Wednesday, November 28, 2018
I’ve been thinking of the song we used to sing in Girl Scouts: “Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver but the other is gold.”
This morning I was able to spend some time with friend I met years ago, but most of my contact with old friends is through the internet.
There’s something special about spending time in the presence of people who share memories.
Today we call that FaceTime, but in past years that term didn’t exist.
It’s wonderful that we can now keep in touch with others we care about through electronics, but it’s just not the same as seeing people in real life.
I hope everyone who reads this gets to spend some time with old friends in real life between now and the end of the year.
Saturday, November 24, 2018
Probably every culture in the world has some sort of holidays or traditions.
In the USA many people celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas, even if they don’t believe in the religious aspects of those events.
And people who do celebrate them usually have their own traditional ways of doing that.
It’s comforting to do familiar things, especially if we can share doing so with people we love and who share many of our memories.
After all, our memories are an important part of who we are.
What do holidays mean to you?
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
This picture book by Regan W.H. Macaulay is an amazingly creative Christmas story.
It’s about a young bat, who was named Myrrh after one of the wise men’s gifts.
He wants to see the Nativity scene in a house belonging to humans because his parents have told him about it.
But the bat does some dangerous and exciting things as the story unfolds.
Kids will enjoy his adventure and the happy ending.
The book would make a great Christmas gift and the illustrations by Alex Zgud are perfect for the story.
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Secret Service Saint
I don’t often mention my own books here, but this one is very appropriate for the holiday season.
When kids become old enough to realize a fat man dressed in red doesn’t really come down chimneys to deliver Christmas gifts or fly through the air in a sled pulled by reindeer they’re likely to feel disappointed.
But in Secret Service Saint they can learn about the real Saint Nicholas, who discovered the joy of doing secret good deeds. The deeds he does in the book aren’t historically accurate, but the basic story is true. And this book can help kids enjoy the spirit of Christmas.
It’s available on Amazon, among other online places, and local bookstores can carry it.
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Whenever I buy makeup in a store I choose a color that matches my skin, but when I get home I always discover it doesn’t really match.
The artificial lightening in stores distorts the colors.
Am I the only one who has that problem?
Can anyone suggest a solution?