page 33: The Bee Incident
This visual journal page reflects my attempt to enjoy a beautiful spring day. My former classroom was large with a lot of windows and natural ...
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Visual Journal Page 32: Panetta Makes Me Think of Butter?
Before I was a Panetta I was a Ward. For 23 years I had a simple, four letter, easy to pronounce last name. There was never any confusion or s...
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Weekend Projects: Converting Our Dining Room to a Playroom
A little over a year ago we handed over another room of our tiny 1400 square foot house to our little boy and it all started with a teepee. Wh...
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Visual Journal Page 31: Atlanta Adventures
So far, my best friends have been made in high school and in college. These are the people I know will be in my lives forever, the ones my kid...
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Homemade Valentines with a Toddler (and paint)
This year is the first year Cooper gets to celebrate Valentine’s day at school. Last year, as a one year old, he was a little too young ...
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Visual Journal Page 29: Even Brighter
Hands down, Christmas is my favorite time of year. Although I refuse to decorate until after Thanksgiving (each holiday needs a moment to shin...
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Teaching Watercolor to High Schoolers (when you don’t know how)
  A few years ago I began teaching a painting class, after taking a a three year break to focus on ceramics and sculpture. While I loved ...
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Visual Journal Page 28: The Sound of Trains
There is something about the sound of trains. It first started on trips to visit my grandparents. They lived in a small town, it’s bigge...
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Five Years of Quirky Christmas Cards
For the past five years I have been making my own Christmas cards to send out to family and friends. I enjoy putting my own spin on the tradit...
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