Stuart Brown’s Play (aka why adults should let children draw on walls and join them)

Good Thursday my readers! I hope your week has treated you well. As you know from my last blog post on Anne of Green Gables, today’s post is on Stuart Brown’s book Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul. Or Play, for short. In this day and age of technology, urgency, … More Stuart Brown’s Play (aka why adults should let children draw on walls and join them)

Goblin Market

That’s a fantastic title isn’t it? And I’m not saying it to pat myself on the back. The title actually belongs to Christina Rosetti’s poem, Goblin Market. Written in 1862, Goblin Market is a tale recognized for its religious content. Many an academic journal and college paper will expand on Goblin Market‘s religious themes and messages, concluding them … More Goblin Market

Here Comes a Thought

I found myself talking about mental illness with someone recently, in which I had said, “Disorder is basically dis-order, or disorganized.” There is nothing wrong with a person, was what I was trying to get at, their brain is just different. Now, I’m not a psychologist or psych. student, but I was diagnosed with depression at … More Here Comes a Thought

Over the Garden Wall

Lead through the mist by the milk-light of moon All that was lost is revealed… [cue creepy wind blowing sounds] This week’s blogpost is neither on old school epic poems that should be told around campfires, or badass star-blasting babes, it’s on a children’s tv show. Over the Garden Wall is a Cartoon Network miniseries that … More Over the Garden Wall

Baba Yaga

Here’s a snack for you. And a hint. But the hint, is, well, very hint-like. I’ve mentioned off and on that I’m writing a book based in Russia, so this week I’ve decided to write on a Russian folk tale. Well, Russian folk tale character. In my research of this omniscient character, the story of … More Baba Yaga

Nordic Beowulf

In Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf, we are able to better gather the complexities of one of the oldest English epic poems in history. Do kids want to read it? No, not even adults want to read it. But was it meant to be told to children around a nighttime fire? Heck. Yes. And that’s … More Nordic Beowulf

Gallipoli

You may recall two posts ago I said I was jet lagged. Well, that’s because I had traveled to Turkey. I’m still here, by the way. Because I’m in Turkey, I wanted to talk about a story that originates in the country. Only, this story isn’t fictional. It’s historical and it’s the battle of Gallipoli. … More Gallipoli

Princess Leia

Today is Star Wars day. You know, May fourth. As in, “May the fourth be with you.” Like, “May the force be with you.” You get it. Anyway, today I want to talk not only about Star Wars, but Princess Leia and her role as an empowered female character. Before I begin, I would like … More Princess Leia