Author Archives: Kate Kresse

About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)

I was different; I still am

“I was motivated to be different in part because I was different.” –Donna Brazile I have always marched to my own drummer. You see, I notice trends and movements in the culture. I always have. As a kid, whenever I … Continue reading

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Believing during bends in the road

Does your life always stay on an even keel with nothing unexpected? Can you multitask and stay caught up with everything all at the same time? These, of course, are merely rhetorical questions. Twists and turns in our road become … Continue reading

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Why do we require students to take history/social studies?

Why do I have to take history and social studies? Posted on March 19, 2014by Kate Kresse Why do I have to take history/social studies? That is a mantra that many of my students repeat, over and over. Of course, I tell them … Continue reading

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Path to successful learning

As you know, I am a tutor. I am already hounding my students to review, review, review. But this method can help all of us improve learning. When should you start preparing for finals? Map to success Final exams are … Continue reading

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Have you had a stressful week?

Is your list of things to do longer than your day on a regular basis? I have to say that in my family, that has been the case for a number of weeks. But this week, that abated. Some of … Continue reading

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He lifted me up

“I was like a stone lying in the deep mire; and He that is mighty came, and in His mercy lifted me up, and verily raised me aloft and placed me on the top of the wall.”  St. Patrick At … Continue reading

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The power of math can be exponential

When I was in elementary school, my parents made sure that I learned. They knew that all of my subjects were important, certainly. But I have special memories of discussing literature and history over the dinner table. They made sure … Continue reading

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The contented soul is all alone with God

Have you ever had a sleepless night or a stressful week? I know, that’s a stupid question. I think this lovely poem by good old Robert Louis Stevenson provides an apt description of “getting away from the world” and “spending … Continue reading

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The precise moment when friendship is formed

I was thinking about friendship, and the many forms it takes. Then I stumbled upon this quote: “We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a … Continue reading

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The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes

William James wrote “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does“. I typically use a lot of words when I speak and when I write. I am much more Steinbeck than Hemingway. There are times when someone writes … Continue reading

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There are so many reasons that Peter is my favorite apostle

“And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast.” 1 Peter 5:10 Why did he write … Continue reading

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Cabbage and Sausage soup

I am on the run so much these days with a ton of students and tutoring all over town. As a result, my crockpot is the best way to avoid junky take-out (or having air-popped popcorn for dinner) OK, here … Continue reading

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What is the point of our daily lives?

Here we are in January. We are past the rush and thrill of the holidays. My students are early in their second semester efforts. Those who are”on top of things” have already started working on their tasks. Magazines and newspapers … Continue reading

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Happy New Year! Open the book; turn the page

My very dear friend Pattie shared this photo on New Year’s Eve. She is one amazing and fabulous friend. I do not know what I would do without her. The photo inspired me to write this post. Yes, the pages … Continue reading

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Auld lang syne and baby new year

“Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind” Here we are at the end of 2013. The big year that loomed ahead of us in gigantic fashion a year ago is a wee tiny thing now. It is … Continue reading

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Time flies faster than I can spend it!

This year was quite the whirlwind. I spent a lot of time tutoring and working. I had more than my share of blessings. I got to attend a reunion I dreamed of for decades. I got to touch base with … Continue reading

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O Holy Night

Merry Christmas. Church was wonderful this evening. We joyously sang and prayed. It was a beautiful and happy evening. As I looked around, I saw some familiar faces, and some new ones. It was joyful. We sang Silent Night (one … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas to the Special Ones

Merry Christmas to each of you. Christmas began with the infant Jesus. So it is small wonder that Christmas is special to children, and the child in each of us. I pray that this Christmas brings you joy, and some … Continue reading

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The Birds’ Christmas Carol – Chapter 6 and 7 (Conclusion)

I hope you are enjoying this treasured book. Here are the final 2 Chapters. VI. WHEN THE PIE WAS OPENED, THE BIRDS BEGAN TO SING! The children went out the back door quietly, and were presently lost to sight, Sarah … Continue reading

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The Birds’ Christmas Carol – Chapter 5

The previous 2 posts have Chapters 1&2 and 3&4 v. SOME OTHER BIRDS ARE TAUGHT TO FLY Before the earliest Ruggles could wake and toot his five-cent tin horn, Mrs. Ruggles was up and stirring about the house, for it … Continue reading

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The Birds’ Christmas Carol – Chapters 3 and 4

In a previous post I shared Chapters 1 and 2. Here are the next 2 chapters III. THE BIRD’S NEST Carol herself knew nothing of motherly tears and fatherly anxieties; she lived on peacefully in the room where she was … Continue reading

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The Birds’ Christmas Carol – Chapters 1 and 2

The Birds’ Christmas Carol by Kate Douglas Wiggin (who also wrote Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm) This book was one my mama always shared with me at Christmas time. I am going to share the 1st 2 Chapters in this post. … Continue reading

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And I wait for you, my Lord

Ok—things are all topsy-turvy. My students have finals (of course they do) and I am trying to stay healthy. To that end, I need to cut WAY back on caffeine, and I am doing some physical therapy and exercises. I … Continue reading

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To give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul

Today many of us will be rushing about. I wanted to share a poem with you today. I hope you like it! Youth ~ by Samuel Ullman Youth is not a time of life–it is a state of mind. It … Continue reading

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Thankful for my husband

My husband totally rocks. We have been married for 30 years already. He is a lighthouse, a rudder, a shining beacon. His faith is strong, his love for me is constant. He is faithful and steadfast. He is funny, bright, … Continue reading

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Here we are: Thanksgiving’s coming

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving day. At last. We shall pause, to give thanks. Despite the shopping rush, the chaos of consumerism and more, we WILL give thanks. We will. My little family will have a lovely time together. I am really, … Continue reading

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Thankfulness

As we zoom towards Thanksgiving Day, I find myself grateful for so much. I am thankful for my loved ones. I am thankful for my home, my job, my life. I am thankful for my students. “I thank Thee for … Continue reading

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Where were you when our President died?

“The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it–and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.” John Kennedy When Kennedy was inaugurated I was only … Continue reading

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Soup: Sweet Potato and some veggies n fruit etcs

Ok I am on the run way too much these days. So I am going to try a new soup recipe! Hope it tastes good. Let me know if you try it! Ingredients (feel free to substitute liberally!) A leek … Continue reading

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Are you at the edge of a cliff?

When I am going through difficulties, I sometimes feel down-hearted. It just wears me down sometimes. But my saying of “believe anyway” needs to be applied, especially during those times. So I muster on. I admit, sometimes I almost literally … Continue reading

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Are you worried?

“Don’t tell God how Big your storm is, tell the Storm how Big your God is” Indeed, God is bigger than any of our storms. Love overcomes all. That is not to say that God, or love, or those who … Continue reading

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