Monthly Archives: December 2013

A New Year’s Wish?

It’s as good a place as any to start. Just the basics, and we’ll take it from here.

Happy New Year!

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The Return of King Kong

It’s an old chestnut, this post. But it’s the story of a tradition that says a lot about us as a family. And since this is the season for tradition, here it is again. At least it’s not a fruitcake. But it is… A King Kong Christmas.    Many people have lovely angel ornaments thatContinue Reading

Regifting: Nu? So it’s Christmas!

(It’s OK to regift a post, right? You can always return it or pass it along. This one recalls the feelings of a little girl who didn’t celebrate Christmas when it seemed as though everyone else did.) Christmas morning on Humphrey Avenue in Richmond, California, the 1950s: the quiet before the wrapping paper storm. AsContinue Reading

A gift so nice, I got it twice: The Indoor Noisy Book

I’m joining a bloghop today. The subject is the best gift you ever gave or received. There are many to choose from, but this is a gift I got twice, and that makes it pretty special. A classic The Indoor Noisy Book by Margaret Wise Brown was written in 1942. I received a hardcover copyContinue Reading

The Blessings of Doing Chores. Really. (Or maybe this should be called "Chores–huh! What are they good for?")

Dusting is fun. At least, that was the name of my favorite chapter in my favorite childhood book, All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor. The story takes place in New York City at the turn of the 20th century. Mama and Papa and their five daughters are a Jewish family who live simply on the Lower EastContinue Reading