Jen

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Name: Jen Merrill
Date registered: December 26, 2013

Latest posts

  1. Prettier When Wrapped: What’s So Difficult About Being Gifted? — March 13, 2017
  2. Silver noisy swear-stick  — March 12, 2017
  3. Reimagining Chaos — March 6, 2017
  4. On hiatus — November 10, 2016
  5. The end of the world as we know it — November 9, 2016

Most commented posts

  1. I DON’T brag about my gifted kid — 282 comments
  2. That time The Today Show mocked gifted kids — 133 comments
  3. What I wish others knew about parenting twice-exceptional kids — 70 comments
  4. Gifted kids are not like other kids — 61 comments
  5. Emotional Intensity in Gifted Kids: An Interview with Christine Fonseca — 49 comments

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Mar 13 2017

Prettier When Wrapped: What’s So Difficult About Being Gifted?

Here, a gift for you. Don’t open it just yet. Admire the wrapping. Isn’t it pretty? Shiny and admirable? See how everyone is envious of your gift? How did it get that way, all perfect corners and crisp folds? No one wrapped it, no one demanded that outer cover that so many admire, it just is. But …

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Mar 12 2017

Silver noisy swear-stick 

I’m a simple pup. I don’t need much. Kibble, belly rubs, a nice poop without anyone watching (AVERT YOUR EYES!!!). I have a pretty good life, which is a good thing for an elderly dog to say. Once upon a time I was a stray, so yeah, I know how good I have it. My family …

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Mar 06 2017

Reimagining Chaos

So. I’m back. Miss me? Has anything happened since the beginning of November? Is the world still spinning? Anything different? I am. Different, I mean. Kinda. Sorta. More or less. I’m not the same person I was back then. Pfft, I’m not the same person I was at breakfast, because I just finished eating a …

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Nov 10 2016

On hiatus

Nov 09 2016

The end of the world as we know it

With the exception of a quick one-off post last week about my beloved Cubs finally winning the World Series (something I had to do, as I’d made over 30 references to them and their losing streak over the last decade), I have been quiet here. I could rattle off several dozen reasons why, but it …

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Nov 03 2016

There is joy in Mudville

Since starting this blog nearly 11 years ago, I have made no fewer than 34 references to my beloved Chicago Cubs, nearly always referring to the heartbreaking and apparently unbreakable losing streak, and usually mentioning the end of the world or hell freezing over. That streak is not only broken but shattered. And because it’s the …

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Sep 24 2016

Happy #$^%#&$ Birthday

In a year’s worth of days, there are usually a few that stand out, no? Ones you’d like to acknowledge and perhaps celebrate. Major holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, come to mind. Days like your anniversary (or Divorceiversary, if that applies). Birthdays of your children and significant other, even if, like me, you’re not …

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Sep 19 2016

The rise of anti-intellectualism and its effect on our gifted kids

A disturbing trend in society is getting worse. It can be seen most notably in the current political climate, but it also has its talons in medicine, science, and education. I expect to see it dig deeper into other areas, such as the arts, as time goes on. It’s nothing new, has been happening for …

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Sep 01 2016

Circle the Wagons

Way back in the early days of western expansion, settlers in their covered wagons would draw their homes on wheels into a circle at night to protect their cattle. A wagon circle wasn’t intended to be a mobile fort to battle Native Amercians and bandits  (although it did serve that purpose as well), it was …

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Aug 26 2016

Flashback Friday: I Want to Hug My Poor Self

Being as organized and Type-A as I am, you’d think that my files would be perfect and easy to access. You’d only be half right. I can get to any paper files or anything in Evernote in 30 seconds flat. My digital storage is a dumping ground of nightmarish proportions. If I think about it …

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