Most recently published stories in Families.
Occasionally my Mum would speak about happenings that she was not privy to. During an evening meal the subject of shoplifting was discussed. “I’ve never done that," I lied. She said, “Except for the necklaces you stole from Target when you were in Grade 8.”
Sewing a Dream
It was blue with black pin stripes hither and thither. It was made of cotton that was still a little rough to the touch and it was adorned with plain wooden buttons that were sewn on by hand. The whole dress was hand sewn in fact.
Custom Father's Day Cakes That Will Melt Dad's Heart
Your dad deserves more than a cake purchased from the shop on father's Day. But, if you are looking for more than that for father's day gifts online, then you are at the right place. These ideas for happy father's day gifts will rescue your Day. Here you will get everything he likes, whether he likes chocolate cakes, cheesecake, peanut butter, lovely pound cake, Perfumes, Flowers, or other gift hampers.
When I first moved into my new rental, I had no idea what was in store for me. As with any tightly packed cluster of units, the neighbors can be... well... let's just say they can be an integral part of your daily life.
Best Way to Teach Child to Read
What's the best way to teach children to read? According to the National Reading Panel, "teaching children to manipulate phonemes in words was highly effective under a variety of teaching conditions with a variety of learners across a range of grade and age levels and that teaching phonemic awareness to children significantly improves their reading more than instruction that lacks any attention to Phonemic Awareness."  This is a statement made by the National Reading Panel (NRP) in their report titled "TEACHING CHILDREN TO READ: An Evidence-Based Assessment of the Scientific Research Literature on Reading and Its Implications for Reading Instruction."
Gnomes are not just for children! These elfish figures with there individual expressions and personalities steal the hearts of adults as much as they do children. Gnomes are similar to humans in their family structure. The men marry, have children, and most prefer to live in woodland settings. They have close family units. Gnomes are seven times as strong as humans and so hard work poses no problem.
The killer who destroys a child's life is not a game, not fun, but ......
Let the world have more love, and let children do less harm. Parents have an absolute gift for language when it comes to destroying their children.
There was a time, art was all there was...besides my faith, I was totally immersed in creating art of many kinds. Drawing, Charcoal, Pastels, Graphite. Painting, Acrylic, Oil, Watercolor. Silk Screen Printing. Photography. Photo Silk Screening.
The Mother Writer Group
I have come to the point in my life where I have two great passions: writing and motherhood. Frequently, these two things seem at odds with one another, each vying for the majority of my time and energy. I used to be completely focused on my writing. I studied creative writing in college, got my MFA, published a book. Writing was my life. Then I had children and I quickly discovered that being a person who pursues a creative passion and motherhood don’t always mix well – if at all. And while I was able to maintain a pretty strong writing routine after the birth of my first child, after my second child I found myself sinking into a life-halting depression. I realized a lot of this was due to the fact that I no longer had the time (nor mental and emotional strength) to write. And I didn’t have much of a community around me that truly understood being both a mother and a writer; the need that goes with both these things and the ache you feel when one is lacking.
When I was a little girl only 12 or so one day I came home and my parents bought and organ, the type with many instruments. I was one of six but a very quiet person. But for hours I played that organ, and I taught myself to play and read music. I played for hours at at time. One day the person who lived next door came over and ask my mom, who is the concert pianist. It was me! But it started earlier than that when I was a 3 or four my mom had a piano in the house. I would play for hours playing that piano. My baby brother was born, and he played the piano with me. He is still an entertainment to this day. Something happened when I was 12. One day I came home, and the organ was gone. I was only 12 I did understand why it would be gone. I later found out later that it was returned to the maker for nonpayment. Then I became an adult and I said I must find my joy a piano, so I saved all my money and then I bought my own piano. It was so beautiful. I would play for hours at a time. Then one summer I met my second husband and we moved, and many changes happen. You guessed I had to sell the piano however, I was so happy because that piano went to a little girl. I know you wondering let me set your mind at ease in high school I had a private male of course Piano teacher, his name was Roger Spot and he is dead now. He was unique because not only could he play, but he also played with some of the greats. Roger was like a father figure; he had no eyebrows he had a hairless face. The next piano was interested because that one I gave away I bought from the father of a Piano company; he was dead. His Son in Los Angeles sold me the most beautiful Piano for only 900 and it was fully tuned. It was a strange time, but I would play for hours and soon after I got it my stepdaughter came and I met her for the first time. I wrote her a song on my new piano. The birds would sing with me daily as I played my instrument.
The Yearning of Motherhood
Once again, I was at the same place where I had been before, a couple of times, within the last few days.I was stressed and terrified, unaware of what was awaiting me.
My passion is creating imaginative play systems from cardboard and found objects with my children. I believe the most important attributes I can foster in my children are the confidence to access and share their creativity, as well as a deep, inner knowing that all things are possible with a willingness to try.