Season for Nonviolence

January 30, the anniversary of the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, marks the opening of The Season for Nonviolence, which runs for 64 days until April 4, the anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Obviously, a tragic irony that these two great leaders, champions of nonviolence, died of violence.

I have been working with Marshall Rosenberg‘s Nonviolent Communication process for about 4 years now. I believe his work gives each of us a concrete and effective place to start making the world more peaceful: in our daily communications with everyone we relate to.


Kid do-able recipes

A grandmother who raised–and cooked for–five children suggests that my nine- and twelve-year-old daughters could cook some of the recipes offered at Sustainable Pantry. The lofty goals and creative recipes here are offered by Alexa Weitzman, who works a day job as a licensed acupuncturist specializing in treating children who have cancer (read about her in this New York Times article).

My nine-year-old does like to experiment in the kitchen with and without recipes. Maybe she’ll leave a comment here about what she thinks. Encourage your chefs and sous-chefs to comment here, or to Alexa, too.

Looking Good with Math & Art

Use the golden ratio, or golden mean, to raise your fashion appeal. Or use the appeal of fashion to interest its followers in math. Download a diagram and/or read the comments at Threads‘ blog.

The Triumph of Individual Style also uses ratio and proportion in its fashion recommendations. But I love this book most because it showcases–through masterpieces of art–so many different ways to look beautiful and analyzes the artists’ fashion choices to flatter each subject’s body and convey each subject’s personality, status or image.

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More mindblowing math-art!

Fibonacci numbers in nature

Youth Muggle Quidditch?

Muggle Quidditch has apparently grown quickly since its introduction in 2005 at Middlebury College. Might it offer “book nerds” another route to a scholarship if this sport makes it into the NCAA? If your town doesn’t already have a youth Muggle Quidditch league and you feel like starting one–or at least a few pick-up games in the park, you can check out the rules. And if your town does have youth Muggle Quidditch, let us know in the comments please!

Thanks to Ann Marie Healey for pointing out this trend.

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Parent-child book clubs

Harry and the Potters

Some Civil Rights History Tidbits

This week I begin facilitating a Grade 3/4 book group at my daughter’s school. The book, Scraps of Time, 1960: Abby Takes a Stand by Patricia C. McKissack, is a quick, succinct read depicting, from a 10-year-old girl’s perspective, many important issues of the Civil Rights movement in Nashville. I assumed the exact characters were fictional, but the mention of Z. Alexander Looby on p. 82 was certainly too specific not to be true. It always interests me to learn more about important but not widely known people.

The rules for the nonviolent sit-ins appear at the back of the book.

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Black History Month

African American Portraits


The content of her character

On this, the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s actual birthday, it seems fitting to note that New Moon Girls magazine annually fetes the inner beauty of 25 girls ages 8-12 in the May/June issue. But all nominees receive special recognition and are also honored at

Anyone can nominate a girl – her family, someone in the community, another girl, or even she herself!  The deadline is midnight Central Standard Time on Dr. MLK Jr’s holiday, Monday, January 19, so act today!