Reading Exercises Your Brain

I want to be in good physical condition. When I was young, I wanted to look good or perform well in a favorite sport. Today my desire to stay in shape is more about remaining mentally alert. Are you concerned your memory is not what it used to be? Read. Do you want to calm…

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Middle Grade Fiction: Not for Children Only

Middle grade fiction is targeted to fourth through sixth graders but as in any reading level the line isn’t fast and firm. If it’s written well, I enjoy novels written for middle graders—after all, I was once that age myself. Sometimes a good story, yet one I don’t have to analyze too deeply can be…

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Treasures from a Mulberry Tree

“Kids don’t know how to play anymore.” You’ve probably heard this said.  I’m happy to report that creative play is alive and well, but sometimes you’ll need to “intentionally” help advance it. A few weeks ago, two of our granddaughters—cousins—spent time at our home. I’ve learned to limit the length of their get-togethers. They beg…

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