My month in Pennsylvania was different this summer. Last summer it was black bears on our deck, hot summer sunshine, kayaking the Delaware, and a river canoe trip over beaver dams which angered the beavers. This summer it was cold, rainy, no bears, and no beaver dams. I did visit with a pair of bald eagles and saw six water snakes. The one garter snake we saw was trailing a teeny frog no bigger than my little fingernail. The frog lived; the snake went hungry. Those of you fea
Every time I take a trip on an airplane, I notice how little leg room I have. The airlines cram three seats on a side where there had been only two. If one has to go to the bathroom, one better not be very wide because the aisles are narrow. When I had to spend the night in Philly’s airport, boy did I suffer! At least I thought I was suffering. Then I read about the folks who worked and traveled on the First Transcontinental Railroad. The Transcontinental Railroad was complet
Growing up, I always felt slightly uncomfortable on boats. I never felt like I really had enough control on a boat. It was just so unnatural for something as large as a boat to be able to float on water. I didn’t trust it and to be honest I still don’t. I blame this mistrust on a single moment in my childhood. I was at Celebration Station and I was determined to ride the bumper boats. I begged my mom to let me go on the bumper boats. She hesitated, worrying that I was too you
Science class was always so much fun when I was a kid. We did cool experiments, like turning white flowers pink and blue with food coloring, and we made some crazy stuff, like slime and some small explosions (always contained and nothing too dangerous). It allowed for me to explore the world around me, touch it and interact with it. So many of my questions about the world were answered in science class. Like why I would never find the end of a rainbow or how the earth rotates
Field trips can be educational, dull, or rather exciting. Since tomorrow is National Kissing Day, I wonder how many first kisses were received on school field trips. When I was growing up near Allentown, PA, all the school field trips, the Girl Scout trips, the church trips, etc., were always to the same three places: New York City, Washington, DC, or Philadelphia. We got to see Broadway shows, all the Smithsonian museums, and the Liberty Bell numerous times. In 1835, on July
Have you ever thought of yourself as a superhero? I’ll bet your children and pets did or do. Super heroes are anybody who can do wonderful things, such as tie a little boy’s shoe laces, or wipe a child’s tears and make it all better. Super heroes are folks who put their lives on the line for others, like police, military, or firefighters. Super heroes right the wrongs, give unconditional love, and promote fairness like giving each child two cookies. Then there are the fantast
This is the week that many authors and illustrators celebrate, or celebrated, their birthdays. One of my favorite versions of The Three Billy Goats Gruff was retold and illustrated by Paul Galdone, born 1907. He also did The Elves and the Shoemaker, and The Gingerbread Boy. I love his pictures. Anita Lobel, born 1934, was the author and illustrator of Nini Here and There, Nini Lost and Found, and On Market Street. Nini is a beautiful cat who has a loving home and adventures.