Toys are important to a child but too many of them can be a handicap. A child who has a chest full of ready-made playthings often becomes indifferent to them. Eventually none amuse or please and the toy-owner becomes restless, dissatisfied, and frequently difficult to live with. Such a child urgently needs a wholesome release from his ready-made toys and an opportunity to make some of his own.

It is natural for every child to want to make things, to experiment, to explore. He should be permitted to try to create with his hands that which he sees in his mind’s eye. No child ever should be denied this freedom of expression.

The quote above is from Things to Make and Do By Esther M. Bjoland, published in 1962 by Standard Education Society, Inc., Chicago.

I picked up the book at the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, California. It caught my eye from within a pile of used books. My husband thinks he saw this book in elementary school. I recognize the typesetting and the graphics from an earlier era. It gave me goosebumps, remembering how my sister and I used to make things out of useless materials that no one deliberately collected, packaged, and sold as craft materials. Good times.

Haven’t you always wanted to make one of these?

Weightless Books Interview with Jennifer Lyn Parsons

Jennifer Lyn ParsonsJennifer Lyn Parsons is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Luna Station Quarterly, a magazine that publishes speculative fiction by emerging women authors. LSQ is celebrating its 5-year anniversary, and what better way to get things started than with a wonderful interview by the fine folks at Weightless Books. Click here for the interview.


I’m not too old to be deeply moved by Sia’s “Chandelier.” It makes me think of someone I once knew well and lost, for various reasons, one of them being her lifestyle choices. She died before she could break free. Kristen Wiig and Maddie Ziegler were outstanding in their Grammy performance piece of this song.



ADDitude Magazine Post

ADDitude Magazine provides “strategies and support for ADHD and LD.” They reprinted my Huffington Post essay about my daughter’s struggle with Tourette Syndrome. The magazine is a wonderful resource, and I hope you’ll pass it along to anyone you know who could benefit from it. Thank you!

Movie Therapy: How Frozen Gave My Daughter Hope

“The individual fairy tale is not itself a myth, but it presupposes a mythic framework of surprise, dependence or vulnerability, the balancing of anxiety with expectation: a thumbnail sketch of human experience in a bewildering natural and emotional environment.” (“why we need fairy tales now more than ever” by Rowan Williams, New Statesman, December 22, 2014)