A Grain of Salt

‘My Bed is a Boat…’

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In the final verse of his poem, “My Bed is a Boat,” Robert Louis Stevenson writes, “All night across the dark we steer; But...

Get the Scoop on Your Child’s Day

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“What did you do in school today?” How many times have you asked that question, only to be greeted with a blank stare or...

The Gifts of Poetry

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When my grandson was 5 years old, we visited Emily Dickinson’s house, which is now a museum. My own association with the famous 19th...

What Giving Teaches Our Kids

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In December, the spirit of giving comes down from the attic with the decorations. We look forward to this month as a time to...

Halloween Fears and Frights

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If you’re reading this blog in late October, I commend you. With one of the biggest holidays of the year on the horizon, I...

The beauty of fall

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This year’s unusually wet weather has apparently created a fungus in many of the trees, which will prevent them from fully showcasing the brilliant...

New Year’s Resolutions in September

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I started nursery school at age 3. Since then, I have started a new school year each and every September but two. With an...

By age 10, bias could be set

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As adults, our reactions to other people, families, cultures and traditions took root in our own early experiences and connections. The ability of children...

In praise of fridge art

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How many of your child’s first experiments with crayons and paint are still on your refrigerator — or even preserved in a box in...

Helping our children bloom

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Mother Nature has a haphazard way of showcasing her spring beauty. She responds to the planting of bulbs and annuals, but she also watches...