Tomorrow, January 25th, is the anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, widely recognized as Scotland's national poet. Burns was born in Ayrshire, Scotland in 1759. His father was a tenant farmer, and Burns' early life was one of poverty and hardship. Though he had little regular schooling, Burns wrote original poems and songs, and he also collected many folk songs of Scotland. Some of his best known works are Auld Lang Syne, Scots Wha Hae, A Man's A Man for A' That, To
I'm surrounded by books. There's both fiction and non-fiction, and even the picture books are beautiful. They are all so tempting, but I can’t read them all. So many look really good. So the other day, I picked up a fiction book by an author I never read. He's a bestselling author, so I ought to at least sample him, right?
And. Or. But. These are conjunctions, and now I have a song stuck in my head. Do you know the song I’m referring to? First aired in 1973 on a program called Schoolhouse Rock, the lyrics started out: "Conjunction Junction, what's your function? Hooking up words and phrases and clauses…" Now, does that ring a bell? The song featured a cartoon train engineer, and the catchy tune and lyrics had children not only singing along, but learning too!
Have An MPACT on Your Special Needs Child's Education
Being the grandmother of a child with Asperger's Syndrome, I have watched my daughter struggle with the responsibility of being the parent of a special needs child. School is quite challenging for my grandson as he tries to navigate in a world that he doesn't see the way other children do. To him, his view of the world is the normal one, and we are all aliens.
I am rather fond of the TV series Castle starring Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic. Fillion plays Rick Castle, who is a mystery author shadowing police detective Kate Beckett (Katic) to get inspiration for his novels. Two of his bestsellers are novels Heat Wave and Naked Heat.
New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago are all glamorous locales, but I’m from Kansas City. Being a native resident, I don’t know what it means to grow up anywhere but the City of Fountains. While I’m not a movie star, freak athlete, or household name, Kansas City has produced more than a few.
Here are some of Kansas City’s most famous people:
Every year when the Reading Aloud Family Time Program comes around, I am reminded of the impact spending time reading with your kids can make.
My daughter was a very reluctant second grade reader. Her reading skills needed a lot of improvement. No matter how many books I bought or how many books we checked out at the library for her to read, she just wasn’t interested.
Breakout the pans and fire up the ovens, January 23 is National Pie Day!
It’s hard to believe, but for almost every type of food, there’s a day that’s dedicated to it. Ice Cream even has a whole month dedicated to it. (President Ronald Reagan gave the honor of National Ice Cream month to July.) But, it’s hard to think about ice cream when there’s currently a foot or more of snow on the ground.
Don’t tell my husband this, but I am one of the thousands of women who secretly refer to themselves as "Mrs. Darcy" from time to time. If you have to ask yourself who Mr. Darcy is, then this blog is not for you.