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Gifted: The Matchbox Diary

When a young girl vis­its her great-grand­fa­ther for the first time, her imag­i­na­tion swirls with every­thing she sees in his antique shop. He asks her to pick out her favorite item and he will tell her a sto­ry about it. She choos­es a cig­ar box filled with match box­es. As it turns out, this is her great-grandfather’s diary, assem­bled from items, each stored in a match box, that remind him of a cer­tain part of his life … cre­at­ed when he could nei­ther read nor write.… more
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Gifted: Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table

Farmer Will Allen and the Grow­ing Table
writ­ten by Jacque­line Brig­gs Mar­tin
illus­trat­ed by Eric-Shabazz Larkin
after­word by Will Allen
Read­ers to Eaters, 2013 Intro­duc­tion
My sec­ond pas­sion in life after books and read­ing is sus­tain­able agri­cul­ture and organ­ic farm­ing. There are a few good books for chil­dren on this top­ic, but I’m always delight­ed when a new, inspir­ing true sto­ry finds its way to my library.… more
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When I Was Your Age

When I was a small child, I spent a lot of time around adults. Hav­ing no broth­ers or sis­ters, no cousins liv­ing near­by, and spend­ing sum­mers and vaca­tions with my grand­par­ents, I went where they vis­it­ed. Many of those peo­ple were their age. So I heard this phrase often: “When I was your age …” Some­times that phrase was fol­lowed by an admo­ni­tion (I exhib­it­ed many rea­sons for being admon­ished.).… more
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Life on the farm

It’s that time of year. Farm­ers’ mar­kets are burst­ing with col­or, smells, and day­dreams of splen­did meals. Peo­ple are putting food by … know­ing that berries and cucum­bers and toma­toes and corn will be hard to find in the win­ter months. A lot of peo­ple are putting in a big effort to make sure we don’t for­get where all of this deli­cious food comes from.… more
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