I am an elementary educator and freelance writer. I enjoy writing about education, health and fitness and every day life issues. You can find my writing at egallagher.contently.com and my blog, Just Me, https://egallagher713.wordpress.com
Journaling to Relieve Stress I am sure many of you have heard that journaling can relieve stress. Sometimes it feels as if you are getting something out in the open just by writing it down. When you first start journaling you just write about what happened during your day. The goal is to dig deeper and express feelings in your writing. Expressing feelings of anger, sadness and anxiety in your writing is like taking it out of your body and looking at it. It is like getting something “off your chest” without yelling it out at someone. Start slowly and you will see how this daily ritual adds to your calmness and ultimately your overall well-being.
Baked Grouper in a Snap
Easy to Make Baked Grouper Whenever I go to a restaurant specializing in seafood, I love trying new ways of eating my favorite fist. Two of my favorites are salmon and grouper. I have been cooking salmon at home for a long time without hesitancy. Recently, I got the nerve to actually cook grouper, sometimes referred to as the Poor Man’s Lobster, (my favorite fish) at home.
The Hidden City of Pompeii
A trip to Italy is not complete without a trip to explore the ruins of Pompeii. You can feel the history in each step you take. The tour takes you back in time. I am glad that I got to experience this tour while traveling to Italy, long before the pandemic.
Early Language Development Throughout my teaching career, I worked with students in developing language fluency which begins at a very early age. Children develop their ability to speak and pronounce correctly at different times. A more structured language program will help them develop further from their Sesame Street watching days. This show has always been a springboard for language learning.
Tomie dePaola is my all-time favorite children’s author. He has written and illustrated over 200 books that children continue to enjoy. I was saddened to hear about his death in March of 2020, at the onset of the pandemic. What a great loss to children’s literature!
A Kitchen Update
A Quick Kitchen Update The old countertops just blended together with no brightness. When we bought our home five years ago, I thought the kitchen was filled with beautiful cabinets, lots of space and area to cook. Over time, the countertop (which continued as a backsplash) became dark and dreary and seemed much harder to keep clean and shiny. In fact, I often cleaned it over and over again and it would seem dull and dreary to me. Sometimes, the next day I would find some leftover residue from cooking the day before that I missed on this dark combination of colors. This was the same countertop that I always misplaced my glasses on as they blended in. This happened many times during the day.
Whether it’s digging your toes in the sand, or collecting seashells while dodging small, coastline waves, nothing compares to the serenity you feel when you go to the beach. The salt air smell and the calmness of watching the waves, can make all the stress leave your body.
Veal Your Way
Veal is my favorite meat dish and unfortunately because of the price I don’t cook it very often. In fact, it is one of my go to meals when I go out to eat. I will always try a new dish and sometimes if I don’t make it with veal at home, I will use chicken. But it’s just not the same as a piece of tender veal. Besides a veal chop grilled, I have made Veal Parmigiana and Veal Milanese at home.