Several Times a Year, This Comes to Mind

Several years ago I came across a story about an amazing little book called Be Bold With Bananas which is described by a high-end art book seller on Abe Books as “an imaginative cook book issued in the 1970s by the South African Banana Board” and  an “unusual and eccentric photo book”. It made quite the impression on me and is something I find myself … Continue reading Several Times a Year, This Comes to Mind

Snowy Day Play

I love videos of animals playing. This one from the Oregon Zoo showing animals in the snow is particularly cute. Isn’t it weird how we’ve been indoctrinated to see animals as unthinking creatures, devoid of relationships and driven only by the instinct to eat and reproduce? Why do we even think that’s the sort of world God would create? Silly. https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Foregonzoo%2Fvideos%2F10154074646286109%2F&show_text=0&width=400   Continue reading Snowy Day Play

The Christmas Bird

Instead of doing my Christmas shopping a couple of years ago, I recorded this. It’s perfect for sharing with the kids, if they are the sort who will listen to a recorded story.  Grab a cuppa whatever suits you best and listen to the dulcet sound of my voice sharing a heartwarming Christmas story about a farmer, a bird and a little boy. It will … Continue reading The Christmas Bird

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Suffer Us Little Children

What parent doesn’t want to be a better parent to their kids? And what Christian doesn’t desperately wish to be truly humble? (OK, almost no Christian actually wants any such thing, but play along with me here.) What if I told you that I have the secret to attaining these two highly desirable goals all in one fell swoop? Well, I’d become a viral sensation … Continue reading Suffer Us Little Children

My Talented Readers: Jason Silver

I have a confession to make. Sometimes I spy on y’all. It’s true. If you comment or like things I write or interact with me a lot on facebook, I might go poking around the internet a bit to find out more about you. And then I report my findings to the NSA. OK, I’m totally lying about that last part. I don’t even know … Continue reading My Talented Readers: Jason Silver

The best of the week . . .

According to infalible me!  Ha! I’ve done more writing than reading this week, so this is a bit light, but here goes: How children’s  play is being sneakily redefined.  I totally agree with this from Alfie Kohn: 1. Play is being redefined to include things that are clearly not free, imaginative play. 2. Younger and older children ought to have the chance to play together. … Continue reading The best of the week . . .

Very Demotivational

I have been reminded of this scene from Lord of the Rings frequently as of late, so I looked it up and I must admit, it cracked me up: AHAHAHAHAH!   Way to rally the troops, Denethor!  Thank heaven’s Gandalf (whose character represents wisdom, donchano) was there to knock the crap out of him! Panic is pretty much never a good thing, IMO. Continue reading Very Demotivational

I love Little Bear

One of the joys of having my two daughters is being able to watch Little Bear on Noggin with them.  Somehow, I completely missed Little Bear with my sons, which is a shame.  It is such a wonderful show – like the classical music of the cartoon world.  It’s literature for the preschool set.  This was one of the stories I watched with my girls … Continue reading I love Little Bear

Children’s Movies

This weekend, my husband took our boys, ages 7 and 11 to the movies. I was a bit surprised when my husband said he wanted to take the boys to see the new Jet Li movie “Fearless”. He loves karate movies and thought the kids would be interested since they have been taking karate for a while now. But the movie is rated PG-13 and … Continue reading Children’s Movies