This weekend I heard a middle school choral director speak about supporting kids’ creative passions.     He said, kids often don’t continue with music (or art, photography, writing, etc) because somewhere along the way they are told it’s not sensible, that it’s not a “clear and trusted” practical career path.    But, he asked, what if a career in the arts is your bliss? Photo credit: Mallari Sizemore    Dreams are important. When I was a teenager, I concocted big… Read more »

  Meet Phyllis. Phyllis, the star of Susanna Leonard Hill‘s books PUNXSUTAWNEY PHYLLIS & APRIL FOOL, PHYLLIS. Phyllis is a groundhog and a prognosticator, which sounds a lot like procrastinating. Especially when you factor in those Groundhog days in which she sees her shadow.  Then everything gets pushed off for another six weeks. Can’t say I haven’t been there. Anyway, you see those teenagers shuffling around in the background? They finished exams last week at the high school where I eavesdrop… Read more »

  It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires a great deal of strength to decide what to do. ― Elbert Hubbard It’s called BOGGLE for a reason.   Have you ever played the game WOULD YOU RATHER? Would you rather drive a moped across a tight rope OR go over Niagara Falls in a barrel? Would you rather drink black coffee OR eat dry cereal? It’s almost always funny or absurd scenarios, for which there is… Read more »