LINCOLNISMS

It has been 150 years since Abraham Lincoln's death.  We remember him, honor him, and still learn from his character and leadership.  In school students "respond to the president being the 'quintessential American self-made man' and for his 'work holding the country accountable' to its stated ideals."   (L.A. Daily News) In honor of him today, I reviewed some of his writings.  They never cease to inspire.  One such Lincolnisms, as I've titled them, is below....more

Someone Said It Better Than Me

*This post is Day Two of the January Nablopomo 30-day blogging challenge hosted by BlogHer.I wanted to say something short and sweet and profound today, as part of the 30 day blogging challenge. Then I found this quote and I thought, "Yup. That about sums it up!"...more

I want to teach my child to be...

I talk a lot on this blog about things that I try to teach my son: cooking, healthy living, to be a nice person and safety....more

Grades or Grit?

Tonight, as I am packing the last few items in the duffels that will accompany my daughter to college tomorrow, I remember each “first day” of her progression from kindergarten through 12th grade....more

The Paper Castle

Tell us about a favorite character from film, theater, or literature, with whom you’d like to have a heart-to-heart. What would you talk about?Photographers, artists, poets: show us a CHARACTER....more

NaBloPoMo: Favorite Character - Carrie Bradshaw

Happy Monday loves! Today's prompt for NaBloPoMo is "Who is your favourite character of all time?". Well, it's none other than the wonderful Carrie Bradshaw from Sex And The City....more

The World's Most Beautiful Woman and the Sexiest Man - um, no

"Sometimes people are beautiful.Not in looks.Not in what they say.Just in what they are.” – Markus Zusak...more

Sits Quietly and Follows Directions

One of my favorite books in the parenting department is Wendy Mogul’s “The Blessing of a Skinned Knee.” Rather than rescue your toddler from her fall, let her pick herself up, brush herself off and learn she can fend for herself.  That’s a simplistic take of what was a lovely and instructive read when my kiddos were little and it made a lasting impression in this mother hen’s head....more

How a Cashier Tried to Undermine My Parenting & Ruin a Teaching Moment

So the Monkey and I were at the commissary the other day, picking up a few things to get us through the week. He did not want to be there. Duh. I did not want to be there. I promised we would hurry, and asked for his help. This is how he helped: He kung-fu'ed a watermelon... and split that sucker right open....more
@Karen Klasi @wdolderer They grow up to be the kind of awful, self-entitled people that waiters ...more

Lessons in Character

So the Monkey and I were at the commissary the other day, picking up a few things to get us through the week. He did not want to be there. Duh. I did not want to be there. I promised we would hurry, and asked for his help.This is how he helped: He kung-fu'ed a watermelon...and split that sucker right open....more
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