Remembering those who lost their lives December 7, 1941

For the United States, entrance into World War II began here on the island of Oahu when Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Engraved on this wall in the floating memorial are the names of 1,177 men who died that day on the Arizona.  That number represents almost half of the population of men,…

Aloha Sweet Potato Brownie

Smooth and rich, this brownie is a healthy alternative when craving something sweet. Try it with fresh fruit for an unforgettable dessert. Aloha Sweet Potato Brownie Preheat the oven at 325 degrees.  Prepare one medium sweet potato by peeling, slicing, and boiling it until it is tender. Place the drained boiled sweet potato in a blender.…

Simply Put

If you or your child have ever delighted in a well-worn, loved-to-shreds stuffed animal, then Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator by Mo Willems will become a well-worn, loved-to-shreds book on your shelf! This delightful tale of Amanda and Alligator expounds all the emotions of childhood – waiting, wondering, wishing, and wanting. Alligator must wait while…

Cindy’s Salad Dressing

This isn’t just any salad dressing!  It’s a tangy, scrumptious concoction created by my friend, Cindy, who must eat grain-free, preservative-free, nut-free, sugar-free, well – you get the picture of a very limited choice of foods – to stay healthy.  Drizzle it over salad or savor it as a dip for vegetables and meats. Cindy’s Salad…

The last page…

I prefer to read a book from the last page backward. If the last page, the last chapter, the resolution of the entire book is captivating, then I’m motivated to start at page one and read to the end.  As the last week of our homeschool school year ends, I find myself wanting to go back…

The ocean is alive!

Wow! Ocean! by Robert Neubecker When Izzy and Jo leave their mountain home for a trip to the ocean, all they can say is wow! Readers join them in the excitement of their discovery of shells, tide pools, fish, rays, whales, sharks, jellyfish, the deep, coral reef, anemone, turtles, a sunken ship, and the ocean.…