The Inspiring Ballroom Cave

People often ask authors where they get their ideas, as if writers are miners braving the deepest darkest pits to bring back precious nuggets of gold. Well, ideas are not so very hard to find, especially if you keep your eyes and ears open to the world around you....

Keep the Magic

Some friends of mine put together a video featuring their children, with the youngest musing on being little. It was a heart-warming piece with some profound ideas. One that really struck me was the idea that as we grow up, and cross to the other side of the “river”...

Endangered Species: Bookworms

I recently read an article about how reading logs are killing the joy of recreational reading for children. This is something I’ve long believed in, because I’ve seen it happen to my own kids. When I was young, I spent much of the summer lying on my bed with my nose...

Unicorns, Rainbows, and Lemonade

We’ve recently had some drama at my house. (With 4 girls, the drama can be pretty intense.) To cheer up the younger girls, my teenager played a silly youtube cartoon song about unicorns and rainbows. It worked like a charm. I’ve had the dubious privilege of hearing...

Studying Marigolds

One summer my husband and I took a weekend trip across our state to see a friend get married. To break up a 7 hour drive, we stayed overnight in a little town where I’d found a good deal online. It was a motel dating back to the 60s, recently renovated retro-chic to...

Dolls and Dusty Lungs

When I was about 14 years old, my Mom opened a craft and hobby store in our town. I was old enough to help run it. I remember setting up window displays and learning how to count change the old fashioned way. She held crafting classes in a back room of the store, and...