Tag Archives: literature

Knowing When to Give Up

27 Oct

Halloween Costume Parenting Pony Twilight Sparkle

I may be reserved and nice, but I’m also surprisingly stubborn. As in, so stubborn that my husband once joked I could have a C-section without anesthetics, if I got it in my head to do so.

Stubborn plus parenting doesn’t always mix, let me tell ya.

It’s been a bumpy road, but I’m slowing learning the art of knowing when to give up—and that it’s not always a bad thing.

Case in point…

For those of you who’ve been following my escapades for a while now (if so—thank you!), you know that my daughter’s Halloween costumes have been kind of a big deal.

It started when Szaba was a mere four months old. My mother-in-law, Sue, was coming to visit. Her cancer had taken a turn for the worse, and I wanted something to cheer us both up. So I asked Sue to come up with Szaba’s costume.

I only had one rule: something aspirational, no princess girly nonsense.

Sue came through in spades with an incredible Amelia Earhart costume.

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More Kids’ Books!

27 Jan

Book ResearchRemember those 87 kids’ books I recommended back in the spring? Well I have 48 more kids’ books for you!

I also keep track of mom- and 3-year-old-approved books over on my Pinterest board: Shelf-Worthy Kids’ Books. Feel free to follow it if you’d like to come along on our bookshelf adventures.

Happy Reading!

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Strong Females in Literature Costumes: Carmen

31 Oct

Strong Females in Literature Costumes Year 1For my daughter’s first Halloween, Sue set the bar very high with Amelia Earhart.

Once the torch was handed to me, I continued the theme of Inspiring Women in History costumes. In 2011 there was Marie Curie, and the next year we finished the trio with Elizabeth Cady Stanton. (Appropriately enough, it was an election year. And, yes, that was by design.)

In 2013, I wanted to somehow continue the tradition Sue started, but was ready to change my theme a bit.

How about… strong females in literature costumes?!

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Wedding Readings

25 Jul

MarriageIn honor of my dear friends, Chris and Cara, who are getting married this weekend, I want to share two exemplary literary excerpts on the topic of marriage.

Although I’m partial to these wedding readings because they were a part of my ceremony nearly ten years ago, I particularly like them because they offer a unique take on lifelong love and partnership. Even now, nearly ten years into my own marriage, I continue to revisit these words and find new truths in them. Continue reading

National Poetry Month

1 Apr

NationalPoetryMonth

Love poetry? Hate it? Don’t get it? Now’s the perfect time to give it fresh look. It’s National Poetry Month!

Here are a few quick ideas for anyone: readers, teachers, parents, kids, writers, and even the “I’m not really a writer” word dabblers (you know who you are).

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Want to join my “poetry club”? Browse or add to the My Castle Heart Poem Share on Poets.org. To add to it, log in as MyCastle, password: myheart. Then browse or search for poems. When you find one that you like, click the “Add to Notebook” link at the top to add it to our shared list.

More ideas for bookworms:

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