I’m not always sure that Kate DiCamillo writes for kids. I never got to read Kate DiCamillo as a I kid so I can’t say for certain if her writing would have worked for me. When I was much younger, I liked all kinds of books that were definitely not for kids–like THE CLAN OF… Read more

I can’t remember when I first discovered Leo Lionni. It may have been with my now grown son twenty years ago. Since then I have read several of his works and especially enjoy Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse. With a tale similar to The Velveteen Rabbit, this story tells of a toy that becomes a… Read more

For all of its many downsides, social media gives me access to fantastic book events and people I never would see without all that clicking and liking. Saturday, I drove down to Olympia–so much easier than Seattle for me–and found a lovely author illustrator with yet another book that awed me with the beauty of… Read more

Healing Wonders: Ocean’s Eight I’ve spent a lot of time on the couch while my foot heals from the surgery I had last week. This gave me more than the usual time to watch movies and read books with cats and a dachshund curled up on or next to me. My favorite move of the couch time is… Read more

Book Review of Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown I have been bothered for some time by the way we are speaking to one another, especially about politics. I lean toward the left. I guess this won’t surprise anyone who reads my blog. A student… Read more

One More Splash form Inktober

One of the Inktober artists I followed is having a contest! Pick your favorite drawing and Jessica Linn Evans will throw your name in a hat to win a print. Goodluck… Read more

“Well, there was a scorpion on my bed. I got kinda freaked and picked it up in the pajama pants I wasn’t wearing. Had to move it somehow.” The teenager looked at me from her top bunk. Ceiling fans swung above us providing the only relief from the Ciudad Juarez summer temperatures that hovered around… Read more

The burning ache in the top vertebrae of my neck began after two hours. Unfortunately, I wasn’t done painting the kitchen and dining room ceilings in two hours. It took about six hours of effort over two days of my Independence Day holiday. Owning a home, I long ago discovered, is not for those who… Read more

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