Say It with Flowers

Once again I’ll be speaking the Language of Flowers at the U.S. Botanic Garden this Friday, February 13th at 1 pm – just in time for Valentine’s Day! My presentation gives an overview of the language (based on my research for my novel, Forget-Her-Nots ) and I’ll also make and give out some fun demonstration bouquets.

Hope to see you!

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New York Times Recommendation!

the-new-york-timesSo this is pretty cool!  The “Motherlode” blog of the New York Times recommended reading my “Under Pressure” piece for Arlington Magazine as “a truly in-depth examination of how A.P. and I.B. courses may contribute to increasing academic pressure on students.”

Read the Times endorsement here, and let me know what you think.  I did weeks of research and reflection for that piece, so I’m both proud and honored!

Plus, the Times blog also mentions the College Confidential website, which was designed by my fabulous and talented brother, David, of US Digital Partners in Cincinnati.  Way to go, David!

The Importance of “Demonstrated Interest”

If you didn’t see it already, check out this article in the New York Times.  It explains well why “demonstrated interest” is one of the new buzzwords in college applications.  (And it also reaffirms why I make my students work so hard on their “Why this college?” essays!)

The article also does a great job of showing that there’s no real benefit to applying to more than seven or so schools.  If you do your research and choose your school well, it will all work out.  Don’t kill yourself on essays or spend a fortune on applications to schools whose acceptance rate hovers at 10%.  Learn to write better (and I’d love to help) and enjoy your senior year!

Excellent Advice for Senior Parents

admission imageValerie Strauss, whom I interviewed for my last piece on academic stress and advanced classes for Arlington Magazine, quotes another article with great information and advice for senior parents.  I found the information about actual college costs to be fascinating too.  Listen to this:

“For example, the cost of attending Pennsylvania State University runs about $30,000 a year for in-state students. At Swarthmore College outside of Philadelphia, it’s nearly twice that, yet Swarthmore ends up being less expensive for most students, according to one of our stories that used Tuition Tracker. How could that be? The answer is that Swarthmore is among the private liberal arts schools offering hefty discounts, bringing down the average cost to even less than taxpayer-subsidized Penn State’s.”

Really? Wow.  Read the whole article here.

Touted by The Washington Post …

I’m incredibly pleased that the renowned education reporter, Jay Mathews, has called my article on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes “one of the best pieces ever on high school academic pressure.”  I worked long hours interviewing sources, poring through data, and crafting a balanced and thorough article.  Here are Mathew’s comments, and here’s my article in Arlington Magazine.

I’m also thrilled that my article may have an impact on parents and students who often sacrifice sleep and sanity for uncertain rewards.