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The Family’s Slides–and What to Do with Them

Sorting my family’s ancient slides took a few days to accomplish. My brother unearthed them from the attic and we were curious to know what was in them. The other brother bought a single slide viewer–no one had a projector anymore–and I went through the batch. Our slides were kept in a long box (not […]

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Happy Wedding Day, Oswald and Biddy!

Oswald and Biddy Chambers’ celebrated their wedding on May 25, 1910. A small gathering met at Walford Green Memorial Wesleyan Methodist Church in Eltham, for the nuptials of Miss Gertrude Annie Hobbs and Mr. Oswald Chambers. An almost ideal day, the weather provided bright and clear skies, a cooling breeze from the north and a high of 62 degrees. […]

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Kali, the Feisty Cat: an Elegy

We had to put down our feisty cat recently. Kali was 21.5 years old, a feral native of O’ahu. She and I had a love-hate relationship. Everyone else in the family loved her. The only cat our daughter every knew, the whip-thin, yowling tortoiseshell Kali survived and reinvented herself at least four times. Hawai’i I […]

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Learning to Read: the World Becomes Knowable!

A seven year-old sweetheart in our life is learning to read. “It’s so amazing,” she told me. “Everywhere I look I see words to read!” When we sat together with an open book, her younger sister told me not to bother, “she can read it now herself.” (I continued reading. I’m more fluid than she is, especially […]

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Five Little Monkeys and Learning to Read

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The Five Little Monkeys books by Eileen Christelow are a hit in my county. My husband has used the books as a tool for reading enrichment the last four years. He’s part of a group that spends half an hour a week in a local elementary school reading with first and second graders. His company supports […]

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