For anyone who struggles!

Take a motivated teacher, a well-known movie, and a determined student and what do you get? This wonderful story is told in this video, Educating Yorkshire. Read more of this remarkable...

In Honor of St. Patrick’s Day

I spent the afternoon with my son-in-law, Paddy Myers, as he entertained the residents of Horizon Assisted Living with some Irish (and some not) ballads and a little bit of Irish blather.  He really touched the residents’ hearts with his renditions of When Irish Eyes Are Smiling and Danny Boy.  Check out the videos...

Daily Reading DOES have a Positive Impact

My mom used to read to my kids every day when she was taking care of them while I worked.  I remember that with my second daughter, Mom had a stack of twenty picture books that she read to her at least three times a day.  All four of my kids are readers today.  My nephew had some difficulty with reading and his mother read aloud to him well into middle school.  He graduated from UC Berkeley and Georgetown Law.  This article is a reminder to me to read even more than I do with my four-year-old grandson. Here is a chart from the article showing the impact different amounts of reading can have on exposure to new vocabulary. More than the growth in fluency that being read to can have, and more than the growth in vocabulary that daily reading can have, the biggest impact, in my mind, is the enjoyment of reading, the exposure to so many different ideas, and an understanding of how we are all connected by our experiences....

A Bed of Roses Bed & Breakfast

I was looking for a relaxing get-away close to Fresno, and randomly picked A Bed of Roses in Oakhurst.  It turned out to be fortunate choice. As you round the curve, a brass bed greets you.   Never fear, the actual rooms are much more comfortable! The Inn kittens like to play…Treaty pretends to be a mountain lion. and Tricky plays hide and seek… The innkeepers welcome you with coffee and conversation by the pool. The views from the deck and the rooms are magnificent. So, if you find yourself on the way to Yosemite, or are just looking for a quick getaway from home, be sure to stay at A Bed of Roses Bed & Breakfast in Oakhurst!! You’ll remember your hosts and your visit with...