River Tay, Dunkeld, and Beatrix Potter

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We were told that the town of Dunkeld which sits right on the River Tay was a charming place to visit. We were not disappointed, but my real reason for wanting to go to this part of Scotland is because of a certain Peter Rabbit. Or rather, the creator of the lovely tales known as [...]

Our first time exploring in the highlands

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We’ve rented a van for the week and are exploring things that are within day trip distances from our home. I can already tell you that we are going to be exhausted by the end of the week, but we are loving it. I’m loving it. It’s like a breath of fresh air to just [...]

Let’s talk talent

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I recently read two books by Daniel Coyle on the subject of talent. I enjoyed these books particularly because as a musician the word “talent” gets thrown around quite a bit. As a teenager I remember being slightly miffed at well meaning people who complimented me on my talent. “It’s not talent,” I’d mutter under [...]

Rainy Day Art

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Need a rainy day activity for your children? Here’s a really, really simple one that came out surprisingly well.   Draw a picture on a paper towel with washable markers. Hang it out on the line in the rain and see what happens to the colors. The final pictures were quite pretty and colorful! Idea [...]

September read-alouds

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One of the best parts about finally getting into a routine is getting back into our read-alouds. We’re still getting into our groove, but we still managed to read quite a bit, or rather to finish up reading quite a few books this month. Here’s what we enjoyed. The Random House Book of Fairy Tales   [...]