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The power of the written word to bring happiness

By Bree | May 21, 2017 |

Our local newspaper ran this story on the front page this morning that melted our hearts for many reasons.  The students of Bear Tavern Elementary in Hopewell, NJ were visited months back by a gentleman who spoke of his struggle as an African American man in this country. He talked to the students about marching with…

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I Am So Full of Happy Today

By Gina Cascone | May 14, 2017 |

From 1945 to 1969 Art Linkletter had a segment on radio, then on his television show, called “Kids Say The Darndest Things” by asking simple questions and allowing children to answer, unprompted and uncensored, he gave the world a glimpse at the inner workings of a child’s mind. The answers he got may have made the parents…

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Embrace the shop of your dreams…

By Roger S. Williams | May 7, 2017 |

Bookstores, large and small, are a place of wonder.  They offer stories that can take anyone of any age to anywhere in the universe at any time in history, past, present, or into the future. One can learn about oneself, or about all of humankind. You can learn how to cook, plant a garden, or…

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Have your cake and eat it too!

By Gina Cascone | April 30, 2017 |

We’re celebrating a birthday. And there will be cake!  Curious about how that most glorious tradition began, we did a little research. Turns out everybody wants credit for it. And who wouldn’t? In western culture, birthday cake dates back to ancient Rome. It was the Greeks who put candles on cake – on the sixth…

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Around the World…magically.

By Gina Cascone | April 23, 2017 |

“One story.  Then it’s bedtime.” That was the deal I tried to negotiate every evening when Bree was a little girl. She would smile enigmatically and disappear for an inordinate amount of time which I let pass only because it was filled with much needed peace and quiet. Eventually she would return, her arms piled…

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