“How do you find time to read all those books?!” It’s a question I get asked a lot. Given that I read over two hundred books a year (not counting anything I reread) it’s a fair question. Over the years my answer seldom varies beyond one simple truth: I don’t find time, I make it.… Read More Time Hacks: 5 Ways to Read More
How do we inspire art? Now that we’ve established how to get art going at home (for the kids and yourself) where do you begin? Coming up with ideas for this one is not an area where I shine. I can fetch paper and crayons, but not much more than that. I… Read More Inspire Art: Books of the Week
Summer survival with the kids is a serious business people! We’re out to enjoy summer vacation, not go crazy. Let’s make some memories, get unplugged, enjoy time with our families… all while keeping the house somewhat clean. No, this is not the impossible dream of a raving book lunatic (that would be me), but… Read More Summer Survival, Part Two
I wish I had a rocket ship To soar me to the moon, And dance along the Milky Way And not come back ‘til June. I wish I had a motorbike To zoom along real fast, And weave along a winding road And other cars zip past. I wish I had a… Read More Wanderlust
Writing is increasingly becoming a big part of my life. The blog, poems, my stories… Considering that I want to be a children’s author when/if I grow up, this is good. Paper, a fountain pen, and a pot of my favourite tea– give me that and I’m a happy girl. These days, my fountain pen… Read More Writing Up a Furious Storm of Words
Spring, so the calendar tells me, is here. Although it is undeniably warmer I am still hungry for what I love about this season: green shoots poking up in the garden, buds about to pop on the trees… but to make that happen, we need rain. I keep anxiously scanning the clouds, hoping for… Read More Rain Dreams: Bring it on Spring!
Cream or Sugar? I hope I’m never too old To enjoy a tea party: Gathering with friends (Real or imaginary) To visit and laugh Over the beautiful staccato Of delicate china. For really, tea tastes better When sipped from something Both dainty and pretty, And carving out time With dear friends Is far sweeter Than… Read More Cream or Sugar?
Happy Groundhog Day to you all! Do you ever feel like Phil Connors? Stuck in a time loop, just like the character does in the movie “Groundhog’s Day”? As he puts it “what would you do if you were stuck in one place, and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did… Read More One Wise Rodent
“But Mum! I was hungry!” My mischievous Bruce may want to be a ninja when he grows up, but his current attacks on the kitchen is more reminiscent of a viking. Pillaging snacks on whim, he’ll take the loot and feast in his room. Given how he likes to hide the evidence, this leads to… Read More Snack Ninja
Readers beware! Although I touched upon this topic in my last post, today my evangelical zeal will be unleashed! Story time is one of the best blessings of books that I know of, and today I shall be quite shameless in persuading you all to try it. Come comrades! Will you not join the causeFor the… Read More A Reading Revolution