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Renee Moore

February 14, 2007

Soul searching

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This month, many students will learn about the Underground Railroad and its heroic participants. What they might not learn is what happened to those slaves whofollowed the North Star. Many reached Canada, built new lives, and established thriving communities. My mother was born in such a town in southwestern Ontario. Now called North Buxton, it was originally Elgin Settlement: The Community That Hope Built. What the former slaves built first were homes, churches, and schools.

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Renee Moore

January 21, 2007

Parent involvement: Be careful what you wish for

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I love those TV home design shows. You know, the ones where an interior designer comes in and completely renovates somebody’s living room or kitchen (sometimes at no cost to the owner!).

These shows generally come in three types: The ones in which the work is done as a total surprise for the owner; ones on which the owner knows about the renovation, but is not present while it is being done; and the ones during which the owner is there every step of the way, often participating in the work, sometimes to the chagrin of the professionals.

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