A holiday menu that includes reading and talking makes for a memorable feast.

November 28, 2010

Reading and talking with children about what matters is a habit parents want to nurture and putting those conversations on a holiday menu is an opportunity not to be missed. The conversation can take many forms, the usual being a list of what, in our lives, we are thankful.  The conversation can also take a less conventional route of noting those aspects of our lives that don’t go as smooth as we would hope, best captured in the poem: Be Thankful, Author Unknown, posted November 23,2009 in Musings. I continue to think about the ideas found in that poem—

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire…
e thankful for the difficult times…
Be thankful for your mistakes…
It’s easy to be thankful for the good things. A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who 
are also thankful for the setbacks.

Take Time For 8 Matters of the Heart by Ed Young is my holiday thought for this year. It is less a list of what I am thankful for and more an ode to what constitutes a meaningful life.

Take time for repose
it is the germ of creation.

Take time to read
it is the source of wisdom

Take time to think
it is the source of strength

Take time to work
it is the path or patience and success

Take time to play
it is the secret of youth and constancy

Take time to be cheerful
it is the appreciation of life that brings happiness

Take time to share
it is in fellowship and sound relationships one finds meaning

Take time to rejoice
for joy is the music of the soul

“Radical School Reform Law You’ve Never Head of”

November 14, 2010

“Radical School Reform Law You’ve Never Head of” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704462704575609781273579228.html shines a light on a California law,  “parent trigger” which sanctions parents to either invite a charter school to operate a school that is failing or take steps to force the school to close, if 51% of parents sign a petition. I am all in favor […]


Who created this art and wrote marvelous stories for children?

November 13, 2010

Don’t go through parenthood or childhood without being on intimate terms with the stories and art of William Steig, who has to be, both a parent and a teacher’s new best friend­. Read his stories, look at the pictures and enter a world you and your children will never will want to leave. Happy Birthday […]


Words that haunt: “For those left behind, a world of could-haves and should-haves.”

November 10, 2010

The Washington Post carried a story “A birthday party in VA. for a teen whose torment has ended.” read more>> The line that haunts me most in the recent story “A birthday party in VA. for a teen whose torment has ended” is “For those left behind, a world of could-haves and should-haves.” I am […]


Tolerance a necessity, bullying—unacceptable!

November 8, 2010

“In Schools’ Efforts to End Bullying, Some See Agenda,” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/07/us/07bully.html?src=mv spotlights the need to draw a solid line separating education from advocacy. We must teach tolerance, making it unacceptable for children to bully others based on sexual persuasion. The challenge is how to accomplish this without endorsing or condemning a specific lifestyle. Through a story […]


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