January 16th, 2016
What are the "Four Gentlemen"? From old China, "The Four Gentlemen" is a term used to refer to four specific subjects (orchid, bamboo, plum blossom, chrysanthemum) which are traditionally some of the first subjects the student of Chinese ink brush painting learns. Each subject focuses on a different brush technique and lays down the brushstroke […]
November 5th, 2015
The poem Otoño (Autumn) was written by Spanish poet Manuel Paso Cano. Below you can read the poem in Spanish, listen along to the recording, followed by an English translation. MP3 Recording of Otoño Otoño Tardes penosas, tristes, soñolientas; noches de silencioso desconsuelo; nubarrones que manchan en el cielo la negra cerrazón de las tormentas. […]
October 29th, 2015
It’s always nice to celebrate the season with a poem. Here’s a French piece about Autumn by Théodore de Banville (1823 – 1891). You can read it below, while listening along with the recording, followed by an English translation… MP3 of L’Automne L’Automne Sois le bienvenu, rouge Automne, Accours dans ton riche appareil, Embrase le […]
September 28th, 2015
Merry Autumn is a poem written by American writer Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872 – 1906). His parents were slaves in Kentucky before the Civil War. He grew up in Ohio and was born in Dayton in 1872. The poem Merry Autumn talks about how silly it is to tie the symbolism of death with autumn. […]
November 12th, 2013
I saw this pretty autumn tree craft at our local library’s children’s room. Here’s how you make it… Supplies: Medicine Dropper, Glossy Photo Paper, Watercolor Paint, Straw, Brown Construction Paper (for tree trunk). Drip watercolor paint onto the top half of the paper using the medicine dropper. Use autumnal colors like yellow, orange, green and […]
January 2nd, 2013
This is the best cranberry bread I’ve ever had! My family loves it too. It just happens to be gluten-free. If you’re on a gluten-free diet, please read the labels of your ingredients to make sure they’re all gluten-free. Recipe for Gluten-free Cranberry Bread Ingredients 1 cup White Rice Flour 1 cup Oat Flour 1 […]
April 4th, 2012
Emanuela wrote to me from Italy about how they eat chestnuts there in the fall. She’s a teacher and they cook them at the school. Here’s what she wrote: Hi Lisa, We eat chestnuts in November for autumn. Grandfathers and their friends come to cook the chestnuts. (1st they need to have an x cut […]
October 19th, 2011
The French poem Matin d’Octobre by François Coppée (1842-1908) is about an early October morning. You’ll find the original French version with an mp3 here and an English translation below it. MP3 Recording of Matin d’Octobre Matin d’Octobre C’est l’heure exquise et matinale Que rougit un soleil soudain. À travers la brume automnale Tombent les […]
December 9th, 2010
My husband thinks it’s reverting to the teenage years using OMG! Yet, sometimes it’s perfectly fitting. Take this whole wheat cranberry bread I made this evening, OMG! It’s still cranberry season here in New York so I had to get some while they’re still looking so plump and deep red! I used a little cornmeal […]
October 26th, 2010
Chalk Drawing of a Pumpkin by Lila
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 […]
March 2nd, 2010
Yesterday, I was talking with a lady, whose parents are from Italy, about how happy I am that it’s finally March. She said, “Why?” I said because February is finally over. She said, “Marzo è pazzo”. It’s an Italian saying meaning “March is crazy”… you can never depend on March weather. This same saying can […]
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 […]
May 20th, 2009
Rebeca Garcia Mendoza wrote Hi! I’m a Spanish girl who is preparing resources to teach English to Spanish children. I’m looking for rhymes about seasons and I have a problem. I cannot find a short one of Spring. If anybody knows one, please, tell me! Thanks. If anyone can help out Rebeca, please let us […]
November 1st, 2008
Today we took a hike with our kids around the woods and pond at Caleb Smith State Park in New York. We wanted to spend some time together as a family and see the beautiful autumnal colors. Here are a couple of photos we took of the lake…
October 31st, 2008
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October 20th, 2008
Every year we go apple picking in September or October. One of our favorite orchards has dwarf apple trees, which has been nice with little kids. Though next year we may be able to graduate to an orchard with normal sized trees since our kids are getting taller. One treat we make after apple picking […]
August 20th, 2008
People often write me looking for songs about the four seasons, from around the world. Here are some! The links below take you to the different pages on Mama Lisa’s World of International Childrens Songs. There, you’ll find the lyrics in the original languages, with English translations. Songs about Winter Yuki (Snow) – Japanese A, […]
October 29th, 2006
We picked our pumpkin today and turned it into this jack-o-lantern…
Kimberly sent me this recipe below. It sounds great for Halloween or an outdoors spring or summer party. Worms in Dirt Recipe Make a package of chocolate pudding and put store bought candied worms in it. Let it set. Then sprinkle crushed chocolate Oreo crumbs on top. Kids will love worms in dirt. Even though […]
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