Month: November 2015

Reading books to H on the theme of interconnectedness has helped me find peace and calm at my center at a time when so much of the world seems to be hurting.

You Are Stardust by Elin Kelsey, illustrated by Soyeon Kim

Pond Circle by Betsy Franco, illustrated by Stefano Vitale

The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

A Little Story About a Big Turnip retold by Tatiana Sunshine, illustrated by Evgeny Antonenkov

Frederick by Leo Lionni

All the World by Liz Gargon Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee

Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message by Chief Jake Swamp, illustrated by Erwin Printup, Jr.

There Is a Flower at the Tip of My Nose Smelling Me by Alice Walker, illustrated by Stefano Vitale





“What are some things you can do when you are sad?” I ask H.

“Well, um, I can probably just be sad.”

This is wisdom that slips in and out of my grasp. May he have a firmer hold on it as he grows than I do.


“GET ME MY DESSERT,” H commands.

“I have found that people are much more likely to comply happily with my requests if I use the word please. Have you found that, too?” I ask him.

“I haven’t yet, but I am learning,” H replies.

File under: Things That Are Good To Know.