November 20th, 2015
Photos of Peking from the 1870’s – 1880’s are now on exhibition in London. You can see some of them online on the BBC’s site.
October 23rd, 2014
There are lots of beautiful old photos of Japan online. Check them out at the link!
June 6th, 2014
Today is the 70th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion (D-day)… which helped turned the tide of WWII in the allies favor. At this site, you can see interesting photos of Normandy on D-day and now.
January 16th, 2014
Someone posted a picture on Facebook recently of this Fisher Price House from the seventies. It may seem silly, but the floor dropped beneath me and I could remember being little and playing with that exact same house. I was transported back in time for a split second and could remember being four years old. […]
April 1st, 2013
"La nuit porte conseil" is French for "sleep on it". It means, think about it overnight and don’t make a decision until tomorrow… often good advice! The photo is this saying on the door of a Broom closet in Herald Square (New York). –Mama Lisa
December 30th, 2012
Towards the end of WWI two cousins, young girls, took photos with fairies they said they had met. Later they admitted they faked the photos. Yet many people at the time believed they were real, including the author of the Sherlock Holmes stores, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle! The fairies came to be called the "Cottingley […]
November 12th, 2012
Here’s a cool poem called The Wicked Zebra by Frank Roe Batchelder with an mp3 recording… MP3 Recording of The Wicked Zebra The Wicked Zebra The zebra always seems malicious, He kicks and bites ‘most all the time; I fear that he’s not only vicious, But guilty of some dreadful crime. The mere suggestion makes […]
July 31st, 2012
One way to teach children about both art and nature is to bring them on a trip outdoors and create Land Art. Monique from France chaperoned a trip last year and sent these ideas and photos of land art to create with children… How to create land art: 1, Use stones and dead wood to […]
April 26th, 2012
My friend Maria Hayda, who has family from Ukraine, wrote: “Lisa, pussy willow is what we use for our Easters :) since Eastern Europe is unable to grow palm trees… My Grandmother had a huge bouquet she saved thru the decades. Now I’ve started my own bouquet.” According to Wikipedia, “The flowering shoots of pussy […]
December 17th, 2011
Jingle sticks are inexpensive and fun to make! All you need is an unsharpened pencil, small bells and pipe cleaners. Now you can easily create an instrument (which can double as a pencil or eraser for kids). Here’s how to make your jingle stick… 1. String a large bell in the center of a pipe […]
December 13th, 2011
Gian Carlo Macchi wrote to me about Santa Lucia in Italy. He also shared these photos from the Santa Lucia celebration in Arzago d’Adda, Lombardy (about 30 km from Bergamo and 30 km from Milan). Santa Lucia (St. Lucy) was born in Syracuse, Sicily around 283 and died in 303 AD. The myth is that […]
December 12th, 2011
Watermelon radish is a cool-looking vegetable that has a tiny tiny hint of radish taste… it’s a little bit sweet too. We peeled them, sliced them and ate ‘em. Even my 10 year old liked them. So if you see these gems, pick ‘em up and eat ‘em! You’re never too old or young to […]
October 30th, 2011
Looking good at 3 1/2 million years old… "Maybe a face lift would help?" –Ray Lee Check out a bunch of poems, songs and rhymes about Halloween. Mama Lisa
October 20th, 2011
I love this photo that Valerie Mellema took of La Pedrera in Barcelona, Spain. She used Photoshop and a different picture of a log to make the texture in the sky. It looks like a fantastical place in a kids book. It could be fun to show this pic to a child and have them […]
August 30th, 2011
Ha Long Bay in Vietnam is home to about 1600 people who live in floating houses. Most of them make their living through fishing. Here’s a photo of Fruit vendors in the floating village on Ha long Bay. Thanks to Purabi Khisa Tandra for sharing these photos! Mama Lisa
June 9th, 2011
This fantastic photo was taken in Jamaa el Fna Square in Morocco by Monique Palomares on a visit to the city of Marrakech last year. The square looks like a market, but it’s actually filled with outdoor restaurants. The tall tower in the background, with the light on top, is the Koutoubia Mosque. The name […]
April 24th, 2011
Photo of Speckled Eggs We saw these wonderful marbled eggs at a restaurant we went to today. The lady said she used a paint brush.
March 23rd, 2011
Last week we went Geocaching with my daughter and two of her friends. Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt. You look for hidden containers, called geocaches with the help of a GPS device. In our case, we used an iPhone to find the treasure. On our search, we passed the knotted tree in the photo […]
January 12th, 2011
My pup all covered in snow! -New York Suburbs
Andrew Sullivan from The Daily Dish has been posting photos his readers took out their windows from locals around the world on his blog. He made a book of the photos, which you can view in its entirety below. The View From Your Window by The Daily Dish | Make Your Own Book I […]
December 11th, 2010
Yesterday I went ice skating in Rockefeller Center, below the famous Christmas Tree in New York City. My daughter and I were there for a birthday party. While skating, we heard news on the rink that some guy went down on his knees on the ice and proposed to his lady below the Christmas tree. […]
December 10th, 2010
Rockefeller Center, December 2010
November 28th, 2010
My parents recently shared this article from a newspaper showing 10 of my relatives who were in World War II. My grandmother and grandfather held a welcome home party for them after the war. My grandparents are the couple in the far right (front). My grandfather didn’t go to the war because he worked in […]
October 26th, 2010
Chalk Drawing of a Pumpkin by Lila
October 22nd, 2010
Instead of burying your kid in the sand at the beach… how about in the grass in the backyard?!
September 22nd, 2010
Dragonflies are a sign of the seasons in Japan. The red dragonfly is specifically a sign of Autumn. There are Japanese poems in the haiku style about this theme. Haiku is an unrhymed Japanese verse form in three lines only. The 3 lines have five, seven, and five syllables respectively. Below are some haiku poems […]
September 20th, 2010
You can dress up your dog in your child’s old princess and dress-up clothes! Check it out. She’s ready to party! I think it’s a tea party she’s going to. She loves to hula dance! Swing those hips! She carries her purse with her wherever she goes. I sense in the near future a doggie […]
September 17th, 2010
Collecting shells, rocks and beach glass on the shore, it was a beautiful day!
June 16th, 2010
The main entrance to a shrine in Japan. “The kanji on the stone on the left side says ‘Hirohata Hachiman Jinja’.” -Shintaro Yesterday, we posted some photos of Japan from Shintaro Tominaga, including the one above. It shows the entrance to a shrine. The kanji text on the stone near the entrance says, “Hirohata Hachiman […]
June 15th, 2010
Here are some photos from Japan with descriptions from Shintaro Tominaga . The rice paddy near the river. One month later. “A heron in the river called ‘Ohtsu-gawa’ is trying to hunt a small fish in the water.” Bamboo “The main entrance to the shrine. The kanji on the stone on the left side […]
March 28th, 2010
Here are some photos of Washington DC thanks to Ray Lee. It’s Cherry Blossom Season, so it’s a great time to visit D.C. The Washington Monument. The Jefferson Monument. Cherry Blossoms. Many thanks to Ray Lee for sharing these photos with us! Check out the Official National Cherry Blossom Festival site for info about special […]
March 15th, 2010
We don’t have many buds on our trees here in New York yet. It’s just rain, rain, rain. So I found these photos from Japan by Ayako Egawa particularly uplifting this week. Japanese apricot flowers, Ume. Crocuses Ayako wrote, “Mimosa is in full bloom around here.” Ayako wrote, “I totally agree that these little flowers […]
February 25th, 2010
Dedy Dowo sent me these lovely photos of children in Indonesia! Many thanks to Dedy Dowo and all the children and their families for sharing these photos!
December 20th, 2009
Ayako Egawa in Japan made this flower arrangement that she calls "Red Reindeer" . It shows how creative you can be with your holiday arrangements and decorating! I love how the twigs look like reindeer. The white is cotton from a cotton plant. Ayako added it to look like snow. How neat! Thanks for sharing […]
December 2nd, 2009
In the 1930’s, the US government did a series of interviews with former slaves. Project Gutenberg, just posted some of the interviews from Texas from 1936-1938. They’re called Slave Narratives. Wes Brady I pulled out some excerpts that revolved around songs that some of the former slaves remembered singing. Some were kids songs, some […]
November 9th, 2009
Dragon fly! Dragon fly! Dragon fly! dragon fly! fly about the brook, Sting all the bad boys who for the fish look; But let the good boys catch all they can, And then take them home to be fried in a pan, With nice bread and butter they shall sup up their fish, While […]
November 1st, 2009
Today and tomorrow, November 1st and 2nd, are the Day of the Dead. It’s celebrated in Mexico. Family and friends get together to remember those who have died. People also make alters to the dead and visit the graves of their loved ones. We went to a Mexican restaurant this evening and saw an alter. […]
October 29th, 2009
We took a walk today in Walt Whitman’s woods in West Hills, on Long Island, east of New York City. I highly recommend taking an autumnal hike or stroll if you can. Then you may feel the truth in Whitman’s line, "As to me I know of nothing else but miracles". There’s much beauty out […]
October 11th, 2009
This weekend we geocached with our daughter and a couple of her friends. Geocaching is “a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches…” with the help of your GPS guidance system. We used my husband’s iPhone to […]
September 5th, 2009
The New York Times has an interesting article about Parenting and Food. It talks about what to do with the child who wants to eat a lot. The dilemma is that telling your kid not to eat too much can cause eating disorders in the future. Yet, if you don’t help them control their habits, […]
August 20th, 2009
I learned this week that Indonesia has tens of thousands of islands. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Indonesia has 13,670 islands, over half of which are inhabited. Wikipedia puts the number over 17,000. The truth is that the number of islands continuously changes due to seismic activity in the area. Indonesia is the fourth most […]
July 25th, 2009
Rachel Young found all the letters in the alphabet using Google Maps in the buildings and roads of New York. Young was inspired by the idea of Australian graphic designer Rhett Dashwood who made an alphabet of roads and buildings in the state of Victoria, Australia. I thought the use of Madison Square Garden for […]
July 24th, 2009
Now’s a good time to keep this proverb in mind… if you’re going to take a walk on the beach or near a river… you may want to check a high tide chart… because… Time and tide wait for no man. My husband and I almost learned this lesson the hard way today. We were […]
July 23rd, 2009
I blogged recently about how Del Dallimore has been collecting Gambian children’s songs on YouTube. Del took these photos below of scarecrows in the rice fields of Brufut, Gambia. I thought it was interesting how they look different from those here in the US. The scarecrows in Gambia are made out of plastic bags. Del […]
July 3rd, 2009
Here’s a short video of some fireworks we saw last night and a photo of flags near the Empire State Building to help get you into the mood for the 4th of July… Have a Happy July Fourth! Mama Lisa
May 15th, 2009
You’ve got to go to Hubblesite and check out their wonderful gallery of images. Bring your kids, bring your grandkids, bring your students, bring your friends. It’s really incredible! Here are some to show you how cool they are… Planetary Nebula K 4-55 Hubble Snaps a Splendid Planetary Nebula Abstract Art Found in the Orion […]
April 11th, 2009
My daughter took this photo of a bunny in our yard. It was hanging out under the slide seeking shelter from the rain. It’s still there about 3 hours later! Cute wittle bunny wabbit!
April 7th, 2009
When the Cherry Blossoms bloom in Japan it’s traditional to go to the park to view the blossoms and have a picnic. Cherry Blossom viewing is called called Hanami. Ayako Egawa generously shared her photos of this years cherry blossom viewing. Ayako wrote, "We walked under the flow of cherry blossoms in the park. It […]
March 27th, 2009
It’s amazing that people over 5000 years ago knew enough about astronomy and the seasons to create a cave and have specific chambers within it be lit up by the sun only on specific days of the year… specifically on the solstices and equinoxes. I’m talking about the Loughcrew Megalithic Cairns in Ireland. Michael […]
March 2nd, 2009
Kamakura is 50 kilometers (31 miles) southwest of Tokyo. Ayako Egawa wrote to me from Japan about her trip there, “I went to Kamakura where there are many famous historic Japanese sites. This is “Daibutsu” which means Great Buddha. It was cast in 1252 and its height is approximately 13.4 meters (44 feet). ‘The figure […]
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