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Thank You, Mr. Falker: A tribute to teachers

Thank You, Mr. Falker: A tribute to teachers

I should have known not to read Thank You, Mr. Falker on the train. I'm a sappy and sentimental reader, and all kinds of stories make me cry. And it's awkward, sitting on the train with a book on my lap and tears running down my face. I try to avoid it....

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Saturday morning muffin disaster

Saturday morning muffin disaster

You can tell, when I post recipes, that I’m not a food blogger. I’m just someone on a restricted diet who loves good food and likes to cook and to share recipes with my friends. But the recipe I tried today, I’m not going to share with you. Because it was a Saturday...

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A Boy and a Jaguar: A story of words and promises

A Boy and a Jaguar: A story of words and promises

A Boy and a Jaguar is more than a picture book. It’s a memoir written by a noted zoologist and conservationist, Alan Rabinowitz. When Rabinowitz was a child, he stuttered. Except when he was singing, or talking to animals. Then he could speak fluently. He could tell...

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Dairy-free Chocolate Mousse

Dairy-free Chocolate Mousse

Y’all, I don’t know where this recipe came from. My husband and I have a fat three-ring binder with recipes we’ve cut out of magazines and copied from friends and family. And I was going through the desserts in that binder, looking for one that had no flour, no dairy,...

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17 essential picture books for Orthodox Christian kids

17 essential picture books for Orthodox Christian kids

When my children were young, it was hard to find picture books where they could see themselves and their Orthodox Christian faith. Sure, there were books about saints, and books that explained the feasts. But picture books about Orthodox children who loved the saints?...

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When your eyes are too tired to see

When your eyes are too tired to see

I almost cried at work last week. I asked a colleague for some data I needed. She sent me a link to a spreadsheet. It was a huge, complicated spreadsheet that would require some fancy pivots to get the data I needed. I looked at the spreadsheet, and felt the tears...

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The Man and the Vine and the Woman and the Wheat

The Man and the Vine and the Woman and the Wheat

A dozen years ago, my kids were too old for picture books. So I didn’t see The Man and the Vine when it came out. And when its companion book, The Woman and the Wheat, came out, I didn’t see it, either. And what I have missed for not having them! If you’re looking for...

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My Pal, Victor: A bilingual story with a disabled character

My Pal, Victor: A bilingual story with a disabled character

I thought that I would love Diane Gonzales Bertrand’s bilingual picture book, My Pal, Victor. Characters with disabilities are incredibly rare in picture books. A picture book that includes a child who has a disability and who is not white, is a rare and precious...

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How to make lime curd

How to make lime curd

I hope you'll forgive me for sharing a recipe that has eggs in it during the Apostles Fast. But two weeks ago, my “ugly fruit” box came with ten limes. I wasn't sure what to do with so many limes. So I decided to make lime curd. What’s an ugly fruit box you ask? It’s...

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Saint Francis and the Wolf: A new telling of an old story

Saint Francis and the Wolf: A new telling of an old story

Saint Francis and the Wolf is Jane Langton’s lovely retelling of a legend from the life of St. Francis of Assisi. Perhaps you know the story. The town of Gubbio, in Tuscany, was being terrorized by an enormous wolf. It prowled around Gubbio, “clawing at the gates by...

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Snook Alone: A story of a real dog and a cartoon monk

Snook Alone: A story of a real dog and a cartoon monk

Snook Alone has a lot of words. Unusual words. Beautiful words. Evocative words. Words of longing. Words that sigh. Words that slip between prose and poetry and back again. Words as soft as prayer, as haunting as the sea. I adore the words. All the words. Because of...

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Saints for students with learning difficulties

Saints for students with learning difficulties

Guest post by Agatha Rodi I am a teacher in Patras, Greece. I teach English and French, but I feel blessed because, for the last 6 years, I have had many students with dyslexia, autism, issues with working memory, short-term memory, stuttering, and ADHD. It's a real...

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Charlotte Riggle    Sharing faith, hope, and picture books with Orthodox Christian families and parents of kids with special needs.

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