Letter to My Younger Self or The Wisdom of Fairy Tales

"Fairy tales were not my escape from reality as a child; rather, they were my reality - for mine was a world in which good and evil were not abstract concepts, and like fairy-tale heroines, no magic would save me unless I had the wit and heart and courage to use it widely." -Terri Windling,  Surviving Childhood  The Armless Maiden 1995...more

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The Little House That Love Built

Once upon a time, there was a little girl named, Bunny.  Her parents moved her to the country, without a thought to asking her if she wanted to go, and made her live in a house that had no neighbors to play with, no paved streets to ride her bike on and had an army of bugs always on the ready to attack.  When she moved to the country, she was afraid of dogs and horses, but her parents felt the need to fill the house, yard and pasture with a ...more

On slightly discomforting the classics (but everyone hugged at the end).

There you were in the library when the Star was a bit younger listening fondly to another Mum reading her son one of the books. "… and then Little Red Riding Hood said ‘What big eyes you have, Grandma!’ ‘All the better to see you with,’ Wolf replied.  ‘What big teeth you have, Grandma!’ said Little Red Riding Hood. And Wolf opened his mouth to reply and at that moment Grandma came back. ‘You’re not Grandma!’ exclaimed Little Red Riding Hood, amazed. ...more

Young Women Need to Be Selective not Selected

As you know, if you’ve read my very first post, that I share joint custody of my two girls with my ex.  Just recently, the jerk that is my ex husband decided to quit working so that his parenting time wouldn’t be reduced to only weekends.  This resulted in the judge ’awarding’ us 50/50 parenting time.  So now, I have the girls from Saturday to Wednesday (4 nights) and he has Wednesday to Saturday (3 nights).  ...more

Great post and good reminders, although I disagree about not marrying in your 20s... I ...more

for a time such as these

Oh, for a time such as these  ere's an ol' man called de MississippiDat's de ol' man dat I'd like to be!What does he care if de world's got troubles?What does he care if de land ain't free? Ol' man river,Dat ol' man riverHe mus'know sumpin'But don't say nuthin',He jes'keeps rollin' ...more

Reading Once Upon A Time

Spring is a magical time. It's a time of beginnings and new awakenings, of possibilities and dreams. It's really no surprise that this is the time of year where one finds the Once Upon A Time Challenge at Stainless Steel Droppings. Now in its third year this is one reading challenge that never fails to please. ...more

I always like to start my Spring Season off with a great, inspirational more

Are Fairy Tales too Scary?

As bedtime draws near, the kids approach the bookshelf, peruse the many choices and finally settle on two stories for mom or dad to read to them. The routine is familiar, a comforting ritual that takes place every night as we put the kids to bed. Stories have ranged from quick, snappy board books, to chapter books, fairy tales and tales made up on the spot. ...more

The Devil's Red Shoes

THE DEVIL'S RED SHOES This is a cautionary tale for clever little girls and all the rest of us. ...more

Did Dr.Pepper Just Play Us For A Bridesmaid?

So far the news reports aren't saying how and when Dr. Pepper learned about Kelly Gray-- the Virginia hairdresser who was auctioning off the opportunity for someone to be a bridesmaid in her wedding. They could have found out about it here...at No Shame Auctions a website that promises to bring you the "most watched weird eBay Auctions and Mystery Auctions on eBay." Maybe. ...more

Kelly has done my hair for over a year and a sweeter, selfless gal you'll never find. She ...more

Fractured Fairy Tales

As I look for ways to promote our modern day fairy tale, Princess Bubble, I continued to see the term "Fractured Fairy Tale." I thought, "What exactly is a fractured fairy tale?" I found this definition online: ...more