Sunday, February 26, 2017

Wisdom from Dr. Seuss...

This Thursday, March 2nd, we celebrate the birthday of one of the wisest men to ever grace the world of literature, Theodor Seuss Geisel, affectionately known as "Dr. Seuss."

Coinciding each year with Dr. Seuss's birthday is the annual "Read Across America Day," created by the National Education Association. Libraries, bookstores, schools hold annual events and share activities to promote reading.

Whether your favorite Dr. Seuss character is "Horton" the sweet, sensitive, compassionate elephant or the zany, unpredictable, perplexing "Cat in the Hat," there's no denying that Seuss creations have not only entertained us and educated us, but influenced how children and adults respond to the world around them.

So, Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! And, thank you for the delightful characters you created and the hours of reading pleasure. In honor of this special day on Thursday, I'm sharing some of Dr. Seuss's inspirational quotes and Seuss trivia. 

"A person's a person no matter how small."
                             ...Horton Hears A Who!

"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild to pick up a 
 book and read to a child.'

                                                      ...Dr. Seuss

"You find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax. 
All you need is a book.."

                                                       ... The Cat in the Hat

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. 
 You can steer yourself in any direction you choose."

                                                 ...Oh, The Places You'll Go!

"We've got to make noises in greater amounts! So open your 
 mouth, Lad! For every voice counts!"

                                                   ...One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish,                                                                                     Blue Fish

"You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because 
 reality is finally better than your dreams."

                                                   ...Dr. Seuss

For more information on "Read Across America Day" and activities,

Have a great week, Everyone!

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

An invitation to Betsy's House...

A few weeks ago a friend of mine, who teaches second grade, asked me if I could help chaperone a class field trip to Betsy Ross's House in the Olde City section of Philadelphia. As she had looked through her class list, she realized that she was short on parent chaperones

Walking through the historical district of Philadelphia is definitely my cup of hot chocolate. My friend's second graders are adorable and bright, and the outing turned into a fun afternoon.

Betsy's Arch Street House 
as it stood in 1898

History tells us that the Philadelphia house is where Betsy Ross lived and sewed the first American flag. Over the years, whether or not she actually sewed the flag has been seen as more fiction than reality. What is known to be fact is that Betsy ran an upholstery business out of her house from 1773 through 1786.

Although her connection to the first flag is debatable, the house on Arch Street is a major tourist attraction in our city. 

The "restored" house as it stands today

"Betsy" in her Upholstery Shop

Sewing was done by hand in the 18th Century

Dinner at Betsy's 

Have a good week, Everyone, and for a Virtual Tour of Betsy Ross's House,

(photos c/o

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Still Reading Christmas Books?

I often joke that I'm still reading Christmas books in the summer. Once I purchase a book, it stays on the top of my bookcase until I'm ready to read it. Once finished, it finds a spot on a shelf.

Here's what's on my "Waiting to be Read" list.

A Lowcountry Christmas
by Mary Alice Monroe

A wounded warrior and his younger brother discover the true meaning of Christmas in this timeless story of family bonds.


Barnes & Noble


Miracle on 5th Avenue
by Sarah Morgan

It will take a Christmas miracle for two very different souls to find each other in this perfectly festive fairy tale of New York! 


Barnes & Noble


It Must be Christmas
by Various Authors
(three holiday stories)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when love is in the cold and frosty air―and desire reaches the boiling point. . .


Barnes & Noble


Besides me, is there anyone else who has Christmas books waiting to be read? Have a good week, Everyone!

("snow" photo c/o

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Happy Super "Puppy" Bowl Sunday!

Football fans celebrate this Sunday as "Super Bowl Sunday" and look forward to today's match between the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots. In my house, we celebrate this day as "Puppy Bowl" Sunday.

Animal Planet's "Puppy Bowl" coincides every year with Football's big day. The event features puppies from shelters throughout the U.S. at play, with the voice over of a broadcaster calling the various moves as if the pups were simulating a competition. 
In Philadelphia, you don’t need to be a “puppy lover” to have an endearment for the festivities. Our beloved sportscaster, Harry Kalas who did the play-by-play for the Phillies until he passed away in 2009, called the plays from Puppy Bowl I in 2005 through 2009's Puppy Bowl V. Puppy Bowl VI was dedicated to Harry's memory.
An emphasis on adopting shelter puppies is a focus. For 20017's Puppy Bowl, we’re happy to have puppies from Philadelphia’s Morris Animal Rescue in the competition. The Morris Animal Refuge, a nonprofit founded in 1874 by Elizabeth Morris, is dedicated to finding homes for neglected pets. Along with providing adoptions, the center also provides various educational programs.
Max, a Pit Bull mix, is a starter on Team Fluff. Chuchi, a Chihauhua mix, is a backup on Team Ruff.

For information on our furry-heroes, check out the feature on,


To find out more about the Morris Animal Refuge, and their cuties up for adoption,

For information on Puppy Bowl XIII, including the starting lineup,

Have a great week, Everyone!

(Puppy Bowl XIII photo c/o;
 Max photo c/o