On Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve

For Christmas many years ago, my aunt gave me a small flat package wrapped in red foil paper. Inside was a story my grandmother had written for a school assignment back in 1914 when she just 14 years old....

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A Tenacious Daisy

A Tenacious Daisy

I like the word tenacious. It can describe someone who is determined, strong, and never takes no for an answer. It’s the perfect adjective to describe Juliette Gordon Low, nicknamed Daisy. Juliette is the founder of the Girl Scouts of...

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Celebrating Un-Birthdays

Celebrating Un-Birthdays

This past year has been topsy-turvy and nonsensical in so many ways. I’ve often felt like Alice in Wonderland, trying to make sense of the surreal. Books deserve the fanfare of a birthday party when they’re released into the world....

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Practice Shouldn’t Be Perfect

Practice Shouldn’t Be Perfect

When I enter a bookstore or gift store, I’m immediately drawn to the journals. They come in all shapes and sizes, lined and unlined, covers for every taste: flowered, funky, silly, or serene. Slick, soft, leather, marbled, gilded, and more....

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The Game Is Afoot!

The Game Is Afoot!

In the summer of 2018, a soccer ball appeared at the edge of our yard. I figured it had rolled through the woods and down the hill from the house next door where three toddler/preschool boys lived. They were...

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