Emma’s First Existential Crisis

January 2, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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In the car today, she asks, “Why are we real?”

I suggested that Descartes would say that we’re real because we think.

“What would day-cart say?”

“I think, because I am,” I replied.

“Why do we, why do we, why do we, why do we fink?” she asked.

“Because we have a brain. Inside our head,” I said.

“Why do we have a brain inside our head?”

Hrm. I liked her existential question better.

A bit later she informs me she doesn’t have a brain in her head, because she’s dressed as Eeyore.

Picture of the Week: I can hardly, Santa, wait!

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Emma and Santa

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Emma & Santa
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Emma’s Twelve Word Novel

November 18, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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In celebration of November, National Novel Month, my favorite public radio show, On the Media, is having a contest wherein listeners submit a 12 word novel. Here’s Emma’s submission:

A novel in twelve words, by Emma, four years old.
Adapted by her daddy from her 31 word opus, “In the Shadow of the Moonlight”

In the moonlight, a tiny, tiny, little bird hatched.

It was me!

Emma’s Creation Myth

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In the shadow of the moonlight, a little egg dropped onto the ground, and it cracked open and a little, tiny tiny bird came out, a little tiny bird…and it was me!

Christmas Time is Comin’, Christmas Time is Comin’

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Shiver me timbers!

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It’s ye olde international talk like a pirate day.



(Pirate getup courtesy Erica Sadun’s Pirate app for the iPhone.)

Audio: Emma and Daddy Read a Story

September 7, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Emma and I read Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” last night at bedtime:

Listen Now!

(Note that the file is 2.5MB, and lasts for just over 5 minutes.)

Children’s Books reviewed on NPR’s “Weekend Edition, Saturday”

August 13, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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These we have:

  • Henry Climbs a Mountain, by D.B. Johnson
  • Guji Guji, by …

These we’ve checked out at the library:

  • Mooses Come Walking, by Arlo Guthrie, illustrated by Alice M. Brock

These we…haven’t:

  • Little Old Big Beard and Big Young Little Beard, by Remy Charlip
  • Slithery Jake, by Rose-Marie Provencher, illustrations by Abby Carter
  • And Here’s to You!, by David Elliott
  • The Pelican Chorus and Other Nonsense, featuring poems of Edward Lear, illustrations by Fred Marcellino
  • Wind in the Willows, (New Abridged Version) by …, illustrated by Inga Moore
  • Three Stories You Can Read to Your Dog, by Sara Swan Miller, illustrations by True Kelley
  • Mr. Blewitt’s Nose, by Alastair Taylor
  • Jellybeans, by Sylvia van Ommen
  • Bake Shop Ghost, by Jacqueline Ogburn
  • How to Be a Good Dog, by Sara Swan Miller
  • Bats at the Beach, by …
  • The Picture of Morty and Ray, by Daniel Pinkwater, illustrations by Jack E. Davis.
  • A Day in the Life of Murphy, by Alice Provenson
  • The Red Wolf, by Margaret Shannon
  • Farfallina & Marcel, by Holly Keller
  • Arlene Sardine, by Chris Raschka
  • Little Babaji, illustrations by Fred Marcellino.
  • The Frog Wore Red Suspenders, by Jack Prelutsky
  • Davy Crockett Saves the World, by Rosalyn Schanzer.
  • Another Perfect Day, by Ross MacDonald
  • Yellow Umbrella, Jae-Soo Liu


Some observations about Birdwell Island

August 6, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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The improbability of Clifford the Big Red Dog’s size aside (and, oh yeah, the talking dogs), I’ve noticed some an interesting thing about the denizens of Birdwell Island:

  •  Dr. Din is apparently single
  • Charley’s dad, Samuel is  apparently single
  • Cleo’s owner is apparently single
  • Sheriff Lewis is apparently single
  • Jetta’s mom is apparently single, and has two children!
  • Birdwell Island’s librarian is apparently single

In fact, of the characters on the show, only Emily Elizabeth’s parents and the their neighbors, the Bleakmans, can be confirmed to be married. Although their teacher did get engaged…and moved off the island.

What is it about Birdwell Island that makes it so hard for its residents to get or stay married?

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