pick your own

A few years ago, I interviewed a chef and local foods advocate and she told me the most important single thing you can do to instill an understanding for and appreciation of where food comes from, is to harvest food with them. Grow a cherry tomato plant. Go to an orchard to pick apples. It’s […]


Last week, my family and I hashed out a summer bucket list around the dinner table. On it are all the things that we’re excited to do while the sun is shining and the days are long. It includes everything from making ice cream to searching for buried treasure and having a water balloon fight. […]


I wrote recently about how you know at first glance sometimes that a picture book might be special. Well, in some cases, you don’t even need the glance: when you’re already familiar with the author’s work. My first exposure to writer-illustrator Elisha Cooper’s work was his lovely 2006 picture book Beach, which takes the reader through a full […]

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