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Let’s Be A Safety Net

“The greatest gift is a passion for reading.” Elizabeth Hardwick Last Friday, a few of us moms got together and had our first official game night. There is nothing more…

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Budding Readers and Index Cards

“Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words!” A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1943 When my son was four, he started playing T-Ball. He loved…

Raising A Lifelong Reader

Neither books nor people have Velcro sides- we don’t naturally attach to each other. In the beginning there must be a bonding agent – parent, relative, neighbor, teacher, or librarian…

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Our Small Patch of Water

Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well. John W. Gardner Right now, I am reading a sweet book called Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman. In it, she describes a…

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Why I “Do Calendar” with my Preschooler Each Day

Every time you tear a leaf off the calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress. Charles Kettering “Let me check my calendar.” “I’ll put you down…

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Table Talk…It’s What’s For Dinner

All great change in America begins at the dinner table. Ronald Reagan   Growing up, our dinner table was the place to be from 5:30- 8:00…sometimes even longer. Yes, we…

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The Gate Is Open

A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow   We have a 118 pound black lab.…

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Stay In Your Wheelhouse!

As I have said before, dancing is for anyone, but not for everyone. Mark Morris Last summer, I got wind of a zumbathon in our neighborhood to raise money for…

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Dribble, Shoot, Score!

Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around…

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We’ll Get There…Somehow…

Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life! Albert Einstein We live in a heavily wooded place. Our town name is actually The Woodlands. Yes, we know…it’s clever…