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Since Valentine’s Day is around the corner, I wanted to post this little love poem called "A Scrawl" by James Whitcomb Riley.  You can listen to a recording of it below and read along with the poem. MP3 Recording of A Scrawl A Scrawl By James Whitcomb Riley   I want to sing something– but […]
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MP3 of Love Is Enough Love Is Enough By William Morris Love is enough: though the World be a-waning, And the woods have no voice but the voice of complaining, Though the sky be too dark for dim eyes to discover The gold-cups and daisies fair blooming thereunder, Though the hills be held shadows, and […]
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Here’s the poem, Poet To His Love by Maxwell Bodenheim (1892-1954) with an mp3 recording… MP3 of Poet to His Love 2nd Recording of Poet to His Love Poet to His Love An old silver church in a forest Is my love for you. The trees around it Are words that I have stolen from […]
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Sometimes, life is grand because of that one perfect moment, like in the poem below… MP3 of Jenny kiss’d Me Jenny kiss’d Me By Leigh Hunt Jenny kiss’d me when we met, Jumping from the chair she sat in; Time, you thief, who love to get Sweets into your list, put that in! Say I’m […]
Skidamarink… A great song for Valentine’s Day! Skidamarink a dink a dink Skiamarink a doo I love you! Skidamarink a dink a dink Skiamarink a doo I love you! I love you in the morning and in the afternoon, I love you in the evening and underneath the moon. Oh! Skidamarink a dink a dink […]
Here’s the poem A Valentine by Matilda Betham Edwards: A Valentine What shall I send my love today When all the woods attune to love, And I would show the lark and dove That I can love as well as they? … I’ll send a kiss, for that would be The quickest sent, the lightest […]
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In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, here’s a poem called "Valentine Song" written by Robert Argyle Campbell with an MP3 recording. MP3 of Valentine Song Valentine Song Dearest, let these roses  In their purity, Be a present symbol Of my love for thee. Underneath the blossom  Thorns are sure to grow; Take heed lest you touch […]
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There are different theories about where the American Red Velvet Cake is originally from, ranging from the South (perhaps the time of the Civil War?) to a creation of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. No one seems to really know for sure!  What’s certain is that this cake feels special, and in fact, […]
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Let happiness the guarded treasure be of the mind’s padlock, and true love be key. -from The Padlock (circa 1788) Love Padlocks can bee seen throughout much of Europe and other places around the world like Taiwan.  Peter wrote, "Couples put their names on a lock and then lock them onto some public object to […]
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Chocolate Fondue is sooo easy to make!  All you need is your favorite chocolate for melting and heavy cream.  I used Ghirardelli’s milk chocolate chips and a little semi-sweet chocolate chips (to make the chocolate flavor stronger).  We dip strawberries, slices of bananas and kiwi, and honey-wheat pretzel sticks.  Some people also dip marshmallows, cubes […]
Lin wrote to me about Valentine’s Day traditions for both adults and kids in Indonesia. Here’s what she wrote: Lisa, Valentine’s Day is well known here in Indonesia in big cities, many events are held (between February 14 – 28/29) usually having Valentine’s themes. We call Valentine Day Hari Kasih Sayang (Love/Caring Day). We usually […]
I asked Ayako about how kids and adults celebrate Valentine’s Day in Japan. Here’s what she wrote: Hi Lisa, In Japan, we give chocolate to the people we like, boyfriend, husband, father … and recently kids give chocolate to their friends, especially girls to girls. My friend says that her daughter makes chocolate sweets by […]
Here’s some material to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day. Feel free to share your traditions with us in the comments below or by emailing me. Happy Valentine’s Day! xo Mama Lisa
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This year my daughter’s class is doing a nice, simple project.  They’re not buying Valentines from the store to give to all the kids in the class.  Instead, they’re each cutting out hearts out of construction paper.  On one side they’re putting a classmate’s name and on the other side they’re writing something nice about […]
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Valentine’s Day for Kids in the US In the US, kids celebrate Valentine’s Day in grade school.  They give Valentines to each other.  These are little cards, often flat.  Often they will attach a little piece of candy to each Valentine to give to their classmates. Nowadays, children are asked to give a Valentine to […]
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It’s very satisfying to make your own food coloring out of natural ingredients.  It’s also educational for children to see how people used to get color out of fruits and vegetables.  Not everything has to come pre-bottled from a factory! Since Valentine’s Day is coming soon, today I’ll explain how to make red and pink […]
Valentines is a poem about a boy giving and receiving a Valentine card through the mail.  Sweet! MP3 of the Poem Valentines Valentines by Ellen D. Masters The wind was blowing down our street, And it was snowing some; But I watched from the chilly porch To see the postman come. Across the street to […]
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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! We’re posting poems about love that can be given in a letter, a card, or simply read for Valentine’s Day. Below you can read and listen to A Red, Red Rose from the Scottish poet Robert Burns.  He wrote the New Year’s poem and song Auld Lang Syne.  […]
Valentine’s Day is only a month away.  Here’s a sweet poem that you have a month to memorize! If Apples Were Pears If Apples Were Pears And peaches were plums And the rose had a different name If tigers were bears And fingers were thumbs I’d love you just the same. -Anonymous Hooray for love! […]
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I’ve been asked… “about gift customs around the world like the one of the temari balls in Japan. Which gifts do people around the world traditionally give for special events such as marriages, births, etc.?” FYI Temari balls are fancy balls with colorful, intricate patterns on them. They originally come from China, but are also […]
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