If you are between 8 and 108 years old and like to read middle grade books, then you are especially welcome here!

Let’s get together!

Posted: June 26th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »


Happy Father’s Day!

Posted: June 19th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

What are dads up to in 2016? Well, first of all, they’re stacking Cheerios on their babies!

Patrick Quinn is the founder of Life of Dad, a social network just for dads. One day he put a Cheerio on his three-week-old son Maxton’s nose, and a hot new fad was born. So far, the record for Cheerio stacking by a dad on his baby is 16, and only two dads have met that goal so far.

“That seems to be the Everest of Cheerio stacking,” says Patrick, who hasn’t gotten that far yet. “I don’t even know how it’s possible.”

C’mon, Patrick. It’s dads we’re talking about. Happy Father’s Day to all dads everywhere!


Ageless art

Posted: June 15th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Australian Aboriginal artist Loongkoonan was born in a time and place where births of native people were not recorded, but estimates she was born somewhere around the year 1910, which makes her 105 years old or so. She took up painting in her 90s as a way to keep busy!

Her art is inspired by her Aboriginal upbringing and the many years she spent exploring her country on foot. Traditional Aboriginal art uses dots of paint to record memories and knowledge.

Loongkoonan has created around 380 works, using acrylic paints on canvas and linen, during her career and shows no signs of slowing down. Bringing beauty and joy into the world is an ageless pursuit!

To learn more about Loongkoonan and her Aboriginal heritage, visit mashable.com, where these pics are from!

 


Forever green

Posted: May 28th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

In a field in Danvers, Massachusetts grows the oldest cultivated tree in North America. The Endicott Pear Tree was brought over from England around 1630. “I hope the tree will love the soil of the old world and no doubt when we have gone the tree will still be alive,” proclaimed John Endicott to his children when he planted it on his Danvers farm. The pear tree took to its new home like nobody’s business. Here’s a pic of the Endicott Pear Tree in 1879.

American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow praised the tree, saying, “To those who ask how I can write so many things that sound as if I were as happy as a boy, please say that there is in the neighboring town a pear tree, planted 200 years ago, and it still bears fruit not to be distinguished from that of a young tree in flavor. I suppose the tree makes new wood every year, so that some parts of it are always young. Perhaps this is the way with some men when they grow old. I hope it is so with me.”

Here’s the Endicott Pear Tree today.

It is still producing sweet, sweet fruit!

To learn more about the Endicott Pear Tree, visit wimp.com That’s where all these pics came from!


Happy Mother’s Day!

Posted: May 8th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

Moms do it all. They put up with everything. Today’s the day to say, “Thanks, Mom! You’re the best.” A big hug is mandatory. And breakfast in bed wouldn’t hurt!

Image found at fanpop


Sandwiches ahoy!

Posted: April 23rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

The weather is getting warmer,  grassy green parks are starting to call, and stomachs are beginning to rumble…

This can only mean one thing. It will soon be picnic time!

Artist Michael Beitz invites you to imagine inviting everyone you know to lunch with you al fresco at his tree-length picnic table.

Tree Picnic, 2014, ©Michael Beitz

Of course, you’ll need to pack a picnic basket big enough to hold all the goodies you’ll need at such a jumbo table. For inspiration, take a look at the seven-story corporate headquarters of the Longaberger Basket Company in Newark, Ohio.

It’s never too early to start preparing for summer!


Happy 100th birthday, Beverly Cleary!

Posted: April 12th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

Just when a kid is a good enough reader to check a book out of the library—not a picture book, but one with a hundred pages all crowded with words—there is Beverly Cleary, ready to make a reader laugh and think and laugh again. Here’s to a very happy birthday for the writer who taught me Ramona was a name and convinced me that a mouse could ride a motorcycle. Thank you, Beverly Cleary!

Beverly Cleary


Pocket pun

Posted: April 6th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »


It’s Don’t Believe Anything Day!

Posted: April 1st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Did you know April Fools’ day is a national holiday? Have fun on your day off!


Happy Easter!

Posted: March 27th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Bringing its A game to this year’s Easter festivities is…

the Automeris larra caterpillar, from South America!

Photo by Marco Fischer

Photo © Marco Fischer

This one gets all the Easter colors in one festive package…and isn’t afraid of showing it off.

Later, it brings it down a notch, changing from an eye-popping caterpillar to ride out the Spring as a simply  stunning moth. Well done, Automeris larra!

Image found at Wikipedia