Tacky the Penguin

Tacky the Penguin

“Tacky was an odd bird but a very nice bird to have around.” (Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester. Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger.) Tacky is a penguin who is quite different from the other penguins around him: socially awkward, dresses in loud Hawaiian shirts, does…

We need a little Finnish Christmas

We need a little Finnish Christmas

We had a sweet visit with our Finnish “grandmother” today. She is truly an angel! She is either ninety or turning ninety this year, and she is just remarkable. She has aches and pains and challenges but doesn’t like to speak of them. She told…

What if you lost a child at Christmastime?

What if you lost a child at Christmastime?

I read the blog post “The Miracle of the Pink Christmas Tree” today on churchofjesuschrist.org. Sunny Mahe recounts how her daughter, Elsie, died right at Christmastime in 2016 and how her neighbors responded with an outpouring of love. This love has continued as neighbors put…

Still the most important work

Still the most important work

(Painting: Plate 2 of ‘Urizen’: ‘Teach these Souls to Fly’ ?1796 William Blake 1757-1827 Purchased 1922 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N03696) I was watching the video below (of a recent UNICEF meeting) as I got ready this morning, and the thought that came to me is that the most…

The Trees of the Dancing Goats

The Trees of the Dancing Goats

(Reposted from years ago.) The Trees of the Dancing Goats by Patricia Polacco is not officially our family book club younger read for this month. (Our family book club younger read would be the whole shelf, basically. That’s what they do in December. They get the…

Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña. Illustrated by Christian Robinson. CJ’s grandma takes him two places on Sundays: to church and then to the soup kitchen. They ride the bus. CJ wants to know why they have to take the bus…why…