Cinda Williams Chima’s ‘Stormcaster’ came out last week, and though I tried to take my time reading it, cherishing every moment I spent visiting the Shattered Realms, I still seem to have overindulged and now, a week later, I am still reeling from a major book hangover. Read More
Books, puns, and baked goods. What’s not to love? Loganberry Books in the Larchmere neighborhood of Cleveland celebrated their 15th year of the Edible Book Festival this past weekend, and it was a delight. Read More
There are plenty of popular parenting styles out there–Helicopter parent, a Tiger mom , Free-range. Somehow, none of these metaphors quite fits a parenting style that is demanding yet lazy, fair-minded and respectful, and generally harmless. For that, I would like to introduce Skunk Parenting. Read More
Tired of the usual school fundraiser? Want to build community? Consider these Green Initiatives that have worked well for my kids’ Montessori school.
Well, if you’ve had it up to your ears in basketball, perhaps I can help. Instead of following that tournament, try your hand at this alternative contest. That’s right, it’s time for the March Earworm Madness 2018! Read More
As you enjoy the trailer for ‘Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald,’ Spalding University screenwriting professor Larry Brenner explains the major flaw in the first ‘Fantastic Beasts’ movie. Namely, that Tina Goldstein, not Newt, is the protagonist. Read More
The just released trailer for ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ offers us glimpses of Hogwarts, as well as returning characters like Newt, Tina, Queenie, and Jacob. It also showcases a little of the younger Dumbledore. Read More
Creating a machine to complete a simple task in the most complex way possible? Sounds like childhood. If your kid is particularly adept at this, the 30th Anniversary of the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest is coming up April 20-22, 2018 at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Read More
Big Fun is closing soon. The Cleveland Heights, Ohio, store has bought and sold vintage toys since 1991. But while I’m saddened by the end of an era, it’s gotten me thinking. Read More
March 1-2, 2018 marks the Indian celebration of Holi, the festival of colors. If you can’t rejoice the coming of spring by throwing colored powder all over one another, keep reading for some other suggestions.
When you give a dog a pen,
She’ll want to try to write.
If you haven’t read ‘Love, Hate, and Other Filters,’ the debut teen novel by Samira Ahmed, do it. Do it now. It is, absolutely, a must-read. Read More
As you read Harry Potter, do you find yourself criticizing the adults for their many failings? Perhaps some of the fault lies in the fact that the stories are told in Harry’s point of view, and he is an unreliable narrator. Read More
Hosting kids for the Super Bowl? Want to keep them engaged and teach them a little math in the process? With a few minor tweaks, a typical game of Super Bowl Squares can be just the thing.
In the U.K., it’s National Storytelling Week. What better way to celebrate than to join in a round of storytelling. Continue the story in the comments, 300 words or less. To kick it off, here’s a little story starter. Read More
There are distinct stages that accompany working on a jigsaw puzzle. For the benefit of my readers, I generously experienced them all, and have dutifully reported them. I hope you appreciate my sacrifice. Read More
I’ve got an Echo Dot. She’s not exactly part of the family, nor is she as helpful as Rosie from ‘The Jetsons.’ Perhaps she could be, but I’ve not set her up to do all she is capable of doing. On purpose.
Before I had kids, I got into the scrapbooking craze. Then I had kids. I don’t scrapbook anymore. But I do still collect memories. Read More
How do you fight the demons? How do you stop the doubts inside your head—those negative thoughts that tell you that what you’re doing is hopeless—from growing so big that they stop you from trying? Read More
There is much that a car horn can do, much that it can say. There are many degrees of honking that can communicate much. Consider what the horn does, and how it can be used most effectively. Read More