Simmer Starters – April 15, 2016

Finally, a Simmer Starters post!!  Here are my favorites from the past few weeks…  It’s interesting to see which ones stick out at me most, stick in my mind longest, when I have to carve away at several weeks’ worth of links and choose the best. Sehnsucht (Annie Hawthorne) – This is just beautifully written and […]

Simmer Starters – September 12, 2015

Simmer Starters today: young adult novel key elements, why boys should play with sticks, how fiction helps us reimagine life for the disabled, how to speak geek, and more.  There are a lot of links today because I forgot last week.  I hope you find some useful things here! How SciFi and Fantasy Can Help […]

When God Gives You Darkness

Oh, oh, here we go Welcome to the show Lights shining, so blinding From our head to our toes When this room blacks out You know we will stand out So come on, oh We’re gonna glow! – “Glow” by Britt Nicole Children love glow sticks.  Actually, adults love glow sticks too.  (At least I do…I […]

Pro-Lifers, Let’s Be an Unstoppable Owl Brigade

You know that scene in the first Harry Potter story, when Harry starts getting his letters from Hogwarts?  His aunt and uncle won’t let him keep or see any of the notes.  Each time one arrives they shred it, confiscate it, smash it, burn it in the fire. Until one day Owl Post bombards their […]

When God Says “As You Wish”

Last week I was chatting with a friend about parenting struggles.  She has a child who had gotten addicted to TV, and she had to do the hard work of cutting back screen time.  Not only was it upsetting to the child, but it was hard on Mom too!  Now she has to entertain the […]