The gift of summer

June 19, 2016

kate the book lover The first day of summer conjures up memories as well as anticipation for those long and lazy days of summer. Unfortunately, and to a child’s detriment, the idea of unstructured time is not something they have much experience with.
Think of what our world would be like without time to just Be in the moment.Those unstructured moments are a greenhouse of possibilities— encouraging children to tap into their creativity, aspirations, hopes and dreams.Those moments grow A Self

Create the space children need to replenish their heart and mind. This young girl captures the essence of what I wish summer could be for all children. Some of us remember the experience of reading as part of childhood, but everyone who has been read to, has in their memory bank, the hours, listening, watching the face of the person reading aloud to them.

Maybe this little girl will grow up and become a great tennis player, but for sure, the books she reads, the characters that are becoming her lifelong companions, promise to make her life’s journey richer and more satisfying.

Resist the temptation to keep your child programmed 24/7 this summer.
Parents and children will both thrive in those unstructured moments.

Stories nurture a child’s BeComing

May 24, 2016

Late May, with Memorial Day quickly approaching, announces summer is about to arrive. A perfect summer activity awaits—the joy of reading a book just for pleasure, with no assignment attached, while eating an ice cream cone. Louise Erdich was recently asked what book made her who she is today? Her response speaks volumes—It’s wasn’t a […]


Peter Pan’s creator would be 156 years old today.

May 9, 2016

J.M. Barrie wrote Peter Pan 112 years ago and yet the book lives on in the mind and heart of every child who has read the story. What might be less known is the family tragedy that inspired Barrie to write the story of Peter Pan, the story of a boy that stayed a boy […]


What would the Bard have to say to his many critics if he showed up to mark the 400th anniversary of his death?

April 25, 2016

You are in good company if you hold Shakespeare in disdain. The roster of famous writers and celebrated personages who have picked quarrels with Shakespeare runs long. Who do you most align with—the poet laureate, Nahum Tate, Voltaire, Tolstoy? Tate adapted King Lear into a crowd pleaser—giving King Lear a happy ending, restoring Lear to […]


Poetry is a story that is so good, it doesn’t need complete sentences.

April 25, 2016

A poem deposits a feeling on my doorstep like no other literary form. I think all too often we put poetry on the living room mantle—to be taken down in times of needing to mark an occasion. I see no reason to save poetry for only solemn moments. There is a poem waiting to celebrate […]


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