Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.

May 14, 2018

I am not much for the Hallmark Holidays and Mother’s Day ranks right up there, but
I do like the sentiments that can be inside Mother’s Day. I share a few below

A favorite Jewish Proverb and one I whole heartedly believe in.
God could not be everywhere and therefore he created mothers.

One of my favorite poems about moms

When I was little, Mom would read to me in bed.
I’d lie under the covers with my eyes closed.
And the sound of her voice would make me feel safe and sleepy at the same time.
Sometimes, even with the good stories, I’d fall asleep before the end.
Now I’m bigger and I can read by myself but still, every once in a while, when I’m feeling sad or something,
I’ll ask Mom and she’ll come in and sit on the edge of the bed
and touch my head
And read to me again

~ Anonymous

A more lofty sentiment and one I also believe in comes from Washington Irving , the author of one of the gems of American Literature, Rip Van Winkle.

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. –

Any way you cut it…everyone needs and deserves a loving mother.

No need for a book on how to talk to children

May 1, 2018

Speaking with some people in their mid 30’s I was sad to hear how many of them view reading as a means to an end—they very much coral their reading into the world of prescriptive nonfiction‚ believing what they cannot quantify, such as the value of reading fiction, is of little value. Those who read […]


Stories are powerful because they speak to your mind, heart and imagination.

February 27, 2018

Facts, data and numbers will never have a story’s power to influence simply because a story speaks to the mind, heart and imagination. Harold Goddard wrote in The Meaning of Shakespeare, “The destiny of the world is determined less by the battles that are lost and won than by the stories it loves and believes […]


Harvard Study highlights the importance of questions & Conversational Reading looks to ask good questions

February 26, 2018

As parents, we can help our children practice a regular habit of asking good questions through the stories we read. Hone your skills of “Conversational Reading” with the literacy and language expert who coined the phrase herself, Diane Frankenstein. Register now for her Beginner, Advanced and Enriched Conversational Reading classes, March 3-10, 2018! In the […]


Conversations that expand our understanding about masculinity

February 24, 2018

The tragedy (2.14.18) of 17 people, most of them teenagers, being shot dead at a Florida school has put important conversations in motion and I am not just referring to the much needed and to be applauded protesters who took their plea for tougher gun laws to the Florida House of Representatives. A recent NYT […]


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