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March 20, 2020

I sincerely doubt there is anyone alive (now or ever) who hasn't made some mistake, at some point in their lives. After all, as Alexander Pope said, "To err is human."

Take a moment and think of the last mistake you made. Was it a teeny-tiny oops, a very minor mistake that didn't affect th...

November 22, 2019

At some point, in some way, everyone has felt that they don't belong. Some are just better at hiding that insecurity. While others channel it into aggression against others.

But since we are not carbon copies or clones, we are all naturally different. Those differences should be...

October 18, 2019

Did anyone really enjoy those dreaded "team projects"? Especially, the ones where the teacher picked the members, supposedly to play to each of your strengths. Where inevitably one or more didn't do their portion and someone else (read "you/me") had to pick up the slack.

Sometimes though,...

July 12, 2019

Has anyone noticed the uproar over having a diverse Ariel. I can't remember any such commotion for one of my favorite films - Cinderella. This amazing 1997 musical starred Brandy (Cinderella), Whitney Houston (Fairy Godmother), Whoopi Goldberg (Queen), & Paolo Montalbán (Prince). We didn'...

November 9, 2018

What an emotionally caustic environment our country has become. It seems that there is one tragedy after another. A sad place to be raising children! I wish I could say that the mid-terms solved everything. While it may not change the minds of the tiny, powerful minority, it reaffirmed fo...

September 7, 2018

Last week I did a post on some of my favorite unique friendship books (here). One of the books, We Don't Eat Our Classmates by Ryan Higgins, ties nicely into Suzanne's back to school theme. And thinking about a post for this week, I realized that I had missed (it was hiding under a pile o...

July 23, 2018

Interview with author/Illustrator about her art, writing, and newest picture book All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold.

January 5, 2018

A few years ago, my family went camping in British Columbia.  We set up our trailer along Lake Okanagan and started exploring. The kids were immediately drawn to a sign and play statute of Ogopogo - a suspected relative of Nessie, the Loch Ness monster.

S...

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