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The Master Painter

I don’t know about you, but I love this time of year. The world is so fresh and beautiful. I look out my window and see a fabulous pallet of color, as if the “Master Painter” has dipped his brush in spectacular colors and painted our earthly canvas. The Red Bud trees never fail to [...]

Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

With kindergarten registration comes the question of whether your child is ready for school. Most children are ready and should enter kindergarten with their chronologically aged peers, but sometimes a child is not quite ready and may need to wait another year. Late birthdays are always factors to consider. It is hard to see into [...]

Lewis Black’s “Nothing’s Sacred”

Lewis Black’s “Nothing’s Sacred”

I have a fairly high standard for comedy, especially when dealing with books, so I wasn’t too sure what I would get when I picked up Lewis Black’s Nothing’s Sacred. I have seen much of Black’s blend of comedy and socio-political commentary on television, but does his skillset translate well to book form? Yes, yes [...]

Siri Divided by Zero

Siri Divided by Zero

The funniest thing I’ve heard lately came from a computer and, for the record, wasn’t even remotely related to Arnold Schwarzenegger. Though on a side note, a terminator that looks at home in an AARP meeting is kinda funny. No, this was something Siri said. You know Siri, the computer voice who answers your questions [...]

Neil Gaiman’s “Norse Mythology”

Neil Gaiman’s “Norse Mythology”

This week I’m reviewing a book I’ve been eagerly awaiting: Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Gaiman’s work. Naturally, I was interested when I heard he was working on an adaption of Norse myths. Most everybody has heard the absolute basics of Norse mythology: Thor, his trickster brother Loki, [...]

Boxes for Creative Play

Boxes for Creative Play

Boxes are wonderful ways to assist in creative play by springing your child’s imagination, which will enhance more complex play schemes. Become An Animal: This simple box horse can be modified to become any animal your child might want to become. Supplies: Large cardboard box, scissors, markers/temper paints, yarn, masking tape, wide cloth ribbon/strips of [...]

Memories of Easter

With Easter this week, my thoughts have ventured to Easter’s past. And, while I now love the Easter feast and all the wonderful food associated with it, my childhood memories involve egg hunts, chocolate bunnies, and Easter frocks. Egg hunts were so great. I have always loved the feel of fresh new grass in the [...]

Invisible to All

Invisible to All

It’s amazing the difference one little word can make. Take the Pledge of Allegiance, for instance. Should a well-meaning but obviously contextually confused boy say the pledge over his school’s loud speaker and change “indivisible” to “invisible,” the meaning shifts dramatically. “One nation invisible to all” doesn’t seem to capture the essence of what I [...]

Easter Activities for Fine Motor Skill Development

Easter Activities for Fine Motor Skill Development

Easter Fun Activities To Build Fine Motor Skills Bubble Wrap Easter Eggs You Need: paper paint paintbrushes bubble wrap scissors Directions: – Cut the bubble wrap into squares. – Paint the squares of bubble wrap using paintbrushes. They will need to hold the square of bubble wrap to paint it, in much the same way [...]

The Fun of Whitewashing

One of the more famous scenes in the movie about Tom Sawyer was the whitewashing of a fence. After Tom got into trouble, Aunt Polly punished him by making him whitewash the fence. Tom manipulated other boys into completing the job for him, even paying for the privilege of doing so. By the time the [...]

Helene Wecker’s “The Golem and the Jinni”

Helene Wecker’s “The Golem and the Jinni”

This week I am reviewing Helene Wecker’s 2013 debut novel, The Golem and the Jinni, which was a complete impulse buy. The Golem and the Jinni is a general fiction novel with some elements of fantasy and historical fiction, and follows the lives of Chava and Ahmad, two immigrants who are trying to find their [...]

Industry in Jefferson County

I was talking to someone a couple of days ago about industry in Jefferson county. As we talked, she mentioned that in earlier decades people had gone out of the county to work. I’m sure some of residents did go to work in different counties, but when I was growing up in Jefferson City in [...]

Sensory Activities for Easter

Sensory Activities for Easter

Peeps Play Dough is squishy in texture, which makes it the perfect Easter sensory activity. To make Peeps Play Dough you need: 5 Peeps 3+ tbsp. of corn starch 1 & 1/2 tsp of cooking oil Optional:  Food coloring Instructions: – Combine ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat around 30 seconds or until they [...]

Mockingbird

This week an old familiar lullaby has invaded my head and just won’t let go. Over and over the words continue…”Hush little baby, don’t say a word, Mama’s gonna buy you a mockingbird. And if that mockingbird don’t sing, Mama’s gonna buy you a diamond ring.” We’ve all heard and sung the song many times. [...]

Springtime Fun with the Kids

Springtime Fun with the Kids

Even though Spring does not officially arrive until the Spring Equinox on March 20th, I always consider March a Spring month. Spring means sunshine, wind, tulips, windmills, and kites. It is the time for flying kites. Three kite designs to purchase in stores are: ⦁ The Sode kite: Known as the Kimono kite, for its [...]

Dog and Watch Alarms

Dog and Watch Alarms

Have you ever had one of those surreal moments when hilarious and pitiful cross paths, like a lonely intersection of some desert highway replete with an old man in a pinstripe suit holding a cane waiting to ask about your willingness to part with your soul? You know the type of situation I’m talking about. [...]

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