Book: How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk

The book "How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk" covers a lot of ground: how parents can communicate ideas calmly and respectfully to teens without being shut out, how to problem solve with them, problems that teens and what they love about being a teen, how they can talk... Continue Reading →

Book painting

I've been fascinated by paintings on the edges of books, a technique known as fore edge painting, in which a picture is hidden behind the gold leaf on the edges of pages. What a magical discovery! https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=fore+edge+painting Of course I could not resist trying this technique. I started with an old, damaged book, just not... Continue Reading →

Book: Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

The Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude is a delicate and sturdy book of poetry by Ross Gay. It reflects transition values, connection with the earth, the bright beauty of summer, and brings out this ineffable joy that seems buried within each of us. I recommend lingering over the words with something delicious to eat or drink... Continue Reading →

Book: The Day the World Stops Shopping

The book The Day the World Stops Shopping (audio and interview) is a bit of a revelation - unlike so many other books out there on climate change, it doesn't suggest simply switching to reusables (by buying mason jars and pretty bags), or installing solar panels, or even writing to your senators. Instead, it offers... Continue Reading →

Book: Is This Anything?

I've previously mentioned Jerry Seinfeld's "Is This Anything?" and finally had a chance to sit down and read the whole thing. The book is a collection of his notes and comedic bits from over the years, including lots that I haven't seen before. There are brilliantly philosophical sections, like the one on how close "sucks"... Continue Reading →

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