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Around the Web
Inspiring Children’s Books for Art Loving Kids
Melissa Taylor at Imagination Soup has a booklist for us.
- Do you have an art loving kid? These books celebrate many aspects of art whether you’re an artist or just like to know about art, your kids will love these inspiring picture books and chapter books about trips to the museum, famous artists, and making your own art.
What Trees Teach Us about Life, Death, and Resurrection
- I’ve always loved trees. I love their look, their shade, the sound of wind in their leaves, and the taste of every fruit they produce. As a grade-schooler, I first planted trees with my father and grandfather. I’ve been planting them ever since. Once, as I was training to become a doctor, my wife and I tree-lined the whole street where we lived. But a dozen years ago, when I offered to plant trees at our church, one of the pastors told me I had the theology of a tree-hugger. This was not meant as a compliment.
>Why My Children Sit Through Church
Adam Whipple writes about the value he finds in having his kids in church.
- Near the end of his life, Pope John Paul II was seated on his chair at the Christmas Eve Midnight Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica. He was in his eighties and suffering from Parkinson’s. He had trouble sitting up straight, and even holding up his head was a chore. Yet there he was, in front of hundreds of parishioners and visitors who filled the cathedral to capacity. Thousands, indeed millions more watched him on television outside in the square and around the world. He looked tired and rather glum—not an office-holder of stature, but an old man hunched by the many failings of his body.
The Train Analogy That Will Completely Change How You See Your Crying Child
Katie McLaughlin shares an analogy that helps her walk her children through their emotional responses.
- My 4-year-old was climbing into bed, his face turned away from me and toward the wall, when he asked the question.
His tone made the question sound like an afterthought, but I know better. Glenn is the opposite of an afterthought; he’s the tiger lovey blanket my son has been carting around with him since he was old enough to maintain a tight grasp.
My husband offered to head back downstairs to search, and I absently commented that I actually hadn’t seen Glenn around that evening, which was unusual.
Around the Warren
Mark T. Collins reminds us that the world if full of magic.
- We have an ordinary creek near our home. It is not very big. It is not very special, except for one thing–dragons. Yup that’s right. Dragons live there. There are all sorts of them there. Big ones, little ones, some that live in the trees, some that live in the water. And if you are not careful you might be chased by the ones who live in the swamps. Most people around our town probably don’t even know it has a name. (It does.) But, we never call it by the name our town gave it. We call it by its real name. We call it Dragon Creek.
Lizzie Ludovico has a poem welcoming the season.
- As this year has come around
The season changes once again.
The trees have caught on fire at last
After holding off the heat.
Something to Do with Your Kids
For your budding artist, here’s an instructional on oil pastel painting.
And Something to Watch
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