We no longer travel a lot by train, as we once did. But it always takes me back to our early car-less years here in Italy. When my husband rode an old moped 12 miles (20 km) to work, rain, snow, or sunshine. Italy's public transport enables car-free living in some areas. But no buses … Continue reading The Much of Little [Video]
Quite possibly you're sitting there wondering "What in the world IS Affluenza?" So did I the first time I heard it! Influenza I knew all too well! In fact, I'm recovering right now from yet another bout of it - mamma mia! But I only recently heard of Affluenza, a term mainly used by critics … Continue reading Do You Have Affluenza?
"I love my enemies!" my little granddaughter piped up during family devotions. "What enemies do you have?" her parents asked, certain she had none - and hadn't even the faintest idea what it meant! "My nonni!" the 4-year old replied with satisfaction, convinced that enemies and the Italian word nonni (grandparents) meant the same thing. … Continue reading 3 Essential Steps to Loving Our Enemies
It starts earlier and earlier every year, the hype and commercialism. Christmas stuff and Halloween gore side-by-side in stores. Ads, articles, commercials, and movies all conspiring, seemingly, to make us think we're missing out on the perfect Christmas. With some people so striving for that perfect celebration that the entire season becomes nothing but a … Continue reading Bringing Christ Back into Christmas
Ever feel like time gets away from you, or am I the only one? Our past few months have been particular. First our month-long stay in the USA, and the resulting jetlag. So I haven't gotten much writing done. Not that I've been lazy, I've been quite busy actually... We also purchased some furniture (both … Continue reading 3 Time-Tested Tips for Making the Most of Our Time
From the time our children were babies we read to them a lot, identifying pictures in books. Building their vocabularies, along with a love of books, one word at a time. And it paid off! Our daughter could already say many words at 9 months, and by age one spoke in complete phrases! Our son, also … Continue reading How and Why to Raise Readers in a Technological Era