When my wife and I bought our first home, a sturdy red-brick colonial, we set out to make it our own— laboriously scraping off old wallpaper, yanking up some seriously outdated carpet, refinishing long neglected wood floors, and patching and painting the walls in every single room. It was a great house, super solid; it…

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In middle and high school, there are typically teachers whom students avoid like the plague – teachers whose names are synonymous with high expectations and low grades. For me, that teacher was Mrs. Slaughter. No…I’m not making that up; her name really was Slaughter. And, as you can imagine, it magnified the fear of having…

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