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“A Friend for Henry” is entirely wonderful

“A Friend for Henry” is entirely wonderful

I have fallen in love with A Friend for Henry, an entirely wonderful picture book by Jenn Bailey about Henry, a little boy with autism. The three most wonderful things about A Friend for Henry The first most wonderful thing about A Friend for Henry is that it is from...

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When names matter more than money

When names matter more than money

Bill is a huge fan of Steven King and Dean Koontz and Sue Grafton. He was reading Grafton’s J is for Justice, and at some point in the story, one of the characters makes vanilla and chocolate brownies. So, he told me, he decided to check and see if Grafton was on...

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Book activities with The Saint Nicholas Day Snow

Book activities with The Saint Nicholas Day Snow

Even though I no longer have little ones in the house, I bring out my Christmas picture book collection on the first day of Advent. The books are a visible reminder that God is coming in the form of a little child. They help me prepare my heart for Christmas in ways...

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Being Orthodox — with asthma

Being Orthodox — with asthma

Guest post by Jeanie Murphy When I developed asthma, thanks to a mold exposure, I suddenly found that liturgy was often unbearable. The incense was thick, the windows tightly shut, and the priest, apologetically, said he could not change this. I said that I...

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Book activity: Hot chocolate mug project

Book activity: Hot chocolate mug project

In The Saint Nicholas Day Snow, Catherine and Elizabeth play outside in the snow until they’re so cold they have to go in. And Catherine’s mom makes them hot chocolate. You can extend the story by having your children make these hot chocolate mugs from popsicle sticks...

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Looking for the real St. Nicholas

Looking for the real St. Nicholas

The stores are already filled with ornaments and decorations that feature a man with a big white beard, dressed all in red. He might have children with him, or a bag of toys. There might be Christmas trees in the background. There might be elves. Who is this man? How...

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Sissy Goes Tiny: Living large in a small house

Sissy Goes Tiny: Living large in a small house

You’ve had days where you’ve contemplated giving away nearly everything you own and moving into a tiny house. Of course you have. We all have. But most of us don’t do it. You might love the idea of owning a few things, rather than having many things owning you. You...

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William Hoy, a picture book, and the Hall of Fame

William Hoy, a picture book, and the Hall of Fame

Guest post by Nancy Churnin, author of The William Hoy Story I can’t get over how much is changed since my last post on The William Hoy Story appeared in Charlotte Riggle’s wonderful blog. Back then, I wrote: “A dream can change your life. It doesn’t even have start...

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Of Such Is the Kingdom by Summer Kinard

Of Such Is the Kingdom by Summer Kinard

If Summer Kinard’s new book, Of Such Is the Kingdom, were a child, I’d be the godmother. The book is not flesh of my flesh; I didn’t suffer the birth pangs. But I walked with Summer while she brought this book to life. I prayed for her fervently, asking God and the...

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Elegant crescent cookies in a hurry

Elegant crescent cookies in a hurry

These elegant crescent cookies are dairy-free (unless, you know, you decide to use dairy butter instead of the vegan butter substitute the recipe calls for). They're also incredibly fast and easy to make. They're the perfect solution when you want a batch of cookies...

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St. Dositheos, recluse of the Kiev Caves

St. Dositheos, recluse of the Kiev Caves

On September 25, 1776, the monk Dositheos, recluse of the Kiev Caves, died at his prayers. That was the end of his life. It was not what anyone would have expected at the beginning. Daria and her grandmother In 1721, in a little town east of Moscow, a child was born...

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Just Ask: A picture book by Sonya Sotomayor

Just Ask: A picture book by Sonya Sotomayor

You may have seen some of the buzz around Just Ask! And you might be wondering whether author and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor can write a picture book. The answer is, yes, she can. Just Ask! is not a perfect picture book. But it’s a good one. And it’s...

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