Category Archives: Being a Good Neighbor

Can an Owl and Mouse Help Save a Divided Community?

Please see below for a corrected time for the NOVEMBER 21st event at White Center Library. You’re invited to a BOOK LAUNCH PARTY! Sophie Topfeather, Superstar!, the sequel to Sophie’s Quest, is nearly here, and will be available for sale … Continue reading

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Choking Back Tears at Fred Meyer?

Doesn’t feel like there’s much we can do these days against the tidal wave of anger and senseless violence that keeps crashing all around us. Anguish seems to be everywhere! Pushing my grocery cart past the seasonal clearance aisle on … Continue reading

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Just Two Degrees of Separation

Have you ever heard it quoted that we are connected to nearly everyone on the planet by six degrees of separation? The idea is that you take any two people on earth, figure out who all their connections are, and … Continue reading

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Cinderella’s Stepmother: “I said, ‘IF.'”

Can’t you just picture the wrinkled nose, the sly grin? If you’ve seen the classic Disney version of Cinderella, you know just what I’m talking about. Much to the dismay of Cinderella’s stepsisters, the stepmother has promised that Cinderella can go to … Continue reading

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Interview with Talking Animals #3: Wilbur and a Friend Worth its Weight in . . .Junk?

Greetings! Maybe for today, Salutations! On this Labor Day weekend we come to the last of our summertime interviews where we’ve explored the wit and wisdom of talking animals in literature. We’ve talked with the Beavers from the Lion, the … Continue reading

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The Pitfalls and Privilege of Diversity

My Ethiopian friend, last Monday morning, leaned over the circulation desk with that look–I’ve blogged about that before–that look that tells me he’s about to share something important to him from his Orthodox culture. “Everyone at church yesterday was sobbing. They … Continue reading

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Going at It “Hammer and Tongs”–C.S. Lewis

 Image credit: http://www.jantoo.com. C. S. Lewis had a good friend named Owen Barfield. They were friends from the time they met during college in 1919 until Lewis’ death in 1962. Lewis called him his “Second Friend.” That’s “the man who … Continue reading

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Maybe He Just Forgot

Image credit: http://www.leadertelegram.com. I live and work in a school district where the recent bond for new school construction, among other things, failed by a very slim margin. I could see both sides of the issue, and know that besides … Continue reading

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Ostrich or Eagle?

  Watching the news lately makes me feel like this ostrich. How about you? I keep thinking that if I don’t watch for awhile, maybe certain groups will stop being barbaric, runaway diseases will somehow be cured, and the home … Continue reading

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Rosh Hashanah: An Annual Wake-up Call

Three weeks into school, and the playground is buzzing. Most of what I’m seeing is good, old-fashioned fun–football, tetherball, jungle gyms, jump rope. Inevitably, though, the fun often brings with it some cries of “cheater,” “no fair!” and “She’s being … Continue reading

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