Poetic Thoughts on a Debut Book—In the Shadow of Rainbows

I don’t remember the first poem I ever read, but I have vivid memories of the first poems I heard. My mother read from the Little Golden Book of Poetry. The images hidden in the words took me to far-off lands, and the rhymes filled my young head with music. [...]


Picture Books Are for Big Kids, Too—Try One!

Three bodies wiggled in close.  “One more, please, mommy, read one more!” The educator in me delighted in the interest my children took in the picture books we read every night—some every night. They each had a favorite. Tired from a long day, I enjoyed these quiet moments, but [...]


How to Do Nothing and Still Live a More Meaningful Life

The very thought of doing nothing runs counter to everything my dad taught me. His favorite admonition when we looked too idle always began with, “Are just going to sit around when there is work to be done?” Maybe that’s why Jenny O’Dell’s How to Do Nothing: Resisting the [...]


My Year of Reading: The Best, the Good, and the Unfinished

Some books leave us free and some books make us free.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson If you are a lover of book lists and share my obsession with collecting these lists, here’s one more to add to your collection. Last year I tried something new. In addition to selecting one [...]

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