A Review for the Well-Read Learner.

You know that creativity and inspiration comes from reading well and reading widely.


We connect readers to inspirational ideas and stories. “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”  William Butler Yeats.

All learning begins with curiosity.

Thanks for joining us on the journey!

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My name is Jim. I am an educator and writer dedicated to finding creative solutions to challenging social problems.

As educators, we know how challenging it is to find the time to juggle the ever-growing list of responsibilities and still help students make real-world connections to the curriculum. With this blog, I want to create a community that bridges the gap between the university level research and the high school classroom. I am trying to help promote literacy by providing important background knowledge and relevance.I also just want to share really cool stuff that will help ignite your passion for learning.

After a disastrous start at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, I attended Schoolcraft College in Livonia and turned my life around. I am so grateful for the teachers and opportunities I had there. I  graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit with a degree in Psychology and Oakland University with a Master’s Degree in Counseling,  in the Mental Health Specialization.  I am  a certified secondary teacher in English and Social Studies, a National Certified Counselor, and a Bachelors Level Licensed Social Worker.

I have been employed in foster care and community mental health agencies and public schools, presented on educational and mental health at local workshops and a state level conference; played in rock bands, published poetry and am passionate about learning.  I enjoy reading, being a dad, walking in the woods and yoga. Email me at jmillerwords at gmail dot com

Check out my project with my wife Jenny, Michigan Family Travel at www.mihonesttravel.com  dedicated to strengthening families by sharing stories and travel ideas about Michigan’s natural and cultural heritage. Travel Local!


Hiking the North Country Trail in Michigan.