Max’s Word Wednesday: Gaze

To gaze is: 1: to fix the eyes in a steady, intent look. Example:  Soon the stars came out.  That was what the rabbit was waiting for.  He gazed up at them.  Then he chose one and made a wish. What did rabbit wish for?  Check back next week and find out…

The Neuroscience of Dystopia

Try getting a teenager to read a quiet, reflective book and you’ll probably get the response, “It’s boring.”   Today’s teens prefer stories that keep the adrenalin pumping, whether action packed thrillers or dark dramas.  Explanations for the rise in popularity of dystopian books range from theories of escapism to comfort.  It has been suggested that…

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Max’s Word Wednesday: Nibble

To nibble is: 1: to eat slowly or with small bites 2: to bite something very gently Example: The rabbit stopped to nibble on some grass.  Then he sat back and waited until it grew dark.  When it grew dark he waited some more. What was the rabbit waiting for?  Check back next Wednesday and find out……

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The Gift of Words

I love words. To me they are the pieces that have allowed me to construct the puzzle of my life and to understand and elaborate on the ‘puzzling’ parts of life. They have given me the ability to communicate, to share ideas and feelings, and to do what humans do best—build relationships. To me words…

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Max’s Word Wednesday: Trail

To trail is: 1: to pull (something) behind you especially on the ground 2: to be pulled behind someone or something 3: to walk or move slowly as you follow behind (someone or something) Example:  Max hid behind the tree and waited for the furry ball to come out of the hollow.  It was a rabbit!…

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Max’s Word Wednesday: Squint

To squint is: 1: to look with a side glance (as in jealously); to be cross-eyed 2: to look or peer with eyes partly closed Example: Max squinted into the hollow at the foot of the tree and a bushy tail appeared. Was it a squirrel, or a rabbit, or something else?  Check in next week and find out.

The Death of Imagination

While I don’t agree with the search to reproduce the God particle, I admit that the idea is about as imaginative as one gets. Neville Goddard, one of the 20th century’s most influential figures in the New Thought Field, proffered the use of imagination to create or alter reality.  Simply stated, his premise was “Imagine…

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Max’s Word Wednesday: Hollow

A hollow is: 1: an empty space within something; a hole 2:  a low area in a surface such as a valley Example:  Max hung his birdhouse from a tree.  At the bottom of the tree was a hollow. Do you want to know what was in the hollow?  Check back next Wednesday to find out.

The Magic Recipe for Ideas

The question I’m asked most often as a writer is “Where do you get your ideas?” I wish I could spout out the magic recipe. But the truth is most of my ideas come to me when I’m doing nothing. By nothing I mean when I’m not thinking or actively seeking inspiration. I might be…

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A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words

Not long ago the New York Times featured an article about the languishing picture book-a premise that continues to be challenged.  So while we wait the demise of either one or the other, I’d like to remind parents, educators and the reading public of the value of interacting with a picture book, aside from the…

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