Dec 312016
 
Which Articles and Photos Earned Most Love and Why?

Why do some articles do well, and others flop? Each year, I delight in the geekery of analyzing this site’s stats, gleaning trends and tips for moving forward in online castle building. Pawing through the half a million pageviews this year for Around the World “L” let’s dive into the specifics of what did best in 2016 and why, illustrated by my most popular Instagram photos of the year.

Most popular articles of the 34 I wrote this [...Read More!]
Dec 152016
 
How to Do Group Work Without Disaster: A Funny Video!

What does a cupcake have to do with group work? Well, a red velvet cupcake combines several surprisingly different elements (cream cheese frosting, fluffy cake, and red food coloring) to make one luscious dessert. Similarly, great group collaboration unites the diverse skills and characteristics of each group member to produce a fabulous project… together!

(Ok, that analogy may just have been an excuse to post my cupcake photo, but the point is still valid.)

Anyhoo, since the 7th grade [...Read More!]

Dec 092016
 
This Block Island, RI Lighthouse Will Make Your Jaw Drop

If you swoon for curves and color of splendid old architecture, enter the Southeast Lighthouse of Block Island, RI. Built in 1874, this 150-year-old Rhode Island building beckons you with textures to take your breath away. Join me now as we open the door and climb that historic spiral staircase!

Did you know that this 2,000-ton lighthouse was picked up and moved in 1993 so it wouldn’t fall into the ocean? The Southeast Lighthouse sits on cliffs called [...Read More!]