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    Singing

    “I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing.”

    William James

    When I was a teenager, I was really interested in the performing arts. I loved music. I wrote songs, I played guitar, I acted in plays, I danced, but I did not have a very powerful singing […]

    Feminine Fun

    “A three-year-old child is a being who gets almost as much fun out of a fifty-six dollar set of swings as it does out of finding a small green worm.”

    Bill Vaughn

    When Fig is too quiet, it usually means trouble. I was in Pip’s bedroom, assisting with her fifteenth costume-change […]

    Lucky Button

    “We hippos love our belly-b’s, they’re round and cute and funny, and there’s a place we take them to when summer days are sunny.”

    Sandra Boynton

    Pip has always adored her belly-button. It’s an impressive, round ‘outey,’ and she rubs it to soothe herself. It came as no surprise, therefore, when […]

    Grassman gets a trim

    “Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.”

    George Burns

    Do you remember Grassman? Well, he’s still around. He’s been hanging out on our kitchen counter with our jade plant, watching the fall storms blow through […]

    Nostalgia

    “Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.”

    Peter De Vries

    When we were in Vancouver the week before last, my husband and I were filled with memories of our lives in the city. For some reason, we were often compelled to share little snippets of our past lives with our daughters. […]

    Rubies

    “It is our illusions that create the world.”

    Didier Cauwelaert

    Pip’s obsession with ‘The Wizard of Oz’ hasn’t waned since she first saw the stage production last summer. She constantly wears her (purple) ruby red slippers, she frequently assumes the role of Dorothy, she likes […]

    Structure

    “When kids play they remember, they may not be aware that they are learning, but they sure are aware that they are having fun.”

    Rebecca Krook

    I was inspired by my sister yesterday. (It’s not unusual, I’m frequently inspired by her!) She’s home-schooling my five-year-old niece as well as working part-time […]

    Creative or destructive?

    “One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making new discoveries.”

    A.A. Milne

    Last Christmas we bought a gorgeous, second-hand Plan dollhouse for the girls. It was in mint condition when we bought it, and our daughters have kept it in wonderful shape until this past week […]

    Leaping and Launching

    “When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap.”

    ~Cynthia Heimel

    So I made a little book over the summer, and I’m launching it at a local bookstore, […]

    Growing Grass Heads

    “The waiting is the hardest part.”

    Tom Petty

    Pip has a subscription to ‘Chirp’ magazine from her Gramma J., and the latest issue has instructions for making ‘Grass-Heads.’ The moment she laid eyes on those heads, she knew that she wanted to make one. The craft list was quite extensive and […]