It's that time of year when we all begin to think about gratitude. The lists are showing up everywhere. My Facebook feed is full of them. One a day, lengthy lists, or random thankfulness. It's the question on everyone's mind. What are you thankful for? Count your blessings. I love it all. There is … Continue reading Counting versus Recounting
I came across this book, and it brought a smile to my face. There's a lot of win here. Lots of playing with perspective and asking silly questions and answering serious questions that weren't meant to be answered. It's fun. You should check it out sometime. Plus now I'm thinking about impossibilities. (They are … Continue reading
Books and movies and hugs. In that order, please. That title is completely misleading, of course. We NEVER have to choose between a book and its movie. The answer is always, "Both, please." That said, now that my kids are old enough (in our world, at least) to have tried out plenty of both, … Continue reading Talk To My Kids: Movies Vs. Books
I wasn't planning to offer up more links this soon, but then I ran across several things that I just couldn't wait to show you. This is what comes of having my children back in school and having more time for reading of all sorts. Internet treasure! (Yes, it exists. It's just buried under … Continue reading Back to School Treasure
I don't know how tall the tree next to the driveway really was, but it seemed like a giant to me. I was five, and the streets of small-town California were my whole world. I had already watched my father fall out of this same tree, but it didn't stop me from loving it, from … Continue reading My Life In Trees
I have a houseful of children this week, as we've added four friends to the mix for a few days. (That makes seven, if you're counting.) So far, it's been a pretty great time, but there isn't much left over for writing, so I'll keep this quick. Just wanted to share with you all this … Continue reading Storytelling Aids: Sticker Fun!
There's this huge sign on a main road near my house. It says, "Can Your Four-Year-old Read This?" There's some fine print underneath it to the effect of "If not, why not? Enroll them in our crazy private school and they will." Every time I drive past that place, I want to burn it to … Continue reading Downside