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Disgust As A Weapon

By Ellis June 19, 2011 In my run-up to Harry Potter Finale, I am re-reading the books and watching the films (while attired in my tiara and waving both my wands), AND — hang in there…I’ll make the connection in just three, two, ……. I find myself constantly amazed at J.K.’s ability to work boogers..

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Green Is The New Black

by Jenn Archuleta “It’s green.” “Green?” “Green. But it looks really good!” “It’s green.” “Yeah, but don’t worry, I can fix it.”

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Disgusting and Technical Terms

On June 15th, 2011, posted in: Serious topics by 33 Comments

Your sibilings’s kids at a certain age are fascinated by gross things. They all at once express disgust and intense interest at gooey, smelly, sticky, nasty liquids, semi-liquids and semi-solids. What do you do to capture their highly refined sense of disgust?

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Latest Post: Voices of Angels

On May 18th, 2011, posted in: Serious topics by 1,101 Comments

The psychiatrist asked the patient, “Do you hear voices in your head?” “Yes, I do,” replied the patient. The psychiatrist thought to himself, with his own voice in his head, “Aha, he hears voices!”

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A Toddler’s Lesson in Determination

On May 13th, 2011, posted in: Serious topics by 3,964 Comments

Last week I raced an Ironman triathlon in St George, Utah.  The swim portion was 2.4 miles, the bike leg stretched 112 miles and the run part was a full marathon, 26.2 miles.  The course is really hilly and the temperature was over 90 degrees with hard wind gusts.  I finished in 12 hours 58..

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Essential Skills Videos

On May 10th, 2011, posted in: Goofy topics by 6 Comments

Here are two new videos illustrating key skills to teach nieces and nephews. The proper way to peel a banana And How to kick a rock off a trail.

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Summertime Is Reading Time

On May 6th, 2011, posted in: Serious topics by 378 Comments

Every year at this time I think about compiling a summer reading list. I was trained to do this and now it’s a habit. My older brother, Ed, just before summer vacation began, would walk me up the hill to the public library. There he would help me choose a handful of books to read..

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Magic Paper Bag

On May 6th, 2011, posted in: Goofy topics by 2 Comments

In this video the nieces team up to demonstrate a technique from the book Uncle! The Definitive Guide for Becoming the World’s Greatest Aunt or Uncle.

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Creating Future Experience

On May 2nd, 2011, posted in: Serious topics by 1 Comment

We know from experience that nobody ever learns anything from experience. How can you turn this truism upside down for your nieces and nephews? Babies come into the world lacking much real-world experience. They just haven’t had a lot of time to accumulate much seasoning. They have to learn things for themselves, and sometimes those..

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Volunteering and Food

On April 27th, 2011, posted in: Serious topics by 1 Comment

Volunteering is a big part of the culture of this nation.  Barn raisings, when the neighbors would get together to build a barn that takes a crowd to build—that’s volunteering.  Bringing meals to the family down the street when a member of that family has taken ill—that’s volunteering.  Beach cleanups and tree planting days—volunteerism again...

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