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

Happy Independence Day!

Posted: July 4th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off

Some Fourth of July revelers consider fireworks too noisy, and sometimes dogs become so disturbed by the  blasts that they need a chill pill.

I love these colorful explosions in the sky. Photographers Nick Pacione and David Johnson love them too.

Nick Pacione uses a special technique that changes focus during the exposure of his photographs to capture the flash in time in a way our eyes could never see.

Nick Pacione photography

Nick Pacione photography

Nick Pacione photography

Nick Pacione photography

David Johnson uses a special focus technique of his own to show pyrotechnic displays in a whole new light.

David Johnson photography

David Johnson photography

David Johnson photography

David Johnson photography

Whether in the sky or in a photograph, may fireworks light up your Fourth of July this year!

Happy Father’s Day!

Posted: June 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: Animals, Curious Things, Dad, Holidays | Comments Off

Happy Father's Day!

Nature’s paintbrush

Posted: June 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: Beauty, Nature, Plants | Comments Off

Rainbow eucalyptus bark!

Eucalyptus deglupta, or rainbow eucalyptus, produces bark so colorful you’d think it was watered with paint.

This evergreen tree is native to moist, humid, tropical forested areas in New Guinea, Indonesia, and the Philippine Islands. It is the only eucalyptus tree that is indigenous to the Northern Hemisphere.

The beauty and mystery of Nature shines in this magical plant!

Rainbow eucalyptus!
Rainbow eucalyptus!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Posted: May 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: Animals, Mom | Comments Off

Thanks to moms everywhere for the smiles and hugs and words of encouragement that get us through life’s ups and downs. Give your Mom a little extra love today!

Happy Mother's Day!

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Posted: May 5th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: Artwork, Holidays | Comments Off

Volcán Citlaltépetl

Here is one of Mexico’s stunning natural sights, Volcán Citlaltépetl, as viewed from the Puebla border.

Cinco de Mayo is a day to celebrate Mexican heritage. From the intricate carvings of the Toltec and the Maya…

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

to the folk art of Lola Cueto…

Lola Cueto woodcut

to the murals of Diego Rivera…

Diego Rivera mural

to the elegant sculptures of Ángela Gurría…

Ángela Gurría sculpture

to the wondrous installations of Damián Ortega…

Damián Ortega installation

Mexican art has added to the wonder, beauty, and mystery of life. It’s only right on this day of appreciation to put on something colorful and dance!

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

King of the Wild Things

Posted: April 26th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: Books, Fun, Holidays, Scary | Comments Off

There’s a Wild Thing in the White House!

When reading a book aloud, it’s always fun to act it out. President Obama showed bad boy Max who the REAL King of the Wild Things is when he read Where the Wild Things Are to participants in the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the nation’s capitol. Grrr!

Barack Obama is a Wild Thing

Happy Arbor Day!

Posted: April 25th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: Nature, Trees | Comments Off

Angel Smith

Trees reduce air pollution, provide shade, protect us from the wind and sun, and help with noise control. And they look beautiful while they’re at it. Arbor Day is a time to celebrate these magnificent plants. Plant a tree today. And go on and hug one!

Plant a tree today!

Hug a tree!

“What Trees Mean to Me” drawing by Angel Smith.


Posted: April 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Letters to T | Tags: Artwork, Favorite Things, Holidays | Comments Off

Whenever I have attempted to color eggs at this time of year, I have been lucky  if the results were this good.

Dyed eggs!

Other egg-dyers have a lot—and I mean A LOT—more time on their hands. Some have raised the bar for decorated eggs to stratospheric heights of eggcellence. Take a look at these beauties!






These glorious jeweled eggsamples are my favorites. Why? Because they’re actually cakes and taste as sweet as they look!

Egg cakes!


Hidden treasure

Posted: April 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: Beauty, Butterflies, Nature, Photography | Comments Off

Photographer Linden Gledhill isn’t content to capture butterflies and moths in all their glory. He aims his lens at the microscopic scales of their wings. The results are breathtaking.

Here’s Hypolimnas dexithea, or the Madagascar diadem. Hypolimnas dexitheaHypolimnas dexithea

This is Papilio lormieri, the Central Emperor Swallowtail.

Papilio lormieri Papilio lormieri

Here is Precis rhadama, or the Brush-footed Butterfly.

Precis rhadama Precis rhadama

And last, but not least—Argema mittrei, the Comet Moth.

Argema mittrei Argema mittrei wing

Find more of Linden Gledhill’s astounding microscopic photography here.

And look for hidden beauty around you today!

April Fool’s!

Posted: April 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: Fun, Important Questions | Comments Off

April Fool's!