The Ivywild School: Grand Old Tradition, Brand New Perspective

When I ask people if they’ve ever been to the Ivywild School, they say, “Why would I want to go to a school?” When I explain what the Ivywild School has become, they ask, “Where is it? I want to check it out!” Those who visit the school will discover that the only thing school-like about it is the theme. The rest is a progressive, fun place to eat, drink,

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New Beginnings

Nothing had broken Leo’s way that year. In January, he lost a battle with his mortgage company that cost him his home. His wife left him in February, taking their two children and the family dog with her. She said she was tired of being ignored. In late March, he was laid off from the waste management company he worked for due to necessary cost-cutting measures, they told him. Leo

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The US Represented Weekly Update

Hello USR members and guests, It’s great to touch bases with you again, and we hope you’ve enjoyed our recent postings. It’s been a fairly busy week. McKenzie Bartels‘ “She Fixed Things” shows how important a young cat can be in a family’s life. Magnolia Cook’s “Becoming a Better Person” explains that happiness is our own responsibility and no one else’s. In Eric Stephenson’s “Home Inside,” Gillian Graham’s discovery that she was adopted

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Gabriel García Márquez and the Solitude of Imagination

José Arcadio Buendía spent the long months of the rainy season shut up in a small room that he had built in the rear of the house so that no one would disturb his experiments. Having completely abandoned his domestic obligations, he spent entire nights in the courtyard watching the course of the stars and he almost contracted sunstroke from trying to establish an exact method to ascertain noon. When

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Deep Red, Chapter Three

←Chapter Two April 2, 1702: I arrived in the East, and my companion is still with me. It is alarming to note the lack of Otherworld children in this new place. Not a single interspecies couple has bred since arriving in this reality. The Counsel–the new government that Margaret, Jack and Victoria have devised–has nightly discussions regarding a solution … April 15, 1702: The East is much different than I

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