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All the books we must read

I’m about to say the most suburban, stereotypical, adult thing I have ever said, but… well… here goes: In my book club this month, Ok, that wasn’t so bad. In my book club this month, we read All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I had never heard of it before, being as […]

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Fifty-Two Frames: Books

Recently, our town added a completely cute new feature to our bus stops: book shelves!   I started to read random books to my kids while killing time after gan. What a lovely example. Week 21: Books “A new book smells great. An old book smells even better. An old book smells like ancient Egypt.” […]

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The potty process (or, toilet-training literature).

Toilet-training has officially begun. It unofficially began way before Koala was even two years old and took a serious interest in all the peeing Mama was doing (pregnant, perhaps). But in the laid-back fashion that my life is stitched in, we didn’t really try too hard. We let Koala explore the facts of toilet-training. He’d […]

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Ma’ase B’chamisha Googlim: Google’s logo for Miriam Rut.

Google Israel has a cutie logo today in honor of Miriam Rut‘s birthday (1910-2005). Mi zot? Aside from an educator and gannenet, she is known as the author of tons of Israeli classic children’s books, including  תירס חם, the more recent hit יובל המבלבל, and the ever-classic מעשה בחמישה בלונים, depicted in the logo: The logo […]

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DYK? Australian Etiquette dictates…

I’m enjoying the bizarrity of finding this book at the State Library of Victoria today: Published in 1885, it’s pretty thorough on the type of behavior expected from true-blue Aussie ladies and gentlemen. How to propose marriage, how to accept or reject them. How to grow your beard, how to deal with hangnails. I like […]

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That’s a lot of Keret.

Have I mentioned that I totally dig Etgar Keret? In college I took a creative writing class that focused on ‘short short stories.’ Like, really short. Micro short. Blogger short. Ever since reading The Bus Driver Who Wanted To Be God I realized that this guy was doing what I wanted to be doing with […]