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1. The Little Prince: Truth in Metaphor
The Little Prince: Truth in Metaphor
Antoine de Saint Exupery's author's note on The Little Prince-- "not for grownups" -- is a bit facetious. On the one hand, The Little Prince does portray 'grownups' as folks who go around foolishly pursuing wrong values; still the story themes (and the subtle ironies) are best appreciated by thos...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:21:22
2. Poetry for 2nd and 3rd Grade
Poetry for 2nd and 3rd Grade
"Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" was in my own second grade reader many years ago. I memorized and delivered it, and it remains a favorite to this day. "Who Has Seen the Wind?" is a more vague memory. It was also in a reading anthology, though I am not sure of the year -- probably second or...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:05:09
3. Robert Frost Autumn Poems
Robert Frost Autumn Poems
As I read Robert Frost's "In Hardwood Groves" I find myself thinking ahead a bit to the autumn season. In Seattle, where I live, there can be a sadness that comes with the transition to fall: The sky clouds over, the rains begin, and people don't want to be outside for longer than the time it tak...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:52:55
4. Lesson Plans for The Stories Julian Tells
Lesson Plans for The Stories Julian Tells
The Stories Julian Tells is a popular beginning chapter book for students at third grade level. It's an engaging family story with some 'big ideas' or themes that children have to dig to get to. It's a Common Core reading selection. My favorite way to use the book, though, is as a mentor text to ...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:24:03
5. Cynthia Rylant Beginning Chapter Books: Lesson Plans
Cynthia Rylant Beginning Chapter Books: Lesson Plans
Literature for children who are still learning to decode? Sure! It takes talent to take big ideas and themes and scale them down. It also takes skill to develop character and add humor when using shorter sentences and a bit more repetition. It may be hard -- but it can be done. Cynthia Rylant is...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:04:07
6. Alternatives to Barbie and Bratz
Alternatives to Barbie and Bratz
Lately I've been exploring the role of Barbie in children's lives. When I was a kid myself, I had a Ballerina Barbie and several inexpensive imitations. I never thought of Barbie as a role model, and I didn't give a lot of thought to her proportions. But I needed adult characters in my play. My ...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:14:45
7. The iPad: a Useful Tool for Autism
The iPad: a Useful Tool for Autism
Computers are useful for those with autism as they facilitate communication and aid in learning. In recent years, there has been some buzz in education and autism communities about the iPad. Like other computers, it is an effective tool for many people on the autism spectrum. Its flexibility and ...
Healthy Living - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:15:41
8. Mary Poppins Lesson Plans
Mary Poppins Lesson Plans
For nearly half a century, children have been watching Mary Poppins. Fewer have read the original book by P.L. Travers. I believe it's a worthy read. While it lacks the singing that I so enjoyed in childhood, it does give a young reader a lot to think about. For starters, it's got challenging voc...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 03:34:20
9. Promoting Critical Literacy with The Ugly Duckling
Promoting Critical Literacy with The Ugly Duckling
Fairy tales and classic children's stories are an excellent place to begin exploring critical literacy. Some of these stories are, on close inspection, high in both stereotypes and violence. Others are a wellspring of timeless wisdom... and simultaneously a source of subtle assumption. One of my...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:23:34
10. Charlotte's Web Lesson Plans
Charlotte's Web Lesson Plans
I've known Charlotte's Web since I was seven. Isn't that the case for so many of us? The story of the amiable pig and the clever spider who saves him never does go out of style. But 2012 proved quite a year for the spider-pig duo -- and not just because they celebrated their sixtieth birthday. C...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:23:39
11. A Little Princess: Lesson Plans
A Little Princess: Lesson Plans
I've known Frances Hodgson Burnett's A Little Princess most of my life, and it still captures my imagination. My perceptions have certainly been different, though, at different ages. I thought about my own history with the book when creating these lesson plans. I received a pink paperback editio...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:20:28
12. Desert and Forest Ecosystems: Lesson Plans
Desert and Forest Ecosystems: Lesson Plans
Science comes alive when you bring a little bit of nature into the room. Luckily, even those who live in the city may find nature all around them. How about placing a little of your ecosystem into a habitat box? It's something I've done. I taught for several years in the desert city of Tucson. M...
Education - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:25:33
13. Alternatives to 18 Inch American Girl Dolls
Alternatives to 18 Inch American Girl Dolls
Part of the message of American Girl is that maturity is about values -- industriousness, compassion -- and not about make up and heels. Part of the message is that girls can be competent and smart (and pretty) no matter what their ethnicity or socioeconomic background. And part of the message is...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:32:49
14. One Room Living
One Room Living
This little studio feels right. I had a larger one for quite a few years because I had a cat, and kitty cats do like their space to frisk about. Some time after the death of that cat, I moved down to a smaller room -- a room that didn't feel so much smaller or, for that matter, feel like moving d...
Home & Garden - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:25:33
15. The Wizard of Oz Lesson Plans
The Wizard of Oz Lesson Plans
I confess: When I hear those four words -- The Wizard of Oz -- I think of the 1939 film. I read an abridged version of the original story when I was little, and puzzled over the differences in the two versions. But mostly The Wizard of Oz remained the film that showed on television once a year an...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:42:02
16. Latin American Dolls... and Doll Clothes!
Latin American Dolls... and Doll Clothes!
There have long been dolls that represented Latin American nations. They are changing, though, and becoming more multidimensional. In some cases, they represent individuals in the modern world, not just traditional ones. Sometimes these modern dolls even bring money into the nation that they rep...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 03:43:38
17. Shabby Chic Studio Apartment
Shabby Chic Studio Apartment
If you're like me, and you live in a small space -- but you're too old for the dorm look -- you have some choices. Will you try to make your 200 square feet look bigger, or will you turn them into a cozy little nook? Will you bring home some boxy modern furniture and try to conceal every little t...
Arts & Design - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:15:41
18. Teaching Critical Literacy with The Secret Garden
Teaching Critical Literacy with The Secret Garden
A few years ago, a school that I worked at cast off all its copies of The Secret Garden. The school library had limited space for its collection; so it had become an annual task: thinning out the shelves to make room for books that were newer and more relevant to the school's population, more ali...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:42:30
19. Habitat Study: Polar Lesson Plans
Habitat Study: Polar Lesson Plans
If you went to the Arctic, what do you think you'd see? During our habit unit, my second and third graders would begin the morning by enthusiastically chanting that poem. They knew there was much to see in polar lands! If Ms. Frizzle had shown up with a magic school bus and a yen to head to the a...
Education - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:13:36
20. Robert Frost Winter Poems
Robert Frost Winter Poems
"Whose woods these are I think I know..." I found myself reciting those words (again) on a light, bright winter night when sun bounced off snowflakes and darkness didn't come. Recently, my city found itself en-swirled in a snowstorm that it was ill equipped to handle. Despite chains, the bus was ...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:24:36
21. Asian Dolls: Representing our World
Asian Dolls: Representing our World
In decades past, there was the Japanese Jan doll, providing at least a token acknowledgement that little girls of different ethnicities sat in classrooms together (with their hands up). But mostly little girls, whatever their race, got white baby dolls from the K-Mart. At best, there was a little...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:52:52
22. Robert Frost Summer Poems
Robert Frost Summer Poems
Summer is on its way, but there's still time for literature! Robert Frost was a master at capturing the nuances of different seasons, and summer is no exception. In his poems, we find summer captured in a variety of ways. It is portrayed as a time of flowers, a time of work... and as a "diminishe...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:23:39
23. Multicultural Barbies: A Changing World
Multicultural Barbies: A Changing World
What's the function of Barbie -- besides old-fashioned play? Does Barbie allow us to see ourselves, and what we can aspire to be, or what we could never be (and should never want)? The question isn't that simple, because Barbie herself comes in so many forms. Recently, I've come across photos of...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:20:28
24. Lesson Plans for Sarah, Plain and Tall
Lesson Plans for Sarah, Plain and Tall
I was a little surprised by the Newberry-winning historical fiction Sarah, Plain and Tall when I first encountered it in the college of education. Part of the premise: a dad who advertised for a wife! Ah, but this was a different world than the one we grew up in. The main characters lived on the ...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:31:22
25. A Doll for a Boy
A Doll for a Boy
I keep reading about the importance of doll play in girls' development and thinking, What about the boys? I was planning on looking into the subject of dolls for boys before too long, but I got a bit of a push. Someone arrived on one of my other pages looking for an eighteen-inch Asian boy doll, ...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:20:29
26. South Asian Dolls
South Asian Dolls
To girls, dolls can be confidants. They can also be a reflection of a girl's current and future self. These days, thankfully, dolls come in all the shades that people do. Depending on their faith and traditions, they may wear saris or abayas. You can even find tiny henna-etched hands. (Almost) w...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:32:49
27. Dolls for Native American Children
Dolls for Native American Children
Traditionally, "Native American inspired dolls" have been objects that sat on shelves, teaching a mixture of truths and untruths, primarily to adults. Many have been a mishmash of cultural traits, drawn largely from the Plain states. Ah, but what of the little girls who, like little girls everyw...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 03:30:32
28. Informational Texts: 2nd and 3rd Grade Science
Informational Texts: 2nd and 3rd Grade Science
There's science -- and then there's science reading! Both require instruction. Content area reading in science and social studies can be more difficult than fiction. Left to their own devices, students often select story books. As they get older, though, they're expected to read complex nonfictio...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:41:21
29. Wizard of Oz Lesson Plans for High School: Critical Analysis
Wizard of Oz Lesson Plans for High School: Critical Analysis
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is almost an all-ages book. It was written at about 6th grade level, though younger students have embraced it as their own. The book even provides opportunities for high school students to sharpen their skills. It can enliven a study of the U.S. circa 1900. It can also ...
Education - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:13:36
30. Tudor Style Doll Houses
Tudor Style Doll Houses
Tudor houses have an old world charm. When I was little, I traveled to the house where my father grew up. I was fascinated by how every home in his Long Island community was cream-colored with exotic dark brown trim. When I moved to Seattle, I saw many similarly styled houses, looking whimsical ...
Arts & Design - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:30:23
31. Thrifty Decorating: Faux Verdigris Finish
Thrifty Decorating: Faux Verdigris Finish
The photo shows three items I painted over a span of years. Verdigris -- or rather faux verdigris -- has been one of my favorite paint finishes for most of my adult life. It's an easy-to-apply paint finish that looks good in shabby chic and Tuscan style rooms... as well as the genuinely shabby. ...
Arts & Design - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:24:16
32. Cottage Style Dollhouse Furniture: Distressed Ivory
Cottage Style Dollhouse Furniture: Distressed Ivory
Distressed ivory is an antique white finish that looks stunning on shabby chic or cottage style furniture -- either full scale or miniature. It is particularly well suited for doll furniture (especially if a collector has a tight budget but a taste for realism). Distressed ivory finishes can give...
Arts & Design - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:33:39
33. Teach Robert Frost's Poetry With Multimedia
Teach Robert Frost's Poetry With Multimedia
I was seven when I memorized my first poem. It was a school assignment, but also a source of pride. I recited the piece for my family, not once but over and over until Robert Frost's words lodged somewhere in my mind, remembered to this day: "...The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, but I have pr...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:14:14
34. Emily Bronte Poems
Emily Bronte Poems
Most people think of Emily Bronte as a novelist, not a poet, yet she wrote a lot more poems than she did book chapters! It's her poetry -- and not that one famous novel -- that draws me. More than a century after Bronte's death, there is still so much to explore in her verse. Some people are dra...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:55:14
35. Missing May
Missing May
Some books pack a tremendous amount of wisdom into a slim 80 pages. Cynthia Rylant's Missing May is one such book. I was introduced to it in The College of Education. "Missing May" was the 1993 Newbery Award Winner at a time when Newbery medals were going mostly to contemporary 'problem novels'. ...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:12:22
36. Robert Frost's 'Mending Wall': Multimedia Lesson Plans
Robert Frost's 'Mending Wall': Multimedia Lesson Plans
Robert Frost's "Mending Wall" can be read as an early 20th century nature poem, the tale of two neighbors who meet in April to repair the damage that the winter freeze has inflicted upon their shared wall. The poem can also be read as an allegory for those metaphorical walls we all build around u...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:20:28
37. Ralph Waldo Emerson Poems
Ralph Waldo Emerson Poems
Emerson is best known for his nonfiction works, but he was also a prolific poet. At times he was musical. Some scholars have criticized the poems for being didactic, suggesting that he is only using the poetic form as a another vehicle for expressing transcendental philosophies. That's not the vi...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:20:52
38. Red Haired Dolls
Red Haired Dolls
On my sixth birthday, my parents' co-worker brought a little doll with red hair. "Doesn't she look just like her?" she exclaimed. The doll was six or seven inches tall and had fair skin and blue eyes. So bring on the reds! In second grade, I got a Mom and Me fashion doll set. These dolls also ha...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:14:47
39. Cruciferous Vegetables
Cruciferous Vegetables
Cruciferous veggies. Yes, veggies -- We're on familiar terms, so I use the nickname. I never disliked them, even as a kid. Squash made me gag, and I wasn't much for green beans either. Just about every other vegetable was fine (if a tad boring). Cruciferous vegetables were less boring than many. ...
Healthy Living - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:04:25
40. Freezer Cooking for One (or Two) in the Studio Apartment
Freezer Cooking for One (or Two) in the Studio Apartment
My whole apartment is smaller than some people's kitchens. I have two burners, but no oven. Needless to say, I don't bake. I also cop to buying my cabbage shredded. But that doesn't mean that I eat a lot of packaged meals or limit my shopping to primarily what I will use that week. I have a littl...
Food & Cooking - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:12:26
41. Going Greyhound Without Going Crazy
Going Greyhound Without Going Crazy
Homeward bound, Oh I wish I was homeward bound... What about you? Are there times times you yearn to go home or to visit some other loved one far away? Do you ever find yourself with enough time on your hands, but not quite enough money? And does the cost of that airline ticket drive you to distr...
Travel & Places - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:30:23
42. The Velveteen Rabbit: Classic and Audio Editions
The Velveteen Rabbit: Classic and Audio Editions
The Velveteen Rabbit is the story of a toy bunny that's rewarded for his faithfulness, for loving and being loved, but only after his fur has been worn off and he's become contaminated with scarlet fever germs. Once he was real to his child companion -- that in itself was an accomplishment -- but...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:31:19
43. Henry David Thoreau Poems
Henry David Thoreau Poems
Henry David Thoreau is a well-remembered and well-loved literary figure, even now, 150 years after his death. It's primarily his prose that is studied, but he is also credited with about 300 poems. In poetry, he extolled nature, noted the spirituality inherent in common things, and contemplated t...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:03:20
44. Multicultural Dolls: Growing Diversity
Multicultural Dolls: Growing Diversity
I got my older niece a dollhouse, and now I'm considering an "heirloom gift" for the younger one. A doll, perhaps, but not just any one. I keep turning back to look at a particular one: a beautiful little Indian doll from Hearts for Hearts. Dolls have certainly come a long way since my childhood...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:24:23
45. Wonderful Wizard of Oz Dolls
Wonderful Wizard of Oz Dolls
Memories: The Wizard of Oz movie on television. My mother and I singing "Somewhere over the Rainbow" at bath time. My mother was forty years older than me, but The Wizard of Oz had been around in her childhood, too. There have been generations of girls who grew up knowing those characters. No wo...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 03:34:20
46. Eating Vegetarian With Reduced Histamine and Glutamate
Eating Vegetarian With Reduced Histamine and Glutamate
I am being facetious when I say I am allergic to flavor! Sensitive to flavor enhancers would be closer to the truth. It's not the most typical form of intolerance, but there are times I need to be very careful about what's in my food. Histamine and glutamate occur in foods, but they are also neur...
Food & Cooking - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:10:51
47. Asian Fashion Dolls: Second Selves Sometimes Missing From Toy Shelves
Asian Fashion Dolls: Second Selves Sometimes Missing From Toy Shelves
I was at the Walmart in Renton (south of Seattle) recently, and browsed the toy aisles. At first glance, those rows of Barbies looked like the real girls in the real neighborhoods of Renton: dark tones, light tones, medium tones. Their facial features were not all identical, not by a long shot. B...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:32:38
48. Crafting Miniatures: Starting Out Small
Crafting Miniatures: Starting Out Small
Dollhouses can be a way of scaling down extravagance. Part of what drew me to miniatures -- as an adult -- was that this was a craft where you could create virtually anything with little overhead and little cost. You could imitate countless objects from real life. It took just a little fabric, ju...
Arts & Design - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:14:18
49. Paint Your Own Horse
Paint Your Own Horse
I'm leaving my brother's house the morning of December 26, just 24 hours after the Christmas bash. The kid-size craft table emerged from its holiday tablecloth less than an hour earlier, and there sit my pajama-clad nieces: a kindergartner and a 4th grader. The older girl has out her box of 'Pain...
Gift Guide - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:22:06
50. The Comprehension Toolkit
The Comprehension Toolkit
Children learn speech by listening to people talk. Can they learn comprehension by listening to people comprehend? That's part of the premise behind the Comprehension Toolkit, a reading curriculum. I used it in the Seattle schools, and it's among my favorite curriculum resources. The Toolkit is ...
Education - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:53:26
51. Vegetarian Cream of Vegetable Soup
Vegetarian Cream of Vegetable Soup
When I was a kid, my mother made soup out of leftovers, and she was thrifty. She saved everything, right down to the water she'd used to boil the spaghetti. She didn't save leftovers in Tupperware containers (ah, no, not my mother!) but in glass jelly jars. One of the things I learned from her: A...
Food & Cooking - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:10:51
52. Metacognitive Strategies for Reading Comprehension
Metacognitive Strategies for Reading Comprehension
Some children learn to decode, to read fluently, and even answer basic recall questions, but beyond the level of recall, their comprehension breaks down. Why? In many cases, it is because they lack strategies -- not word attack skills, but metacognitive strategies. As parents and teachers -- as p...
Education - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:24:17
53. Historical Dolls: Sparking Today's Imaginations
Historical Dolls: Sparking Today's Imaginations
Some things don't change: Little girls and historical fiction. Little girls fueling their imagination with dolls. Memory: I am about ten and I am acting out a historical scene with my dolls. I have raided my mother's sewing box for anything that looks faintly historical, vaguely reminiscent of He...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:22:29
54. Life Lessons From Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
Life Lessons From Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
I was subbing in a first grade class recently, and the teacher left a stack of books on her desk: I could pick one, or two (or three...) to read aloud as time allows. I hadn't read Sylvester and the Magic Pebble for a long time (Could it really have been since childhood?) but, oh my, now I will r...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:00:27
55. Multicultural School Dolls: Adding Color and Pizzazz
Multicultural School Dolls: Adding Color and Pizzazz
Teachers are working under more constraints than the average person, and that extends to everything down to buying a doll. First of all, it's not just a doll that needs to be invited down to the housekeeping center. No, it's a whole set of the friendly plastic people, inclusive of all races and b...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:04:02
56. Little House in the Big Woods: Supporting Comprehension
Little House in the Big Woods: Supporting Comprehension
Why read Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House in the Big Woods -- and why in the primary grades? Well, first of all, there's the matter of my little niece, who was a second grader last Christmas. We were talking about life 100 years ago (a conversation sparked by a historical doll that she had bee...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:44:20
57. The Studio Apartment Bed: Camouflaging the Pink Elephant
The Studio Apartment Bed: Camouflaging the Pink Elephant
At one point, I lived in one of those big old studio apartments with the walk-in closet that could fit a bed. Now I live in a much smaller studio -- less than 200 square feet. I've opted for a day bed... I was lucky enough to find a lovely white metal frame downstairs in the basement of the apart...
Arts & Design - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:22:03
58. Dress Like A Good Witch
Dress Like A Good Witch
What's with wicked witches? Not all witches are bad, as the witch of the North told Dorothy when she first blew into Oz more than a century ago and announced that she thought all witches were wicked. Oh, those stereotypes... Today's witches, too, can be more nice than naughty. And they can move ...
Holidays & Celebrations - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:22:29
59. Fun Stuff for Kids Who Like Dogs
Fun Stuff for Kids Who Like Dogs
My niece is allergic to dogs, but she likes to create a vicarious dog-filled world. Surprisingly, dog stories and toys don't make her mope. When I saw her last Christmas, one of her favorite series was Puppy Place. And now? Now she wants an American Girl doll that looks like her, a second self wh...
Gift Guide - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:24:19
60. A Wrinkle in Time: Exploring Theme
A Wrinkle in Time: Exploring Theme
A Wrinkle in Time is the sci-fi/ fantasy story of siblings who travel across space and time, rescue their beloved father from a dark planet, and, by virtue of their own strengths, make it home again. It's a feat that these kids couldn't accomplish if they didn't have a power that the seemingly al...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:23:22
61. Cardboard Doll House: For Budding Artists
Cardboard Doll House: For Budding Artists
I like the idea of buying a gift that will go from childhood hobby to adult hobby and (maybe) on to become a heirloom. And one thing I really love is a good dollhouse! So what's with the cardboard dollhouse? On the one hand, a cardboard dollhouse isn't that heirloom gift. On the other hand, it'...
Gift Guide - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:10:50
62. Story Books For Low-Anxiety Math
Story Books For Low-Anxiety Math
Young children often want to listen to the same story books over and over again. When the story is chock full of reasoning activities and contains math problems to work through on nearly ever page, that "again and again" can be a valuable learning experience. If a student doesn't understand a par...
Education - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:20:28
63. Dolls for Older Kids
Dolls for Older Kids
At what age do girls stop playing with dolls? It depends... a lot. Some girls leave them behind as soon as they have the skills to read, manipulate tech toys, or swing a baseball bat. Others love dolls all their lives. There are differences between the doll play of older and younger children. Yo...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 03:32:19
64. Nurturing the Very Young Aspiring Writer
Nurturing the Very Young Aspiring Writer
As a teacher, I have often had my students write an about the author page to accompany heir stories. I will always remember one that was composed by a particular second grader. She wrote that she had been writing since she was five and had become an 'afishal auther' at seven. I have seen other ch...
Education - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:23:19
65. The Cross of Gold Speech: Beginning Rhetorical Analysis
The Cross of Gold Speech: Beginning Rhetorical Analysis
William Jennings Bryan delivered his "Cross of Gold" speech for the first time in 1896. It was one of those rare orations that ended with a speaker literally borne away on the shoulders of electrified listeners. The speech had such enduring popularity that Bryan delivered it to attentive audience...
Education - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:26:31
66. Choosing a Homeschool Language Arts Curriculum
Choosing a Homeschool Language Arts Curriculum
I have worked with a number of homeschooled children -- as well as traditionally schooled youngsters -- and I know that the curriculum choices can seem daunting, and people are often not satisfied with their initial selection. One family I remember well came from India and spoke Urdu as a first l...
Education - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:10:55
67. Processing Disorders: The Understimulated Brain
Processing Disorders: The Understimulated Brain
The book is called Fidget to Focus. I found it on the lending/ trading bookcase at my apartment building. I am not sure if it will alter the course of my life, but it has sure altered the course of my internet research over the past few days. One interesting term the authors use: underwhelmed. Th...
Healthy Living - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 03:54:21
68. Imagination Stretchers for Girls Who Like 18-Inch Dolls
Imagination Stretchers for Girls Who Like 18-Inch Dolls
That's not my niece's doll, but it's her doll's guitar: the one that I took two buses up to the Seattle suburbs to get for her. It's one of two purchases I have made to accessorize her doll. Chelsea caught the "American Girl" bug last fall when she was in third grade and a catalog arrived in the...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:31:32
69. How to Dry Brush Figurines
How to Dry Brush Figurines
Dry brushing: That's the art of dunking something in black paint, then building up color with a nearly dry brush. Why learn to dry brush? There are many reasons! You can make realistic figures with less skill than you might imagine. You can make upcycled gifts from figures that are old, tarnishe...
Arts & Design - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:11:28
70. Gifts for Miniature Enthusiasts
Gifts for Miniature Enthusiasts
This page is about gifts for miniature people! No, not the ones living in your dollhouse -- I mean, the people you might be related to, married to, or otherwise know, who craft or collect miniatures. It can be hard for those who don't spend their time absorbed with crafty hobbies to shop for tho...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:15:41
71. Multimedia Poetry Performance Can Be Child's Play
Multimedia Poetry Performance Can Be Child's Play
A llama talked to me on the internet this morning, and a yak did as well. Those talking animals briefly rendered me speechless. The talking photo animation site Blabberize appears to be designed primarily as a source of entertainment, much like other photo effect sites. It has powerful educationa...
Education - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:15:41
72. The Best Emergent Readers
The Best Emergent Readers
I've enjoyed introducing both my nieces to the Brand New Reader stories during their kindergarten year. I've also had a lot of success using them with children I tutor. They make reading seem doable. They engage... And they're easier to come by than Rigby Readers. We all want our little ones to ...
Education - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:21:23
73. The Small Craft Space
The Small Craft Space
My studio is 188 square feet -- ah, but that's the one that I live in. My craft studio is a fraction of that. I have a little alcove, bordered by a rather sturdy piece of furniture with a slide out tray that was probably designed with a keyboard in mind. Behind it (and on it) are many things. Y...
Home & Garden - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:13:14
74. Cooking in a Tiny Kitchen
Cooking in a Tiny Kitchen
You can cook in a small kitchen -- and when I say small, I don't just mean petite. I mean an efficiency kitchen in a mini-studio or a guest house. I have cooked in unusually large and unusually small kitchen, and it's funny how much is the same. I was kitchen manager for several years at a 16 bed...
Home & Garden - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:10:47
75. Dollhouses to Grow Up With
Dollhouses to Grow Up With
I finished constructing Chelsea's dollhouse this past spring, but the process of furnishing and finishing it may take years. I look forward to sharing this hobby with my small niece. There is something to be said for sharing a hobby -- almost any hobby -- across generations. There's an additional...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:53:26
76. Savory Vegetarian Posole
Savory Vegetarian Posole
Posole is a flavorful Mexican stew that includes hominy as its signature ingredient. Traditional posole recipes call for chicken or pork broth, but it is easy to make a version that is vegetarian -- vegan, in fact! Vegetarian posole is an ideal dish for those who haven't been vegetarian all their...
Food & Cooking - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:01:28
77. Make a Tudor Dollhouse
Make a Tudor Dollhouse
If you want to put together a real Tudor house, it's going to take some amazing construction skills! If you want a miniature Tudor, though, it may be easier -- and cheaper -- than you think. There is more than one way to make a tudor-style dollhouse: You can make it from scratch, you can make it ...
Arts & Design - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:44:23
78. Dolls to Celebrate African Heritage
Dolls to Celebrate African Heritage
It's not necessarily enough that children have dolls that share their color or features. A little girl's dolls, and the worlds they represent, have to compete with other toys that are on the market: those that come into the home via schoolmate, catalog, or Saturday morning cartoon. Some of them a...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 03:42:37
79. Phobias: Bad News... and Good
Phobias: Bad News... and Good
A few years back, a friend asked me, "How can someone so anxiety disordered teach?" My response: "My family doesn't have my phone number where I work." That response wasn't intended to be flippant; it was quite truthful. I have specific phobias -- specifically I have bad-news phobias. Having the...
Healthy Living - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:44:20
80. Lois Lowry's Gossamer: Lesson Plans
Lois Lowry's Gossamer: Lesson Plans
Newberry-winning children's novelist Lois Lowry is adept at presenting universes with rules not quite like our own. In Gossamer,she presents us with a unique world, even though ostensibly it takes place in our own nighttime landscape. There are painful themes in Gossamer -- adults who hurt child...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:40:26
81. Is That Pony for Real?
Is That Pony for Real?
Is this toy pony real? My younger niece, who received one for Christmas last year, adamantly affirmed that it was. She continued to affirm this even when her sister, four years her senior and a big third grader, noted several little known facts about the Baby Butterscotch Show Pony (like how, eve...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:34:25
82. In Praise of Domed Pencil Sharpeners
In Praise of Domed Pencil Sharpeners
It was years ago, and states away, but I remember when the school 'jack of all trades' showed up in my classroom to ask where I wanted my new electric pencil sharpener. Truth be told... I didn't. As Dr Suess would say, "I didn't want it here, I didn't want it there, I didn't want that pencil shar...
Education - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:22:29
83. Re-purposing: From Cabinet to Dollhouse
Re-purposing: From Cabinet to Dollhouse
My first dollhouse was a refurbished bathroom cabinet... a medicine cabinet, no less The selection, I admit, was more by necessity than choice. I was a very young woman in a housing co-op, short on cash and short on real furnishings -- but I had a penchant for painting and re-fashioning dollhouse...
Arts & Design - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:04:23
84. The Case of the Supertaster, the Superveggie, and the Fizzing Thing
The Case of the Supertaster, the Superveggie, and the Fizzing Thing
I didn't start out today to write about the phenomenon of super tasting. I started out writing about cruciferous vegetables, but got side tracked by a memory of carbonation. The side tracking began -- those first few steps were taken -- when I read that a portion of the population had a more sens...
Healthy Living - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:24:17
85. Neurological Disorders: Differing Abilities... and Gifts
Neurological Disorders: Differing Abilities... and Gifts
I've grown disenchanted with the DSM and its method of classifying people based on symptoms of mental illness or learning disability. Sometimes it's necessary to classify people by their symptoms -- we may not know enough about the root cause to do otherwise. However, we can run into serious prob...
Healthy Living - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:20:47
86. Painted Lady Dollhouse
Painted Lady Dollhouse
Never let it be said that I passed up a $6.50 dollhouse kit. There it was at Value Village, a Crestview -- half price no less. It appeared complete except for the directions (and, hey, someone is selling instructions for $5.00, for moments such as these). This page is detailing its journey from ...
Arts & Design - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:32:26
87. Baby Baa Baa: Still Talking after 30 Years
Baby Baa Baa: Still Talking after 30 Years
Baby Baa Baa was a born conversationalist, and he is oh-so-charismatic -- though admittedly, he has always been limited to a handful of key phrases. They are expressions like "I'm Baby Baa Baa," "I love you," and "I'm baa-ashful". Believe it or not, this Mattel Hug n' Talk lamb can still talk aft...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:51:14
88. Gifts Elementary Teachers Can Use
Gifts Elementary Teachers Can Use
This adorable little bear was given to me by a seven-year-old student a decade ago. It's a petite critter: five inches or so. It came in a little basket with a handmade wardrobe: cut, not sewn. Yes, it had hand cut items like a scarf and a sleeveless vest. That little bear did something few teac...
Education - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:11:43
89. Fair Trade... and Shabby Chic
Fair Trade... and Shabby Chic
I was inspired to write this page when I came across a very delicate bit of butterfly wall art made from a recycled oil bin -- fashioned by a Haitian artisan. Wow! It's ironic that those delicate, feminine designs that many of us love came into abundant existence during the Industrial Revolution...
Arts & Design - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:35:12
90. Miniature Bears: Many Mini Methods
Miniature Bears: Many Mini Methods
Miniature teddy bears are captivating. We are fascinated -- children and adults alike -- to see anything so small that has so much character. Lack of realism can lessen the ooh factor of these tiny critters. Still it's easier to come by a realistic dollhouse scale stuffed animal than it is a trul...
Arts & Design - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:04:23
91. Louisa May Alcott Poems
Louisa May Alcott Poems
Who was Louisa May Alcott? In the introduction to The Poems of Louisa May Alcott, Robert Nelsen suggests that her poetry may provide more insight than her fiction. One reason is that her fiction was often driven by financial necessity. Louisa May Alcott was a prolific fiction writer. She used he...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:41:49
92. Homemade Muesli: A Quick Healthy Breakfast
Homemade Muesli: A Quick Healthy Breakfast
When my brother and I were little, we occasionally ate a muesli cereal called Familia. My brother loved it; I thought it was pretty good if I picked out the raisins. Years later, I started eating my own version of muesli on pretty much a daily basis. Some time after that, I realized that what I w...
Food & Cooking - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:04:25
93. Still Learning from Tuck Everlasting
Still Learning from Tuck Everlasting
I was preschool age when I got Baby Bear for my birthday. I had wanted him. He was to be my 'Bunk Bear's' baby. The night of my birthday, though, I cried and cried. It was because little pink-ribboned Baby Bear would never grow up. I would grow and become. But he would be a baby forever. I thoug...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:43:46
94. Vegetarian Antipasto with Roasted Red Peppers
Vegetarian Antipasto with Roasted Red Peppers
Antipasto salad... sounds a little anti-vegetarian, doesn't it? Doesn't that mean, uh, putting meat in salad? Not necessarily! With a few alterations, it becomes vegetarian -- even vegan -- party food. There are plenty of satisfying marinades person can create: heady stuff that isn't even preten...
Food & Cooking - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:42:22
95. The Magic School Bus
The Magic School Bus
The Magic School Bus series has its own form of magic: the every day form when you see a child's eyes light up -- or roomful of children sit in rapt attention. And it's been entertaining children for 20 years. It's long been one of own my favorite series to use with elementary schoolers. When I t...
Education - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:34:00
96. My Book About Me: Bridging Generations
My Book About Me: Bridging Generations
I expect traditional books to stay in print for decades. The same doesn't necessarily hold true of journals you write in. Thus I was surprised to see that Dr. Suess' My Book About Me was still being sold on a wide scale and still being written in by a new generation of children. I mean, didn't I ...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:22:06
97. Building Summer Math Skills
Building Summer Math Skills
Math doesn't have to be left behind at the classroom door. It is possible for kids to re-enter school in the fall without having lost ground. In fact, it's possible for them to re-enter with more skills than they walked out the door with! There are multiple routes you can take to enhance summer ...
Education - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:22:43
98. Seals and Crofts: Traces of Summer Breeze
Seals and Crofts: Traces of Summer Breeze
Seals & Crofts were arguably before my time, their career having peaked in my toddler days. I would probably know less about Jim Seals and Dash Crofts were it not for their religion. They are both Baha'i -- together forming the only major pop band to come out of the Baha'i faith. I had Baha'i fr...
Music - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:20:54
99. Listening in on Joshua Kadison
Listening in on Joshua Kadison
I knew "Jessie" and "Beautiful in my Eyes" in college, but I didn't know Joshua Kadison. It's been only a couple years since I found one of his CDs on clearance at Half Price Books and took it home for a listen. The songs washed over me, I read every word on the album cover... and then I had an u...
Music - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:20:52
100. Potato Leek Soup
Potato Leek Soup
Confession: I cheat at potato leek soup. No, I am not a fan of those expensive, high sodium soups that are made from dehydrated potato flakes and flavor enhancers. I do like to start with high quality frozen mashed potatoes and leeks, though; this works well for someone who lives on their own in ...
Food & Cooking - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:42:48
101. The Road to Memphis
The Road to Memphis
Many people know the Newberry winner, Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry: the first of a series that spanned many years. My personal favorite is the haunting third book, The Road to Memphis, which in a sense, represents childhood's end. The book deftly explores friendship and racial divides against an ...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:54:50
102. Reduced Sodium Wrap: Cabbage and Hummus Dressing
Reduced Sodium Wrap: Cabbage and Hummus Dressing
I have a double sesame (toasted sesame oil, hummus and dressing) cabbage wrap several times a week. There are multiple reasons for its frequent appearance. I can make it within five minutes. Actually, I can make two within about five minutes and stick one in the refrigerator for the next day's lu...
Food & Cooking - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:10:51
103. Build Summer Language Arts Skills
Build Summer Language Arts Skills
We all have a pretty good idea of what to do to help kids retain reading skills over the summer: put books in their hands! That's part of the premise behind summer reading programs. But what about other language arts skills? Students don't lose as much learning in language arts as they do, say, ...
Education - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:02:23
104. Loose Joints... or?
Loose Joints... or?
I not only sit cross-legged and yogi-style; I often sleep that way. The carelessly contorted and seemingly loose jointed postures have frequently caught people's attention and triggered their amusement. "You must have been so good at gymnastics at school," a housemate commented years back. I lau...
Healthy Living - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:10:25
105. Celebrate Eeyore's Birthday
Celebrate Eeyore's Birthday
Winnie the Pooh's friend Eeyore celebrates his birthday this weekend (April 27), and let's not forget the occasion!* You see, Eeyore felt sad when he thought his friends forgot his birthday, but even the imperfect gifts of a popped balloon and an empty honey jar (brought by Pooh Bear and Piglet) ...
Holidays & Celebrations - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:52:45
106. Vegetarian Black Eyed Pea Soup for New Year's (and Other Winter Nights)
Vegetarian Black Eyed Pea Soup for New Year's (and Other Winter Nights)
Black-eyed pea soup for New Year's luck - or to add something wholesome to any old winter evening. Beans, greens... mmm. But the traditional Southern version is usually not vegetarian. Sure, the name of the dish sounds veggie, but people often add ham hocks... and sometimes meat broth or bacon. O...
Food & Cooking - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:34:02
107. Fixing a (Really) Broken Bowl
Fixing a (Really) Broken Bowl
I can rebuild it. I have the technology. No, I am not talking about creating the first bionic bowl. I am not that talented. But I can make a ceramic bowl more or less whole again. To backtrack: I bought two matching hand painted bowls at the thrift store months back. One fell and shattered into ...
Home & Garden - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:31:23
108. Yusuf: Still Cat Stevens
Yusuf: Still Cat Stevens
Cat Stevens is the name he went by for only a decade of his life, but it's the one he built his music career on, and it's the one many people around the world still know him by today. Yusuf, as he is now known, was born in England in 1948 as Steven Demetre Georgiou. He didn't feel his rather leng...
Music - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:52:10
109. Savory Vegan and Vegetarian Alternatives
Savory Vegan and Vegetarian Alternatives
How many times does a vegetarian hear, "If you're going to eat that, why be vegetarian at all?" I don't understand when people criticize veggie burgers and other foods with a meat-like taste or texture. People don't become vegetarian because they dislike the taste of meat. They become vegetarian ...
Food & Cooking - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:55:42
110. A Fair Trade Easter
A Fair Trade Easter
Easter goodies are just plain fun: novelties in all the colors of spring, smiling Easter basket faces. Unfortunately, the toys and novelties are just that -- novelties. They're things children play with for a few moments, that tend to break and be forgotten. The photos go in the album; the plasti...
Holidays & Celebrations - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:35:45
111. How to Make Vegetarian Stuffing
How to Make Vegetarian Stuffing
Is stuffing vegetarian? Yes, I have been asked that question. I guess it's natural. It's a thought that may flash through a non-vegetarian's mind if they're not quite a do-it-yourself type and they're picking up Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner tidbits at the local Safeway. (Ah, and I also rememb...
Food & Cooking - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:44:26
112. Christmas Room Box
Christmas Room Box
During the Christmas season, room boxes are for the masses -- not just hobbyists. They represent one more way to deck the halls, walls, or mantle. You can use them in your own living room. You can also bring one as a gift to a holiday party, as long as you know the recipient's style of decor. The...
Holidays & Celebrations - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:33:17
113. Quick Legume Recipes: Soup, Dips, and More
Quick Legume Recipes: Soup, Dips, and More
My cooking stash includes a lot of quick cooking legumes: split red lentils, hummus powder, flakes of refried black beans. I even have some garbanzo flour! I'm not a camper, but I have my reasons... Legumes are healthy for a vegetarian, but one thing they aren't (usually) is quick! Canned isn't...
Food & Cooking - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:53:23
114. Heart Healthy Snacks
Heart Healthy Snacks
Even a 105 pound woman can have high blood pressure. Mine is on the high side. I have other minor cardiovascular issues, and, like many people, I am aware of the need for heart healthy eating. At the same time, I am conscious of my own limitations -- the times when I'll need to grab food on the g...
Healthy Living - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:04:01
115. Dissociative Disorder Not Otherwise Specified
Dissociative Disorder Not Otherwise Specified
It's not Sybil, and it's not The Color of the Night, but it is real. It pains me when personality fragmentation becomes a political issues, or when when people say it can't exist. I think the controversy stems from extreme images on the media. I'm not at liberty to share some of the things that I...
Healthy Living - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:33:54
116. Poor Spatial Skills: Path Integration
Poor Spatial Skills: Path Integration
Anecdote 1: I stood at a bus stop for nearly an hour the other evening. It took more than one mistake to place me there for such a long time. One mistake was that I was at the wrong bus stop -- and the most notable thing about that mistake was that I was standing at a bus stop where I regularly g...
Healthy Living - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:10:27
117. Tales of My Father's Dragon
Tales of My Father's Dragon
At the age of nine, would you have gone off to rescue a baby dragon because an alley cat -- who your mother would not let you feed -- had told you about its plight? And if you did, would you have packed 6 magnifying glasses, 24 pink lollipops, a package of rubber bands, and some hair ribbons? As...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 03:32:19
118. The Vegetarian Diet: Are Supplements Needed?
The Vegetarian Diet: Are Supplements Needed?
Do vegetarians need dietary supplements? My answer is a resounding... maybe. It's not so much about whether you're vegetarian as whether you get a range of wholesome foods each day. Many people -- vegetarian or otherwise -- get a less than ideal amount of some nutrients. I don't know that vegetar...
Healthy Living - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:44:21
119. Miniature Flower Themed Room Settings
Miniature Flower Themed Room Settings
Here's a bit of spring cheer in a box. What's the inspiration for the scene -- besides the natural world? What I have and what I found! My flower-themed room box is being created largely from thrift store finds. It's a new (but Goodwill-relegated) shadow box painted in a cheery distressed ivory a...
Arts & Design - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:41:24
120. Italian Pasta Salad
Italian Pasta Salad
I am not sure when I first made Italian pasta salad. I think it was when I was still living at my parent's home. I suspect that pasta salad was one of the first things I ever took to a potluck. In the years after, I made the dish for potlucks and picnics and sometimes cooked it for dinner (for as...
Food & Cooking - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:03:32
121. Bathroom-Safe Heater
Bathroom-Safe Heater
The Holmes heater with the bathroom-safe plug will, alas, not solve all life's problems, but it's looking like it will solve a couple. Namely... It's cold -- or it will be very soon. It may be easier (read: cheaper!) to heat my 200 square foot mini-studio than it is to heat a house, but it is not...
Home & Garden - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:23:19
122. Making Words: Hands-on Fun
Making Words: Hands-on Fun
My copy of Making Words is falling apart. It has surely seen some use over the years. I've carried out hands-on lessons in the classroom and on tutoring gigs. I even recommended the book recently to a homeschooling mom... not that the recommendation caused wear and tear on my particular copy. Mak...
Education - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:20:45
123. Girls With Aspergers and Processing Disorders: What Constitutes an Appropriate Gift?
Girls With Aspergers and Processing Disorders: What Constitutes an Appropriate Gift?
I recently saw an article discussing what was, to me, a very interesting issue: What are appropriate gifts for kids with Aspergers? The conclusion was that, while kids sometimes do request things that are simply not appropriate, Christmas was a time to celebrate who a child was and not try to mel...
Parenting & Kids - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:23:18
124. Adding a Bit of Shabby Chic to the Bitty Craft Space
Adding a Bit of Shabby Chic to the Bitty Craft Space
It was a writing challenge to "move one thing" that motivated me to finally get the old spice rack that I had painted in distressed ivory mounted and off the floor...not onto the wall, but onto a walled-up door. The craft space and day bed together make up one wall of a very tiny studio apartment...
Home & Garden - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:10:24
125. Recycled Miniatures: A Little Something From Next to Nothing
Recycled Miniatures: A Little Something From Next to Nothing
When I was a kid, I didn't necessarily make a lot of miniatures. I appropriated them. I observed that rectangular magnets removed from the refrigerator and turned onto their underside looked like pans of brownies. Domed pencil sharpeners could make a passable pet carrier. The pegs from a Lite Bri...
Arts & Design - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:40:25
126. Pressed Flower Mementos
Pressed Flower Mementos
I glance at a framed picture on the wall. These lyrics play in my mind: "Pressed in the pages of some aging text, lies an old lily, a-fading..." A couple years back, I had an old friend visiting. While I worked on articles, he would take walks around the U-District and (once) into the Ravenna an...
Arts & Design - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:41:24
127. Sugar-free Chocolate Treats
Sugar-free Chocolate Treats
While there is something tempting about the chocolate spread that has shown up by the cartload at the Grocery Outlet, the ingredient list isn't ideal. I have been playing around with making my own chocolate concoctions. The biggest goal is to make chocolate dental-friendly. After all, the chocola...
Food & Cooking - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:51:09
128. Twas the Night Before Christmas: Audio
Twas the Night Before Christmas: Audio
Many of us have known Clement C. Moore's "A Visit from St. Nicholas" all our lives. There are countless editions of the tale. Mine was a Little Golden Book version, with colorful illustrations of Santa and reindeer and toys. I delighted over the pictures, taking great interest in what the childre...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:05:22
129. Healthy Beverage Mixes... When You Have a Sweet Tooth
Healthy Beverage Mixes... When You Have a Sweet Tooth
I find it easier to get plenty of fluids if I have beverages on hand besides plain old water. I don't drink soda pop because it burns my mouth, but I do like fruity, sugary beverages. They can come with their share of problems, though: the plastics, the sweeteners, the additives. I am skinny, bu...
Food & Cooking - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:21:04
130. Beyond Summer Camp: Career Camps for Teenagers
Beyond Summer Camp: Career Camps for Teenagers
Summer camps are expensive, and day camp is for elementary kids only -- right? Well, not so fast! There are also career camps for high school students. These are programs designed to introduce young people to possible career choices. They often seek to entice them with unforgettable experiences a...
Education - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:21:49
131. Best Self Paced Spelling Programs
Best Self Paced Spelling Programs
I'm not a fan of spelling tests -- at least not the one-size-fits-all spelling tests of my childhood. Some children already know virtually every word on their spelling list, and for them 'spelling' becomes an exercise in handwriting practice... or, worse, in perfectionism. Other children miss wor...
Education - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:42:25
132. Tempeh Recipes
Tempeh Recipes
Tempeh is a very handy ingredient for the vegetarian cook. I was first introduced to it when I was living in a housing co-op where we shared`vegetarian dinners. I learned it made a handy stir fry. A little later, I discovered it was a good thing to put into a sandwich. Tempeh can also be used in...
Food & Cooking - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:14:34
133. The Joy of Frozen Vegetables
The Joy of Frozen Vegetables
I depend a lot on frozen vegetables, particularly since I live in a small space. Yes, the freezer portion of my mini-fridge is a little smaller than than a standard freezer, but there is still plenty of room for packages of frozen veggies. Having several varieties on hand at all times means I can...
Food & Cooking - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:53:26
134. Bat Appreciation Activities
Bat Appreciation Activities
In my childhood, bats had a bad reputation. Halloween and vampire stories, myths of blood-sucking... plus a strong association that existed in many people's minds between flying mammals and death by rabies. Add to that the more general problems faced by animals in modern society: loss of habitat ...
Education - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:12:21
135. Vegetarian Ramen: Using Your Noodle
Vegetarian Ramen: Using Your Noodle
Ah, Ramen! We eat it when we're in college. We eat in when we're young (or not so young) and poor. For some us, it's comfort food. (As the song reminds us, there are some things we wouldn't have to eat if we had a million dollars... but, you know, we might.) As time goes on, though,we tend to hav...
Food & Cooking - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:14:34
136. Reclassifying Mental Disorders
Reclassifying Mental Disorders
The National Institute of Mental Health is leading a crusade to reclassify mental disorders, and for good reasons. Current labels on the Diagnostical and Statistical Manual (DSM) are based primarily on observable behavior and do not reflect scientific research from recent years. Many symptoms cut...
Healthy Living - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:52:49
137. The Vegetarian Barbecue: Grilling Goodness
The Vegetarian Barbecue: Grilling Goodness
Ah, summer! It can be fun to cook outside and keep from steaming up the kitchen. You can host so many friends at an outside barbecue. But it's feeling a little tricky these days. You've become a vegetarian. (Or married one.) Oh, and some of your friends are vegan! And you've just got that one gr...
Food & Cooking - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:53:27
138. Williams Syndrome and Music
Williams Syndrome and Music
What is the connection between the neurogenetic disorder Williams Syndrome and music -- and why are scientists so intent on learning? There are several issues at stake. One reason for pursuing a connection is of course to help the patients themselves: Most people with Williams Syndrome have coord...
Healthy Living - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:41:49
139. Tackling Rhetorical Analysis Questions
Tackling Rhetorical Analysis Questions
Rhetorical analysis is a core component of college level writing and also of the college prep curriculum. The premise of rhetorical analysis is this: In order to write well, you need to think like a writer -- and how better to do that than to study the work of both accomplished and not so accompl...
Education - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:21:47
140. Loving Nature... in the City
Loving Nature... in the City
Earth Day is upon us again, and I am in an eight story apartment looking out across an alley and more tall buildings. It's not exactly an I-love-the-earth scenario -- or is it? A mile away to the north is a restored creek in a primordial fern-lined ravine. And to the west, marshes line a portion...
Healthy Living - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:30:20
141. Understanding Williams Syndrome
Understanding Williams Syndrome
What is Williams Syndrome? A sunny smile, a garrulous and expressive disposition, and a complex array of problems: physical, mental, and neurological. Williams Syndrome is a microdeletion disorder, resulting from an accident of meiosis. Approximately 25 contiguous genes are deleted from chromoso...
Healthy Living - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:33:53
142. Find Tutoring in Seattle: There's a Wealth of Resources
Find Tutoring in Seattle: There's a Wealth of Resources
There may be more tutoring resources in Seattle than you know about: some free, some paid. I tutor in the city, and sometimes I am asked to make recommendations outside my area of expertise or outside the geographical area where I can comfortably travel. If language is a barrier -- I do often wor...
Education - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:54:21

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