Throwback Post: We Are All Made of Stars While Mailing Books and Having Fun


December 12 2014:

“We are all made of stars” … I get to sub in Starpeak today at HDMS with some very creative middle school people. I like this room and the great quotes on the walls!


December 12 2013:

Lots of releasing and healing while I’m creating the blog post asking for your help with a miracle. I’m creating the video to accompany it today. I plan to post everything sometime tomorrow. As I’m doing this, the past 3 mornings Thomas has spent his extra morning time cleaning and purging in his room … without me asking. That little person inspires me so much my heart overflows with love … Sending some out to y’all this morning! xoxo


December 12 2012:

It’s an AWESOME day to mail a book to Tasmania, Australia and Canada!! Here comes your book Susie and Lori!!!


December 12 2011:

Team TLC Monday outing … Thomas chose this … YUM!!!

Ended up here … Only for 10 minutes though. It’s COLD!! Brrrrr!!! – Damonte Ranch Park


December 12 2009:

Lunch stop! Out trying to get snow boots for us. Everyones all sold out or bout sold out. Ours are in storage and I’ve no idea where in the storage unit.


December 12 2008:

Latest entry on Pink Elephant Books blog!

Thank You Charlie Pabst

Throwback Post: Multicultural Night While Subbing With Good Food


December 18 2014:

Great multicultural event last night at HDMS. Thomas did an awesome job performing a traditional Australian song along with his classmates. Lillian has been sick but she didn’t want to miss out.

More classroom wisdom … Subbing again in Boundary Peak today. Little did I know that the road to becoming a substitute teacher would be beneficial to not only supporting my little family but also a gift for Lillian’s transition to middle school.

My IEP friends will understand … I know all the middle school teachers, they know me, I know the students, they know me, they know in advance that Lillian is a special young lady. I know which teacher will be the perfect fit with Lillian. What a blessing for this to all line up! Grateful, grateful, grateful!

Not only am I grateful beyond words for being needed as a sub every day this week at HDMS, but I’ve gotten food every day this week. Social studies students had presentations all this week about their heritage; which included bringing food made from family recipes! I’ve had fried chicken, apple pie, meatballs, fettuccine, rice, fudge, sour cream donuts, sushi, tamales, pumpkin pie, and other stuff! Good golly! And, it keeps coming!

Gluten free fried chicken nuggets were a hit tonight. Lillian says, “I’m getting tired of chicken.” Frankly, I was too. So, how ’bout this? Yep! She loved it. Thomas went back 3 times for more. Yum!


December 18 2013:

Look who stopped in for a tour today!

My heart is simply bursting with gratitude, love and confidence. It’s only been 5 days since I wrote and shared the Christmas Miracle blog post. My little family is surrounded and drenched in love and kindness. The kindness of others is soaking into every cell of my body and all throughout the infinity of my soul. I shall pay your kindness forward one day in the not so distant future.

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” -Audrey Hepburn

Tonight at HDMS’ Multicultural night a beautiful, kind friend gave me an envelope. She said you’ll have to read my facebook post when you get home to see the story that goes with what’s inside that envelope.

Here’s that post … “A Christmas Angel revealed. In this world with so many negative things being blasted out on the news let me tell you about the kindness of strangers. Yesterday I read a post from a friend in need, and i decided to give her a small cash gift when i saw her next. So with this thought tucked in to my heart i went home to meet a plumber who was called to my condo to unclog a backed up toilet.

Lucky for me it wasn’t serious and the plumber was done in 15 minutes. He was very friendly and kind and tho I appreciated the service I knew his minimum charge was probably going to be close to $90…I was close it was $85…but as I prepared to write the check he said….you are such a nice lady…i am only going to charge you $65!

My eyes danced and i thanked him. I said…” I want you to know that I will pay this kindness forward, and the money you saved me will go to a most deserving lady and her kids! Thank you so!” and then I hugged him…the plumber was shy and self conscience as he was dirty. But I didn’t care I was so happy….then the plumber reached into his pocket and gave me $20, he said..”please give this to your friend as well.” I said, “no really you’ve done enough really”. But he insisted.

So tonight I have double the cash to give to my friend…what”s more I have the sweet gift of the kindness of a stranger. For me to give was simple…I am vested in my friend and her families well being…but the plumber well…an angel if I’ve ever met one. Thank you “Sam” from AM PM Discount Drains and Plumbing may God bless your path as you have blessed mine…”

If anyone knows Sam the Plumber please express my overflowing gratitude to him. This has touched my heart dearly. Another eye sweating moment. Thank you for your love, kindness and support Corinne G Dunn … YOU are amazing at being YOU!! xoxo


Tonight was the big night! Thomas got to show off his multicultural project about Peru. He enjoyed and had so much fun putting this together … and now I know how to make a diorama too!


December 18 2011:

Birthday party adventures for Thomas! Happy Birthday to his classmate Emma! Having Fun!


December 18 2010:

Now that’s a festive Christmas drink – Apple Martini at The Romano Casa (Frank C. Romano Jr).

Throwback Post: Mindful Substitute Teaching with Homemade Salsa


August 17 2015:

I get to sub in Stillwater again today. Love that I can throw my little book of mindfulness exercises in my bag on the way out this morning and get to use them during circle this morning!


August 17 2012:

Yummilicious home made salsa with lunch!!! Thanks for the fresh tomatoes Kimberly … And doesn’t everyone have rocks on their kitchen table?

Throwback Post: Creative Writing While Walking with a Plum and Crawfish


August 20 2015:

Finished!!!! 3,504 words. Plus, I’m off to sub for the creative writing class this afternoon. Guess what they get to do? They get to read and critique the article AND help me with a title! Wahooo!!

What FUN subbing for the creative writing class this afternoon. Got some amazing feedback from them for the article I’m about to submit. I xoxoxo this school!


August 20 2012:

Out for a refreshing walk all by myself … Cause I CAN!!!!


Just booked my photo shoot for Plum100 … This is gonna be fun y’all! Thanks again to whoever nominated me for the EXTRAordinary category!!

Via Ashley Graham: “On September 6th, Plum Influence Magazine will release the photos of the Plum100 yet the most influential person within each 10 categories won’t be announced until the evening of the 29th. The Plum100 is an event powered by a movement to re-brand Reno both internally and externally in a way that brings out the true nature of this region. The Plum100 celebration theme is an Eve of a New Era. A new era of how people perceive the area and by bringing our best and brightest (you) together in one great celebration.”…/…/june_pluminfluence_magazine


August 20 2011:

I found me a crawfish boil!!! Crawfish boil adventures!!!

Throwback Post: Just for Today With a Sleepover and Chutney While Celebrating With a Book and Picking a Winner


August 24 2015:

Got to sub in Stillwater today. After reading the virtue card affirmation this morning, I had them repeat this with me 3 times. Usually there’s lots of chatter to accompany morning work period. However, this time it was interestingly completely quiet for almost the entire morning. WOW!


August 24 2013:

Team Member T and L got to have a sleep over at The Romano Casa tonight! They are getting ready to watch a movie now! Gonna miss my other team members tonight. Been a long time since we were apart on a Saturday night. However, I plan to thoroughly enjoy my time alone! And we will have our movie night tomorrow night! YAY!


August 24 2012:

Straight from the garden cucumbers, tomatoes and onions … Fresh peaches, nectarines, cherries and homemade fruit leather and even a special spicy fruit leather for Team Member C … Spicy Peach Chutney!! AND homemade raw tomato and herb juice (that will be so darn yummy in an adult beverage later this afternoon!!) You bless my heart to pieces Kimberly Phipps-Nichol!!! I’m so grateful to have you as a friend and in my life!!!


Celebrating a successful first week of school with tots, fries and ice cream … Here’s to LIFE y’all!!!


It’s a GREAT day to mail a ‘D iz for Different’ book and a Different iz Good t shirt to a celebrity!!


August 24 2011:

Extended Studies open house!!!! Thomas and Lillian drew the winners of the raffle!!

Throwback Post: It Shows Unity


September 4 2015:

The end of a full week of moving, unpacking, and subbing every day. More wall wisdom from the classrooms. Best part: a middle school student asked if I liked the school. I told him that we liked it. He caught that I said “we”. I explained that I’m in the habit of saying that in referring to Team TLC. He said, “I like that. I like that a lot. It shows unity.” Seriously! I love these kids!

Throwback Post: Compliments with Tomatoes and Why She Does Not Talk Like Us


September 18 2015:

Subbing in Nightingale today (1st – 3rd). Sweet Katherine gave me a compliment note! I have so much respect for teachers. There’s no way I’d want to do this every day, yet I love and enjoy being here for the teachers as they need me!


September 18 2013:

Thank you Kymberlee Simantel!!!!! I just had one of the most amazing mater sandwiches ever! These tomatoes are so divinely sweet Kymberlee! You must have put a ton of love into these beauties! Thank you, thank you, thank you!


September 18 2009:

Just back from giving my “Why She Doesn’t Talk Like Us” Presentation to Lillian’s 3rd grade class. Added some new material this year since this is the 3rd year in a row most of her classmates have heard this. Lillian was my assistant this year ~ hope to hand this torch over to her next year or the next!