Tag Archives: Harry Potter

My thoughts on movies and books to share with your kids through the age of nine

Two things happened this week that prompted me to write this post. The world celebrated what would have been Roald Dahl’s 97th birthday, and, a day or two later, my friends Murph and Cara welcomed two beautiful little babies into the world. So, as Linette set off in one direction this evening, to arrange for […]

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Was I the only one thinking that Marco Rubio was hitting the pollyjuice potion tonight?

This evening, when Marco Rubio franticly lunged for his water bottle during the Republican response to President Obabma’s State of the Union address, was I think only one to immediately think, “polyjuice potion“? I’m not necessarily suggesting that the esteemed representative of the Koch Brothers in the United States Senate, is a Death Eater intent […]

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On reading to my daughter, and the onset of post-Harry Potter depression

I know there are other books… We certainly enjoyed reading all of L. Frank Baum’s original Wizard of Oz books together, before we entered the world of Harry Potter, and we love the books of Daniel Pinkwater… But this was different. No matter how things had gone for either of us during the day, no […]

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Totally Quotable Clementine: learning the value of money edition

Clementine learned a valuable lesson yesterday concerning the value of money. We’ve been working with her for years now on counting change, and trying to instill within her some appreciation for how much stuff costs, but it didn’t really sink in until last night, when it came time to settle up on her vacation purchases. […]

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Totally Quotable Clementine: big sister edition

This was said by Clementine shortly after I held her for this photo, which was taken outside Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry in Orlando, Florida. I think I must have shrieked in pain when leaning over to put her down. (Apparently roller coasters aren’t the best things for people who have sheets of peanut […]

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