Category: Kids

  • The 8 Easiest (& Cheapest) Christmas Presents Ever

    One of the things I’ve learned about Christmas giving is that Christmas is about loving, not making sure the retail value of the presents you give match the retail value of the ones you receive. Come on, that’s just craziness! Here are some of my favorite simple Christmas presents. 1. WRITE A CARD. Adults usually have the […]

  • Stick-Hopping {and other winter adventures}

    My adventurous friend and I tented out in the snow last night. We wore fleece, filled our Nalgene waterbottles with hot water and tucked them at our feet, burrowed under our sleepingbags and fell asleep to the sound of Harley’s snoring and the loud whine the neighborhood snowmobilers whizzing through our front yard. My friend […]

  • My Best Addiction

    Now that you all know I’m addicted to gummy bears….. (and oh happy day, I got a whole 1-lb bag of them for my birthday) I gotta tell ya’ll about my FAVORITE addiction. The one I plug into when I get upset at my boss. Or when I’m preparing to teach. Or when I’m bored by […]

  • Who are you AFTER?

    She plugged her ears most of the time. She had a definite scowl on her turned-down face, and the bent of her shoulders screamed defiance. She was the camper who did not like the teacher’s modesty discussion one bit. I was the camp counselor, and as I watched the body language of my other campers […]

  • Things to do…. (with kiddos)

    Summer is, like, 53 hours away, folks!! ***cue screaming*** And if you are 12, and living in smallville like I was when I was 12….. or have kiddos who are 12 and don’t have a clue what to do…. here are my top 1o free summer adventures, country style. 1) Get WET!!! Go swimming. Go creeking with buckets and see […]

  • April Fools ALLREADY??!?

    Since I’m one of those lame people who forgets about April Fool’s Day until the day is almost over…. here’s my to-do list for NEXT year. Or, um, anytime, really…… < Make Someone The Unchewable Sandwich Put Juicy Fruit gum in between slices of white cheese on a cheese and meat sandwich. Paste on an innocent […]

  • With Whom We Deal

    “The load, or weight, or burden of my neighbors glory should be laid daily on my back, a load so heavy that only humility can carry it, and the backs of the proud will be broken. It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the […]

  • Guardian of a million dreams

    Life is a comedy for those who think; a tragedy for those who feel. Unfortunately, dream molders are feelers. “Teachers. You are the molders of their dreams. The gods who build or crush their young beliefs of right or wrong.You are the spark that sets aflame the poet’s hand, or lights the flame of some […]

  • I can’t b.r.e.a.k. their fall

    Pulling out of the grocery store yesterday, I spotted a butterfly. No, it wasn’t a happy flutter of blue-winged freedom, but a helpless worm, crawling in aimless circles across the macadam. Its wings were broken and the beautiful blue markings were ripped and scratched off. My first thought was to pick it up and put […]

  • Goodbye Innocence

     I drove past a boy today, and as I looked at him, he swiftly turned his head in shame. Who was he? Just a long-haired kid in a gangster hat, his tee ultra-baggy and his shorts sagging. He must have been, say, thirteen? As he stood there on the edge of a shady patch of woods […]