What we’re reading: Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri

What we’re reading: Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri

When I spotted Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri in nearly every "best of" YA list for 2020, I was first struck by the title. It's a phrase I remembered from Tolkien, made especially poignant to me after the death of my son's best friend. We've clung to these words through the darkest forests of [...]

How to read “Pride and Prejudice” along with the BBC miniseries

How to read “Pride and Prejudice” along with the BBC miniseries

This winter I'm reading through one of my favorite books of all time, Pride & Prejudice, with my thirteen-year-old daughter for her homeschool literature course. It's the perfect time of year for it, when we can pull up blankets by the fireplace and read out loud to each other...kind of like the Bennett sisters would have done. [...]

Choose your Christmas traditions using the “Make, Read, Give, See” method

Choose your Christmas traditions using the “Make, Read, Give, See” method

In A Bad Moms Christmas, Mila Kunis plays a mother who nearly ruins her kids' joy when she gets into a screaming match with her over-the-top mom, who has taken Christmas too far. Her mother's traditions are forced on the family. They will be made to enjoy the holiday, whether they like it or not. Kunis cracks. [...]

The small joy of writing to your favorite author | The Childhood Magic series

The small joy of writing to your favorite author | The Childhood Magic series

Several months ago, I received a press kit with an advance copy of Toni DiTerlizzi's Kenny and the Dragon book in it. Boxes of review copies are nothing new at our house, and like so many other books that have come across our kitchen table, this book was passed on to one of my kids. [...]

15 meaningful gifts to help you celebrate the advent season

15 meaningful gifts to help you celebrate the advent season

Advent has been a small celebration in my house in past years, but this year we are joyfully anticipating Christmas season way earlier than normal. I think 2020 and an election have a lot to do with it. I've already told my kids we're going to make a Christmas bucket list soon, and it's gotten [...]

14 peaceful, centering things to help you find calm while you wait for the election results

14 peaceful, centering things to help you find calm while you wait for the election results

I was so, so hopeful that last night's election results would come in so overwhelmingly clear that we'd go to sleep easy, assured that the United States was actually . . . unified. But, of course, that didn't happen. If you're stress scrolling Twitter or raging at your friends' Facebook posts today, may I recommend [...]