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Lauren Weinhold
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The dahlias in my front flower garden have been absolutely incredible this year.

Happy Friday and Happy August!
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Maryland Yoga Teacher Community Practice - a great way to network with other teachers!
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We had great fun at yesterday's FREE fitness class at the new ATHLETA store in The Mall in Columbia (Maryland). I lead the "HIIT with Lauren" and will be teaching more classes at this location in the future.

The class continues next week , March 23rd at 9:30am. Come and get your free workout with some fun toys!
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Some photos of my trip to the Maryland Alpaca and Fleece Festival today. These little guys are just the cutest!
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The Rights of the Reader
by Daniel Pennac, Quentin Blake (Illustrator), Sarah Adams (Translator)

This book is a gem. Something that any reader will hold close to their heart. The essays are translated from the original French work by the educator Daniel Pennac. The book is full of amazing quotes. Some of my favorites:

"Time to read is always time stolen. Stolen from what? From the tyranny of living."

"By making time to read, like making time to love, we expand our time for living."

I particularly loved Part 3 - "The Gift of Reading" where he describes a classroom of high school students - the stereotypes of "the loner", "the prep", "the goth", etc. and how when the teacher [him] decides to read aloud to them for the entire class. It is his experiment to get them hooked. He chooses Süskind's Perfume with its lively descriptions, and the teens, all of them, instantly become hooked.

The last few essays are also great, where he discusses the "Rights of the Reader" (the book is named after this series of essays). He outlines 10 Rights that each reader inherently possesses. He goes on to write short essays about all of them:

1) The right not to read.
2) The right to skip.
3) The right not to finish a book.
4) The right to read it again.
5) The right to read anything.
6) The right to mistake a book for real life.
7) The right to read anywhere.
8) The right to dip in.
9) The right to read aloud.
10) The right to be quiet.

A perfect book for a literature class - or a continuing education course. I highly recommend it.
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I participated in #FriFotos today over on Twitter and thought that it would be fun to carry it over here. This week's theme is DOORS. So, I looked through the photo archives and found some goodies:
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