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Who's Your 'Mother?'

(2) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 4:15 PM

Mother's Day is almost upon us and everywhere there are advertisements for flowers, brunches, and cards. So what came to my mind? Christmas! Yes, Christmas because I thought about how that holiday triggers depression for many people. I began to think about how I felt about Mother's Day and then...

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Bullies: Who Has the Power?

(2) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 10:22 AM

Bullying is a topic that appears in the news media almost daily. And although many books have been written, speeches given, and programs instituted, it does not seem to abate. Is it because there is more bullying now than in the past, or is it because we are so inundated...

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The Movement to Save School Library Programs

(23) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 10:19 AM

A movement is afoot to save school library programs threatened by closure. Money is tight and state and locally supported school funding is dropping. School districts are looking for places to reduce costs and many believe school libraries and librarians are expendable.

As a former teacher-librarian I can tell...

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Simplify: A Guilt-Free Goal for the New Year

(1) Comments | Posted January 4, 2012 | 12:36 PM

I learned long ago that making big New Year's resolutions isn't a good idea. It never took long before I realized I wasn't going to achieve those lofty goals and felt guilty. So, over the years I began to think instead of smaller goals I could work toward. This lessened...

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Holiday Breads: an Old Tradition

(7) Comments | Posted December 21, 2011 | 8:39 AM

I grew up in Seattle's Scandinavian neighborhood, Ballard. My grandmother married a Norwegian. So Christmastime was never complete without yulekake (julekaka) bread. Even today, though I no longer live in Ballard, I will travel many miles to get yulekake. Otherwise, it just wouldn't be Christmas.

Other than the spiritual aspect,...

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Create Holiday Traditions for Your Children With Books

(2) Comments | Posted December 16, 2011 | 11:53 AM

The holiday season, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, is not just a time for shopping and gifts. It's a time for special activities, friends, relatives, and stories. Families strive to create their own special traditions that continue to echo down the years giving meaning and memories to the...

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Could This Be a French Watergate?

(2) Comments | Posted November 28, 2011 | 3:14 PM

On May 14, 2011, Dominique Strauss-Kahn (known as DSK), the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, was arrested in New York for allegedly sexually assaulting a maid. I must admit I kept an open mind for about two days, and then assumed he was guilty. After all, he seemed...

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Social Media: A Double-Edged Sword

(3) Comments | Posted August 11, 2011 | 3:41 PM

Despite all the financial turmoil in the world right now, that news has been shouldered aside long enough to edge in the news about the ongoing riots in England. I am not altogether certain what brought these riots on, despite reading several articles. It appears someone was killed by the...

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But Mom, Everybody's Reading It: A Guide to Kid's Books and Peer Pressure

(19) Comments | Posted August 4, 2011 | 11:51 AM

I visited my long time hair stylist several months ago and as usual we talked about her children. Because I spent my working life as a teacher and a children's librarian, she often asks me for advice or suggestions about her children's reading related issues. This time she told me...

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