Loving the Moment

About a year ago I became very nostalgic for the 1990’s.  That decade encompassed most of my high school years, all of my undergraduate work, and the very beginning of my life as a teacher.  I moved out of my parents’ home in 1999, so in my mind that decade was my last as a child…

The Slow Cruelty of Dementia

Fat, wet snow flakes plopped from the clouds to cover the the green leaves of the shrubs that flanked the front door.  All you could see was the red berries whose vibrant colors would not be hidden so easily under the soft white blanket.  It was freezing outside but I didn’t feel it.  I sat…

Graphic Novel Review: Kingdom Come by Mark Waid and Alex Ross

Superheroes are ubiquitous in our world.  Walk down the toy aisle of Target or Walmart and you’ll see a cornucopia of meta-human action figures and baubles of every imaginable type.  Disney’s purchase of the Marvel catalog of characters and its release of the Marvel Cinematic Universe reestablished the comic book world for a new generation…

Beyond the Book: The Life and Lies of Laura Ingalls Wilder

My family’s love affair with Laura Ingalls Wilder runs deep.  Not only did my mother read the series as a school girl in the 1950s, she also read them to me in the mid 1970s.  The production of the Little House on the Prairie television series sent us into a frizzy.  Shoot, I was even…

10 Things No One Warned Me About Being a Parent

There was never any doubt in my mind that someday I would be a father.  When my mother asked me years ago how many kids I hoped to have I replied, “A houseful!”  Erin always wanted to be a mother, although I can’t say she had the dream of having a huge brood the way…

The Book that Saved my Life

I’ve always been a rule follower.  Even as a kid I never got into trouble.  I would sit in my playroom with my denim record player listening to books on 33 1/3 records and follow along with the floppy paperbacks until they nearly fell apart.  Other times I wrapped construction paper around empty cereal and cracker…

Want to Raise Great Kids? Make the Little Things Important

When people find out we have four children, they often ask us how we do it. Erin and I usually smile and nod since the question assumes that our life is chaotic.  I certainly don’t see it that way and I fee comfortable in saying that Erin would agree with me.  We have four kids, so it’s…

The Peril of School Librarians in the Age of “Fake News”

It is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid the political creep into our personal and professional lives.  When I became an elementary librarian, I thought I could avoid politically sensitive topics because most of those issues are not age appropriate for my little folks.  To be clear, I never bring up politically sensitive topics in my…