the paper fortune teller

I don’t know about you, but I made zillions of little folded paper fortune tellers as a kid. Filled with inside jokes, translated into a secret language that no one else could possibly understand. A play staple for little girls on the playgrounds for generations.First introduced in the U.S. in 1928, this clever little origami envelope has been known by many names and uses; Cootie Catcher, Chatterbox, Salt cellar, and Whirlybird....more

Unexpected Christmas Presents

Another Christmas is looming fast and I see the hordes of last-minute shoppers whenever I drive by the stores - a vision that triggers my agoraphobia.  Still, I understand the shoppers' need to seek out each perfect present.  Those presents are for loved and each year we want to give them something they want or they need.  So, gift lists can really aid a holiday shopper.  Still, sometimes it's the present that's not on the list that makes the biggest impact.  Let me explain... ...more

Sleepaway Camp Memories from A-Z

For millions of former campers, the warm weather triggers memories of summers spent at sleepaway camp. Its been 13 years since I went to camp and I still have vivid dreams about singing alma maters around a campfire and watching Princess Bride on rainy days....more

Bomb in the Bathroom.

January Speaks The Truth.Names have been changed. Everything else is 100% true....more

I Was A Good Kid

I was a good kid. Well behaved, quiet. I talked early and read early. As a toddler I said excuse me to the vacuum cleaner when I passed by in the hallway, I’ve been told. I was soft spoken and got good grades in school....more

The Firefly Effect: The Disappearance of Childhood

“Hey look! A firefly!”My kids scampered off into the duskly shrouded park to chase the lone intermittent yellow illumination, as my husband and I sat listening to the music of Cornet Chop Suey’s free concert....more

The Six Scariest Words a Child Can Say

CRASH! I stood up from the couch, tilted my head just enough to hear into the depths of kid*palooza, and then held my breath when I heard my son holler, I can do it by myself! ...more
Just had to comment because I so rarely see someone with my last name (maiden name)! And yes, ...more

Zayne's tiny kingdom

I have to shelve the story of Peter Rabbit and Bubble guppies as I am excited to tell you about the crib/bed of my ward Zayne.Yes, at the end of the day, Zayne's bed/crib is his kingdom just like our bed is our own refuge and haven where we rest our tired backs from the day's hard labor....more

The neighbourhood.

Mrs. B always gave us apple juice.She was strange.  So was her daughter.   Mrs. R wore a lot of make-up.She was fussy.  I was always worried I would make a mess when I was there.Consequently, I spilled a drink nearly every visit....more
I lived on a dead end street with 9 houses when I grew up- this is becoming strange indeed ...more
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