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

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


Spring has sprung

Posted: March 20th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Today is the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, meaning it’s the first day of spring.

Look around. Everything’s bursting into color. Oh, and the flowers are coming up, too!


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Posted: March 17th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

“Meow!” says this leprechaun. Which means good luck!

Image found on Random Internet. If this is your image, let me know!


Game making

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

Ten years or so ago, when he and his brother were kids, reddit user one23abc didn’t have the means to afford expensive card games like Yu-Gi-Oh! or Pokémon. What do do? Invent their own card deck for strategic game play, of course! All it took was paper, markers, creativity, and a whole lot of time. The result? Creature Cards!

Image: imgur

There are three types of cards—Creature, Evolution, and Item. Each player starts the game with three Creatures, one Evolution, and one Item.

Image: imgur

Image: imgur

Image: imgur

Image: imgur

Special powers and various strengths are involved with each original character, and the game provides hours of free entertainment. Oh, and Creature Cards came with something extra—all the fun of thinking it up and making it happen. Nothing is out of reach with an imagination!


Painter’s puppets

Posted: February 24th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

Swiss-German master painter Paul Klee depicted dreamlike images in his celebrated works. Here is Landscape With Yellow Birds (1923).

Art by Paul Klee

Lesser known are his handmade puppets and love of puppetry. Ompomhappy has posted a wonderful collection of the master’s magical creations.

Puppets by Paul Klee

Puppet by Paul Klee

Puppet by Paul Klee

Puppet by Paul Klee

Puppets by Paul Klee

Funny, Paul Klee’s puppets painted just like Paul Klee! The joy Paul Klee found in puppetry is wonderful to behold. Does it inspire you to create a puppet of your own?

Paul Klee and puppets

Visit ompomhappy to see more of Paul Klee’s puppet love.


Happy Valentine’s Day!

Posted: February 14th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Funny card by MAD Magazine’s incredible Jack Davis