Filed under Simple pleasures

Parades & Kids of All Ages

Life has been so busy these days, what with travel, holidays, birthdays, and cats! It’s all good, though – so much to see and do, there’s never a dull moment.  I will be sharing much of my happy chaos in posts to follow.  For now I’d like to show you scenes from our local Independence … Continue reading

It Was Long Ago

It Was Long Ago  By Eleanor Farjeon I’ll tell you, shall I, something I remember? Something that still means a great deal to me. It was long ago. A dusty road in summer I remember, A mountain, and an old house, and a tree That stood, you know, Behind the house. An old woman I … Continue reading

Goofus and Gallant

Do you remember reading Highlights for Kids magazine? Like millions of American children, I discovered Highlights in the waiting room of the doctor’s office.  Nestled among an array of magazines for grown-ups, Highlights was fun to read because it was especially written for kids.  One of the magazine’s regular features that I enjoyed was a … Continue reading

The Power of Art: An Invitation

Art, in its many forms, is one of the simple pleasures in my life. Art often inspires me; it provokes my thought and emotion.  Whether I am creating art, or experiencing art created by someone else, I find that the power of art lies in its ability to stimulate the senses and ignite the imagination.  … Continue reading

To Nap or Not To Nap?

I count it as a certainty that in paradise, everyone naps. -Tom Hodgkinson, British writer and editor of The Idler Judging from the way my family feels about napping, this must be true.  Time spent in the comforting refuge of  bed and blankets, head cradled by pillow or arms and legs wrapped ’round a pillow, somnolent … Continue reading

Sixty Seconds of Happiness

For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness. Looking at it that way, you have to wonder why anyone would want to hold onto anger!  Sure, you can’t always avoid or prevent being angry; our bodies are wired to respond in any number of ways to stress and challenge, anger being … Continue reading

A Good Egg Is Hard To Find

“Honey, what do you know about making hard boiled eggs?” My husband wanted to boil a few to add to some leftover pickled beet juice. “Well, I know you can add vinegar to the water – that’s supposed to do something.”  I told him that I could check one of my recipe books. “Find out … Continue reading

Spectacular Spectacles

Fancy Nancy is a popular children’s book with our first grade students. Author Jane O’Connor’s title character likes to dress in extravagant clothing and use big fancy words.  What little girl wouldn’t want to wear a feather boa and a tutu? The other day one of my little girls wanted to read Fancy Nancy with … Continue reading

The City

The City In the morning the city Spreads its wings Making a song In stone that sings. In the evening the city Goes to bed Hanging lights About its head. ~Langston Hughes In two short lines, Langston Hughes captures the nature of a city.  It is a living, breathing creature, a bird, rising from its … Continue reading