Imaginary Fred by Oliver Jeffers

You might have noticed by now that I absolutely love discovering new picture books. I wish I could get every kid on my Christmas gift list a book. Yet I am fully aware that unwrapping a book might not be something most kids are hoping for.  So to channel all my book-buying energy, I thought I would share several of the new(ish) selections we have been loving lately. Perhaps there is a child in your life who might enjoy one of these…. Read more »

Big Magic Elizabeth Gilbert

This week I finished reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s much awaited book, “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.” It was a great read for me. You probably have heard of Elizabeth Gilbert from that little book she wrote, “Eat, Pray, Love.” I absolutely love her fresh perspective on what it means to be creative. While I did read and like “Eat, Pray, Love” several years back, it was THIS TED Talk that put her on my radar of interesting thought leaders. Then over… Read more »

How to Raise an Adult

I recently finished the book, “How to Raise an Adult: Break free of the overparenting trap and prepare your kid for success” by Julie Lythcott-Haimes. As you can probably guess, the book focuses on the effect that our hyper vigilant parenting is having on the generations we are raising. Sometimes books/topics fall into your lap at just the right time. That would be the case with this book. It triggered us to take a candid look at what opportunities we were… Read more »

little free library

We recently installed a Little Free Library at the park by our house. Have you heard of this movement? It’s a free book exchange you can place at your home or neighborhood. It usually looks like some sort of little house or wooden box on a post. However, if you look on the Internet, you will see that the libraries can take many shapes and sizes. The way it works is that you bring a book you have already read, and exchange it for… Read more »

I recently finished the book, Creative Schools by Ken Robinson & Lou Aronica. You may be familiar with Ken Robinson’s famous TED Talk, “Do schools kill creativity?” It’s my all-time favorite TED Talk. And I am not alone in this. It is one of the all-time highest ranking TED Talk ever. In fact, let me say that if you have not seen it, please skip reading this post and go watch it right now. You will not regret it and I will not be… Read more »