Thoughts & Doodles

Four Things I Learned This Week and a Quote

There’s a nonprofit called Popcorn for the People that was created to employ adults with Autism. On their website, I learned a fun fact: popcorn kernels found in a cave in New Mexico were carbon dated and shown to be approximately 5,600 years old.

One of my favorite authors, Lydia Millet, has a book on the longlist for the National Book Award for Fiction.

Regarding my adventures in homeschooling: my best way for me–an English major and avid reader whose only poor grades were ever in science class–to teach science is most definitely reading (and rereading and applying the lessons from) The Magic School Bus.

Washington State not only has a state bird, a state flower, and a state tree. It also has a state fossil: the Columbian Mammoth. It was established as the state fossil thanks to the efforts of a group of elementary school students.

And the quote of the week:

The wound is the place where the light enters you.


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TV Christmas Specials To Watch Over and Over


There are so many great Christmas movies and TV specials–too many to watch in one year, really. And how do you make Christmas special if not by watching other people’s special Christmases on TV? Here’s a list of some specials I have to watch every year–sometimes over and over again. You might have to search a little to find some of these, especially now that Fox has removed their shows from the popular streaming services, but they’re all worth the effort. I promise. (And that last one is available on Netflix!) Continue reading “TV Christmas Specials To Watch Over and Over”

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Apple Ice Cream

It’s September, which means apples! (Obvs.)

Of course it also means:

  • back to school mania
  • unpredictable weather
  • summer merchandise blow-out sales

If you’re experiencing these September symptoms, then I have the perfect dessert for you. It’s pretty easy. It’s no-bake. It tastes like fall and feels like summer.

It’s apple ice cream!

apple ice cream

(And if you don’t have an ice cream maker already, you can bet your britches there’s one at a super discounted rate somewhere near you.) Continue reading “Apple Ice Cream”