How Well Do You Know Your Fairy Tales? Not Disney Versions; I Mean, REAL Fairy Tales?

Mamacita says:  It’s quiz time again!  This time, our topic is fairy tales, which were, as everyone once knew but few people remember now, never intended for children at all.  Don’t get me wrong: I love the Disney animated fairy … Continue reading

How We Spend Our Days Is, Of Course, How We Spend Our Lives *

Mamacita says:  “Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?” –Frank Scully I’ve always liked that quotation. I also believe it is absolutely true. I think about it whenever I’m feeling particularly cowardly. It helps … Continue reading

Happy Father's Day, Daddy

Mamacita says:   My father died several years ago: a long, slow, drawn-out process that left my mother and my siblings and me drained and sad, and grateful when the final ending finally ended. I loved my father, with all … Continue reading

Is Your Child A Civilized, Sentient Person?

Mamacita says:  Don’t get me wrong. I believe in testing: to a point. I do not believe that a student who can’t pass a simple test of basic skills should be graduated from high school. I do not believe that … Continue reading

It's True. I'm A Snob. You Should Be, Too.

This is from several years ago, but it’s been updated, and it’s still true.  I don’t suffer fools gladly, and I don’t think you should, either. A great deal of the world’s problems stem from suffering fools. Mamacita says:  When … Continue reading

Quotation Saturday: Never Give Up, and Never Surrender *

Mamacita says:  We all need to be reminded sometimes – probably more often than we ARE reminded – that we are only human, and that we can’t do it all by ourselves. Fortunately, as John Donne liked to remind us, … Continue reading