Reading resolutions

Christmastime and A Christmas Carol

On Monday I attended a local one-man performance of Charles Dickens’ beloved story, A Christmas Carol. This story is one of my favorites to read during this time of year—and experiencing it along with other community members was a fantastic start to the week. I love this story. I love reading about Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation from misanthropic miser to generous and good-hearted gentleman.

Something small

Tutoring is something small that has great results

“It started with something small.” Last week, in our Daily Herald article, Jim Evans (former mayor of Orem, COO of Xactware, and member of United Way of Utah County’s Board of Directors) described the impact that something small can have on the community. Xactware is known for its community engagement, and great things are happening because its employees are getting involved.

Happy holiday reads!

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is spending time with family members. Occasionally, my family will go out and do something festive like pick out a Christmas tree or drive around the neighborhood looking at everyone’s decorations. But most of the time, we like to stay home by the fire and watch movies, play games, or read together. There’s nothing better than snuggling up with blankets and hot chocolate and listening to a great story! This Christmas, why not check out a few of these great reads to add to your family’s list of holiday traditions?

Giving before getting

The holiday season is finally here! December is usually a pretty stressful month for me, as it is for most people, but this year seems to be going surprisingly smoothly. Maybe it’s because I no longer have finals to worry about, or maybe it’s because I finally caved in and did all my Christmas shopping online on Cyber Monday. Maybe it’s because of both. Anyway, this year I think I’ll finally be able to take time to think about how I can give back to others (which is something that I should do every year, but that I haven’t always made a priority).

Great books about gratitude

Gratitude has always been recognized as an important attitude. Over 2000 years ago, the Greek philosopher Cicero argued that gratitude is “not only the greatest, but also the parent of all other virtues.” His claim that all other virtues are rooted in gratitude makes gratitude an essential characteristic for us to lead happy and productive lives.

Six spooky stories for Halloween

Halloween is almost here! In just two days, kids (and some teenagers who dress up as kids) will be canvassing neighborhoods across the county in search of delicious treats and scary holiday fun. As you finish the last few details on your costumes and buy the last few bags of candy, take some time to revel in the spooky fun of these Halloween reads! Click on the images for more information about each of these books.

St. Patrick's Day Activities

As a child, and I think most kids would agree, I always thought it was funnest to do creative learning.  Holidays especially were my favorite things to celebrate in school because the activties were always so fun.  With March starting tomorrow I thought it only appropriate to give you some fun St. Patrick's Day learning activities you can do with your children in the next couple of weeks.


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