Reading Generously: Perspective Glass

Published January 7, 2022 … [Read more]

Hermit Crab Essay 002

October sunrise, South Padre Island Callie Feyen is doing a series about hermit crab essays over at Tweetspeak Poetry. Her first one is titled How to Do a Switch Leap. She describes the essay in this way: A hermit crab essay, described by … [Read more]

Children’s Book Club: ‘The Midnight Ball’ by Sara Barkat

An invitation, animals bearing gifts, an antique timepiece and a heroine named Song. What's not to love? Bonus: Learn to tell time! Published December 10, 2021 … [Read more]

Reading Generously: ‘The Shivering Ground’ by Sara Barkat

Short stories of speculative fiction are the perfect way to playfully suspend your disbelief. Come play along with Sara Barkat's debut collection. Published December 3, … [Read more]

By Heart: ‘The Good Life’ by Tracy K. Smith

As the year draws to a close, let us give thanks ... even for the lean years. Join us in learning former U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith's "The Good Life" By Heart. Published December 16, … [Read more]

Children’s Book Club: ‘Goodnight Star, Whoever You Are’ by Jodi Meltzer

Children's Grief Awareness Day is in November, but kids especially feel their losses during the holidays. This picture book can help. Published November 12, … [Read more]

50 States Project: North Carolina

Where did your Christmas tree come from? If it's a Fraser fir, it likely came from North Carolina. Published November 19, 2021 … [Read more]

Christmas poem

Figurine   Joseph is broken His glass figure no longer kneels after His brush with the cold hard tile floor His head turns downward as if he always knew his fate    My fault. My fault. My most grievous fault.   Still Mother and Child glow in … [Read more]

Reading Generously: ‘A Gathering of Old Men’ by Ernest J. Gaines

It's one of the best books I read this year. And it helped me view older people—including myself—more generously. Published November 5, 2021 … [Read more]

By Heart: ‘Sea Poppies’

When a poem is hard to learn By Heart, I suggest adding hand motions. Published October 29, 2021 … [Read more]