Category Archives: Children and Family

Why you should be reading aloud with older kids, too

I clearly remember the first time I read the Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede. I was about 9 years old, tucked away in the odds-and-ends room of my childhood home, surrounded by shelves and Sterilite plastic totes filled … Continue reading

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A Spot of Childhood Still Exists

In December 1992, I was given a very special task: I got to help Mom wrap a Christmas present for my older sister, Jenny. In July of that year, Disney released the VHS cassette of “101 Dalmatians.” Unbeknownst to me … Continue reading

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The woe behind one pink line

As a writer, I love words. I love letters and combining them to build meaning. But there are four letters I don’t like when arranged in a certain order. PCOS. The acronym doesn’t roll off the tongue. It’s an unpronounceable … Continue reading

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Home is where the literary link is

A few weeks ago, I had a visit from Susan. Susan grew up in the house my husband and I bought in April. She was visiting Illinois (she now lives in California) and asked if she could drop in to … Continue reading

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The importance of boredom

When I was a kid, it was usually around this time of year — at the height of summer vacation — that I started to get bored. The novelty of being out of school would wear off as June melted … Continue reading

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