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A Bathtub of Hurricane Prep Water?

A Bathtub of Hurricane Prep Water? By Lisa Batten Kunkleman What do you do with a bathtub-full of water after the danger of hurricane force winds has passed? Do you pull the plug and watch it glug down the drain, serving absolutely no purpose except to give the pipes a little rinse? No siree, not […]

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Eclipse Watching Without Eclipse Glasses

  By Lisa Batten Kunkleman Eclipse, eclipse, eclipse.That’s sure been a big story on the news. You’d think it’s a rare occurance or something. On our farm in Charlotte, NC, crescent shadows shone everwhere. With no fancy eclipse glasses, of course we couldn’t look up toward the sun and burn our retinas, so we looked […]

July 12, 2017
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I’d like to introduce you to my friend and fellow writer, Lisa Otter Rose. Lisa has a special interest in learning disabilities and wrote a book addressing this issue in a form that parents and children can read separately or together. Her fiction book is called “You’ve Got Verve, Jamie Ireland” and is filled with delightful characters and a wonderful message for parents, children, educators, and anyone who would like a good read. She explains this better herself so I’ll stop here and let her take over.

My Writing Process May 12, 2014 / 6 Comments #mywritingprocess blog tour     What’s a business major like me doing in children’s literature? Well, it’s a long story, but the bottom line has to do with my children. All three of my children have learning disabilities, so I wrote this story to help other children […]

June 28, 2017
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Who’s running this house anyway?

By Lisa Batten Kunkleman I could write all day about our menagerie and explain that Hubs and I usually have three dogs, one cat, and two horses. That number changed when our college kids flew back  into our empty nest bearing two more critters.  A puppy named Tucker and a kitty named Zor. Let’s just […]

May 24, 2017
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I Just Realized I’m Old

Originally posted on Life Stories and Beyond:
By Lisa Batten Kunkleman “Lisa I just realized I’m old. How did that happen?” Mom says. ? I say, “Beats me. You may be up there chronologically but you sure don’t act it. You and Betty White are ‘Da Bomb Diggity’.” ? Today is Mom’s birthday. Number eighty-something.…

May 23, 2017
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All Tuckered Out: Training a Puppy Named Tucker

By Lisa Batten Kunkleman   Tending a puppy is a reminder of what life is like with toddlers around. Exhausting. Time consuming. Frustrating. Impossible. I’ll try to remember that most dogs do end up house-broken and finish teething. I made it through the toddler-years-times-four, and my kids are all potty trained and no longer bite. […]

May 5, 2017
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Mayfly Plague

What do you call millions of mayflies swooping in and covering your house, boat, cars and ground? Annoying? Ridiculous? I call it a plague. When these two-inch long cousins of the dragonfly swarm in, there’s nothing to do but watch in amazement. They covered our family lake retreat in eastern North Carolina with the speed […]