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    Art Talk

    “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

    Pablo Picasso

    Your child approaches you with a piece of artwork in hand, and you feel compelled to say something like, “Oh it’s beautiful! I love it!” or, “Great job!” These sound like […]

    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 […]

    Standing Tall

    “Believe in yourself and the world will believe in you too.”

    Patty Lovell

    I love places where books live. The girls and I found a gem at our local library called, “Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon” by Patty Lovell, illustrated by David Catrow. Pip was the one who spotted […]

    With abandon…

    “Rain usually makes me feel mellow: curl up in a corner time, slow down, smell the furniture. Today… it just makes me feel wet.”

    Chris Stevens from ‘Northern Exposure’

    Does anyone remember the show, ‘Northern Exposure?’ I was a fan. My girlfriend Desiree and I even took a small detour during […]

    Holiday after holiday

    “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”

    Thornton Wilder

    Does anyone else feel as though they need a holiday to recuperate after a holiday? We went ‘away’ for the long weekend. We only drove 10 kms to my […]

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.

    Meister Eckhart

    Give me a break

    “Patience is the companion of wisdom.”

    Saint Augustine

    Pip and Fig both have miserable colds at the moment. Neither of them are sleeping well, which means that I, too, am overtired. By about 4:00 pm yesterday, I noticed that my patience was disappearing. Pip was riding her new bike in […]

    Rejection

    “Human beings, like plants, grow in the soil of acceptance, not in the atmosphere of rejection.”

    John Powell

    Fig worships Pip. Not only does she mimic everything Pip says and does, but she also likes to give Pip little gifts. Especially gifts of food. If Fig is given a piece […]

    The Sammy-Sack

    “Don’t knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while.”

    ~Kin Hubbard

    I don’t typically review products, but this is a gem. You may have noticed the Sammy-Sack advertisement on the sidebar and thought that it was a paid advertisement, […]

    Perspective

    “There is always music amongst the trees in the garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it.”

    Minnie Aumonier

    We went for a gorgeous, fall walk in the forest and Fig had a spill. She tripped on a root and rolled, head-over-heels, in beautiful form. It […]