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

Say cheese, quokka!

Posted: March 25th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: Animals, Curious Things, Photography | Comments Off

Quokkas are marsupials about the size of a house cat. Quokkas are natural smilers. Quokkas are not camera shy. Australians are cozying up to quokkas in record numbers lately for selfies. Turn that frown upside down down under and snap a quokka today!

Quokka selfie

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Posted: March 17th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: Animals, Funny, Holidays | Comments Off

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Points to ponder

Posted: March 6th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: Artwork, Cleverness | Comments Off

How many times have you used a crummy pencil sharpener, only to have the lead of your pencil break off again and again? Russian artist Salavat Fidai sharpens his pencils by hand and sculpts the lead while he’s at it.

Behold, his Number Two Dark Knight!

Salavat Fidai pencil art

And his graphite Lord Vader.

Salavat Fidai pencil art

Salavat has an Etsy store, if you’d like to keep a piece of his art in your pencil cup. Also, keep a magnifying glass handy.

Tiny majesty

Posted: February 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: Animals, Beach, Beauty, Photography | Comments Off

When we think of beach sand, most of us think of this.

Beach sandPhoto found at the Banzai Surf School.

Nice! But nothing special.

But microscope photographer Dr. Gary Greenberg knows what beach sand REALLY looks like. This!

Grains of sand

Pictured below, a collection of magnified beach sand from Maui, Hawaii resembles booty from a pirate’s treasure chest.

Maui beach sand

Sand grains from Okinawa, Japan include starry skeletons of single-celled foraminifera.

Foraminifera skeleton

And these microscopic shells once housed microscopic snails.

Microscopic shells

So the next time you see a sand castle, remember, it’s a trove of microscopic riches!

Sand castle


Knitwear in nature

Posted: February 12th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: Animals, Cleverness, Nature | Comments Off

Alfie Date's penguin jumpers

These fashionable penguins in Australia’s Phillip Island are wearing jumpers hand-knitted by 109-year-old Alfie Date from New South Wales.

Alfie Date

Alfie Date learned to knit in 1932. After an oil spill, Phillip Island’s Penguin Foundation put out the call for knitted jumpers to help prevent the pengies from swallowing the oil when they cleaned themselves, and to help keep them dry.

Alfie got right on it, and with style. These pengies know they’re runway ready!

Alfie Date's penguin jumper

Winter wonderland

Posted: January 16th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: Artwork, Cleverness, Snow, Winter | Comments Off

Building a snow slide in the backyard is a no-brainer when the white stuff piles up.

Snow slide

This one is impressive. But one made of ice is even better!

Harbin ice slide

Oh, and that building in the background? ALSO BUILT OF ICE.

Welcome to the Ice Festival in Harbin, China, where frozen treats include an international snow sculpture art expo, an ice lantern art fair, winter swimming, chilly stays in ice hotels, dog sledding, ice skating, skiing, snowmobiling and romantic sleigh rides.

Harbin Ice Festival

Harbin Ice Festival

If there’s anyplace outside Arendelle that you might find yourself rubbing frozen shoulders with Queen Elsa, this is it.

(Photos found at Distractify)

Happy New Year!

Posted: January 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: Goals and Achievements, Holidays | Comments Off

Happy New Year!

It’s brand new…

It’s never been seen before…

2015 is here!

No need to save the wrapping! Just open it up and have the best year ever.

Holiday blessings

Posted: December 25th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: Holidays, Personal Plea | Comments Off


Share the love.

Spread the wealth.

Keep on truckin’.

Holiday noms

Posted: December 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: Favorite Things, Holidays, Treats | Comments Off

Like almost everyone I know (and probably almost everyone I don’t know), holiday food is something I especially celebrate this time of year. Holding a special place among my favorites are…

Chocolate, whether wrapped in gold…


Or tree shaped.

Chocolate trees

And fruity rugelach…


And sugar cookies…

Christmas cookies

And perhaps my most favorite of all, at any time of year…

Potato latkes and applesauce!


Start celebrating and tuck in to your favorite holiday treat today!

Something sounds warm

Posted: December 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: Curious Things, Hats | Comments Off

Earmuffs are SUCH old news. Every ear needs a cap this year!

Ear cap