Explore, Dream, Discover: Looking Ahead to 2012

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain To me, there is nothing like the thrillContinue reading “Explore, Dream, Discover: Looking Ahead to 2012”

11 Great Books: Perfect Gifts for the Hard-to-Buy-For

A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul.  -Franz Kafka It’s December, and we’ve arrived at the final days of 2011 (already!). Every year, here on my blog, I reflect on the books that I have read and enjoyed over the past year, and post the names and titles.Continue reading “11 Great Books: Perfect Gifts for the Hard-to-Buy-For”

10 Books to Hook Your Boys for Summer Reading

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read.  One does not love breathing.”  -Harper Lee It’s the end of school, which can only mean one thing: SUMMER! And, I know for me as a mom, the onset of summer means FUN. But, I have three sons, ages 12, 10, and 8Continue reading “10 Books to Hook Your Boys for Summer Reading”

The Essentials of a Writer’s Bag

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” — Stephen King I love the words of advice of Stephen King, above. As writers, the best way to learn and improve, find our voice and our style, and discover the threads thatContinue reading “The Essentials of a Writer’s Bag”

Reading: An Essential Bridge to Personal Growth

Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development … a platform for democratization … for everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right … Literacy is, finally, theContinue reading “Reading: An Essential Bridge to Personal Growth”

Good Books and Shelf-Space

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” -Dr. Seuss In June, the five in our family made a goal to read ten books this summer. It was a great challenge, during these wonderful months of an untangled schedule and sunshiny days,Continue reading “Good Books and Shelf-Space”

Blueprint for a Great Summer

“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.” -James Dent Few things excite me more than summer vacation. Especially a wide-open summer vacation with my boys. Last summer (2009), summer became a crowded time for selling our house and cars, tending toContinue reading “Blueprint for a Great Summer”

Reading and the Rich Experience

“When you sell a man a book you don’t sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night- there’s all heaven and earth in a book, a real book.” ~novelist Christopher Morley I have always lovedContinue reading “Reading and the Rich Experience”