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

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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

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

By Heart: ‘Sea Poppies’

When a poem is hard to learn By Heart, I suggest adding hand motions.

Published October 29, 2021

50 States Project: West Virginia

West Virginia postcard
Photo by Steve Shook, “Greetings from West Virginia – Large Letter Postcard,” via Flickr

Wanna go to wild, wonderful West Virginia? It’s a haven for those who love the outdoors.

Published October 22, 2021

Reading Generously: ‘Mildred’s Garden’ by Laura Boggess

Have you ever been wrong about a book? It’s like being wrong about a flower.

Published October 1, 2021

50 States Project: Illinois

Published September 17, 2021

The state fossil of Illinois is the mysterious Tully monster—easily visible from a U-Haul truck.