The Benefits of Reading to Children for 20 Minutes a Day

 Life has a funny way of getting in the way of itself.  I am dismayed at the number of life-giving activities I don’t engage in each day, simple gestures that bring a smile not only to my face but also to those I interact with.  In today’s segment of our Life’s Essential Ingredients series, I am looking at how to meaningfully connect with my children through reading to them.  Tomorrow, I will look at another facet of this idea:  Connecting[Read more]

The Real Me

As I begin this blog, I am tempted to put my best foot forward and show you that I am a credible source of information and know-how. The truth is that I have two left-feet when it comes to life.  I can only present the real me:  flawed, flustered, and frustrated by my imperfections.  I am not a crafty, DIY, organizational, or educational expert.  I have yet to produce a successful garden (although my lettuce and herbs did do quite[Read more]

Are You Lacking Life’s Essential Ingredients?

At the end of this day, what will I want to have accomplished?  This question comes from an article I read about having a planning time at the beginning of each day, like chefs do when they prepare for a big meal.  In life, as in meal preparation, I can often be found lacking in the essential ingredients. At least once a week, at 4:00pm, I glance over a recipe I just found online, decide it looks doable, and get[Read more]