Tag Archives: 2012

Top 3: Kids’ Books of 2012

16 Jan

Here are three of my favorite kids’ books published last year. If you don’t have them, check them out. I think you’ll like them as much as your kids do.

And if you’re interested in my other Top 3’s, check out my recommended blogs for moms and apps for traveling toddlers.

Have your own Top 3 or favorite books of 2012? Send them my way! I also take Top 3 requests (just ask @Trixie360).

Top 3: Kid’s Books of 2012

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2012

2 Jan

3087550776_c82e1b99a3_mWe talk a lot about what we did and what happened to us at the close of a year. But what about what we’ve learned?

As I step into 2013, I take with me the lessons I gleaned from 2012.

Included below is my personal list of 12 for ’12. But I’m curious: How would you complete it?

And if you’re open to it, please share. I’d love to learn from you, too.

Top 12 of 2012: Lessons I’ve Learned

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The Passing of the Year (Poem)

31 Dec

Time Flies Birdcage Clock

I’m always amazed by the human spirit’s agility in the face of unending change, and never more so than at the start of a new year.

What will 2013 hold for you, for me, for the world? New jobs, news discoveries, new inspiration? New losses, new challenges, new hope?

This poem captures that adaptation better than I ever could. I hope you enjoy it.

The Passing of the Year

by Robert W. Service

My glass is filled, my pipe is lit,

My den is all a cozy glow;

And snug before the fire I sit,

And wait to feel the old year go.

I dedicate to solemn thought

Amid my too-unthinking days,

This sober moment, sadly fraught

With much of blame, with little praise.

Old Year! upon the Stage of Time

You stand to bow your last adieu;

A moment, and the prompter’s chime

Will ring the curtain down on you.

Your mien is sad, your step is slow;

You falter as a Sage in pain;

Yet turn, Old Year, before you go,

And face your audience again.

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New Year, New Hope (Video)

28 Dec

ShirleyWedding

This year, as with any year, we all had our ups and downs, some higher and lower than others. To remember one is to reverently honor the other. The good and bad arriveand depart—hand in hand.

“Should we continue to look upwards?” Victor Hugo asked. “Is the light we can see in the sky one of those which will presently be extinguished? The ideal is terrifying to behold… brilliant but threatened on all sides by the dark forces that surround it: nevertheless, no more in danger than a star in the jaws of the clouds.”

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