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Melissa Luznicky Garrett
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Just a dusting of snow . . .
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Today marked our 15th annual trek to Moore Tree Farm to find the perfect Christmas tree. It was a gorgeous day - relatively warm and sunny! The oldest was in charge of locating the tree and, although it took her awhile to cho...
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Today was my son's first day at his new school. As you can tell by the photo, he was very excited. His is a school for children with special needs that services students from several school districts through the age of 21...
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I took this picture today and posted it to my Instagram account. One of my followers (though I prefer to think of them as friends) commented that seeing my photos of our snakes is helping her to slowly overcome her fear of th...
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New writers and authors mistakenly assume a single edit will produce an article/paper/manuscript that's free of errors and immediately ready for publication, when in reality the editor is just one half of a collaborative team.
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Oh, my heart. 
Alan Rickman is undoubtedly one of the greatest actors I will ever work with. He is also, one of the loyalest and most supportive people I've ever met in the film industry. He was so encouraging of me both on set and in the years post-Potter. I'm pretty sure he came and saw everything I ever did on stage both in London and New York. He didn't have to do that. I know other people who've been friends with him for much much longer than I have and they all say "if you call Alan, it doesn't matter where in the world he is or how busy he is with what he's doing, he'll get back to you within a day".

People create perceptions of actors based on the parts they played so it might surprise some people to learn that contrary to some of the sterner(or downright scary) characters he played, Alan was extremely kind, generous, self-deprecating and funny. And certain things obviously became even funnier when delivered in his unmistakable double-bass.

As an actor he was one of the first of the adults on Potter to treat me like a peer rather than a child. Working with him at such a formative age was incredibly important and I will carry the lessons he taught me for the rest of my life and career. Film sets and theatre stages are all far poorer for the loss of this great actor and man.
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According to a 10 yr old . . .
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I think there's some Law of Parenting that states if you have multiple children, at least one of them must be miserable at any given moment.
I think there's some Law of Parenting that states if you have multiple children, at least one of them must be miserable at any given moment. For years our son and his challenges have dominated our time and attention. Not ...
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My older daughter is desperate to get a part-time, after-school job. However, because she is neither old enough to drive by herself and does not currently own a car, having to drive her to a job and pick her up would be a log...
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I've been cleaning most of the day in advance preparation of having company for Thanksgiving on Thursday. Actually, it just felt GOOD to clean, even without the excuse of an upcoming holiday. Cathartic, you know? I cranked up...
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Day 282

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Day 130 - Garden Update

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Day 102 - Garden Update

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Day 77 - New Addition!

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Day 48 - Thank Goodness for Grandparents

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Day 40 - Snow Day, Take Two

As the kids and I were shoveling our Very Long Driveway earlier today, using nothing but our snow shovels and good ole fashioned elbow greas

Day 39 - The Snow Never Bothered Them, Anyway

At "feels like" 33 degrees, it is a relatively warm day in upstate New York. However we are under a winter storm warning until Tuesday morni

Day 38 - "You Have No Power Over Me"

I've been dealing with a contrary reader lately. Though never particularly rude, this young, know-it-all reader nevertheless needles and tes

Day 37 - Fifty Shades of Doubt

When the erotic novel FIFTY SHADES OF GREY debuted, I felt no shortage of annoyance, anger, and jealousy that this book was receiving so muc

Day 36 - Positive Thinking

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Day 35 - A Return

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Day 34 - Required Reading

I was wondering what I should blog about today when the subject matter practically fell in my lap. It appears that Harper Lee, author of the

Day 33 - Snow Day!

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Day 32 - The Journey Begins

Today is February 1st, which means two things: 1. I blogged the entire month of January, making steady and consistent progress on my self-im

Day 31 - The Mystery of the Missing Wallet

My husband is forever misplacing things, especially his keys, phone, and wallet. I could say it's an endearing character flaw, goodness know

Day 30 - Commenting Etiquette

I've been a member of Wattpad for the past four months. Having decided to "write to query" after years of self-publishing, I severed my excl

Day 29 - Cautiously Optimistic

After another full day at the Cornell Animal Hospital, Perry the Ball Python is now home. His prolapse was successfully reduced and reinsert

Day 28 - Tears & Angst

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Day 27 - Risk Assessment

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