Get In the “Misty Mountains” Spirit

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Anyone who has seen The Hobbit remembers that scene in Bilbo’s house when the dwarves start singing that low, gorgeous song. It’s called “Misty Mountains,” and by listening and singing along, we’re getting ready for the final movie!

History Geek: 1930s Week

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Swing dancing! The creation of Superman! Adagio for Strings! Radio Plays! Migrant Mother photojournalism! Heath bars! The Wizard of Oz! Monopoly! Last week I directed a summer camp all about America during the 1930’s.

Five Ways to Get Poetry Into Your Day

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National Poetry Month is almost over, but you can make poetry a part of your day year-round. Here are five simple suggestions for fitting poems into your busy schedule: 1. Visit the Writer’s Almanac. Better yet, listen. Every morning while I’m getting dressed, I play the audio version of PBS’s Writer’s Almanac. Narrated by Garrison Keillor, these brief recordings begin with a look at “this

Celebrating National Poetry Month With The Geek Moms

We thought it would be fun to wind up National Poetry Month with some of the Geek Moms’ favorite poets and poetry. My own memories of poetry are quite early. My mother lived in Los Angeles and my father lived in the mountains over six hours away. This was back in the 70’s, so long before books on tape or DVD. So what did my