Just for Fun

Commenter Party: Google Scavenger Hunt

Starting yet one more new thing today, this is the first in a series of fun activities you can do with/on the blog while we’re goofing off in the evenings.  Each night will be a different thing, so it’s just like summer camp! Mondays are scavenger hunts, where you must use your Google-fu to find […]


Badass Ladies of History: Beverly Cleary

As a kid, I was an avid reader and Beverly Cleary’s books ranked among my very favorites–still, when my mother gave me A Girl from Yamhill, Cleary’s memoir of growing up during the Great Depression, I wrinkled my nose at it. It wasn’t even fiction! That meant it was going to be boring.


What Judy Blume Taught Me

When I was in elementary school, I would roller blade down the street to the public library, leave my skates in the hall, and plunk myself down in my favorite corner of the children’s section, the one where the “B” and “C” authors came together. This was because my favorite books were by Beverly Cleary […]