A Brilliant Story About True Friendship

Book Review: Nugget and Fang: Friends Forever--or Snack Time? by Tammi Sauer I feel the target is mainly preschoolers, but I'd read this one to my fellow teachers in university! We are all deep in conversations about equality and inclusion these days and this wonderful story shows us the very important lessons about systemic racism … Continue reading A Brilliant Story About True Friendship

How Much Will We Burn In This Fear? – The Hollow Ones #41

Made on May 28: The news was amazing this morning. It started with the local statistics for Covid-19. The radio voice did their best to make it sound absolutely devastating and punctuated every word with fear! Aside from my belief that the statistics don't merit the fear attached and that history will this was over-dramatized … Continue reading How Much Will We Burn In This Fear? – The Hollow Ones #41

A Traditional Fable in Contemporary Wrappings

Book Reviews: Caps For Sale: A tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys, and Their Monkey Business by Esphyr Slobodkina I feel I've seen this one sometimes ago in my own childhood. A very simple tale with lots of repetition and an uncertain meaning. Great way to start a conversation with kids.... sometimes. As a teaching … Continue reading A Traditional Fable in Contemporary Wrappings

Sunset Dancing – The Hollow Ones #40

The heat is tremendous and the music fills me with joy. I imagine and hear beautiful people dancing for the rains to come and gently break the heatwave. The heat holds us in place and begs us to wait for it to play with the atmosphere and paint the world with fiery colours. Standing still … Continue reading Sunset Dancing – The Hollow Ones #40

In a rain of 80s new wave music – The Hollow Ones #39

Spotify has caught on that I'm nostalgically in love with New Wave music from the 1980s. I didn't follow it as a teenager growing up then, but I didn't follow my own tastes back then. Friends had way too much influence over what I experienced. Thank goodness I've fallen in love with my own likes. … Continue reading In a rain of 80s new wave music – The Hollow Ones #39

Frankie Goes Dancing – The Hollow Ones #38

For those of you old enough to remember them, you will also remember why Frankie Goes To Hollywood was a common guilty pleasure. They were on my daily mix from Spotify today and I started remembering one of their live shows back in the 80s... Lavish light shows full of pastel & neon lasers; sound … Continue reading Frankie Goes Dancing – The Hollow Ones #38

Tears of joy

Book Review: You Made Me A Dad by Laurenne Sala What a wonderful book to read your child... of any age! I loved sharing this with my daughter and getting her hug in return. I can imagine reading this to a class of kids, kindergarten to about grade two. Doing it as a follow-up to … Continue reading Tears of joy

Burning Man During Covid-19 – The Hollow Ones #37

An obscure Joe Strummer song was playing on my Spotify daily suggestions and it reminded me of The Burning Man: both the movies and the festival. I suddenly started going through the list of cancelled summer activities I've been hearing on daily downer reports (aka the news) on the radio. thinking how some bands and … Continue reading Burning Man During Covid-19 – The Hollow Ones #37

A child’s perspective is a guaranteed smile

Book Review: Mr. Granite is from Another Planet by Dan Gutman Another hysterical read from Mr. Gunman! I loved this one too!!! In case you've forgotten and are just taking life way too seriously, follow the kids in this story and see how beautifully funny the world must be when everything is literal. Absolutely wonderful … Continue reading A child’s perspective is a guaranteed smile

What Really Matters – Simple Pleasures

I can't help but be filled with joy & gratitude that I see the beauty in the simplest of things. This is a gift I feel compelled to share. This dead milkweed was gently swaying in the morning breeze, the sun highlighting everything the artist in me loves: textures, tones, colours, and forms. I couldn't … Continue reading What Really Matters – Simple Pleasures